Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS

Volume 18, Issue 1 Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS March 2008

UPDATED March 18th 2008 - page 12


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1958 Penn Yan Dynamold with its 1959 35 hp Evinrude Golden Jubilee engine at the 2006 FLC Boat Show

We are the second owners. The original owner was Edwin DeWick, coincidently of Hall, New York (north of Penn Yan), who purchased the boat from the Penn Yan factory in 1959. The DeWick family used it for many summers at their cottage near East Bluff Marina. The boat and its Evinrude motor were in Wine Country and Finger Lakes Chapter Boat Shows in the summer of 2006, where they won several awards including the Best Restored Classic Outboard Motor and Best Outboard Cedar Strip or Molded Plywood Boat. The boat and motor were on display last winter at the Curtis Museum.

In the fall of 2006, we located a 1959 Penn Yan 16-ft. Baltic with a 50 hp Evinrude Golden Jubilee outboard in Western Kentucky. This particular four-cylinder motor was known for, and still lives up to, its fuel-hungry reputation. It is not an EPA-friendly engine! The argument can be made that today's modern and efficient outboard motors would not have evolved as they did if earlier shortcomings hadn't driven design and performance improvements.

Fifty hp Evinrude Golden Jubilee Motor and a 1959 Evinrude ad promoting the engine.

As you can see, Evinrude motors have long been a part of the Hall family on Keuka Lake. Our family interest in Penn Yan boats and Evinrude motors has created a unique trail of history beginning with family boat-builder, George W. Hall in the 1920s, to the present. The Hall family continues to spend many weekends at the lake, especially the annual Fourth-of-July Reunion held there each summer. And each boating season you can usually see one of these Evinrude motors and boats on the lake's northwest end. Our Evinrude collection now covers the years from 1959 to 1972, and horse-powers from three to 100. For any one of them, it is still always exciting to hear that familiar start, then idle, and then the open throttle of the outboard racing along the waters of Keuka Lake