11-13, 2008 --Save the Dates!
Plans are taking shape for FLC's "Spring into Summer
Cruise." That's the weekend when The Adirondack Chapter
of ACBS sponsors their annual Fulton Chain Rendezvous
at Old Forge, NY. The suggestion that FLC time its
early summer cruise to coincide with the Adirondack
Chapter's rendezvous has been met with enthusiasm
by members of both chapters and should offer enjoyment
is scheduled for Friday evening, July 11th, for the
Adirondack Chapter's cocktail party to be held on
the deck of the Forge Motel, overlooking picturesque
Old Forge Pond. Saturday morning, beginning around
7:00am, boats will be launched at nearby Rivett's
Marina which has generously waived the launch and
recovery fee for the antique boats in the show. A
New York State launch is also located on Fourth Lake
After launching, boats will be moored along the quay
at the park in Old Forge Pond. All the festivities
in the park are within walking distance of village
shops and restaurants. Following the day's activities,
the Adirondack Chapter will host a banquet at North
Street Restaurant in Old Forge.
Sunday morning we plan to depart Old Forge Pond for
a self-guided tour of the Fulton Chain (much like
FLC provides our boat show attendees for cruises on
Skaneateles Lake). We plan to stop mid-day at one
of the inns along the lake for lunch and return mid-afternoon
for pull-out. Those wishing to participate only in
the Sunday cruise can launch at the marina Sunday
morning prior to departing time.
always, we encourage members of other chapters to
participate and enjoy the scenery and camaraderie
of the weekend.
contact former FLC President Rob Kidd at 315-635-6187,
or Jack Gifford at 315-382-2831 for further information,
and look for a final announcement about this event
in the June issue of Brightwork.
You Know�? �that the Great Depression of the 1930s
was primarily responsible for the introduction of
"Utility" model runabouts? That economic downturn
was widespread and boat sales dropped significantly
causing Chris-Craft to re-evaluate their model lineup.
The utilities were introduced to offer runabouts with
fewer features and more affordable prices which led
to a trend that became the best-selling sector of
the runabout market.
�that there is a neat Marine Museum in the Port of
Oswego? The H. Lee White Marine Museum not only represents
the legacy of the Great Lakes, but also the inland
waters that make their way from seven of the Finger
Lakes to Lake Ontario via Oswego Harbor. The Museum
is open daily (except Sundays during the winter) from
1 to 5 PM. In July and August it's open from 10 AM
to 5 PM. For more info call 315-342-0480.
The Finger Lakes Show is scheduled for May 2-4 at
the Fair & Expo Center in Henrietta, NY, a Rochester
suburb? This new three-day consumer attraction is
a celebration of camps, cottages and lakeside living,
catering primarily to fans of "everything Finger Lakes."
For more info call 518-371-6363, or go to www.fingerlakesshow.com
�that in January of this year, WD-40 turned 50 years
old? Originally designed to combat corrosion, the
indispensable solvent is widely used in restoration
and maintenance of old engines and almost anything
mechanical. Two million cans of it are produced weekly!
�that the early success of the Erie Canal created
interest in building another canal from Rochester
south along the Genesee River? The Genesee Valley
Canal was authorized in 1836, and was opened as far
south as Mount Morris by 1840. By 1862, it was completed
to Olean and tied into an extension to Dansville which
had opened earlier in 1841.
You Seen This Boat?
brother and I are trying to locate the hydroplane
pictured above. It is a Sooy conventional hydroplane
built in the late 1960s or early '70s, by Chuck Schluyer
from the Buffalo/ Niagara Falls area. My father drove
it for him and we are trying to locate it with the
hope of bringing it home. Mr. Schluyer can only remember
that it went somewhere into the Finger Lakes Region
but cannot remember to whom he sold it.
boat is 18-19 ft. long and had the number N-225 on
each sponson. It was named Mr. Chuck and had white
decks and brown cowlings. If you have seen this boat
or one that looks like it in any way (because it has
most likely been painted over the years), please contact
us at the addresses/phone number shown below. Even
if you know the boat has moved on or, heaven forbid,
been destroyed, please let us know so that we can
either continue our search or say a few kind words
of remembrance. Thanks very much, Tim O'Connor 2249
Shadagee Rd. Phone: 716-627-1173 Eden, NY 14057 E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org PS We would also be interested
in any other old Hydroplanes that you know of. .