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15, Issue 1 Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS March 2005
||Blair Bentick Cook
Suddenly died in Ottawa
on Thursday July 21st, 2005. Blair Cook of Ottawa & Quyon, survived
by his beloved wife of 20 years P.J. (Tish) Cook (nee Burns). Only son
of the late L.P.B (Ben) and Edna Cook. Blair was an avid sailor, antique
boating enthusiast and lover of Belgian Horses as well a keen hobby farmer
in Quyon, Quebec. Alumnus of Ryerson, Delta Sigma PHI and Past Commodore
and life long member of the Britannia Yacht Club. A trustee of the B.B.C.
Memorial Park (Baskins) and active A.C.B.S. member since 1981, retired
from Revenue Canada Department of Taxation. Friends may call at the Tubman
Funeral Homes, Westboro Chapel, 403 Richmond Road at Roosevelt on Monday
from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. In memory of Blair
a service will be held in the Tubman Chapel on Wed at 11 am. Donations
in Blair’s memory would be appreciated to either the Ottawa Heart Institute
or the B.Y.C. Youth High Performance Team, Attn: Fleet Captain 2777 Cassels
Street, Ottawa, ON K2B 6N6 . Condolences, tributes or donations may be
made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.
President's Message March, 2005
Greetings to all:
As I write this message,
it's 78 degrees under clear blue skies and a long way from thoughts of
winter weather. My wife, Anna, and I are spending six months in Orlando,
FL and working for "The Mouse" in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
But that is another story.
Actually, we haven't escaped
the winter weather completely -we flew north for the Chapter's Annual
Meeting in Skaneateles on January 22nd. There, we were treated to a few
nights of ten-below-zero temperatures and 24 inches of snow. That was offset
by a good Board of Directors Meeting on Saturday afternoon and an absolutely
wonderful meal and Annual Meeting that evening. The Sherwood
Inn's staff always does a great job for our event, and this year was
The Annual Meeting which
followed the banquet, included the election of officers and directors,
described later in this letter. Long-time member, Steve White, was presented
the "President's Cup" for his many years of dedication, hard work, and
service to the Finger Lakes Chapter. Steve is certainly deserving of this
The speaker for the evening
was Tony Mollica. Tony is a very well-known expert on antique and classic
boats and the author of several
books on the subject. His presentation included a slide show and description
of many of the boats featured in his latest book. At the conclusion of
his presentation he inscribed and signed several of his books which I am
sure will be treasured by the recipients for many years to come. That concluded
a fine evening -- one which will be fondly remembered for a long time!
This year your Board voted
to change our constitution to increase the number of directors from four
to seven. We are very pleased to welcome three new Board members - David
Freund, Jack Gifford, and Bill
Stinson - and look forward to working with them on Chapter activities.
A complete list of the Board's makeup is included on page
3 of this newsletter. For the last three years, the January dates of
the Annual Meeting have been accompanied with severe winter storms. In
an attempt to avoid this problem, the affair has been changed to an autumn
date, the next to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2005, at The Sherwood
Inn in Skaneateles. More information will be forthcoming in future issues
As many of you know, Roger
and DeAnne Townsend have been
enduring several health-related challenges. Fortunately, they both are
on the mend and we all wish them well as they continue towards full recovery.
During this period DeAnne, with Roger's help, was also handling production
of the Chapter's newsletter, and the Chapter is indebted to them for their
past efforts. However, to ease the burden and allow things to get back
on an even keel, Dick Sherwood has agreed to pick
up the newsletter beginning with this issue.
As the coming spring months
appear on the horizon, it will soon
be time to begin our annual ritual of getting our prized woodies ready
for another season. For some, that will involve cleaning and polishing
hulls and tuning engines. For others, it will involve major projects, including
everything from refinishing to whole-hull rebuilding. There are some of
us who have yet to take the plunge into becoming the owner of an old boat,
although we are looking forward to that happening. Regardless of where
you fall on the scale, the approach of spring is an exciting time of year.
Your Board is busily planning events in which we can all participate, and
as details are worked out, more information will be forthcoming. Vice President,
Janice Miller, has organized a Spring Cruise which you will want to be
sure to enjoy. Vice President and Boat Show Chair, Brad
Wirth, is hard at work with co-chair, Arnie Rubenstein, putting together
our premier event of the year, the 2005 Boat Show. I urge every member
to take advantage of this opportunity to show your "pride and joy." Until
our next issue of Brightwork, I wish you all safe and enjoyable boating!
Jack L. Miller, President
Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS
Subject: Chapter Newsletter
One of the Mission Statements
of ACBS, is to "bring together people with a common interest in historic,
antique and classic boats, sharing fellowship, information, experience
and ideas." Toward that end, I'd like to run a column in each
issue of Brightwork that is aimed at describing what FLC members
are currently doing in various aspects of antique boating.
It would cover items like the following:
* Who is restoring
(or having restored) what model, make, year, etc., of boat with a
few accompanying words describing current status, problems or other
aspects of interest.
* Who has just
acquired a boat, any interesting info about the boat and their plans
* Who is working
on a restoration but is uncertain about some aspect of the rebuild
or whether or not they have the right engine, hardware, burgee, etc.
* Who has a
"new" boat that will make it's appearance at this summer's boat shows.
* Who won awards
at this summer's boat shows (other than ours, we'll have all of that
info published in the Sept. newsletter)
An on-going series of brief
articles about "who is up to what" might just be a catalyst for others
to get to work on their delayed restoration plans and further motivate
still others to get more deeply involved, especially if they know that
there are others "in the same boat" working on similar challenges.
Please consider sending
along an e-mail covering your particular project. Don't worry about
composition, grammar, etc. That's easily sorted out. Pictures
are welcomed, prints or digital. Also, please note publication dates.
The next one is June 1st, and if you can give me the better part
of May to finalize the issue, I'd sure appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.
PS. If you have or
would like to write articles that you would like to share with other
Chapter members via the newsletter, please let me know and we'll
work out the details of publishing them.
Chapter Elects New Officers
Director-elect Jack Gifford
and First Vice President-elect Rob Kidd
Janet and Director-elect
Second Vice President-elect
and Boat Show Chair
Brad Wirth and his wife,
|Joint Chapter Meeting
Set for April 16th
Hosted by the Niagara Frontier
Chapter, members of the Adirondack, Finger Lakes, Hudson River, Niagara
Frontier, North Coast Ohio, Thousand Islands, Toronto and Wine Country
Chapters of ACBS and the Finger Lakes Boating Museum are invited to the
eighth Annual Joint ACBS Chapter Meeting scheduled for April 16th at the
Ramada Inn on the north shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY. A social
gathering will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:00.
The speaker for the evening
will be Joe Jakubik from International
Chimney Corp. in Buffalo. Joe was the company’s Project Manager
on the move of the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse in 1999. That move saved the historic lighthouse (constructed
between 1868 and 1870) from the encroaching sea by pulling it inland some
1600 feet. Joe’s talk and slide presentation should be of interest
to anyone with a nautical bent and an interest in saving unusual structures
of historic value.
A buffet dinner is planned
at $30.US/person and special dietary needs can be accommodated. This
is always a well attended event, but seating for dinner is limited to 200,
so be sure to get your reservations in early. They must be received
not later than April 10th. Please use the form on page 5 of this
news-letter for dinner reservations.
Rooms are also available
at $69.US/night for those wishing to remain overnight. Call the Ramada
Inn at 800-990-0907 or 315-789-0400 for room reservations and mention The
Antique and Classic Boat Society to get this special room rate.
Questions? Call Sharon
Dickinson at 716-574-0435.
JOINT CHAPTER DINNER
Primary Chapter _________________________
Special Dietary Needs ____________________
No. Attending Dinner _________
x $30.00US per person =
Total Amount Enclosed $__________
Make checks payable
Niagara Frontier Antique
and Classic Boats
Return this form with
your payment not later than
April 10th 2005
to: Jennifer Frederick
109 June Rd.
Elma, NY 14059
The Morehouse Committee
of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum will
hold a meeting on Saturday March 26th at 10 AM at Mike Morehouse's. Ed
Wightman will bring us up to date on his recent meeting with Dominic Jacangelo
Deputy Commissioner for Upstate Regions NYS Parks.
We will review the State's
latest proposal for code updates and improvements for the Morehouse
Zeth Morehouse Program Chairman
Lake Spring Cruise - May 28th
Does gliding across a silvery
lake in a vintage boat on a brilliant warm day under clear blue skies with
the sun dancing off the water have appeal? If so, here’s just what
you’ve been waiting for!
The Chapter has organized
a Spring Cruise leaving from the north end of Owasco Lake, cruising to
the Cascade Restaurant for lunch at the foot of the lake, stopping at FLC
member, Dick Curvin’s summer home on Seward’s Point on the way back north
to see his extensive boat and antique outboard motor collection, before
returning to the launch ramp later in the afternoon. And our plan
is to provide each boat with a booklet covering points of interest along
Lake is the sixth largest of the Finger Lakes. Launching will take
place at the state ramp on the Owasco Outlet in Emerson Park at the north
end of the lake not later than 11:00am on Saturday, May 28th, followed
by a leisurely cruise down the west shore to the restaurant where there
are excellent docks for several boats. Lunch will be ordered from
the menu and afterwards, we’ll be treated to a tour of Dick Curvin’s extensive
Hard reservations aren’t
required, but it will be helpful to have a handle on numbers beforehand.
Please contact Janice Miller to let her know of your plans. If you
don’t have a boat, we’ll find the needed extra seats in another member’s
boat. Janice can be reached at 315-382-2924 evenings, or at
firstname.lastname@example.org See you on the 28th!
March 20 FLC Board of Directors
Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
April 16 Joint Chapter Meeting
Ramada Inn, Geneva, NY
April 17 FLC Board of Directors
Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
April 22-24 2005 ACBS Antique
Motor Boating Symposium The
Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA
May 28 FLC Spring Cruise
Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY
May 22 FLC Board of Directors
Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
June 11 Boat Show Dock Installation
Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY
June 12 FLC Board of Directors
Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
July 29-30 FLC Annual Boat
Show Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY
Sept. TBD Boat Show Dock
Removal Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY
Sept. 14-17 ACBS Annual
Meeting & Boat Show Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Nov. 12 FLC Annual Meeting
The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
Board of Directors Meetings
Interested Chapter members
are always welcome to attend the meetings of the FLC Board of Directors.
Meetings are held every month with two exceptions – December and February
–at 3:00pm at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles. Meeting dates for
the next quarter are listed in the Calendar of Events shown above.
After each meeting, members and guests are also welcome to stay and enjoy
a meal together (Dutch treat).
Barbara Giovannetti has
advised that her husband, Geno, passed away in August 2003. Barbara
has continued her ACBS and FLC memberships and asked that the Giovannetti
Award for Authenticity be continued at Chapter Boat Shows. Barbara
and Geno were the parents of Steve Giovannetti, an FLC member and avid
antique boater who passed away in 1994. The Authenticity Award was
established in Steve’s memory. Thank you, Barbara, for your continued
Dick Wycoff FLC Founding Member February 23, 2004
Safety – More Than Just on the Water
It was a beautiful summer
day. One of upstate New York’s finest. I was “working” out
of G-Section (the garage). Not much happening. My partner (wife)
was preparing for the day. Things were quiet. Life was good.
It was the day we had planned
to take the boat south to the Finger Lakes, launch it and enjoy some quality
time on the water. Had done it several times before. Nothing
new here. Best to gas up down at the Country Store where the price
was reasonable. Partner would be ready by the time I returned.
I hooked up the rig and
headed for the store. Out on the highway, I casually checked the
trailer through the rear-view mirrors and noticed that the left trailer
wheel seemed to be wobbling. Didn’t think it was excessive but kept
an eye on it. Pulled into the gas pump OK, filled up the tank and
started the two mile run back home. Trailer wheel seemed to be wobbling
a little more. Best to go easy and make sure I could make it home
Got there and gave the wheel
a once-over. If there was something wrong, it wasn’t obvious.
Lugs were all there and tight. Need to look further, but need some
jacks, pull the wheel, etc. Maybe a major problem. Best to
take it to a garage and get professional help. May need parts.
It was five miles to the
nearest garage and I very carefully nursed the rig slowly down the road
generally ignoring the backed-up traffic I was causing, but making sure
to minimize any side-loading on the wheel. I made it to the garage
and gingerly pulled the rig into a bay where the trailer could be worked
on. The mechanic jacked up the trailer and the left wheel fell completely
off the axle from its own weight!
Now the problem was obvious
– both wheel bearings were shot. The wheel spindle (axle) hadn’t
yet been damaged, so two new replacement bearings solved the problem along
with a generous amount of wheel bearing grease. And a check of the
right trailer wheel confirmed that although its problems weren’t critical
yet, it needed the same treatment.
So what went wrong?
Well, I was to blame. The trailer wheel bearings were properly equipped
with “bearing buddies” but I had failed to keep them supplied with grease
so they could do their job. As a result, the bearings had rusted,
and although they hadn’t run completely dry, rust and corrosion had caused
them to wear heavily and break up. It had all the makings of a situation
that could have caused a catastrophe.
To avoid the above, all
I had to do was fill each bearing buddy with a full charge of bearing grease
at the end of each boating season just before the boat is laid up for the
winter. By doing so, residual water in the bearings is expelled,
the bearings are coated and thoroughly protected with grease during storage,
and they are ready to run throughout the next boating season. Then,
before setting out on the road in the spring, it makes good sense to double-check
each wheel to confirm that it is firmly on its axle with no sign of loose
Pay attention to those trailer
bearings.They’re critical to safe boating! The story you have just read
is true. Only the names and places have been omitted to protect the
is the quarterly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Antique and Classic Boat
Society Chapter, Ltd., aka the Finger Lakes Chapter of The Antique
and Classic Boat Society, Inc., and is published for the benefit of Finger
Lakes Chapter Members. Publication dates are March 1st, June 1st,
Sept. 1st and Dec.1st. Questions, articles for publication, letters
to the editor, noncommercial ads, etc., should be sent to Dick
Sherwood, 1734 Lake Rd., Webster, NY 14580
Ph. 585-265-1518; Fax 585-265-4375
Commercial ads should be
sent to Jack Miller, Box 357, Homer, NY 13077 or
email@example.com; Ph. 607-749-7173
Future issues of Brightwork
will include commercial (paid) advertising. Commercial ads will help
offset the cost of printing, publishing and mailing the newsletter four
times per year. Commercial advertisers should contact Jack Miller
at Box 357, Homer, NY 13077 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Noncommercial ads (including
photos) covering boats and boating items For Sale, Wanted, and Wanted For
Trade will be included as a service to Finger Lakes Chapter members.
Forward noncommercial ads to Dick Sherwood at email@example.com
or in hardcopy at 1734 Lake Rd., Webster, NY 14580.
It's a pleasure to welcome
the following new members who have joined the Chapter in the last 14 months:
Michael & Dorothy
Chernago of Cortland, NY
Matt Colbert of Ithaca,
John & Jean Coleman
of Rochester, NY
Merle Cunningham of
New York, NY
Brian & Lynn Dombrowski
of Seneca Falls, NY
Bill & Jan Edwards
of Auburn, NY
Ted & Rebecca
Hall of North Canton, OH
Peter & Jo Ann
Maxson of Brockport, NY
Floyd & Joyce
Morris of Homer, NY
Steve & Beth Pier
of Seneca Falls, NY
Ken & Carol Steigelman
of Cooperstown, NY
Bill & Janet Stinson
of Skaneateles, NY
Jamie & Deb Strong
of Skaneateles, NY
Tom & Betty Strongman
of Cape Vincent, NY
Richard & Julie
Uhlig of Ithaca, NY
I Thank you all for your
memberships in the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Finger Lakes
FLC's membership level through
the month of February is 168,24 below where we ended last year. However,
this issue of Brightwork is being sent to everyone who was a member at
the close of 2004. Please see the enclosed copy of the 2005 FLC Membership
Roster to check your membership status. We hope you'll want to maintain
your FLC membership and continue to receive Brightwork. It's not too late
to renew! If you know of someone in the Finger Lakes area or someone who
summers in the region and who has a penchant for antique boats, why not
suggest memberships in ACBS and FLC?
For a membership form click
Dick Sherwood - Membership
Chairperson 585-265-1518 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust to Again Sponsor Annual Boat Show
Members of the Chapter's
Board of Directors have been meeting regularly with the Skaneateles
Area Chamber of Commerce planning this year's Annual Boat Show. Good
progress is being made and it's a pleasure to announce that Partners
Trust in Skaneateles will again be the show's Official Sponsor. Since
1998, the bank and its predecessors have been the show's primary sponsors.
Many thanks to Partners Trust for their continued support and confidence
in the Chapter's efforts.
Boat Show in Classic Boating
Congratulations to Jamie
& Deb Strong whose Lyman Islander is beautifully shown on the cover
of the March/April issue of CLASSIC BOATING magazine. Even though the weather
tried not to cooperate, that issue contains a remarkable 14-page spread
of excellent photography covering last year's FLC Boat Show. Single copies
of the March/April issue are available to non-subscribers for $6.25 US
per copy from CLASSIC
BOATING, 280 Lac La Belle Dr., Oconomowoc, WI 53066-1648. Delivery
takes 6-8 weeks.
to Annual Boat Show? »Your Opinion Is Needed«
In an attempt to add a new
dimension to the Chapter's Annual Boat Show, consideration is being given
to establishing a "trading site" for things related to vintage boats. The
site would be located at the eastern edge of the village of Skaneateles
where it would not detract from the Boat Show proper, be easily accessible,
and operate primarily on Friday of Boat Show weekend. It would provide
a location where antique boats-for-sale could be displayed by owners, flea
marketers could show their treasures, nautical vendors could demonstrate
their products, restorers could promote their services, and with sufficient
interest and participation, a vintage boat auction might evolve.
However, before proceeding
with detailed planning, the Chapter needs an expression of interest from
FLC members, pro, con or indifferent. If you're on-line, please send your
reactions to Brad Wirth, Boat Show Chair,
or give him a call at 315-673-0134. To make the trading site a possibility
for this year's Boat Show, we need your reactions ASAP, Please let us hear
from you at your earliest convenience.
FOR SALE: Rare
1927 20-ft. Gesswein Sportabout (hull #7) with original 6 cyl. Van Blerck
engine. Twin cockpit with unusual facing rear seats. Brass
hardware & leather upholstery. Boat & engine fully restored;
both in excellent condition. Custom trailer. Asking $35,000.
Barbara Giovannetti, 315-947-5532 or email@example.com
FOR SALE: 1920s-vintage
14-ft. Sutherland double-ended trout boat in good condition. Asking
$2000. OBO. Also, 1910? 16-ft. Edwin Long rowboat in very good condition
with original oars. Asking $3000. OBO. Garrit Heerkeens, 585-924-3923.
FOR SALE: 1955
Century Resorter with 135hp Gray Marine engine. Boat & engine
each ready for reassembly. Great project boat. New upholstery
& restored original trailer. Asking $7000. OBO Loretta
August during a trip to Maine, we visited the Brooklin
Boat Yard.. There,
I recognized the bare wooden frame of a boat I hadn't seen in years. Three
things make an article about that boat of interest:
1. For its size, the
boat has an immediately identifiable and unusual if not unique, torpedo
2. The boat is undergoing
a total and unusual restoration -- it serves as its own template as it
is parted out, piece by piece. When the restoration is complete, an entirely
new boat will stand in place of the original, and 3. It has an interesting
history. Many thanks to Steve White at Brooklin Boat Yard and to Kirk Reynolds,
Captain of the APHRODITE, for their assistance in preparing this article.
More info is available
on the web at www.brooklinboatvard.com
was built by the Purdy Boat Co. and launched May of 1937 for Wall Street
financier and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James,. John Hay (Jock)
Whitney of Manhasset, Long Island. Best described as a "Commuter Yacht,"
this elegant and sleek 74 footer would, each morning, whisk Mr. Whitney
from his large two-story boat house westward down Long Island Sound and
through the East River to his Wall Street office. During the 45 minute
commute. ) Mr. Whitney would go up to the forward cockpit and read the
Herald Tribune to catch up on the day's news.
APHRODITE's guest list over
the years reads like a "Who's Who" in the worlds of government, business
and entertainment with such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Sir Lawrence Olivier,
Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Ford II, FDR advisor Harry Hopkins
and Nelson Rockefeller aboard for summer day cruises down Long Island Sound.
APHRODITE also once served as the site for a birthday party for Shirley
The day after the attack
on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Whitney offered APHRODITE to the government for War
service and the boat was commissioned in April 1942 as a Coast Guard auxiliary
vessel (CGR-557). It spent most of its war-time career ferrying dignitaries
up and down the Atlantic coast and transporting President Roosevelt to
and from his home at Hyde Park on the Hudson River.
In the early 1960's Mr. Whitney
no longer needed such a large boat so he donated it to Anthony Drexel Duke
and Boy's Harbor, a summer program for disadvantaged inner city youth
which operated on Mr. Duke's estate at East Hampton, Long Island.
In the late 1960's or early
1970's APHRODITE was renamed MOONFIRE and under that name it went through
a series of owners under which its condition quickly deteriorated to the
point where it was parked ashore with weeds sprouting around its neglected
Around 1970, Mr.John Pannell
started a marine repair business (Harbor View Marine) on the site of of
the old Purdy Boat Company where APHRODITE was originally built.
In 1983 Mr. Parnell was approached by a gentleman from New Jersey
who told him he had just bought an old boat and asked if he would
be interested in a restoration project. He added "the boat's got MOONFIRE
on the transom but I think it's APHRODITE"! The boat was launched and towed
back to its original birth place where it was then hauled out and restoration
The unexpected death of the
New Jersey man shortly after work was begun brought restoration efforts
to a temporary halt. Work began again in earnest when John Pannell accepted
ownership of APHRODITE from the heirs as payment for work in progress.
After relaunching in 1984,
APHRODITE could be seen traveling up and down the East Coast and in attendance
at many classic boat events where it garnered many a prize.
In the fall of 2000, John
Pannell sold APHRODITE to its present owner, a true classic boat enthusiast.
Despite Pannell's loving attention to the boat, the new owner found that
overall the boat was in an advanced state of deterioration. He could
not stop the clock and retain the boat's past glory. In the late fall of
2003, APHRODITE was delivered to the Brooklin
Boat Yard where a complete restoration of the boat is returning it
to its original appearance while bringing all ship's systems up to today's
standards. The first stage of this project was to extensively catalog all
aspects of the boat for later reference. Once this historical documentation
was completed, forms were placed into the boat to retain the hull's shape.
Next, the job of disassembly began with the removal of the deck, superstructure,
bulkheads, all interior structures and ship's systems leaving only the
hull in place.
Reconstruction began with
the replacement of the original backbone, stem, floors and the reframing
of the intricate curves of APHRODITE's signature torpedo stem. Next on
the list was the removal of the original hull planking and the fastening
of temporary rib bands to the original frames. After all planking was removed,
new white oak frames were fabricated and steam bent into position, and
the original frames were removed.
On September 2, 2004 the
final original frame (last wood of the original boat) was removed marking
the transition from old to new. Work on this project continues at a rapid
pace with interior longitudinal stringers, blocking for shaft and
rudder apertures and bulkheads
being fabricated and fitted into place .
APHRODITE, restored to her original
grandeur, is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2005.
Launching is scheduled for June.
Concluding comment: When leaving
the boatyard, we passed a dumpster over-flowing with discarded original
wood from the restoration. A piece of a rib with a compound bend from the
torpedo stern pleaded to be saved. Haven't yet decided what to do with
it! -Dick Sherwood.
||Once all structure work
has been completed replanking of the hull (as original donbleplanked
and copper riveted Philippine mahogany) will begin followed by ship's systems
installations and the reconstruction of the interior accommodations spaces,
decks and superstructure. Ship's systems will, of course, be of a more
modern nature than those with which the boat was originally equipped, but
interior accommodations, deck and superstructure will be as originally
Original power was
a pair of 800 HP V12 Packards that moved the boat faster than its contract
speed of' 38 MPH. These engines were replaced by 1350 HP Packards and there
followed 1500 HP Packards when the government took the boat over in 1942.
Supposedly, it did 60 MPH with those engines and it became the pace-setter
for all PT boats built during World War II. Later engines included 275
HP Hall-Scotts, 275 HP GM diesels and lastly, 350 HP V8 Crusaders. A final
all-out run just before the start of restoration reached 25 knots and caused
an engine to blow!
A pair of new Caterpillar
C-18 diesels "painted black with plenty of chrome," each rated at 1001
HP, has now been installed for maximum reliability. A new variable speed
reduction gear has also been installed so that at low engine RPM, the boat
won't be doing eleven knots (theoretical speed at the normal operating
[lowest] ratio of 1.03).
The engines will be electronically
controlled and the control units are being modified so that the original
helm controls can still be used. Top speed is predicted to be an impressive
Century Boat Club has an on line registry of boats. All makes
and models are welcome.
To register as a guest does
not require Century Boat Club Membership. You can list as many boats
that you would want and upload photographs. It is all free and easy
best regards Frank Miklos
Calendar Of Events 2005
and Toronto Chapter of ACBS
at the Helm"
Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS
Jack Miller 607-749-7173
First Vice President
Brad Wirth 315-673-0134
Second Vice President
Rob Kidd 315-635-6187
Third Vice President
Janice Miller 315-496-2924
Fourth Vice President
Bill Gregory 315-685- 7646
Shirley Marsden 315-253-7505
Anna Miller 607-749-7173
Bernie Clapp 315-625-4568
Dave Freund 315-469-7222
Jack Gifford 315-446-2440
Arnie Rubenstein 315-637-8522
Dick Sherwood 585-265-1518
Bill Stinson 315-497-2076
Steve White 315-685-0252
Directors At Large
Diane Schwenke 315-675-9755
Ron Svec 607-657-2748
Roger Townsend 607-775-2487
Membership & Newsletter
Dick Sherwood 585-265-1518
Scott Buehler 1998
- Arnie Rubenstein 1996-1997
- Dick Sherwood 1992-1995
- Susan Buehler 1988-1991
- George Zeth 1987
Jim Brennan 1984-1986
- Bob Myllymaki 1982-1983
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Jim Brennan, Fred Curry,
Jerry Feltus ,Ford Knight, Syd Marsden, Richard Morehouse, Dick Wyckoff,
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