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Official Newsletter of the 
Finger Lakes Chapter
Antique and Classic
Boat Society
Volume 11
Issue 2
June 2001
President’s Message
I started writing this message with the observation that our very, very long winter was finally over, when the weather report said Syracuse experienced snow flurries on the 30th of May; a record for the latest snowfall ever recorded.  Maybe buying an iceboat is not such a bad idea after all!
It has been a long winter and your Board of Directors has been meeting on a monthly basis planning this summer’s events and one thing we definitely need is more input ffrom our members telling us what they would like to do.  It may be there are enough shows to attend during our short summer to keep everyone busy.  I know DeAnne and I find it very enjoyable to visit other Chapter’s shows, meet new people and cruise other waters.  It is also possible that our own show provides all the activity many members need; we certainly have good participation from those who exhibit and those who volunteer.  If you have an activity you would like the Chapter to provide let us know either by writing to the editor of the Newsletter, by calling me at 315-635-9695 or by e-mailing me at
Our annual Boat Show is filling up fast with exhibitors coming from literally, all over the country!  The selection of boats is quite varied and will provide unprecedented viewing for those who attend the show.  If you are not exhibiting a boat pleas plan to stop by and enjoy the live music, the great selection of clothing and marine gifts at our ship’s store, the seminars on seat caning and CNY wooden boat builders,  the boat parade and tours of historical Skaneateles.  There is much to see and do and I urge you to join us, you on’t be disappointed.  The dates again are July 27th, 28th and 29th and a complete schedule of events appear on page 9 for your reference.  As always we need volunteers for a variety of tasks and if you can spare an hour or two please contact either Jack Miller at 607-844-9513 or myself.  I hope you all have a great summer enjoying your boats and I look forward to seeing you out on the water.
Best regards, Roger Townsend

Editor’s Muttering
It is that time again, boating season!  We launched our sailboat this weekend and now are hoping for sunny skies and medium winds (during non working hours,... oh to permanently retire).
The editorial section in the previous issue served its purpose, discussion was generated.  The editorial about the ACBS’s focus received strong support and disagreement (even within my own home).  This is a good thing as it is through disagreement that things are discovered and even changed.  For those wanting a name for the writer, I am guilty of not including it.  The article was the result of a phone discussion between my father and me, and since I was putting his words into print without exact quotes I did not sign his name to it.  So if you ar looking to talk to the author you can contact Syd or myself.
 I am looking forward to the usual shows and evening cruises and idle chatter that will fill the season and enrich our lives.  Hope to see you all at the various up coming events.     Wendy
Accept credit cards...
Serve good coffee...
And take reservations...
in Skaneateles does none of these.

The perfect spot for a nap at the Annual Boat Show, the front seat of a 1926 Albany Hacker
Publication Information & Rates
Brightwork is published quarterly the benefit of the FLC of the ACBS members.  Our newsletter reaches 200+ members and chapter presidents across the US and  Canada.  Publication is scheduled for March, June, Sept. & Dec. 1st.
Questions, articles, letters to the editor, etc. should be sent to Wendy Fetridge, PO Box 224, Lanesboro,  MA 01237-0224 or or 413-442-7567.  Commercial and non-commercial ads should be sent to Dick Sherwood, 1734 Lake Road, Webster, NY 14580 or call 716-265-1518 or email Rates are Full page$100,  Half page $50, Quarter page $25, Eighth page $15, Business cards $10. Rates are per issue. B&W classified ads included without charge for members

If you are looking for a great way to celebrate the chapter’s 25 years of existance, make a pilgrimage to the place where it all started.  The Deerhead Restaurant on the north west side of Cayuga Lake.  The food is delicious & prices are reasonable ( not as cheap as when the boys first started meeting).
Traditional & Contemporary Construction
Wooden Boats Bought & Sold
28 West Lake Road  Branchport, NY 14418
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Calendar of Events
 July 27-29 FLC Annual Boat Show Skaneateles,   NY (Contact Arnie Rubenstein 315-637-8522)

Mtgs at Townsend’s home in Baldwinsville. September 13-18 Tour of Lake George- Fall Foliage Cruise combined with the Wine Country and Niagra Chapters.





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Who’s At The Helm?!
FLC President
Roger Townsend 315-635-9695
Co-Vice Presidents
1st Diane Schwenke 315-675-9755
2nd Jack Miller 607-844-9513
3rd Arnie Rubenstein (E)315-637-8522 (D)315-446-8700
4th & Membership Dick Sherwood 716-265-1518
Shirley Marsden (E)315-253-7505(D)315-252-9506
Jeff Williams (E)607-387-5346 (D)607-387-3900
Bernie Clapp 315-625-4568
Bill Gregory (S)315-685-7646 (W)602981-2883
Steve White (E)315-685-0252 (D)315-685-7733
Rob Kidd 315-635-6187
Jeff Schwenke 315-675-9755
Ron Svec (E)607-657-2748  (D)607-755-3779

For those of you who wait to the last minute to register for the Annual Boat Show, please note this year there is a deadline for show registrations to be submitted by:  July 17th....

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The Erie Canal was arguably the most important  transportation system ever built in this country. Only the  trans-continental railroad and the interstate highway system can compare in realizing widespread social, cultural & economic change in America. 
   The original Erie Canal was constructed between 1817 and 1825. At a cost of little over 7 million dollars, Governor Dewitt Clinton and the state of New York were able to build a waterway 4 feet deep, 40 feet wide and 363 miles long, connecting the Hudson river at Albany to Lake Erie at Buffalo. 
   The canal was the most ambitious engineering project undertaken anywhere in the country up to that time. The canal was the communication and transportation link between the eastern and western  parts of the country. It allowed New York City to become the commercial, financial and immigration center of the country, while opening the west for settlement and industrial growth. 
   The success of the Erie sparked an explosion of canal building all over the country. The canal carried millions of tons of freight, but freight wasn't all that was carried. The canal allowed people with their thoughts and ideas to travel rapidly throughout the country as well.Social reform movements including Women's Rights and abolitionists and numerous religious groups sprang up along the waterway, taking advantage of the rapid communication provided by the canal. 
   The canal remains an important asset in New York. Its history, legends and lore enrich the story of New York State. 
Today thousands of recreational boaters enjoy the canal system, impacting our 
economy in a way Dewitt Clinton never dreamed of. The story of the Erie Canal continues and its final chapter won't be written for quite some time.   "Captain Dan Wiles" 
 For those of you who remember the canal as an overgrown, body of water, you will be very pleasantly surprised to find the beautiful homes, charming restaurants and fish & fowl populated waters of today.  Whether you are headed towards Seneca Falls or towards Oneida Lake there is beautiful scenery and friendly people to great you along the way.  If you are looking for a pleasant day motoring along set out upon the Erie Canal and rediscover an area too often overlooked!
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Non-Chapter Events Calendar
All members of the FLC are invited to attend a special event on Cayuga Lake, Saturday August 11, 2001.  Called “Classic Day at the IYC”, this event is held at the Ithaca Yacht Club where all members of the FLC and Wine Country are invited to bring their woodies for a day of fun, relaxation and just “hanging out” with their families and guests.  This is a free event (except food), there is a boat launch and ample dockage for your boat.  The IYC is a beautiful spot on the western shore of Cayuga Lake approximately 4 miles North of Ithaca on Rt 89. There is a sign at the top of the road leading down to the club. Your hosts will be Stu Lewis and Bob Bartholf of Wine Country.  The club offers meals, either snack or full dinner.  There is an excellant swim beach, playground, toilet facilities and showers.  Once everyone arrives and settles in we will arrange for a mid afternoon flyby.  There will be no competitive judging during this event.  Please notify Stu Lewis if you plan to attend.  Notify Stu at 23 Cedar Lane Ithaca, NY 14850  or phone 607-257-2496 .  His email address is

Aug 10-12 Thompson Antique & Classic Boat Rally at Nest Egg Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin on the Menominee River only six miles from Peshtigo, Wisconsin the original Thompson Boat enterprises. For info & registration contact Andreas Jordahl Rhude, 4054 Wentworth Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55409-1522, 612-823-3990, email
Aug 11-12 Wooden Boat Festival Orleans City. Marine Park Boat rides, free concert, food and more..More info contact Ray Leonard 716-226-2594, email

August 10-12 11th Annual Antique and Classic Boat show of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter at Saunders Parkway Marina, Rt. 626, Huddleston, VA To register or for info contact Cindy & Lars Okeson 540-297-8451,
or Dan Holdgreve 540-890-2027,

Aug 18-19 26th Annual Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino near Red Wing MN, Contact 952-934-9522 or toll free 877-636-3111 or BSLOL, P.O. Box 11, Hopkins,MN 55343-0011,

Aug 25-28th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous of the Adirondack Chapter ACBS at Lake George Village docks, Lake George, NY Contact Maria Johnson, 9 Scott Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, 518-884-2878

Buy, Sell or Trade
1956 23’ Chris Craft Continental in excellent condition.  327 Chevy V8.  totally restored with original upholstery.  Stored indoors year round.$19,000. Fair Haven, NY (315) 342-6736 or

I build and repair wooden boats.  If interested Mati Teinbas (+372)46 29187 Suursadam, Hiiumaa 92301, Estonia

Cadillac Monterey, 1957 15’ outboard runabout.  Molded plywood, double cockpit, deck, windsheild.  Matching Evinrude Big Twin 35 electric, correct controls, wiring harness, two twin line tanks.  All very good. Paul Chapin, P.O. Box 504, Union Springs, NY 13160-0504 315-889-7624

1951 Steelcraft Express cruiser, 28’ x 9’6”. Gray mo. 150, 330 cu. in. six, 150 hp.  sleeps 4, head, galley, new carpet, 3year old canvas, interior very original with mauals & sales literature. Rare& new keel & rudder, ss shaft, mahagony top, everything works.  Pictures & ins. survey. ACBS member located in Syracuse area $15,000 call John 315-492-6017 msg.

1954 Century Wood Inboard 16’ Resorter, Engine Rebuilt, 6 cylinder,  Fred Podszebka, 6582 Fremont Rd., E. Syracuse, N.Y. 13057  315-656-8238

1930 22’ triple cockpit Gar Wood.  Very good shape, West bottom, 327 Chevy engine 210hp, tandem axel trailer.  Asking $37,000.
1932 18’ split cockpit Gar Wood.  needs to be restored.  some hardware, the rest available.  no engine, 283 available. $3,000 OBO.
1957 15’ Century Palomino outboard.  all original with motor.  $1,500. OBO.
1963 38’ Pacemaker.  needs to be refinished.  Two 318 225hp engines.  good shape, hull very tight.  asking $7,000.  Call Bill Nedrow, 163 Davis Road, Lansing, NY  14882  607-533-4361

1954 Chris Craft Custom runabout, s/n 17-P-231, 120hp KLC, restoration 1999, trailer & new custom-made cover. $10,500. Jerry Hart 315-834-6070.

1959 19’ Lyman Islander with never used custom built trailer. $2,000. Also 1956 16’ Penn Yan Sealiner with KBL engine.  boat has original paint and varnish.  $1,000 Lou Smith 607-734-3882, leave message.

1929 22’ Chris Craft Cadet. Restoration started, hull and bottom in great original condition.  would like to finish to buyer’s satisfaction.  Photos and more info available.  asking $32,000. Cal George Morse 315-889-7720 or Will schempp 607-533-7208

1950 22’ Chris Craft Sportsman.  all original, completely restored in 1992.  Revarnished and “M” engine rebuilt 1997.  full cnvas plus cover.  stored in boathouse year round. $20,500 or reasonable offer. Call Bob Parke 315-446-6260

1959 22’ Century Ravenwith 170hp V-8.  New upholstery throughout.  Fresh Brightwork, paint and antifouling bottom done fall ‘98.  ready for water with tandem trailer.  Sacrifice at $7,500. Call Doug Persee 315-469-3349 Fair Haven, NY

1955 14’ Penn Yan Swift currently in Nantucket.  The boat was completely restored in 1988 and has not been in the water since.  The bright work does need a litle touching up now from just sitting around, but otherwise, in excellent condition. Carl Apthorp 413 Southampton Dr. Aurora, OH 44202-6721  telephone 1-330-995-2533  email
1948 25’ Chris Craft Sportsman. Need restoration, but has all hardware and original leather upholstery.  $4,900. Trailer available.  Also 1950s Penn Yan Swift, ski model.  needs resstoration but is solid without rot. $750. Call George Seeley 607-547-9330 Cooperstown, NY

Rare 1927 20’ Gesswein Sportabout (hull#7) with original 6cyl Van Blerck engine.  Twin cockpit with unusual facing rear seats.  Brass hardware, leather upholstery.  Boat & engine fully restored, both in excellent condition.  Trailer included, $40,000 or reasonable offer. Geno & Barbara Giovannetti, Box 84, Fair Haven, NY 13064  315-947-5532 (E)
1963 13’ Penn Yan Swift, stepped hull, 50hp Mercury with trailer $4,500.  also 1959 22’ Century Raven, needs restoration, $2,000.  also 1915 (?) 24’ Fry launch, built Clayton, NY make offer.  also 1957 24’ custom built Hubert Johnson cedar lapstrake inboard, 3/4” planking riveted to heavy oak ribs, decks, windshield, coamings and seats; 3/4” mahogany and teak finished with Cetol marine “no sand finish”, bottom has Interlux Micron CSC “no sand bottom paint”, engine is a 225hp Chrysler Hemi with reduction gear, custom-built bunked tandem axel trailer with brakes and removable uprights. $54,000 Call George Morse, 315-889-7720 or Box 89, Union Springs, NY 13160

Wanted, Frame lift pontoon boat trailer 22’ or 24’Call barry at 315-682-8909

1954 14’ Shell Lake. Good fishing boat.  Painted 1997 $400. Sally Lathrop 716-554-6147

1962 Penn Yan 19’ with a Merc I/O that still runs. It has a hard top and is glassed in. This boat needs some restoration, mostly cosmetic as far as we can tell.  We don’t have time for this and are looking to sell it to someone who will loving  restore it Kate Kirkpatrick Ithaca, NY 607-272-3440 (eves)

1948 12’ Moulded plywood outboard, w/oars $1000
“no name” double ended approx. 16” one cyc B&B inboard (may be later installation) $1200
Michigan Boat works 16’ “steel launch” w/original 1 cyl Detroit engine.  All original, need small area in bottom attended, on trailer early teen vintage $2000 Sutherland double ended rowboat 14’ original condition w/oars $2000  Edwin Long (Rochester, NY) 16’ on trlr, 2 sets original oars $3000 Several outboards available.
Call for list. Gerrit Heerken 716-924-3923

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Off The Record
To respond to editorials you can write to Brightwork P.O. Box 224, Lanesboro, MA 01237-0224, email us at, or telephone 413-442-7567.

Dear Editor,
Although I am a new member of the Finger Lakes Chapter, Ellie and I have attended a few boat shows as spectators and were always impressed with the organization of the crew at your show.  Last year we decided to bring our boat to the show.  Even though we knew a few members, now comes the anxiety:  where to go; what was the launch like; what would we do with the truck and trailer?
After a five-hour drive, there we were, slowly driving down the lake side looking for the airport and launch.  (Thinking what will we do when we find it?)  As we started down the launch road, we were wondering how we would maneuver our “big rig” and launch the 26’ Sea Skiff.  Suddenly a gentleman appeared to give us instructions on the best way to launch at this site.  Down at the water were many more eager and knowledgeable hands to help.  Razz Matazz was launched and tied to the dock with no trouble at all!  Then, to my surprise, two men came and asked if they could drive our truck, camper, and trailer to the airport parking for us.  Certainly!  Ellie an I then headed on a relaxing ride down the lake to the docks.  When we went to the registration booth, our truck keys were waiting and the rig was parked right across the street.  Talk about service!  On Sunday night, after a wonderful weekend, the crew was there again to help us load the boat on the trailer.  our compliments to everyone on the crew.  They are knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and really put you at ease.  If you have ever thought of going to a boat show, this is the one!  Many thanks to you all.  Bruce and Ellie Conklin and Razz Matazz

Congratulations!  Brian and Sandra Skeval welcomed their daughter Sarah Margie Skeval into the world on March 3, 2001.  Brian & his wife have donated the “Stickley” styled foot stools to our silent auctions.  Brian made the stools in his shop where he builds furniture for their store in Lafayette, NY.  Soon they plan to start construction on a boat restoration shop at the same location. Submitted by Jan Race

Letter to the Editor (via phone conversation) Don Babcock, Director ACBS and member of FLC, called us to voice his opinion on the editorial in the March 2001 Brightwork about the focus of the ACBS.  He let us know that he has never done anything like this before, but his level of outrage at the opinions expressed required him to take action.  As a director, he feels the ACBS is not focusing its efforts on the power boats but is including all antique and classic boaters in their agenda.  He strongly supports the efforts of the ACBS directors and committee members in their efforts to promote the organizations vision and and mission statements.  In addition, he would like all editorials signed so that any concerns can be addressed with the appropriate person.

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Joint Chapter Spring Dinner Meeting
The dinner held in Geneva, NY was very well attended by the five ACBS Chapters invited to attend.  Everyone enjoyed a plentiful and tasty meal, followed by a knowledgeable guest speaker.  After the scheduled part of the evening, many people stayed a “little” longer to swap stories and catch up on the news in the boating world.  Overall an enjoyable evening was spent in the company of friends and fellow enthusiasts.
The various directors of the five Chapters decided that before next year’s dinner there would be a business meeting to discuss the various problems, events and ideas occurring at the chapter level.  This meeting will be open to the general membership and your input is encouraged.  Since many of the same topics come up in each chapter it should be a great forum to address the issues facing all of us and to hopefully share great ideas.
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OUR MOTOR BOATS..For a pleasure which is at once healthful, restful and practical, nothing compares with a motor boat. Like every other article, there are good ones and poor ones, and in building a boat, paint and varnish can be made to “cover a multitude of sins.” The really good hull, built equally well within and without, must compete with the cheap hull which at first sight seems all right. That is why we wish every customer could come to our factory and see how our boats are put up.
 80 h.p. Four Cylinder Convertible Kerosene-Gasoline Engine with Reverse Clutch. Spark and throttle control arranged to handle from either end. Throttle regulates all vaporizers at once, yet either can be cut out at will. Cylinders independent and perfectly accessible. Crank shaft one continuous forging, with throw set at 90 degrees. Provided with a “Compression Relief” device whereby when the Clutch is disengaged the compression can be reduced and the engine will run uniformly although under no load.
June 2nd was dock maintenance day in Skaneateles. Chapter members gathered to repair and clean the docks which will be installed June 16th. If you would like to help with the docks or any future projects ..
please give Roger Townsend a call at 315-635-9695
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Ithaca, NY 14850
Looking back . founding member~~~~~~~~ Ford Knight.
My perceptions of the beginning of the club...I had bought my Morehouse Utility in 1977 and being young took on the task of varnishing it.  What I didn’t know would have filled a library, but I varnished it and got it ready for the water (its first visit in over 7 years).  The workmen down at Morehouse’s Marina teased me about the non slip finish.  But I still was very happy to have my own Morehouse Inboard.
My grandfather, Dr. Robert Knight had  bought a mahogany 20 footer in 1956 and I have spent my entire in life in Morehouse Boats.  During my “restoration” process I began to talk up the idea of starting a boat show for the Morehouse boats that my friends and I enjoyed....Ah those were the days to be young and full of drive, albeit somewhat innocent and inexperienced in the ways of antique boating.  All I knew was that we had some cool boats and thought we should pursue having a show to display them.
One Saturday in September of 1977, Big George Zeth, Freddie Curry 9still the owner of the only 22 foot double cockpit Morehouse Inboard ever built), “Cool” Rich (Morehouse)(aka in the 21st Century Jennifer Wells), and I loaded up in Freddie’s LTD and drove up to the Shipyard Museum in Clayton, NY.  Way back then, John Bradley ran the shop and we spent quite a bit of time looking around and talking to him about our idea for a boat display.    In our eyes, John was “The Man”.  He spoke our language and his excitement for what antique boating was to become was infectious.  his spirit was unwavering.  I am sorry he passed away before seeing his dreams come true.  (You could write a whole lot on how the true spirit of antique boating has been subverted and supplanted by those interested in only money, but hey this is America, greed is good.)  Back to John, at the time I must say that he was not totally positive about our boats being in the Clayton Boat Show.  Morehouse Boats, you see were not old enough to be considered antiques according to the Shipyard Museum’s criteria.  Oh well, we didn’t care.  Maybe our boats were classics.  Yeah that was the ticket!  We just knew that it would be fun to try and do something.  Somewhere along the way John told us about the Antique and Classic Boat Society and Mr. Ray Nelson and we decided  to contact him.
We came home hot to trot. Big George, Freddie, Cool Rich, “Fair Jer” Feltus, Mike Morehouse, Dale Owens and myself wanted to get something going.  We talked it up at the Deer Head Inn on Lower Lake Road on the west shore of Cayuga Lake.  The Deer Head was owned then by the boat builder’s cousin, Allyn Morehouse.  There were men who worked on Morehouse Boats, who were still employed by Bob Morehouse, who came to the bar at the Deer Head after work and talked about building boats.  We all listened intently to the stories of the “glory days”: when the production of Morehouse Boats was in full flower.  Jack “Cookie” Cook and Dick “Doty” Doty told all of us young bucks about what it was like making each wood boat by hand; using the forms to bend the oak ribs and completing another work of art.  I thought then and still do, that they were works of art, as are all handmade wooden boats.  Cookie, Doty and Bob made it sound quite routine, but I drank in every word.  Big George, Cool Rich and Mike were after all very familiar with the family business and would try to look blase, but we all thought it was great fun to listen to the stories.  They were also very proud of their family’s rich heritage.
I thought it was intrinsically necessary for each of us to share these great boats with others.  So to get it started we ran an ad in the Geneva Times, and the Auburn Citizen asking anyone interested in exploring the idea of an Antique Boat Show in the Finger Lakes Area to please come to the Deer Head Inn on a Sunday afternoon in October.  (I don’t remember the date.)  The turn out was good and it was on that day that we met people that would help us fulfill our dream: Syd Marsden, Shirley Marsden, their son Bruce, and Jim Brennan.  Jim had also heard of the ACBS and we decided to start a chapter in the Finger Lakes.  Syd Marsden stood up and spoke of his family’s positive experiences at the Antique Boat Show in Clayton, and said we could do the same thing in the Finger Lakes.  Syd’s optimism has never wavered on this.  It was on that day the club began its journey to what it is today.
We decided to have our first event in Ithaca at the State Marina (whatever its name is) so the next month off we went to a rented room at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca for our second meeting.  We had placed more ads in the newspaper and this is where George Morse (that old fox) and his sons Linc and David turned up.  The meeting was very positive and plans continued to move forward.
When we contacted ACBS we found out that there were great advantages for us to form a local chapter.  Liability insurance for boat shows was first on the list!  As we started to see to fulfilling all the criteria for being a chapter, we discovered we needed 15 people to fill out the form, we counted noses and our small but growing group was ready.  By this time, Jim Brennan had added his good friend, Bob Myllymaki to the group and we were on our way!  I remember a Sunday meeting at the Deer Head and going around getting the 15 names.  We were only a few short and managed to find willing participants.  Allyn Morehouse, bless his heart, was the last of the 15 needed.  He put his name down where there was a space to list his boat,  he listed his 1975 MFG outboard.  Maybe it could qualify for an antique or at least a classic now.
Before we knew it we had a dinner meeting at the Deer Head where Mr. William Willig, the president of ACBS, presented us with a certificate confirming our status as the Finger Lakes Chapter ACBS.  That summer, we held our first Finger lakes Antique and Classic Rendezvous in Ithaca.  We did not have a whole lot of what would constitute “amenities” but we had a good time.  We learned a lot and knew we still had a lot more to learn, but we had managed to achieve a dream.
I will never forget Mr. Bill Smith showing up with his beautiful Fay and Bowen Launch.  There was also an awesome Fay and Bowen Runabout, (don’t remember who that was or where it was from, but it was the first time I had ever seen a boat like it).  Jim and Bob were there with Jim’s boat After Taxes, and the entire Marsden tribe were there with their dispro and maybe a canoe(?).  What we lacked in this’s and that’s we made up for in a fundamental appreciation for our boats.  Little did we know that from such humble beginnings, we would grow into today’s organization.  I feel a great sense of personal pride, as thechapter’s first president, I at least got the ball rolling.
I will always be thankful for the opportunities, my involvement in promoting antique boating has personally afforded me.  After all I met my wife at the 1983 Clayton Show.  (My Morehouse was finally old enough to enter!)  That was the year I had completely restored my Morehouse (for the first time).  I have since restored it two more times.  so much for perfection.  Truthfully though, what we started has flourished and I will always be grateful for the friends I have made and the wonderful times I have had.  They will be cherished always.
Submitted by Charles “Ford” Knight

In Case You Missed It Before...
Note the following 2001 boat show changes.
     The launch site will have set hours when help will be available for participants to load and unload their boats. Friday 1300-1700, Saturday 0730-0930, and Sunday 1530-1800.  In addition remember to have a spare set of keys for your vehicle, the launch staff will not be liable.
     There is a limit on the seating available for Saturday night’s dinner thus there will be no cash payments accepted at dinner, you must have reservations to participate in the dinner portion of the evening. Saturday morning will be coffee and donuts at the registration table area.  Sunday will inclued the usual brunch. The bus tour first held in 2000 will operate again this year and will be the responsibility of The Skaneateles Historical Society.

Friday, July 27th
Registration 1pm-7pm  Public Viewing 3pm-7pm
Eveing barbecue (cash bar) 6pm-7:30pm
Park Concert by Skaneateles Community Band 7:30 pm-
Saturday July 28th
Public Viewing 9am-7pm  Judging 9am-1pm
Music in the Park by Jazz Bones 12:30pm-2:30pm
Parade of Boats 2:30pm   Cocktail Hour (cash bar) 5:30pn-7pm  Dinner 7pm Awards-Following Dinner
Sunday July 29th
Public Viewing 8am-3pm
Music in the Park by The Soda Ash Six 1pm-3pm
Seminars Seat Caning 1:30pm, CNY Boat Builders 2pm     Peoples Choice Award 3pm
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  How the Clayton New York Boat Parade/Boat Show Got Started
The following article  was written by the late Doc Heady of Clayton New York.  “Doc was a year around resident of Clayton...friend of the Antique Boat Museum...a Phyician to the Clayton community for many decades and a dear friend to all that knew him.”

In 1939 a successful manufacturer, Merle Young's, bought a large farm located on the St. Lawrence River just above Clayton, New York. It was known as Zenda Farms, and it was a model dairy. On the property was a magnificent "cottage" as well as a large boathouse and extensive docks. Several young nephews worked with him in his business. One of them, Allen R. Young's, owned a cottage on the edge of the Zenda property where he and his family spent  a large part of their summers. he called it Idyll Oaks as it was surrounded by a grove of stately old oaks. He also owned a boathouse and a boat which was serviced by a man named Tom Turgeon who, with his son Bill, owned and operated the Thousand Islands Marina, now known  as Remar Marina, located around the corner from the present Antique Boat Museum.  
   Tom had lived among and worked on the boats of the Thousand Islands all of his life. His father had gone down with a great lakes schooner off Sackets Harbor when Tom was just a young lad. One summer day in 1964 Allan Young's and his wife were walking through the marina with Tom when they noticed an old wooden boat on blocks in a corner of the building. They went home but couldn't erase the picture of that graceful, old boat from their minds.
   A few days later they returned and inquired as to the boat's owner. Tom told them that he had taken it in payment of a bill owed to him by the previous owner, and he agreed to sell it for the amount of the bill - just a few hundred dollars. The Young's agreed to buy the boat and asked how it could be restored. Tom replied that he had a craftsman, Glenn Jackson, who was quite capable of restoring it, and a price was agreed upon for the work to be done during that winter when the marina's work load would be minimal.
  When the Young's returned the following spring, they were thrilled with the appearance of their long slender launch with her gleaming white hull, and richly grained mahogany foredeck stretching endlessly before them. They named her Idyll Oaks after their cottage. Since they had several friends with old, wooden boats in their boathouses, they invited those friends to join them in displaying their boats. This plan was discussed with the officials of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and the Clayton Village Board, who agreed to provide some publicity for this event, as well as dock space to display the boats. About twenty boats appeared that first year, with many of their crews in period costumes.
   The next year, 1966, it was decided that this event would be a great addition to the activities of Clayton's Old home Week, so the chamber published the event in its bulletin and included it in all of that summer's other advertising. Esther Levy, Publicist for the Thousand Islands International Council also entered the picture, enhancing the chamber's efforts. This time, there were nearly forty boats entered, and Clifford Carpenter, Editor and Publisher of the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, was present with his camera. He interviewed exhibitors, took many pictures, and wrote an article entitled "The Floating Smithsonian" which appeared in the July 1967 issue of Yachting. He returned the following year as a judge for the Third Annual Antique Boat Show.
   By the Spring of 1967, Vincent Dee, President of the Thousand Islands Museum, and trustees of that museum were aware of the increasing interest in old wooden boats, and they formed a committee, chaired by Tom Turgeon, to develop a larger, better organized show to  demonstrate the beauty of these boats. In this way, they hoped to encourage the restoration and preservation of the many old wooden boats stored away in this and other areas where boating is a way of life. At that time, we still had no facility for displaying any but the smallest  boats, a skiff for example.
   The Third Annual Show, held in August of 1967, was attended by Walter Juettner, Editor and Publisher of Motor Boating, and his well-known marine photographer, Pete Smyth. There were nearly 100 boats at this show, and judging was performed by a number of local men who were prominent in the boating world. Prizes were awarded in a number of classes. To dock this many boats, we used the entire Town of Clayton dock, and most of the dock's at Tom's Thousand Islands Marina. Tom's regular customers were very cooperative in finding other dockage for the weekend of that third show.
As the show grew, we felt that we needed judges of national reputation in the boating world. Bob Cox, lifelong summer resident of  Grindstone Island, was well-known in the boating world through his marina in Fort Lauderdale. He contacted judges for us, and at other times, gave us names of men whom we could contact. Through him we found men like Howard I. Chappelle, Curator of the small-craft collection at the Smithsonian Institution; John Gardner, who held the same position at Mystic Seaport; and Atwood Manley, who had written a book on the wooden canoe. Others who served were editors of boating magazines, representatives of national boat and engine manufacturers and  associations of manufacturers, and frequent contributors to recognized boating magazines. In addition, the group coordinating the boat show felt that we needed an official sponsor. Since the only chartered entity in Clayton was the Thousand Island Museum, it was decided to make the antique boat group a subdivision of that organization. Thus was born the Antique Boat Auxiliary of the Thousand Islands Museum. A statement of purpose and membership forms were originated during the winter of 1967-68, and the museum thus became the official  sponsor of the annual shows for a number of years.
    Tom Turgeon's son, Bill, was killed working in his father's marina in April of 1968. Tom felt the loss deeply, and found that he was no longer able to run the marina. Not long afterward, the museum acquired the Denny Building, largely through the generosity of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, and their representative on the boat show committee, Bolling Haxall. For the first time, the Auxiliary had a place to store and display donated boats and boating memorabilia. Tom became the manager of the museum's displays, and so began a period of frenetic acquisition of boats and  boating artifacts. Tom knew where to find most of the old boats in the area. His knowledge of and love for the boats of the period made him a most persuasive advocate for the museum. He managed to convince many of the old boat owners that their treasures would be better preserved displayed in the museum than they  would tucked in a damp, dirty corner of an old boathouse. thus, the collection soon outgrew that first museum building and early in the development of the museum, the need for larger quarters became apparent.
   Many individuals and organizations contributed to the early development of the museum, but the major stimulus was, and continues to be the annual boat shows. The late Vincent Dee, working largely behind the scenes, as was his wont, arrayed the resources of the Thousand Islands Museum, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and most important, the Thousand Islands International Council, behind the Antique Boat Auxiliary. The Watertown Daily Times and its publisher, John B. Johnson, were solidly behind the effort, and proved prophetic in stressing the stimulus preservation of old boats provided by our Annual Antique Boat Show.  Esther Levy, Publicity agent for the International Council devoted a great deal of her time, skill, and knowledge to promoting the museum's cause. She booked the "Bob and Bolling Show" on radio and TV stations, far and near - Bob Cox and Bolling Haxall, that is, with their collection of  color slides of the boats and the shows. The National Bank of Northern New York, now Key Bank, supported our efforts from the beginning, providing support in finance and personnel. The Town and village of Clayton were most cooperative, initially providing dock space for the shows, and continuing in many other ways. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce provided broad support from the very earliest days.
    The Clayton Antique Boat Show was the first of its kind in the world, and continues to be the model against which all of the more recent shows are measured. It is widely known as "the show to win!" This is largely because  of the approach strongly advocated by Bob Cox and other members of the original committee, of providing unbiased judges of unquestioned  character and competence for the increasingly difficult task of sorting out winners in the many classes of magnificent old boats entered in each show.

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Fall Cruise Information
As the result of small turnouts for the Annual Fall Foliage Cruise and the desire to provide members with a new area to explore with their boats, this year’s cruise will be with the Niagra and Wine Country Chapters on Lake George.  Join us September 13-16 for a tour of the southern and middle sections of Lake George.
We are staying at the Capri Village Motel in Diamond Point, NY.  They have a very protected dock situation and there should be room enough to dock 10 to 15 boats.  We can also raft to each other if needed.  Special reduced rates are guaranteed through August 3, so call 518-668-4829 and indicate you are part of the Wine Country Classic Boat group.  Rates vary depending on the type of room needed and available.  There are a number of reasonable boat launches nearby and a Lake George Park Commission Lake Permit is available for $7/week.  Maps of the cruise area will be given out to allow boaters to play about when not part of scheduled rides and tours.  Please  contact Mo Sherrill to confirm your attendance to the event at or 441 Lockhart Mt. Rd. #2, Lake George, NY   12845 (518-668-2602).
Friday September 14, 2001
9am Leave Capri Village for tour of Fish Brothers Boat and Restoration Shop by car.
10:30 Leave Fish Brothers for a tour of Hall’s Boat Corp Boat Shop and marina
12:00 Leave Capri Village by boat or car for the Boathouse Restaurant for lunch.
2:00 Leave Capri Village for boat tour #1 of Lake George, led by Mo Sherrill Free time Cocktail Hour at Capri Village sponsored by participants (BYOB & dish to pass)
Dinner on your own if you need one....
Saturday September 15, 2001
9am Leave Capri Village by car for tour of the Hacker Boat Co. in Silver Bay & Ticonderoga
12:00 Leave Capri Village by boat or car for the Algonquin Restaurant for lunch
2:00 Leave Capri Village for boat tour #2 of Lake George, led by Mo Sherrill
4:30 Free time
6:00 Cocktail Hour (cash bar) and dinner at the East cove Restaurant (car only) $15/person including tip and tax.  Guest speaker to be announced
Sunday September 16, 2001
Brunch on your own
1:00 Leave Capri Village for boat tour #3 of Lake George, led by Mo Sherrill
2:30 Return to Capri Village  & then you are on your own.
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