Chapter News

Wine Country Classic Boat Chapter had their annual fall workshop on Saturday, November 3rd at Hullings Hulls in Penn Yan, New York.  Forty-three members from Wine Country Classic Boats, Niagara Frontier, Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Chapters were in attendance to listen to a number of interesting presentations.  Pam Gratzer organized this event and the day started with coffee and donuts at 8:30 and the workshop got underway at 9 AM with Phil Walker and Ken Andersen from Cayuga Wooden Boatworks. 

First Presentation

Cayuga Wooden Boatworks started in 1991, traveling from marina to marina, repairing one boat at a time.  Over the years the business has grown in size and scope to become a leader in boat restoration and repair.  Their employees include carpenters and cabinet makers to ship’s captains, mechanics and engineers, these skills have them involved in the restoration of mid-sized antique, classic and contemporary, power and sailboats.

Phil shared his vast restoration experiences as well as projects they have been working on recently. 

Ken attended an in-depth course at AWLGrip Paints/Finishes, he shared some of the latest developments and insights from the manufacturer.

Second presentation: 

 Chasing Classic Boats – a focus on Vintage Race Boats by Jim Hawver

Jim is a longtime WCCB member, boat show judge and flea market extraordinaire at annual ACBS Clayton Boat Show!

He shared one facet of his extensive boat collecting experiences, which began with his first hydroplane at 12 years old.

Notably, he is the current owner of a 1924 Single Step Hydro Class 725 – powered by a 1918 World War I airplane engine, named DOC’S I-1, the winner of the King of Belgium Trophy for the “fastest speed officially established by any motorboat in the world”.

Jim shared much about DOC’S I-1 amazing history including its relationship to a boat named “Dixie Baby” which was at our Hammondsport Boat Show two years ago and now is in the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.

Third presentation:

 TIPS and TRICKS – Working with Wood – Terry Holland

Terry showed useful and magical tricks he has up his sleeve!!

Lunch – Pot Luck Creations by WCCB Clan

 Annual Auction: John Frey and Jimmy Commisso were the auctioneers.  We sold $1,177 worth of someone’s old/new treasures.



Wine Country Classic Boats First Yachtsman Regatta on Keuka Lake

Wine Country Classic Boats held their first Yachtsman’s Regatta on Saturday, June 23, in Hammondsport at the Glenwood Club.  Eight beautiful wooden boats and 33 people enjoyed a great afternoon of boating and a picnic later in the day.  The weather was perfect despite the forecast for rain.  Join us next year as we do it again.  Thanks to Jack Young, Bill Olmstead, Randy Fletcher and Heidi Szonn for coordinating this event.