The Southern New England Chapter Will Cruise the Connecticut River!


 The Southern New England Chapter Will Cruise the Connecticut River!

 Chapter Member Charlie Hand will be organizing a fall cruise on the CT River on Saturday September 29, 2018!

Launch will be at the Salmon River, 117 E. Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam, CT 06423.  The launch is located at the mouth of the Salmon River, off Route 149, 1.5 miles North of the junction with Route 82. Launch will be between 9:00-10:00 a.m.Reminder – make sure your boat is fueled up!

The tide will allow getting behind Seldens Island on the return trip and a visit to Hamburg Cove.

A lunch stop will be at Essex Island MarinaLunch is on your ownPlease bring your own beverage.

 River cruise will include a poker run.

The cruise will then meander back up the river to Haddam Meadows where we will take the boats out and head home.

Please contact Charlie Hand no later than September 24th if you are interested in participating. Charlie’s cell is 860-575-0571 or email: .

 Let’s hope that the weather will be beautiful!

Lynn McFarlin, SNEC Chapter President


Bay State Classic Boat Club invites you to: The 2018 Lake Quinsigamond Classic Boat Show Saturday Sept. 8th, 9 am – 2 pm

Join us for our annual classic boats show and boating social at Regatta Point Sailing
Center on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Display your classic boat to a new
crowd, ride your boat and have a great time!
The boat show will be held in conjunction with the Lake Association’s annual boat
parade on the lake, with a 2 PM start.
After the parade we will meet again at the sailing center for a dock party, with food,
beer and wine for purchase from 2 – 5 PM. Live music and good friends!
More info and your registration package at or call
508 450 7602. Valid boat registration and insurance is required

54th Annual 1000 Island Antique Boat Show – Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY

August 3-5, 2018

Southern New England Chapter Members Danny and Eileen Ross, Chris and Corrine Johnson, Wes and Gail Van Dine, Charlie and Kathy Hand, Paul and Betty Reisbeck as well as Bette and Lee Heinzman attended the 54th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY the weekend of August 3-5, 2018.  Other than being hot and slightly humid, the weather was perfect for a boat show!

A very nice evening reception was held on Thursday, August 2nd which was sponsored by The Thousand Island Chapter of ACBS.  This was a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones and to watch some of the boats for the show arriving.  The sunset on the St. Lawrence River was spectacular!

The show opened to the general public on Friday and even though the crowd was small for a weekday, the grounds were busy as was the flea market across the street and the vendors that were set up on the street (i.e., several wineries, food trucks, artists, etc.).  It was great to just walk around and look at everything and eat!  There were no formal activities planned for Friday evening so you were on your own for dinner or sight-seeing, going out for a boat ride or walking through the town of Clayton as many of the shops stayed open.

The show opened at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and even with a slight breeze, it was still HOT!  I believe there were 82 boats registered on both land and water and of those 82 approximately 60 were being judged – so the judges had their work cut out for them.  Wes and Chris were part of the judging team. There was also “Hagerty Youth” judging and it was great to see the kids participating.   The crowd was steady throughout the day and the flea market and the concession stands on the street continued to draw crowds. There was also a number of speaker forums that you could attend.

The boat auction conducted by Antique Boat America began at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and even though the number of boats being auctioned was smaller than in past years, there was still a goodly number that were “hammered down” by the auctioneer!  The Clipper Inn in Clayton provided the “heavy nibbles” on Saturday evening.

Brunch on Sunday was catered again by the Clipper Inn and as usual was very good.  Once brunch was finished, Rebecca Hopfinger, Executive Director of the Antique Boat Museum welcomed the crowd to the awards ceremony and then turned the program over to Chief Judge, Brian Gagnon.  Brian explained the judging procedure to the audience and introduced the judges that were still in attendance – then it was on to the awards!

Southern New England Chapter Members did very well in the awards presentation! Congratulations to Chris Johnson, who was named the Fred Thompson Boater of the Year.  Chris received a standing ovation from the assembly; Wes and Gail Van Dine also won a 1st place award – Preserved Classic Utility.  Their boat was a 1946 Gar Wood Ensign named JAZZ.  Following the awards ceremony, the boat parade began – it was a great end to a perfect show!

If you have never been to the Thousand Islands, be sure to put Clayton, NY and the Thousand Islands on your “bucket list”! – Bette Heinzman, SNEC Chapter Secretary

34th Annual Vintage Treasures Boat Show Awards-2018

First Place Awards

Boat Name Year Make Owner
Wood-Ya 1946 Chris-Craft Deluxe John Rau
Prop-Ella 1950 Penn Yan Swift Tom Davenport
Driftwood 1954 Chris-Craft Sea Skiff Paul Mertz
JAZZ 1946 GarWood Ensign Wes & Gail Van Dine
No Name 1952 Penn Yan Trail Boat Jay Hardingham

Second Place Awards

Miss Aspen 1935 GarWood Runabout Chris Enger
No Name 1957 Penn Yan Swift Chris Johnson
Telstar 1964 Custom Craft Todd Williams
Anastasia 1960 Whitehouse Matthew Smith
C*Glass 1973 Chris-Craft-XK 22 John Bakke

 Third Place Awards

Miss Keuka 1951 Penn Yan Aristocrat Robert Donald
Penny Candy 1950 Chris-Craft Riviera Carl Junghans

Special Awards

Award Boat Name Year Make Owner
Best Restored Wood-Ya 1946 Chris-Craft Deluxe John Rau

Best Preserved





Chris-Craft Sea Skiff  

Paul Mertz


Judges Choice





Chris-Craft Custom Runabout  

Boyd Mefferd

People’s Choice Anastasia 1960 Whitehouse Sedan Matthew Smith
Best Chris Craft Wood-Ya 1946 Chris-Craft Deluxe John Rau
Best GarWood JAZZ 1946 GarWood Ensign Wes & Gail Van Dine
Best Non-Wood It’s Knot 1985 Elite Craft Charlie Hand
Most Original (ACBS Award)  

No Name




Penn Yan Swift


Chris Johnson

Chief Judge:    David McFarlin

Judges:            Hank Conkey

Andrew Robb

Boyd Mefferd

Chris Johnson

Katie Haines

Southern New England Chapter Celebrates Their 34th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show!

Friday July 13, 2018 kicked off the 34th Annual Southern New England Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Show at the CT River Museum in Essex, CT.  The weather was just about perfect – slight breeze and not too much humidity!  Boats started arriving around noon and with the help of Mike Sorensen, Bill Sorensen, Danny Ross and Ted Boynton, we were able to get everyone in the water (or on land) with little or no stress!

The museum’s exhibit “Thirsty River – 400 Years of Drink, Life and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley” was open to SNEC Show participants.  The Hogo Rum Bar featured rare and specialty rums and drinks and was quite a hit.  The bar was run by Steve Gencarella, the Museum’s Resident Folklorist and he was more than happy to talk about the rums and spirts of the Connecticut River Valley.  I saw many people with rum drinks in their hands!

This year we decided to forego our typical cookout and instead went with “The Big Green Truck PizzaCompany!  Some of our chapter members had been to other events where they were present so we decided to try them.  The pizza truck is circa 1946-48 and comes completely equipped with brick oven, tables, etc.  It was very interesting to see this all unfold in the parking lot!

Well – you won’t believe how many combinations you can come up with on a pizza pie!  Some of the favorites were mashed potato, caramelized onions and bacon, (a crowd favorite), BBQ chicken, clam and shrimp, vegetarian, the choices were endless.  Just as soon as one pie was finished, another was out of the oven – an endless flow.  You could even request a “special” pie and they would make it up.  We also had a simple mixed green salad, espresso and cappuccino and six flavors of gelato for dessert!

Saturday’s weather was just about perfect and the remainder of the boats arrived, the ships store, raffle prizes and silent auction were set up. Every year we open the raffle and silent auction up to the general public and it is interesting to see some of the strategies people use with their raffle tickets!  We did very well with our store and raffle and we thank the chapter members and many area merchants for their contribution to the raffle.  I believe we had a total of 50 prizes on raffle and 9 on silent auction.

We had many vintage cars on the lawn as well and that was a big draw.  Two of our chapter members brought car/boat combinations; many pictures were taken and the crowd continually flowed among the cars, boats on the lawn and boats in the water

Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille again provided wonderful hors devours and a buffet dinner.  From crab cakes, lobster mac and cheese, grilled flank steak, chicken, salmon, potatoes, salad, summer vegetables and two wonderful desserts – you definitely didn’t go hungry!  Good Medicine Rx from Southbury provided 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music during cocktails and dinner.

After dinner Chapter President Lynn McFarlin thanked the participants for bringing their wooden and classic boats.  Lynn explained that this year’s show had a smaller amount of boats due to vacations and other activities, but we still had a diversified selection with a few boats that had not been exhibited before. Lynn also thanked the many volunteers who, without their help, the show wouldn’t be the success that it is.  This is a very large undertaking and team work and coordination are definitely necessary!

Lynn advised that on Saturday September 29th Chapter Member Charlie Hand will be conducting a Fall Cruise on the Connecticut River; more information will be forthcoming.  Our Annual Dinner will be in November at Gaetano’s Main Street Tavern – again – more information to follow.

Chief Judge, David McFarlin thanked the judges and explained the judging rules to the audience.  He said this was the first time that he could remember when all 12 of the boats that had registered to be judged won!  There were a number of first-time winners and needless to say – they were thrilled!

2019 will mark the Chapter’s 35th Annual Show; the date will be announced shortly.  Please remember, we are always looking for volunteers – please contact Bette Heinzman (email: if you are interested in volunteering. – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary


Cruise the Connecticut River


 The Southern New England Chapter Will Cruise the Connecticut River!

Chapter Member Charlie Hand will be organizing a fall cruise on the CT River on Saturday September 29, 2018!

Mark the date down on your calendars – more information to follow!

Lynn McFarlin, SNEC Chapter President

FOR Sale Items

For Sale:

Moving to Lake Champlain on the water.


1—25.6 foot Truscott runabout 1948. Bought at the New York Boat show in 1948 spent life as ride boat in New Hampshire.

1—18.9 foot Truscott utility 1948 owned by Auto Cerner former Governor for Illinoi went to jail for tax evasion 1957.

1—18.6 foot Garwood Utility 1941

All boats need restoration.

1— 20 1946 Chris Craft Custom Restored show winner with trailer. $35,000.

1—16 Foot Garwood Enson Utility restored show with trailer.          $ 6,500.

1— Pen Yan Sailing Canoe Restored show with trailer.                       $??????


2— Gray Marine 244 140 HP one rebuilt the other complete and turns over.

1— rebuilt 4-75 gray engine runs.

1—rebuilt 226 114 HP out off a Higgins 17’ Sport Speedster.

1— Chrysler 440 Rebuilt complete engine and gear over 375 HP. two  4 Barrel Carbs.

2— Chrysler aces both run.

3— Chrysler Ace blocks and all parts to build the engines.

Starters, generators water pumps. cylinder heads , water manifolds.

parts for Gray marine engines, parts for Chrysler Ace And Chrysler crown


2–Boxes of Gray Marine NOS Parts And Gasket Sets

Gaskets For K and M Chris Craft

Chrysler Crown and Ace.

331-354 Hemi Gaskets M-45-M45Sp3 engines.


A lot more parts two many to list.


Don Spring

80 Hungary, RD

Granby, CT.06035

Cell# 1 -860 -593-1766

CT # 1-860-653-3660


Sale will be June 23-24  9:00 AM-5:00PM.

Moving to North Hero On Lake Champlain.

No room up north for 18 years of engine rebuilding. retired!