52nd Annual Boat Show at the Antique Boat Museum-Clayton, NY

Lee and I journeyed up to the 52nd Annual Boat Show held in Clayton, NY the weekend of August 5-7.  If you have never been up to the Thousand Islands, this is a must to put on your “bucket list”!

437The show opened on Friday August 5th to heat, sun and humidity and lots of boats!  This year’s Marquee boat was the “Dispro” (i.e., the disappearing propeller boat) and they were well represented with approximately 21 boats of various lengths and manufacturers and years. Chapter members Gail and Wes Van Dine had their 1950 Greavette Dispro named “Bounty” displayed on land with a great collection of period memorabilia, seat cushions, etc.  All the Dispro’s exhibited, be it on the docks or on land, always had people milling about, taking pictures and speaking with the owners.  Ian Dickerson, an authority on Dispro boats, gave a very interesting talk and used the boats on land to show visitors the various differences between the manufacturers.


Saturday again dawned hot and sunny and despite that, there was a very good crowd throughout the day.  Judging started early and it was nice to see that there were exhibitors there who were experiencing their “first” Antique Boat Museum Show.  The “Youth Judging”, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance drew a large number of kids and it was great to see the next generation of boating enthusiasts!

Antique Boat America started the boat auction right on time and although it was hot, bidding was spirited and all but 3 boats sold.  The highlight of the auction was a 57 foot, 1924 Smith and Williams Motor Yacht named Kensington – a very large boat!

Sunday brought the awards ceremony and the Marquee was recognized throughout the ceremony.  I am pleased to say that Wes and Gail’s boat “Bounty” won for Best Canadian Boat Other Than A Shepherd – congratulations!  Our trip home was somewhat uneventful (with the exception of the 2 hour traffic delay) and Lee and I look forward to the 53rd annual show in 2017. – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary

Introducing: Mahogany Mondays


We here at the Southern New England Chapter are part of the beautiful art and hobby of wooden boating. One of the most exciting parts of this activity is being able to share our boats with others. In order to do this, We are going to start what’s going to be called: Mahogany Mondays. This is going to be an article posted on this website and shared to Facebook that will feature a boat in the chapter. These articles will be posted on the first Monday of every month. The boats featured will be completely random and hopefully by submission. If you would like to submit your boat to be featured next month, please see the bottom of this post for more information.

And now for our first Mahogany Monday Feature boat; Bounty, a 1950 Disappearing Propeller Boat, owned by chapter members Gail and Wes Van Dine.

The Van Dine’s Disappearing Propeller Boat, BountyIMG_2055 - RESIZE.JPG

Gail and Wes Van Dine have been boating and members of our Southern New England Chapter of the ACBS for years. This is why we figured they’d be a perfect choice for our very FIRST Mahogany Monday post. Out of their collection of beautiful antique boats, they’ve chosen to feature their 1950 Disappearing Propeller Boat, Bounty!

sport-special-ad-Copy.jpgFirst off, let’s explain what the Disappearing Propeller Boat, often called a “Dippy”, actually is. The disappearing propeller was invented in 1915 and manufactured into boats up until the year 1958. The engine itself is very small, which means the boat is only going about six miles an hour at top speeds. One of the benefits to owning a Dippy, besides the slow and relaxing ride, is that the propeller can pull up into the interior housing, allowing the boat to go in very shallow waters that would normally only be fit for a canoe or kayak. Wes’s favorite part about the boat is that it is a very unique and unusual boat, that often strikes up quite a few questions.

IMG_0246 (2) - RESIZE.JPGThe Van Dine’s found their boat, Bounty, in the free boat section of Woody Boater magazine in 2009. The Van Dine’s drove up to Canada, where the boat was stored upside down on a woodpile, and took the boat and the half of the engine that came with it. Once they had brought the boat home, they restored it with Schuyler Thomson, from 2013 to 2015.

IMG_0245 -RESIZELast summer, the Van Dine’s brought their boat to a couple of shows. One of them was our 31st Annual Mahogany Memories Show in Essex. Unfortunately, the engine wasn’t quite cooperating so Bounty couldn’t go in the water, but it was still a very neat boat to see up on the lawn. The other show Bounty went to was the 37th Annual Finger Lakes ACBS show up in New York. At this show, Bounty took home the Best Preserved Launch and was able to be enjoyed in the wonderful water. This summer Bounty and the Van Dines will  be headed up to the Clayton Boat Show in New York, where the Disappearing Propeller Boat is actually the feature boat.IMG_2057 - RESIZE.JPG

The Van Dines have loved using their Dippy and hope to get much more use out of it this summer. The couple loves how the wooden boat community is such a place to connect and meet others. Gail and Wes have friends all the way up to Canada and New York, down to Florida, and over into the Midwest, just from doing boat shows and meeting other wooden boat lovers. The variety of boats from past years is so fascinating and the Van Dines definitely celebrate that. Wooden boating is such a unique hobby that is definitely worthwhile to share and collaborate with others. Stay Snazzy!


Our next Mahogany Mondays post will be June2nd! Would you like to feature your antique classic boat? We’d love to post it! Please email Bridget Haines at; pastime1967@gmail.com,  and we will begin a conversation from there!

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For Sale: 1960 Century Raven 22

1960 Century Raven 22, Chrysler M80, 8 cyl, 177 HP, 317 ci, twin carbs, rebuilt Paragon Hydraulic Transmission, new alternator, rebuilt starter; new gas tank, full canvas; all original interior; all operating gauges; mooring cover; ready for show or everyday use; custom dual axle trailer included; used on Conn. River only; $14, 900.00 OBO. Cwmcguire1@comcast.net.


PARK AVENUE – 1948 Chris Craft

Paul and Delcie Thibault purchased their 1948 Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout in October 2002.  Research revealed she was  delivered in June 1948 to 247 Park Avenue, NYC – hence her name!  The topsides, deck and bottom were disassembled.  Each mahogany board purchased from Condon’s Lumber Yards in NY was carefully inspected.  Approximately 70% of the wood was replaced – not including the bottom.  The original Hercules K-95 has been rebuilt.  Paul and Delcie are thankful for the advise and hours of hard work from our friends from ACBS, Southern New England and Baystate Woodies Chapters, on this continuing project.

Owners:  Paul and Delcie Thibault
Year:  1948
Builder:  Chris Craft
Model: Deluxe Runabout
Length: 17 feet
Engine:  Hercules K-95
ACBS Classification:  Classic/Postwar

THE WHIRLWIND – 1956 Whirlwind

Priscilla purchased The Whirlwind as a birthday present to herself in 2011!  She was just sitting on the side of the road in Deep River, looking very forlorn and Priscilla knew she wasn’t going home without her.  Over the past year, Priscilla and friends have totally restored The Whirlwind.

Owner: Priscilla Robinson
Year:  1956
Builder:  Whirlwind
Model: Runabout
Length: 14 feet
Engine:  Evinrude 18 HP
ACBS Classification:  Classic/Postwar

JAZZED – 1966 Century

Lynn and David purchased the boat from a dealer in Chicago during the fall of 2003.  Over the winter of ’03-04, David restored the boat.  The restoration included a new bottom, bottom frames, keel, new upholstery, rebuilt of the hard top and engine work.  The first show Lynn and David entered Jazzed in was the 2004 Essex Show where she was awarded First in Class and Best of Show. The Coronado was the queen of Century’s fleet.  This model was produced from 1965-68 and is the last style built of wood. It had a retail price of over $8,500 in 1966.  Only 80 of these were built in 1966.Owners:  David and Lynn McFarlin

Owners:  David and Lynn McFarlin
Year:  1966
Builder:  Century
Model: Coronado
Length: 21 feet
Engine:  Interceptor 280 HP
ACBS Classification:  Classic/Postwar

PASTIME – 1967 Lyman

DSCN1123Pastime spent most of her years on Lake Erie berthed within sight of the Lyman Boats factory in Sandusky, Ohio,  where her keel was laid in 1967.  She has served as a family boat for all to enjoy and each spring meticulously freshened and returned to like new for another glorious summer of cruising, fishing and relaxing.   Pastime was purchased in 2011 by the Haines’ and trucked from Ohio to her new home on the Connecticut River where her tradition continues as a well-used and lovingly maintained family boat.  We hope you enjoy her as much as we do.

Owners:  Irene and Steven Haines
Year:  1967
Builder:  Lyman
Model: Cruisette
Length: 26 feet
Engine:  Chrysler 210 HP
ACBS Classification:  Classic/Postwar Utility