Award Winners: Mahogany Memories 2016

Our boat show down in Essex was very successful. Here we have a summary of our winners.

First Place Awards

1961 Grady White owned by Rich Rosselli – “Castaway

1959 Chris Craft owned by Richard Haupt – “Old Timer

1964 Aqua Ray owned by Todd Williams – “Telstar

1946 Chris Craft owned by John Rau – “Wood Ya

1955 Chris Craft owned by Lee Hunt – “Partners Choice

1951 Hiliner owned by Brian Carey – “Sweet Jane

1958 Penn Yan owned by Joseph D’Amico

Second Place Awards

1935 Gar Wood owned by Chris Enger – “Miss Aspen

1954 Lobster Boat owned by Bill Stevens – “Rose

1952 Penn Yan owned by Tom Davenport – “Peter Pan

Third Place Awards

1955 Chris Craft owned by Ted Boynton – “Babs

1951 Penn Yan owned by David Scott – “Glycerin

Special Awards

Best Restored –  1946 Chris Craft owned by John Rau – “Wood Ya

unspecified.jpgBest Preserved – 1961 Grady White owned by Rich Rosselli – “Castaway

Judges Choice – 1908 Steam Launch owned by Connecticut River Museum

People’s Choice – 1935 Gar Wood owned by Chris Enger – “Miss Aspen

unspecified.jpgBest Chris Craft – 1959 Chris Craft owned by Richard Haupt – “Old Timer

Best Gar Wood – 1935 Gar Wood owned by Chris Enger – “Miss Aspen

unspecified.jpgBest Non-Wood – 1964 Aqua Ray owned by Todd Williams – “Telstar

unspecified.jpgMost Original (ACBS Award) – 1951 Hiliner owned by Brian Carey – “Sweet Jane

Mahogany Mondays: The Haupt Family 1959 Chris Craft Ski Boat

I would first off like to apologize for being a week late with this article. With the stress of finals and end of the school year chaos, I simply ran out of time! But I finally got the article finished, so here it is! Enjoy!



This week for our Mahogany Monday Feature Boat, we introduce Rich and Jodie Haupt’s 1959 Chris Craft Ski Boat. Purchased by the Haupt family (2nd owner) in 1969, for water skiing and family sunset cruises, it has remained family owned for two generations ever since!! The boat went through one family restoration in 1989 and then a second restoration that was completed just last June in 2015 by Jim Murdoch and his team.


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In the past, every spring, the Haupt family spent time caulking, repainting the bottom, and endless hours going through the sand, varnish, sand, varnish routine we all know so well. They also spent time learning about and maintaining the Chev V8-283 engine.

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1959 ‘Old Timer’ spends most her time on the Twin Lakes up in Salisbury, CT. The Haupt family has been enjoying her since the early 70s and she still pulls water skiers today! The Haupt family enjoys wooden boating and wants to keep this boat and the memories it hold in the family for generations to come. ‘Old Timer’ will be at our 32nd Mahogany Memories Boat Show this July and we hope to see you there!

Our next Mahogany Mondays post will be July 4th! Would you like to feature your antique classic boat? We’d love to post it! Please email Bridget Haines at;,  and we will begin a conversation from there!

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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.

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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;,  and we will begin a conversation from there!

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32nd Annual Mahogany Memories

Once again our fleet of mahogany and chrome will rendezvous on the  dock of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut.  This years show will be July 8-10, with a member BBQ on Friday evening, show open to the public on Saturday followed by dinner and awards.  Sunday we will cruise picturesque waters of the Connecticut River Valley.  Registration info is here: 2016 Mahogany Memories Registration Package.


Spring Workshop A Sucess!


A month or so ago, many members of the Southern New England Chapter, as well as some new faces, met for our spring workshop. It was a great day, held at Jim Murdock’s Boat Restoration. This event helped kick off our season that is starting very soon. We all had a great time talking with old and new members and looking at the amazing boats in Jim Murdock’s shop.

Steve Haines, our new chapter president, opened up the morning talking about our upcoming season. Steve first thanked Jim Murdock for letting us have this workshop at his shop, which we can all agree on. Steven then talked about how excited he is for this upcoming boating season. He hopes we will all get out there and spend time on these beautiful boats of ours.

We would again love to thank Jim Murdock for hosting this event at his shop. You can find the link to his website here. We are honored to have been able to see such a beautiful collection of wooden boats.

We hope to see you all later this season, for our boat show and boat rides! More information will be posted soon! Stay Snazzy!






The 2015 Spring Workshop is Here!

Coming up very soon, this Saturday, is our spring workshop which will be located at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. On Saturday, there will be many interesting and informational presentations all morning and it will be a great opportunity for all of us in the Southern New England Chapter to get to know each other. Here is a message from our chapter President, David McFarlin, regarding some details about this Saturday the 11th. :

am pleased to announce that the Southern New England Chapter will host a Spring Workshop on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT.   The Chapter will provide coffee and light breakfast foods beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Lay House, which is on the hill overlooking the museum.  Olive Oyl’s from Essex will be there on site.    

The workshop will consist of 30-45 minute sessions with presentations being made by:

Katie Haines will discuss the re-construction of her paddle board from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Chris Johnson will discuss “How to Trailer a Boat” from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. 

Keith Brown (a new chapter member) will be speaking on “Prewar Raceboats” from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Jim Delaney and the “Mystic Model Boat Builders” will be giving a presentation from 10:50 to 11:15 a.m.

Boyd Mefferd will speak on “Growing Up with my Father’s Sailing History” from 11:20 to 11:50 a.m.

Chris Dobbs (CRM Director, Ray Gaulke, CRM Board Member & Boat Crew Volunteer and Paul Kessinger, Boat Crew Volunteer) will discuss the CRM boat building program, the Bevins Skiff (they are planning on building one during our show!), the Osprey Steamboat, etc. from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.

Pizza will be served at the Lay House around 12:45 p.m. after the last presentation.

We ask that you RSVP to Bette Heinzman (phone 203-264-5823 or email: no later than Tuesday April 7th so that food can be ordered.

We hope you will join us for a fun and informational day on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the CT River Museum!


ACBS Spring Quarterly Meeting

A message regarding the Spring ACBS Quarterly Meeting from our ACBS Director, Mr. Stanley Struble:


   Save the Dates! You are invited to attend and participate in the ACBS International Spring Quarterly Meeting of officers, directors and members. This year we are having the meeting in conjunction with The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport on the beautiful Connecticut coast on June 25-28, 2015.


   Our Board meeting will be Friday June 26, which is the first day of the WoodenBoat Show. Your family will have plenty to do and see if you choose not to attend the meeting.

WoodenBoat Magazine, the sponsors of the boat show, has invited ACBS members to show our boats (at no cost for the Boat) during the boat show, which attracts about 13,000 people! Your chapter presidents have been asked to have members bring boats to the Show. This will not be a judged show, but there will be special interest awards presented Saturday evening at the reception and awards dinner.


Reserve Your Hotel Room Soon

   ACBS has reserved a block of rooms at the Mystic Hilton for a price of $159.00 per night, which is reasonable for this area during this time. We also have the opportunity for 20 more rooms at $169 per room when we sell out the first block. 

Please reserve your rooms as soon as possible as this is a large event and rooms sell out very quickly.

For hotel reservations, call the Mystic Hilton at 860-572-0731. They are located at:

Mystic Hilton

20 Coogan Blvd

Mystic, CT06355


Don’t Miss This Enjoyable Event

   You will receive a detailed agenda and registration form soon for this meeting. We will also include a list of activities during the event, including boat rides and museum exhibit tours. You will be able to register for activities through the home office in Clayton.

If you haven’t yet been to beautiful Mystic Seaport – or to the annual WoodenBoat Show – you won’t want to miss it.

We look forward to seeing you in June!


Stanley Struble

ACBS Director


This will be a great opportunity for all of the members in our chapter. I hope you all will be there!

ACBS Symposium and Workshop

The ACBS in conjunction with the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY is hosting a symposium and workshop on May 8, 9 and 10th.  It will be held at the museum in Clayton, New York.

This year’s program will be centered on replanking your boat, whether it is replacing a single plank or total replanking.  The participants will have the opportunity of doing both carvel and lapstrake planking.  Steam bending and stain matching will also be included.  There will be boat rides and a tour of some of the boat collection that is not available to the public.   It will be both an educational and a very fun week end.

Information about this and other symposiums can be found on the ACBS web site at 

Fall River Cruise

Arrangements have been made to have lunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex and then take a delightful cruise on the Connecticut River!

Here are all the particulars:

Date:   Saturday September 28, 2013

Docking Info:  Tie up at the CT River Museum Docks

Time:   Meet at 12:00 noon at the CT River Museum docks and travel to the Corinthian Yacht Club for lunch at 12:30 p.m. – it’s a short distance!

Cost of Lunch:  Each person to choose from the yacht club menu and pay for their own meal.

Cruise:  After lunch, participate in a group cruise organized by Steven Haines who will provide a chart of the waterway.

Remember – You can join us for lunch even if you don’t bring a boat – we hope that many of you will participate on Saturday September 28th.

Any questions, please contact either Lynn Mc Farlin (email: or Steven Haines (email: