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 Ideal Woody Boater First Aid Kit


We all love going out and enjoying rides on the beautiful boats we own. However, one of the worst things that can happen is someone getting hurt or injured along the ride. Having a small first aid kit is not only necessary but extremely handy. Below, there are pictures of the first aid kit we have in our 67 Lyman Cruisette. Pick and choose what you like or feel is necessary for your boat but I figured I’d share what is in ours.

The first most obvious items are some band-aids. We have multiple sizes but if you just have a standard size, it will be just as good. Gauze, gauze pads, and tape are not necessary but we have some in our kit just to be on the safe side.


Another bunch of important items for your first aid kit are various relief creams.  In our kit, we have a hand wipe, a sting relief wipe and a couple of the antiseptic towelettes.  Along with the wipes, we also have a bottle of Sting-Eze some bacitracin.


Another one of the necessary items that is needed for a first aid kit is an ice pack. This is one of the ice packs that you just have to shake, and then the pack activates.


Our last couple of items are some “tools”, a pair of scissors and a pair of tweezers. Whether you get a splinter on a dock or need to cut a fraying line, these two items come in handy a lot more often than you would think.

And finally, you will need something to hold it in. We used a small tackle box with the rearrangeable walls. This way we could align the inserts to fit the needs of our kit. However, if you feel this is too large and bulky for your boat. A small pouch or even a small fanny pack will work.


And there you have it. A complete woody boater first aid kit. Having a first aid kit onboard is just on of those things that you really need. It puts your mind at ease and you will never be left without a band-aid or a pair of tweezers again. So go ahead and enjoy your beautiful wooden boat with your new first aid kit!

2015 Mahogany Memories – Connecticut River Museum July 10-12

 “Mahogany Memories” is hosted by the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). The show features some of the finest examples of wooden boats by builders such as Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Century, Lyman, Elco, Penn Yan, Fay & Bowen and other distinguished non-wood builders such as Glasspar, Mullins, MFG and Feather Craft. We hope that you will enjoy looking at these magnificent mahogany boats and that they bring back memories of earlier days when wooden pleasure boats were a common sight on the water. Please take this opportunity to talk with the boat owners to learn more about the joys of using and preserving these beautiful “woodies” and other memorable classics!

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