Fond Memories

by Ron Nowak member of the Blue Ridge chapter  I purchased a 1955 Chris Craft Capri (#53) in 2006. We lost our twenty- year old daughter, Christi, in 2005 due to a tragic accident, and I wanted to do something to honor her memory. Growing up in Rochester, New York, and being close to the…

Dad’s Boat

by Tom Dunn member of the Blue Ridge chapter The new fiberglass 1968 19′ Penn Yan was bought by my father after a barn burnt down along with our 1960 wooden Thompson. Penn Yan had only started making fiberglass boats a few years before that and they looked almost exactly like their wood boats. It…

Alleghenia

by Douglas Ivester member of the Blue Ridge chapter Alleghenia is a 1924 Ditchburn. She is a 24.5′ Long Deck Launch. From all my research, it is rare to find a 24′ Ditchburn. Alleghenia was built in 1924 in Gravenhurst, Ontario for Dr. William Mann of Winnipeg, Manitoba & Minaki, Ontario. It is hull #…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.6.19

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats today. My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenneth Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show at Big Bear Lake. Notice Woody Woodpecker has a stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17-foot Century converted to a custom hacker designed…

The Discovery of Aristo Craft

By Barry & Diana Hall member of the Blue Ridge chapter Bill and Scott Turner custom built Hanky Panky for my wife and me in the summer of 2017. She is a 1955 model Torpedo 16-foot with several custom features: inlaid wood trim aft quarter, interior fabric seats and back cushions, floor boards, mahogany steering…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.22.19

This picture was taken at the Antique Boat Museum’s Vintage Race Boat Regatta on August 20th, 2016. What makes this interesting is both of these gentleman’s race boats were built over the same period 2013-2016, but worlds apart! Lady Shores by Keith Kipp in Canada and Marguarite by Peter Cavill in Australia. The boats are based…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.21.18

“KaRat”, pictured above, is 1929 38′ Elco Cruiser powered by a 1973 Ford-Leimen 8cyl 125hp engine. She just completed an extensive three-year restoration at Wykes Boat Works in Harlem, ON. Owned by Manotick Classic Boat Club members, Ray and Judy Saunders. Photographed at the Manotick Classic Boat show in Westport, ON on August 11th, 2018.…