The Finger Lakes Region of central New York State takes its name from eleven slender lakes running in a generally north-south direction through the Allegheny Plateau. When viewed from above, the five largest lakes resemble the outstretched fingers of a giant hand. Skaneateles Lake is the second-most easterly of the Finger Lakes and has become the unofficial home of the Finger Lakes Chapter of ACBS.

The Chapter holds events throughout the year for members to attend including our Annual Boat Show on the last full weekend of July on Skaneateles Lake.  To learn more about the Boat Show, visit our Chapter Website.

 

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Chapter News

1903 Party Barge

by Ron Cuccaro member of the Adirondack and Finger Lakes chapters Built in 1903 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, the 28’ open launch was originally used to ferry vacationers to their remote cottages in the islands of Toronto area in the early 1900’s. The actual name of the manufacturer is unknown, but it is very possible…

It Was Worth The Dirt

by Rod Taylor member of the Finger Lakes chapter Sometimes, things that bring us joy and beauty have unpromising beginnings. So it has been for our classic “barn find”, a closed gunnel, Type 1, grade A, B. N. Morris, 18’ wood and canvas canoe. She was built in Veazie, Maine, circa 1911, shortly before the…

Hansen Skim Boat- Self Propelled Surfboard

by Steve Shehadi member of the Finger Lakes chapter “Skim Boating is the newest fad at cypress gardens.” – Popular mechanics magazine April 1950 The Hansen Skim board was developed by Emil Hansen from Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania and was an early predecessor to the very popular Jet Ski you see today. This project started with…

LuLu

by Roger McCoy member of the Finger Lakes chapter Spending summer weekends at my uncle’s camp was always the highlight of my summers as I grew up. Water skiing being one of our major pastimes. When my Aunt and Uncle passed away I helped my mother on weekends clean out the camp to sell. For…

Lauren

By Jack Gifford, Finger Lakes Chapter One a sunny spring day in 2001 I decided to look at a large cruiser I had seen advertised in the paper.  Since the inside dimensions were roughly the size of a small apartment, I felt that it would combine my love of boating with a summer place on…

Wine Time

by Michael Wetzel member of the Finger Lakes chapter In the summer of 2015 we finished our new boat house on Skaneateles Lake, complete with 2 boat bays; one the standard 10’ wide for modern boats and one 8’ wide for a wooden boat. The problem was we didn’t own a wooden boat. In fact,…

A 1971 Boston Whaler for My Kids

By Doug Adams member of the Finger Lakes chapter The two teens in my house wanted, openly wished for, a means to be on the water besides the Mastercraft ski boat. You know, the kind of small run-around boat you used as a kid. It was almost time to go to the ACBS International Show…

Rebuilding a 1960 Century Resorter

By Donald Drexler member of the Finger Lakes Chapter It all started in early November 1981 when I was driving down the West Lake Road on Conesus Lake in New York. Sitting on a cradle with a for sale sign, was a 17′ Century Resorter needing a lot of work. There was no question the…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.9.19

A Late Classic leads this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats. It is a 1978 Chris Craft 19-foot Lancer named Wise Choice.  Wise Choice  is owned by Bill Wise, a member of the North Coast Ohio Chapter. The Late Classic age classification is given to boats manufactured between 1976 and 25 years prior to the present year…