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Classic boats from the Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS prepare to head out for their 2013 Fall Cruise on Lake Bomoseen in Hydeville, VT. Gregory Woodard captured this photo of Nautical U.S. Flags (and one Canadian) which adorn the sterns of the LCACBS runabouts, utilities, and launches alike.

Today, thanks to fellow Woody Boater Gregory Woodard, we are traveling to Vermont for the Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS Fall Cruise on Lake Bomoseen – which was held on Saturday, September 14th. This was a “heritage tour” on Vermont’s largest, but little known lake. By largest, this means it’s the largest lake in Vermont that is completely within the state’s boarders.

At 28 years old, Gregory is the newest member of the Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS which is great to see – Here’s his report. – Texx

Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS Fall Cruise 2013
Lake Bomoseen, Vermont
Host: Bob Woodard
Story & Photos by Greg Woodard

On Saturday September 14th, 2013 the Lake Champlain Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society ascended on Lake Bomoseen in Hydeville, VT for the annual rotating “Fall Cruise”.

Bob Woodard and the Woodard Family who provided a Heritage Tour of Lake Bomoseen hosted this year’s cruise: Past and Present. The guided tour was kicked off in the morning by local author and historian Donald Thompson. Boaters would cruise to a location following the lead boat, stopping and shutting off their engine, and would hear a history of the locations dictated by Thompson.

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“Wild Rose”, a 1956 26′ Chris-Craft Sea Skiff owned by Ed Bombard docked at Woodard Marine in Lake Bomoseen, VT

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Under a threatening sky, the hearty boaters make their way out on Lake Bomoseen for the fall cruise.

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Fred Woodward captured this photo of Greg Woodard (author of today’s story) and Lilah Gamble in their ’59 Woodard runabout “Citation”. The weather was concerning in the morning but calm waters were a delight, and the cloudy skies kept the lake uninhabited for most of the morning.

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Lilah Gamble holds up the Lake Bomoseen Heritage Tour postcard guide.

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Donald Thompson narrates the Heritage Tour on board “Rowena V” (pronounced Ro-weh-na Vee), a 26′ triple cockpit 1926 Hackercraft Dolphin owned by Bob Woodard.

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LCACBS members parked their boats at Lake House restaurant on Lake Bomoseen, VT for lunch. In the foreground is Ken Basset’s modern electric launch, “Starry Nights” – This boat was designed and built by him in 2010 and has won numerous awards including “Best Contemporary Motorboat” at Clayton in August 2013.

After lunch at a local hotspot and historic building, the Lake House Pub & Grille, ACBS members arrived at four of the oldest and most historic cottages on Lake Bomoseen. These places consisted of a variety of character and traditional cottage decor, and some even were renovated back to pre-war specifications. One such building was the personal “camp” of Alexander Wolcott, the acclaimed New York Broadway critic, whose friends called themselves the “Algonquin Roundtable” and consisted of the Marx Brothers back in the 1920’s

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“Whitecaps” – a 1947 22′ Chris-Craft Sportsman owned by Marselis Parsons.

Other cottages had been adorned with original vintage taxidermy and pelts along the 25ft pine walls, which surrounded the traditional stone fireplaces. Some have 50’s vinyl cushions on hardwood wicker furniture, which reminded you of the quality and artisanship of years past.

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The morning mist is still visible on “Whitecaps” as its flag is waving.

Every cottage visited was a survivor, built before 1900. Additionally, in the next weeks all camps will be winterized and closed for the coming winter. The hospitality and insight of this trip was a rare look into the past of Vermont’s largest “little known” lake… Lake Bomoseen.

Gregory Woodard

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The Weber family in their 1922 23′ Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Runabout show their excitement for a great day on Lake Bomoseen.


Vermont classics.

Thanks to Gregory Woodard for sharing his story with us today, and to Bob Woodard and the Woodard Family for hosting this year’s Heritage Tour of Lake Bomoseen. A great way to learn more about the history and heritage of a local lake from the comfort of a classic boat.

You can Click Here to check out the impressive Lake Champlain Chapter ACBS website.


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3 Responses to “Classic Boaters Ascend On Lake Bomoseen, VT For The Lake Champlain Chapter Fall Cruise”
  1. Troy

    Nice story and great pics.

    I am becoming awfully fond of those white sided Sportsman. I even know where I could pick one up, but I think if I acquired another boat at this time i would be castrated. (Might be worth it.)

  2. Dennis Hansen

    Nice to see another white sided U22. How wonderful. We enjoy ours, the Red Cedar, in northern Michigan. Now we need another accessory, a windshield defoster!!!!