LOCAL BOAT SHOWS ARE FANTASTIC AND HAVE A CERTAIN FEEL which makes them very unique and memorable for participants and spectators alike. The rich history of Keuka Lake is legendary. Today we have a great report from long-time fellow Woody Boater m-fine. – Texx
Live-ish From Historic Hammondsport, New York
The Dog Days of Summer – Woody Boater Style
Report by m-fine, l-fine, c-fine and Tobler
Saturday July 18 was the 33rd annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show in historic Hammondsport, NY at the Southern end of Keuka Lake. This is a small show but the location is hard to beat and the local club does a great job of organizing and running the operation. With the show scheduled to open at 9:00, the first order of business was to wash off the docks starting a bit before 7:30 AM.
The brief rain left some of the boats covered in beads of water.
The rain spots and lack of morning sun did not stop the Lake Hopatcong contingent from showing off with a polish so bright it was nearly blinding.
For those that don’t already know, there are three keys that are guaranteed to get your picture featured in a Woody Boater story. First, have a cool boat. Second, prominently display Woody Boater wear. Finally, become friends with Tobler. Bernie Lamay has it mastered.
One of the new (old) boats at the show this year was this beautiful 1959 Dorsett with a very convenient flip over windshield that made polishing the bow a breeze.
This racer knows a thing or “too” about shine as well.
The owner of this Chris-Craft Holiday is a worse speller than Matt, and the poor guy is stuck with a fake dog too! That made Tobler a bit sad.
Tobler and expert handler l-fine quickly moved on to another group of Chris-Crafts.
“Hey Dad, Ketchup!”
Tobler felt this 1964 Century Resorter from Maryland was drool worthy. The display on this boat was excellent, with “Inn Spirit” monogramed cushions, towels, shirts, and hats. The kids, quickly joined him for an extra-long look. Note that c-fine is not wearing a Woodyboater shirt due to the lack of availability in his size.
This really nice looking Lyman “Vedca” made the trip down the lake and arrived in time for the official judging.
While the show is generally pretty low key, the judges are not there to show any mercy. Here you can see a couple of judges slashing points so fast that the owner lost his breakfast over the port side, and Tobler had to look away from the carnage.
Not all of the judges were so harsh. The Hagerty Youth Judges did a great job, eventually awarding their top prize to “Wooden Lady” and showing that cruiser love crosses generations.
Hammondsport, at the south end of the lake, is known for Glenn Curtis and his pioneering work in aviation and especially sea planes. The north end of the lake was home to Penn Yan boats which made the famous Swift as well as a wide assortment of lapstrakes.
Tobler sat down for a break while looking over a pair of Gar Woods. One a 19-footer from the 30’s and the other a 21st century triple cockpit.
It was great to see a number of Woody Boaters and other familiar faces once again. Unfortunately, we had a busy day planned and could not stay at the show all weekend, so it was time to cool off in the lake and head for home.
It is amazing how much things can change in just a year. I am hoping none of us gains a hundred plus pounds between now and next year’s show!!!
Special thanks to m-fine and his family for their great report today. We appreciate the contribution to Woody Boater. Also to the organizers and volunteers that make this show such a success.