Okay, I know! I am busy, and I do get around 400 emails a day, but for some dam reason, I completely forgot to publish this story. Now, it was during a hurricane and some Boat The Blue thing? What ever that was. Who knew there was some sort of show in Michigan last September. Why didn’t anyone tell us about it? Anyhooo. This story is cool, and get this, a boat story. An actual boat story. Not a boat on ebay story, or some sausage crap, or the anniversary of Pepto Bismol.. UGH.. So here ya go. As it was intended to be published from our good pals at THE ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM. So just imagine you are back in September when this was written.
And yes, I just meshed up Waynes World with The Antique Boat Museum. That’s the way we roll here.
If you’re attending the Port Huron ACBS International Boat Show Sept 14th and 15th make sure to stop by and check out the Antique Boat Museum’s display and say hello to Rebecca Hopfinger and Claire Wakefield. Rebecca and Claire will have ABM’s 1926 Stanley raceboat Comet at the show. Comet was designed by Charlie Parker and built by Stanley Boat Works in Cape Vincent, NY. Mr. Parker raced Comet on the St. Lawrence River and won 8 championship trophies. She was purchased by Winniford Fox of Watertown, NY in the 1930s and renamed The Fox. Mr. Fox continued Comet’s racing career as The Fox and raced her on the St. Lawrence River and Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks. Comet was originally powered with a Hispano Suiza Aero engine and was repowered in the 1930s with a 120hp 6 cylinder flathead marine engine.
For the summer of 2017 and part of this summer, boat builder Kenny Bassett came to work on Comet, one of the few remaining Stanley built boats in existence. Although her hull is unfinished and incomplete in places, Comet’s significance to ABM lies in her rarity as a Stanley boat and her hull which remains in original condition; an impressive feat for a ninety-two year old boat!
Kenny took line drawings of Comet and refastened some of the original hardware to the boat. In a conversational effort to document this historic boat, ABM had the line drawings added to the Museum’s archives which will preserve Comet’s history for future generations. The documentation of Comet was generously sponsored by Roger Hamblin and Bill Ferry.
(Okay the following copy is really out of date. My bad! Ugh…)
Rebecca and Claire will have (HAD) copies of Comet’s plans and offsets available for purchase at the Port Huron Show. (OH BOY! YA,, THAT BOAT THE BLUE THING AGAIN…) Plans are ( WERE) available to members for $250 and non-members for $275, shipping additional. You will ( COULD HAVE ) also be able to place orders. If you find that plans aren’t quite what you’re looking for, the Museum Store also has shirts with Comet on them available for purchase. (WHEN IT OPENS IN MAY!) THIS IS AWKWARD! Here look at this photo I cleaned up..