Live-ish Report From The 32nd Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show, Hammondsport New York By Woodyboaters Matt “m-fine” Fine and Tobler “Chick Magnet”-fine.

    m-fines sidekick and chick magnet Tobler.

m-fine’s sidekick and chick magnet Tobler-fine

This morning after Tobler’s first boat ride in the Penn Yan, we transitioned to land transportation and drove down to Hammondsport to check out the local ACBS Chapter’s 32nd (“que-ka”) Lake.

The official Poster

The official Poster

The show opened with a singing of the national anthem by a Hammondsport high school student, and even the free spirits who couldn’t be tied down to a dock took time to honor the flag and their freedom.

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One of my first stops of the day was to visit Don Spring and the Garwood utility Focus. Don seemed super happy and excited to be at the show…and then I asked if he could help me put modern power into a couple of Shepherds. His mood saddened, his shoulders dropped and he started crying and mumbling bunch of four letter words, the only one fit to print being “Phil.”

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Next up, I wanted to check out the pretty blondes and there were several worth a look. There were also some nice boats too.

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Here is the Hagerty Youth Judging winner, a 1981 Glastron Carlson, “Shaken not Stirred” featuring a plastic fantastic…um…uh…this won the YOUTH judging?

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We don’t have the cruiser collection that the PNW or ANE guys can boast, but we had a few make it to the show.

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Here is another cruiser in the background with a local classic up front. Hammondsport is at the south end of the lake and was home to Glenn Curtis and the birth of naval aviation. Penn Yan at the north end was home to the Penn Yan boat company.

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Penn Yan Boats produced all sorts of wooden and fiberglass boats including canoes, row boats, lapstrakes and perhaps what they are most famous for, the little outboard Swift of which there were several in attendance.

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No report would be complete without a couple shots of Wood Vibrations, the reigning regatta champion in the vintage outboard category. Wood Vibrations is owned by famous WWII general Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay. Well either that or fellow Woodyboater Bernie LeMay.


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Bernie’s Lyman was beautiful inside and out, although its modern Honda power and fishing gear suggests she is no trailer queen.


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There were no fake lily’s in the water at this show, but my favorite displays were side by side. A Chris Craft Holiday complete with period music and a fake dog, and a Century Resorter with wine and flora.

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There was another Century named Sweet Pea, a pea green 1970 Century Cheetah that I unfortunately  failed to get a good picture of. Tobler was getting a bit tired after greeting every single show visitor, so we wrapped this up with a quick visit to the old and new. There were a pair of 1910 launches in the water. This looks like a great place to have a cocktail.

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The newest boat at the show was a brand new Chris Craft Capri brought over by a marina on neighboring Canandaigua Lake.

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For a new boat, it doesn’t get any nicer than this!

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There was much more to see both on land and water, but my sidekick Tobler was worn out. After a snack and a drink from the lake he decided it was nap time and simply refused to go any further. Tomorrow morning is the 31st annual regatta and I will try to go by boat to capture shots of the boats on the water and in motion.

There was much more to see both on land and water, but my sidekick Tobler was worn out. After a  snack and a drink from the lake he decided it was nap time and simply refused to go any further.

Thanks m-fine for a great report. We see that Tobler worked his ..her? Magic..

26 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Looking for fish in the crystal clear Keuka water. Time to head inside and make some bacon before we go to the classic boat regatta.

  2. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Great report M-Fine of ANE and Tobler. Look forward to more from today’s action.

    Hey, Pea Green would be a perfect name for that ’57, 21′ Continental I saw in the barn in Missouri last week. I think it needs a new home in Maine. Come get her!

    Love that bacon! Single serving size. LOL

  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    Hey m-fine, easy on the bacon. I want you to make Tavares next year (and not in an urn).

    Thanks for sharing the show with us. A nice mix of boats.

    Oh, and they’re not “fake lily’s” that Chad employs to distract judges. They are “genuine simulated reproduction ersatz artificial faux Asian-produced lillies.”

  4. Ken Miller
    Ken Miller says:


    What’s the boat in the (right) background of the photo of the plastic fantastic Glastron? Looks like a sort of yellowish barrelback kind of thing. Thanks.

  5. Phillip Jones
    Phillip Jones says:

    I’m glad to see Don is getting a well deserved rest. Hope he starts to do this more often and enjoy his retirement.

  6. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    M-fine, great report. If you get a chance to talk to your friend with the Gar Wood utility, ask him if the boat came from Michigan and was previously named Cats Whiskers. It looks like the same boat a friend of mine sold about 10 years ago. Thanks!

  7. Cobourg Kid
    Cobourg Kid says:

    Nice story and cool dog, thanks M for covering this small but mighty show.
    I’m assuming that while in Hammondsport you are planning to drop by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum?
    Just in case woody boaters have not heard , the Finger Lakes Museum’s Board of Directors conducted an arduous, multi- year, search for a facility to house their wide-ranging collection of watercraft, built by firms in, or near, 14-county Finger Lakes region of New York State.

    A few years ago a plan to locate the museum on the Geneva NY waterfront ( near the site of the old Fay and Bowen Boat Co. Plant) fell through, but the group didn’t give up, finally securing the old (and beautiful) Taylor Wine Company buildings located just outside the village as the site of the new museum.

    After many years of effort by dedicated volunteers the museum finally opened its “hatches” on June 21 2014.

    You can find the museum at 8231 Pleasant Valley Road Hammondsport NY, or find them on line at

    Photo Courtesy Finger Lakes Boating Museum

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      I have been following the story of the museum for a couple of years now, but I have not had a chance to visit the new location yet.

      I should head down there with camera in hand and write a woodyboater story about them.

  8. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Well done, M Fine! Love the gold Feather Craft. Great pictures and commentary. Maybe you should quit your day job and become a full time WB reporter?

  9. chuck crosby
    chuck crosby says:

    Thanks for the wonderful report.
    The wine country show was the first wooden boat show that I attended. My wife’s Aunt had a cabin on the west shore and a Century Resorter.

    No sure what year, but they featured a Miss America, one with 2 V-12 Liberty Engines…The owners of Miss America # ? ran her out the west shore at a slow pace, she returned @ more than half throttle….WOW, I was hooked.

  10. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Here are a couple photos that didn’t make the original story, but I wanted to share a little Century love. My two favorite Century models, the Seamaid (wood) and the Cheetah (glass) were both represented, and they had the same name!

  11. red dog
    red dog says:

    tobler is a real cute sidekick. what kind of dog is it? and yes you did send in a nice group of pictures.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Tobler is a 9 week old Bernese Mountain Dog. He will get MUCH bigger by next year’s show.

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