We Salute The Hagerty Classic Marine Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

Carla from Hagerty, Wison Wright, Gene Hoffman and Don Ayers

Pictured from Left  Syd Young, Carla from Hagerty, Wilson Wright, Jean Hoffman and Don Ayers

Every year, the good folks at Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance Agency salute the people and organizations that have made positive contributions to the antique wooden boat hobby. The Hagerty Marine Hall of Fame is thier way of saying “thank you” to those enthusiasts who have gone above and beyond for the sake of collectors everywhere.

Hagerty Classic Marine Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

Few things excite Jean Hoffman more than seeing a child fall in love with classic boats. Having been bitten by the boat bug herself as a kid, she continues to pay it forward by offering children and their parents rides aboard her 1929 33-foot Baby Gar. As a member of the Adirondack (N.Y.) Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) since 1986, Hoffman served as treasurer and membership chair for much of the 1990s, was ACBS President in 2001- 02 and became a member of the ACBS International Board of Directors in 2005.

Gene loves the ACBS.

Jean  loves the ACBS.

Not surprisingly, Hoffman passed on her love of boating to daughters Teri Hoffman and Whitney Hoffman Overocker, and Teri will soon follow in her mother’s footsteps by becoming president of the ACBS.

For 80 years, the name StanCraft has been synonymous with high-quality wooden boats, innovative ideas and family loyalty.

Syd as a kyd!

Syd as a kyd!

And Syd Young has bridged the generations. He built his first boat at age 14, and by high school was spending most of his time in the shop. Of course, Syd had big shoes to fill – his father Stanley’s – when he and wife Juliette took over the family’s highly regarded boat-building business in 1968. Syd no longer runs the business, but Stan- Craft continues to flourish under the direction of daughter Amy and her husband, Rob Bloem.

Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in the late 1800s, but his greatest contribution as founder of Chris-Craft came during the 1920s and ’30s, when his company began offering affordable, mass-produced runabouts that delivered recreational boating to the masses.

Here is the gang at the Chris Craft library. If you have never visited the library its a must go to.

Here is the gang at the Chris Craft library. If you have never visited the library its a must go to.

More than 30 years after Smith’s death in 1939, a group of Chris-Craft aficionados came together to form an appreciation society – the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club – now the longest-standing marine marque club in the world. Established in 1973, the CCABC is celebrating its 40th year in 2013.

If you want to read the deeper bios on these amazing people and the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club, and the Hagerty Marine Hall of Fame, visit the website here

2 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    No comments by now? Congratulations to these very worthy recipients. (Note to self, do something amazing and noteworthy before I die.)

  2. Carla from Hagerty
    Carla from Hagerty says:

    These individuals deserve any and all accolades that come their way. When I look at Jean, Wilson, Don and Syd, the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” comes to mind. Our hobby would certainly not be as fulfilling or progressive as it is today without individuals such as these inductees. Thank you for making a difference!

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