Classic Boating News and Events in the Western New York Area
|Posted on September 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM||comments (1)|
MISS US U-36 HYDROPLANE BUFFALO,NY. SEPT.2012
A video of the last session at Buffalo on Sept 8th. A little cantankerous on the start, a little too much air and not enough fuel. Thankfully we have a pop off installed on the intake manifold. Once started she ran quite well considering the short course and too high pitch prop. Jack did a marvelous job of driving. He too said she was a truck in the turns. We will be making several changes in the off season to make her better not the least of which is the seat. He does not like the beautiful Kirkey we have installed because it apparently tries to spit him out in the turns. Picky picky.
|Posted on August 28, 2012 at 1:10 PM||comments (2)|
A new feature on the website this year is the photo album "Boats Registered for the Show".
We have been updating this album as we have received pictures from boat owners registered for the show. If you are registered for the show and you would like us to include a picture of your boat, please send us a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org .
One of the newest boats registered is the Switzer Wing "Thunderball". This historic Switzer Wing has been brought back to life by Ted Boyd, and will be featured doing fly bys (like the one below) at the show.
|Posted on August 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
SOLD - 25' Chris Craft Semi Enclosed For Sale
Sale benefits NFACBS Boat Shop
•Current Price: US$ 4,250
•Located in Buffalo, NY
•Hull Material: Wood
•Engine/Fuel Type: Single Gas
Other photos: sides and bottom painted, varnished transom, cockpit when owner originally purchased, cockpit with new flooring - balance needs to be put back, plexiglas panels removed from sides, gutted, cockpit flooring today, painted and varnished to gunnal, hull, bottom and transom done, current cockpit and motor box, cockpit when owner bought 4 years ago.
One of 134 25' Semi Enclosed day cruiser known as the "Green and White" model because of the white hull and green cabin and fwd deck color. 95 hp Chris Craft Model K motor, All original - current owner started to refinish and replace cockpit floor but wife wanted her garage back!.
Originally used as bum boat for the Youngstown Yacht Club in Youngstown, NY. Very plain and simple boat with great cockpit space and seating. 8' beam. Needs re assembly of parts, some paint and refinishing. Engine believed to be in good running condition but will need checking out and fresh fuel.
If purchased and kept in Western New York area, we will cover cost for inside heated work shop with "OldboatsBuffalo" 12 months use at no charge. Check out "OldboatsBuffalo.org" for work shop and club info. Trailer is not included.
Please contact Tom Frauenheim at 716 873 8288
Contact Thomas Frauenheim, Inc..
711 Sheridan Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14150 United States
Tel 716 873 8288
Fax 716 873 8289
|Posted on July 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
To my friends, supporters and those who would have an interest in the U 36 project;
I have forwarded the u tube video below which was produced by my friend and professional videographer, Rich Robbins. This segment was shot prior to the first launching on June 16th, 2012 that morning at the APBA race at Chamberlain, South Dakota. You will see a very conservative run with speed probably not ever exceeding 60 or 70 mph on the back straight away. Due to the short course, wind and the whitecap conditions and first time 68 year old unlimited driver in a 55 year old boat that had not seen water since 1958, she was held down to an easily manageable rate. Both turns were with cross winds and were interesting even at the reduced speeds. The boat handled well at these speeds and would virtually track hands off in the brief time of higher speed on the straightaway. She’s a real horse in the turns at least at these speeds she was. Perhaps not unlike an 18 wheeler with no power steering, while trying to park. Perhaps she will loosen up some with better water and with some air under her. There were no oil or fuel leaks in the bilge and the engine compartment remained clean after the two sessions. The first run saw a maximum of 40 inches of manifold for a few seconds. The second session she was pushed to 50 inches and she started to move out but due to the short straights (one mile course)and very rough turns, had to back off early.
All in all a very successful outing. My crew comprised of George Czarnecki, JJ Armstrong, John Freeman and Jeff Riddle made the whole experience a true joy. These guys did what needed to be done without being asked because they knew what was what with this vessel before and after the sessions. I want to thank the race director Dutch Squires and his team for having us at this event and wish to thank the American Power Boat Association for allowing the boat to run.
Personally, I don’t think I have had a more satisfying or more enjoyable time at anything I’ve done for a long time that would top the Chamberlain event. Finally, none of this would have happened had it not been for George Czarnecki and all of the effort he has gone to in making this boat what it is. Most of you do not know him, but I hope you meet him someday soon and get to visit with him. I am more pleased than you can imagine to call George my friend and to have his support and skills over the years.
I hope you all enjoy the video.
|Posted on June 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
To all who have an interest in the U 36 project;
She’s ready to go to Chamberlain. We leave tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. We plan on the first water run on Friday afternoon. If all goes well, will do an exhibition run or two on Saturday but in either event will remain at the race as a display thru Saturday.
I hope some of you can make it to South Dakota this weekend.
|Posted on June 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
To those having an interest in U 36;
We are in the final steps of the paint work with the final wet sanding using 3000 grit paper today to be followed by the buff of the entire topsides tomorrow. Rub rails are going on this evening and will begin final assembly of the cockpit and tail. Both have already been trial fit and should go on rather quickly. Thanks to Peggy and Fred Alter we now have a nice cleaver prop and will give it the go to see what we have. The plan is to apply the graphics to the decks and sponsons a week from today (Tuesday), lift her back onto the trailer on Wednesday and leave for Chamberlain, South Dakota Thursday evening for the race event there on the 16th and 17th. We now have a Dodge one ton dually with the Cummins engine which I believe will pull the rig very nicely.
After some earlier concern about APBA insurance covering an unlimited at Chamberlain we have been cleared to run event as an insured boat. Dutch Squires is the representative for this event and has been very helpful in making sure all bases are covered to allow this boat to run. The plan one day prior to the race program beginning on Saturday is to crane launch her on Friday morning one day prior to the race program, to check for water leaks. If all good, the first test hop will be on Friday afternoon. It is a one mile course which is rather short for an unlimited but we will be running at reduced speeds so the mile course should be no problem. We mainly want to see how she gets on plane, how she corners at lower speeds, how the rings seat in the Allison and in general, how all the systems function. Hopefully we have done our jobs well and she will perform as expected.
We are very much looking forward to this event. John Freemen out of Alex Bay, New York tells me he will be there to help crew the boat. It is a great honor to have such an experienced, know legible person with an extensive background with piston unlimiteds willing to help us less than experts. For those of you who may not know, John was Bob Schroeder’s close friend who worked with Bob during his years behind the wheel of various unlimiteds. John is a highly technical person who told me he never got in an unlimited and never will. I guess it’s a good thing there are those of us dumb enough to want to or there would be no unlimiteds to see run. The only thing that worries me is something John said when he was here in Omaha looking at the boat: “The bilge sure looks clean—“. I suspect that is not the norm and that U 36 may well become the norm in Chamberlain. I so look forward to cleaning up that mess. If you've ever tried to even see under an installed Allison, you know of what I speak.
|Posted on May 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
“HEATWAVE” by Vance Whiteman, N.A.
The “HEATWAVE” is a 280cubic inch, 164HP Ford SB powered, “E” class cab over hydroplane designed and hand-crafted using Sitka Spruce and marine plywood by Vance Whiteman of(North West Indiana Inboard Racing). It has an Overalllength of 17’8” with an 8’ beam.
We know that this hydroplane participated in a lot of races, in the Portsmouth & Hillsboro, Ohio area. Originally it raced as the “HEATWAVE” E-160 byLynn Weddel from Decatur, Illinois in the 80’s, and later by Steve Lancaster from Bur-lington, KY as “The River Rat” E-69, in the early 90’s. It was also owned by Doug Hale, Bill McTague of Batavia, OH, and Joe Marshall of Knoxville, TN. We purchased it in October of 2005 from Joe Marshall.
Hull restoration completed by the original designer and builder Vance Whiteman in-volved complete disassembly, inspection and replacement of all required structural components including bottom and top sheeting, salvaging an assortment of original wood, cowlings and hardware, rebuilding the boat back to its initial status as the
Vance Whiteman by Elizabeth Wolfe -
“Vance has been around boat racing longer than most of us have been alive! Vance is located in Lafayette, IN and used to work for Rodi Yachts rebuilding wood boats (before fiberglass). He has worked on some Unlimited and countless inboard hulls. In fact, if you walk around the pits with him… he can point out every other boat and the work he has done on it. Vance is one of the special people that really make boat racing a wonderful sport to participate in.
Thank you Vance for all of your hard work for me and everyone else!”Vance worked for Rodi Boats in Chicago; they also had marinas in Florida. Rodi was a boat dealer for Chris Craft in the Chicago area, they would purchase bare/unfinished boats and complete them including installing various options. Even-tually Vance, a Naval Architect, went to work for Chris Craft in Pompano, Florida de-signing and building prototypes.Over the years Vance did several jobs repairing boats including for Jim McCormack, legendary driver of the MISS MADISON, featured in the Madison hydroplane movie. “Jim had torn up the starboard side of his boat, an ”E” class Farmer in a race at the Miami Stadium and asked me if I could fix it for a race being held in 3 months at Tampa”.Vance repaired many boats, all types and makes; he saw design flaws and weak char-acteristics. With all the knowledge and experience he obtained from repairing dam-aged boats he decided he could build a better boat of his own design.
|Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM||comments (166)|
The rebirth of George Simon’s U-36, Miss US IV
…..a Henry Lauterbach unlimited hydroplane from 1956
By Bill DeGlopper & Jay Armstrong
Organized boat racing on the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York became a full-fledged spectator event in 1903, when the Buffalo Launch Club was granted APBA’s first powerboat racing club certificate. In the decades that followed some of the most famous hydroplanes, boat owners, race teams and drivers made the annual treck to Grand Island to compete in numerous International Regattas. Legends like Gar Wood, Guy Lombardo, Edsel Ford, Horace Dodge, Bob Schroeder, Fred Alter, Bill Muncey, Mira Slovak, the DuPont’s, and all the contenders for unlimited titles and high points supremacy were regulars at Buffalo events.
With the creation of APBA’s Vintage & Historic division 20 years ago, race boat regattas once again made appearances at some of the famous racecourses of the past. However, these events featured restored race boats from by gone eras. Interest was renewed as more and more old boats found new owners that carefully restored these important boats back to their former greatness. Fans returned in great numbers to watch these boats perform on racecourses from coast to coast.
At the Buffalo Launch Club’s 33rd Antique Boat Show and Race Boat Reunion in 2010, Omaha’s Jay Armstrong visited with Fearless Fred Alter. Jay asked if Fred knew where he could buy a conventional, shovelnose unlimited. Fred directed Jay to Doug Morin who has a long time relationship with the Thomas Mittler family. Mittler was owner of the U-36, also known as Miss U.S. IV. A deal was struck and Jay purchased the boat in March of 2011.
The hull needed extensive work including removal of the aluminum bottom, replacement of some of the bottom wood structure and replacement of the aluminum bottom, transom and sponson skins. Doug Morin of Morin Boats in Bay City Michigan was commissioned for the hull rework at the time of purchase. (Doug also owns the Miss US V). Work was begun right away where in addition to the hull stripping, all system components and hoses were removed including fuel tanks, oil tank, oil cooler and surge tanks. All were cleaned, pressure leak checked and refinished, then reinstalled. The fuel tanks were a particularly challenging task as the boat is almost entirely built around the fuel tanks. After all other work was complete a completely new mahogany underlay deck was also fabricated and installed, then covered with fiberglass cloth and resin. All hull, deck, system refitting and structural work were accomplished at Morin Boats shop in Bay City Michigan.
The engine, a V 1710 -113 Allison and the gearbox, a Dan Arena 1 to 2:75 ratio, was transported to Omaha for tear down and overhaul. Central Cylinder Service accomplished all work, a certified FAA approved aircraft engine overhaul facility. Upon tear down it was discovered many valves were warped. CCS is not sure but it appears as though this engine had been installed in U-36. If so, it could not have been producing any where near rated power. If this engine had been installed and operated in U-36, the boat would have been very much down on power and speed. The engine overhaul and first test run was completed on January 12, 2012. The engine had no leaks and sounds very good with a nice crisp exhaust rapport.
Most plumbing is complete and we will be installing the engine for trial fit very soon. Testing is planned for the first week of May 2012, locally.
U-36 is the first of only three unlimited’s Henry Lauterbach built. It has been reported this boat is an upscale of a smaller successful Lauterbach but in visiting with Larry Lauterbach he indicates this is not altogether true. George Simon of US Equipment Co commissioned the boat in late 1956 or early 1957. It was a second boat to U-2 Miss US II that was also commissioned at the same time with Les Staudacher as the builder. So Mr. Simons team fielded two boats for part of the 1957 season. (U -36 didn’t hit the water till July of that year).
In Armstrong’s subsequent visit with Fred Alter last year, he said he only drove U- 36 one time for 15 minutes and didn’t care for it saying it was “squirrelly” at 120 mph. It is Jay’s understanding he never drove it again, opting for the US II boat instead. U-36 ran 6 or 7 events in 1957, and I believe only one or two events in 1958 with different drivers both years. It is reported Bob Rowland drove the boat at some of these events. Of distinction is the fact that while not the fastest boat on the circuit, U-36 never failed to finish a heat. She was at least reliable. She did attend the Elizabeth City event and won it by default since no other unlimited showed up due to a conflict with the Madison race the same weekend. After 1958 the boat was placed in storage in Detroit for about 40 years never to race again. History mentions that Jeff Magnuson bought the boat perhaps in the late 90’s and that it went to Maine for a while. Later it went to the Lauterbach shop around 2000 where it received new fiberglass cowling and cockpit shells. As far as is known, that was the only work that Henry did on the boat since building it. It is a 100% original hull. Evidence of the boats condition at time of purchase backs this speculation up.
Restoration plans include returning the boat to its original color scheme, which is red . All the original graphics will include Henry Lauterbach’s and Bob Rowland’s names. The boat rests on its original trailer which has a rear bumper with the H.L. initials boldly emblazoned in steel plate. The driver for vintage events Team Armstrong attends will be Jack Schafer Jr.
If plans continue on schedule, U-36 will hit the water in Buffalo and perform with 2 other fine unlimiteds on September 8, 2012 as featured racers.
Peacock Racing Enterprises
Link to engine test run video:
|Posted on May 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
35th Annual Show Update
We are excited about the 35th annual show! We have added some new features and attractions that will add excitement and color to the show. Our feature boat builder is Shepherd, built on Niagara on the Lake, Canada. Ian Wiley will give us some interesting insights to the company at his seminar series presentation on Friday afternoon. We are excited about reliving some of the Launch Clubs history from the 50’s and 60’s by bringing in three vintage unlimited hydroplanes to run on this historic course. The three boats are Dick Higgon’s “Miss Budweiser”, Jay Armstrong’s “Miss US IV”, and Bill Black’s “Gale V”. The sight and sound of these three boats running together is sure to be an awesome sight that you won’t want to miss. Make sure you pack the photo equipment.
A new feature this year is a land display that will feature 1 and 2 cylinder marine engines that we will run during the course of the show. The unique sound of these motors is something that you will not want to miss.
For the sailing enthusiasts we are having a mini fleet of Alden sailboats headed up the 60’ “Dreamer”.
We also are going to have a display of nautical art featuring various painters and photographers. You are also invited to bring along any of your favorite pictures to add to the display.
Over the winter we have been collecting and restoring vintage trophies from the racing years at the Buffalo Launch Club. We hope you enjoy seeing the gleam of the restored trophies as well as seeing the names of past racing legends.
All of this along with a spectacular collection of antique and classic wooden boats, a variety of classic “glassics” with their unique styles and fins, and a number of heats of vintage hydroplanes and skiffs.
The classic car show has grown through the years into a spectacular collection of vehicles. Many car owners collect and restore boats or vice versa, each having an appreciation of what it takes to complete a restoration projects be it a boat or a car.
We do like to party and talk boats. We offer a lunch menu on Friday before the seminar series which will have 2 topics: Shepherd boats and a discussion from our three vintage unlimited crews as what it takes to put one of these monsters from the past back into the water. On Friday evening we host a welcome party and on Saturday evening following the show we have a steak and corn roast. We hope you can join in the Sunday morning for the around the island fun run followed by the awards brunch at 11:30 so people can get on the road early.
When you fill out the registration form, consider checking off the box to donate an auction ride in your boat. The rides take place after the race boat program is completed for the day. All proceeds go to the chapter to help us put on the show and keep costs to the participants down.
There will be nautical vendors, land displays, auction baskets, a kid’s camp, and plenty of your favorite food and beverages. So bring your boat or just plan to attend to enjoy the sights and sounds as well renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances.
Rich DeGlopper, Boat Show Chairman
|Posted on August 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM||comments (1)|
C1905 26’ “FAY & BOWEN” STANDARD LAUNCH
IN 1895 WALTER L. FAY AND ERNEST S. BOWEN SET UP A SMALL PLANT IN AUBURN N.Y. TO MANUFACTURE BICYCLE SPOKES AND SPIKE NIPPLES.
IN 1900 AS THE BUSINESS PROSPERED THEY SOLD THEIR BUSINESS TO STANDARD SPOKE AND NIPPLE CO. OF TORRINGTON, CONNECTICUT. MR. BOWEN HAD BECOME INTERESTED IN THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE. ENCOURAGED BY HIS PARTNER THEY SET UP THE FAY & BOWEN ENGINE COMPANY. IN 1904 THEY MOVED THEIR OPERATION TO GENEVA ON SENECA LAKE N.Y. HERE THEY BUILT MANY ENGINES FOR USE AS STATIONARY POWER PLANTS AND OFTEN THEY WERE USED TO RUN MILKING MACHINES. BUSINESS EVOLVED INTO BOATBUILDING AND MANY FINE EXAMPLES OF FANTAIL LAUNCHES AND EVENTUALLY LONG DECK LAUNCES WERE PRODUCED BETWEEN 1900 AND 1929 WHEN THE DEPRESSION AND COMPETITION CONTRIBUTED TO THE COMPANYS’ DEMISE.
EDITH ll IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE COMPANY CALLED THEIR STANDARD OR FAMILY LAUNCH. CONSTRUCTED OF CYPRESS WITH OAK RIBS AND MAHOGANY DECKS SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN POWERED BY A MODEL L 22 WHICH WAS A 10 H/P TWIN CYLINDER ENGINE. THEIR COMPANY LOGO BECAME A SHIP’S WHEEL WITH THE WORD“RELIABILITY” EMBLAZONED ON THE INNER HUB. RELIABLE THESE ENGINES WERE NOT.
THIS VESSEL WAS FOUND IN A DERELICT STATE IN AYLMER,QUEBEC IN THE LATE EIGHTIES.SHE WAS FAITHFULLY RESTORED OVER A SIX YEAR PERIOD (2000 – 2006) BY DUKE MARINE SERVICES IN PORT CARLING, ONTARIO. THE MAJORITY OF HER HARDARE HAS BEEN REPRODUCED TO THAT OF THE TIME AND SHE HAS BEEN REPOWERED WITH “MODERN POWER” FROM 1920 A KERMATH MODEL 20 FOUR CYLINDER PRODUCING 20 H/P. SHE HAS RECENTLY BEEN REFINISHED BY THE PETER BREEN ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT CO. AND IS READY TO PLY THE LAKES ONCE AGAIN.