I don't know how Jim M. is able to get good weather for this meet but again this year it was another perfect 10! With sunny skies and temperatures in the 60's and 70's it was a fantastic day to run a boat on Lake Chaubunagungamaug (Otherwise known as Lake Webster)
There were probably close to 75 members and a good number of boats at the meet. As in the past a large number of vintage Feathercrafts were on the water along with several vintage wooden and fiberglass boats. See the photos below for a view of the vintage iron and boats that were at the meet. The earliest was Rick P's 1912 Evinrude, Brook N and Frank P also has Evinrude RBM's out on the lake.
In keeping with Johnson's legendary 85 years of reliability, there were a ton of 20's and 30's Johnsons out. A very special treat was Dave S's Johnson VE-50. It has been a long time since I last saw a V-series Johnson actually running. Take it from me it runs and sounds as great as it looks - what a treat!
There were a few 4-cylinder Evinrudes out; two Zephyrs and a Lightfour. Lots & lots of fifties classics matched with period boats. This writer spent most of the day out on the water in the (new to me) 1956 Duratech Sea-Line 13 with '55 Big Twin Electric - so I missed out on most of the shore news, swapping and kibitzing. We have attended this meet for years but this was the first time exploring the entire lake, it is enormous! There are three large open spaces and many small islands and inlets to explore. It took over two hours to tour every bit of shore, island & inlet and the old Big Twin didn't miss a beat. Total run time on the boat & motor was 2:45 and it burned 4 gallons of fuel for the day.
The famous "Sloppy-Joe" lunch was served by our host Joe M. and at the meeting a big round of applause was given to him and his crew for holding such a great meet.
Here is a first, Keith M & family did a video of the meet and you can watch it on U-Tube with the appropriate windows software, here is the link: Webster Meet Movie 5/12/07
Thanks to Hurricane Harry, Rod C., Tom C., Norm W. and Daniel P. for the 90 photos below!
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