Yankee Chapter: Making Waves With Old Outboards

Windsor CT Wet Meet, Saturday June 21st 2008

Great Scott, What A Meet!

By Cliff & Bruce

The weather could not have been better for Barbara and Ray S’s third year of hosting a meet at the Barber Street boat ramp in Windsor CT. Bright sun and temperatures in the 70’s made it a great day to make waves with old outboards out on the Connecticut River. Despite the high cost of gas there was a record turn out with over 65 members officially signed in. All of the New England states were represented and a number of people from NY and NJ also attended. Bob and Louise G from PA typically get the long distance award but this year Henry C. was the winner coming all the way from TN! Henry was visiting his dad and displaying at the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport later in the week. He brought his beautiful restored canoe and Chris Craft Challenger - everyone enjoyed meeting him!

During the winter host Ray S. worked on a 1953 Scott Atwater Gold Pennant 10hp, an unusually styled, one-year only motor. Discussions of Ray’s project revealed a great deal of interest among Yankee Chapter members in Scott Atwater motors and associated brands. As a result, Scott Atwater outboards became the theme for Ray’s meet this year. There was a great turnout of Scott made motors and particularly the private label outboards. The post-war Firestones were out in force with 5hp and 7.5hp models being the most numerous. See the photos and commentary below regarding the boats & motors seen at the meet.

This section of the Connecticut River is a great place to run and explore. Several members made long-distance trips, Richard & Michelle G. and our gang ventured up the Farmington River, a tributary to the Connecticut. We also explored a few islands but sadly the kids did not find any buried pirate or Native American treasure… Due to frequent flooding most of the river in the area above the launch ramp is completely devoid of buildings or any sign of humans at all! On a nice day such as we had it is breathtaking, it looks much the same as the river must have appeared 100, 250, 500 or even 1,000 years ago! Going downstream from the ramp the Hartford skyline is very pretty to check out and has improved immeasurably over the past few years.

Having the Scott theme got people motivated to overhaul, repair & dust off their Scott Atwater motors. Among certain people in the AOMCI Scott Atwater outboards have a stigma as being unreliable and "quirky". However, during the 9 hours this writer was at the meet viewing dozens of Scott-made motors being run, none of them were observed being towed in! Two boats did need rescuing and endured the "tow of shame" back to the ramp - inquiring minds may ask what outboard make were they?? Let’s just say that ECK may be responsible for the thunderstorm that came through later that night!

A tremendous thanks to Barbara and Ray for hosting a wonderful meet and providing the fine Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, donuts and other goodies.

Thanks to Rich & Michelle G., Rusty M. and Norm W. for the photo tour below.

Official greeters Cole B. and Graham S. personally welcome YOU to the meet!
Tom C's mint 1960 Evinrude - a great Webvertize find
Nice 1962 Lightwin for sale
1976 12' DuraNautic twins
Some of Gary M's motors for sale - do I need another Martin 60?
Display of Scott made motors: 1950 5hp, 1953 Firestone 5hp, 1958 Firestone 5hp, 1957 Scott 7.5 and 1965 McCulloch 4hp
Lenny R's 1951-2 Scott 7.5hp equipped with both integral tank and fuel pump. A project from the Framingham meet in January
Glen W. and Doug P. were selling or swapping all these motors.
Glenn, (our chapter's biggest Scott fan), had no use for this Fastwin, it was offered for free!
Lots of good Chris Craft Challenger parts - the liquid gold in that 2-gallon gas can was NFS.
Some of Dave B's motors, K-80 Johnson, '54 Firestone 7.5, Zephyr and what looks to be a Mark 5 and a KG-4.
Joe R. brought this nifty 1947 Elgin model 501 display. Joe says; "The original owner had the case made to keep the motor from getting scratched when he transported it from Indiana to a camp in Wisconsin"
A few of Team Maffei's motors
Richard G. works on a reluctant Merc.
Some of Frank P's motors, '58 Lightwin (on ground) '53 Fleetwin, '56 Fisherman and Mark 15
Jolly good show - Bill A sets up his British Anzani
All the way from TN, Henry C's beautiful canoe and restored Chris Craft Challenger
Rusty M's excellent Chris Craft kit boat he built as a kid in the 50's. Love that West Bend Shark!
This cool runabout with Mark 55 got a lot of attention, it was stunning to look at and reportedly went like its name!
Michelle M, Garry M. and Tom C. trying to decide what motors to run next
Launch ramp and beach
Nice shot of the beach from the hill

Eamon C. gets ready to go - looks like a KE-7? Glen W. running a Scott Gold Pennant 10hp in background

Colorful shot of the beach
Both rated at 40hp, it is not known which was faster; the runabout with Mark 55 or Rusty's Chris Craft and West Bend Shark. How bout a match-off at the next meet?
Danny O's cool Porta-Bote folding boat and 9hp low-profile Sears Ted Williams by McCulloch. To the amazement of all present, this motor actually started on the first pull!
Host Ray S. and his '53 Scott Atwater Gold Pennant - looks good Ray!
Your editors own Gold Pennant 10 project is a great runner. This baby can really move the 12' Duranautic!
Hurricane Harry S. and the '53 Firestone 5hp he got for bringing home an excellent report card to cap off 4th grade.
Graham "Super G" and the 1965 4hp McCulloch that was his first outboard project. It ran great and idled superbly.
Dave B. and his "barn fresh" 1954 Firestone 7.5hp. It looked and ran great.
1959 Scott 7.5 in yellow
Bob G and Wizard 25
Bob P. and Mercury Mark 5
Eamon having a blast out on the river!
William enjoyed running his Lightwin
Bill running the Anzani - it really moved his canoe
Jesse B. takes a spin in the Blue Streak
Tom C. and the quiet fun of the 1960 Fisherman
Rusty M. zooming around
Rusty furnished us with these two "Chamber of Commerce" photos of the Hartford skyline
Tom M. and son out for a ride with his 59-60 Scott 25hp electric. We still can't get used to Tom having a motor made post WWII!!
Our spy cameras caught him in the act; it sure looks like Former Yankee Chapter President Gary M. is having fun with that KG-7. What would Cameron Waterman say 'bout that? !!
Keith M. & Harry S. race their Firestone 5hp outboards. (Harry was at a 205lb disadvantage with the cameraman)
The Yankee chapter really has its ducks in a row!
Oh, Michelle.... YES??

Farmington River Cruise

This meet offers great places to explore - the G's and S's decided to take a trip upriver, here are a few shots from our excursion

Michelle & Rich took "Super G" and set off with their trusty 1958 Johnson 10hp
We ran Harry's 1957 Scott Atwater 7.5hp Bail-A-Matic
Checking the island for treasure - only thing we found was poison ivy....
Mr & Mrs G - this boat is a lot faster than my dad's!
A calm and peaceful cove
More exploring
Still no treasure.... except the scenery!
Does this shot look like it belongs in a Scott Atwater brochure or what!


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