Whitingam VT, May 8th 2009
By Staff Correspondent
The Yankee Chapter held a new meet at Lenny R's property in Whitingham VT. It was our first wet meet of 2009 and a great success - it permanently chased away the winter blues! Over 40 members showed up, ran boats & motors, swapped and talked old outboards, basically an all-around fun time! The 194 acre lake Sadawga was excellent for fast runabouts or slow putt-putting - many people checked out its very unusual feature: a floating island!
The meet theme was motors made by the Gale division of OMC; Buccaneer, Sea King, Royal, Hiawatha, the last Eltos and others - Lenny's favorites. The 5hp motors appeared to be the most popular with just about every year from 1948-1958 represented. There were a good number of the little 3hp single Gales and Dan T. brought his entire collection of 1.5hp singles - every single make was represented! Only a couple of the 12hp motors were seen and they were on shore - so were a number of older Evinrude-made Sea Kings from the 1930's and 40's.
Lots of parts and quite a few motors changed hands. Of note was Rick W's "big haul" - he recently purchased 55 motors in a giant lot and many found new homes at the meet. Some of the ones that caught our eye were; 1947 Champion single, 1949 Lauson single, 1955 Scott 3.6, '54 Mark 5 and several others. Gary M. also had some very cool motors for sale, '57 Mark 10, KE-4 and the star; a complete and unmolested 1950 Evinrude Speeditwin.
A huge thanks to Lenny, his family and friends for hosting a great meet - looking forward to it next year!
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