The Yankee Chapter kicked off 2010 with Ron & Lois M's great meet in Framingham MA. As expected, the weather was cold, temperatures in the 20's during the morning but, thankfully, no precipitation. About 80-90 members turned out, the meet was an excellent cure for cabin fever!
Lots of projects and opportunities changed hands. Since it has been almost 3 months since our last official meet, it has provided people with time to reflect on projects and clear them out or to scrounge up new ones from yard sales, newspaper ads or even the dump! Items noted to have changed hands: a partly restored 1922 Evinrude RBM, Frank P. purchased a really beautiful Evinrude Mate, a nice Martin 20 and a '57 Sea King 5hp.
Quite a few green Mercury project motors, most appeared to be KE-4s but at least one KF-5 and a Mark 5 were noted. The 15hp to 40hp OMC motors were in abundance and virtually all of them left with new owners - Art R. offered a pair of '59-60 18s that were very nice. Gary M. had a nice Ducktwin that I was surprised see it go back into his truck at the end of the day.
A motor that attracted a great deal of attention was the 1955 Firestone 16 made by Scott Atwater. (See photos below) This motor was in nice original condition and sported the Firestone unique Knot-O-Meter option; a fun and useful accessory. If you are not familiar with it, the Knot-O-Meter was a gauge on the front of the motor that indicated the speed you were traveling. It worked off a capillary tube down to the leading edge of the lower unit.
Numerous trips were made by all to the church hall to warm up and fortify with coffee and donuts. For lunch Ron & Lois provided a fix-your-own sandwich buffet that was well received and a lot less hassle to prepare and clean up than the full meal served the past few years. By about 2:30 most people had gone home, too bad because, helped by the sun, the temperatures soared into the high thirties. People were obviously excited to get home and start work on all their new projects!
Thanks again to Ron & Lois for hosting the meet - a great time was had by all!
Thanks to Frank P., Ray S., Ron M. and Harry S. who contributed the photos below!
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