by Correspondent Wesley Bend
Joe M hosted another fabulous meet at Memorial Park on Lake Chaubunagungamaug. The day started with blue skies and was the first time this year that many of us would wear shorts! I'm not sure as to the final count but probably 60 members showed up, almost everybody had a boat. This venue sports a beautiful launch ramp where 6 to 10 boats can be launched at once!
At most Yankee Chapter wet meets you have at least 1/2 the people running old iron, but this meet is different. There is something about the lake with its miles of shore line, the cottages, little islands and coves that somehow brings out the 1950's in almost everyone. Speeding along with the smooth quiet power of a 50's outboard motor of 10hp or more just feels right here. This year about 10 vintage Feathercrafts showed up and ran all over the lake. Rusty M brought his little Chris Craft kit boat he built new in the 50's along with his cool West Bend Shark. (see below)
That's not to say we didn't have some vintage stuff run too. Brook N had his ever trusty Evinrude RBM. Bill A. was keeping up with the Feathercrafts in his Old Town with a 1929 Johnson S-45. (What a great sight and sound that "S" made!) Frank P brought about 10 motors and ran most all of them! Tom M. stunned all of us by bringing a practically NEW motor, his Scott 22. Young Hurricane Harry S. ran his 1968 McCulloch made Ted Williams and later a 1962 Evinrude Fisherman. Jim M had an interesting display of two Clinton's that were near mint. Dan T also brought his trailer and a nice display of motors including a Johnson A, Lauson S-350 and Martin 40. The day was so perfect everyone wanted to be on the water!
At lunch our host served his popular Sloppy Joe sandwich and sides, always a treat! Joe puts in a lot of work to arrange this meet for us - his efforts are truly appreciated by all!
Some photos by the author, others courtesy of Frank P. and even more by Norm W.
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