A piece of history returned home to the Hudson Valley recently. The 32 foot ice yacht Manhasset built by George Buckhout in Poughkeepsie NY in 1912 was acquired by the Hudson River Ice Yacht from a family in Iowa who has owed, maintained and sailed it on Black Hawk Lake since they purchased it in 1946. It is the only ice yacht Buckhout built that has a double cockpit. The full story and history can be found on Brian Reid's blog site White Wings & Black Ice. I recommend that anyone interested also bookmark Brian’s blog site, White Wings & Black Ice, as well since he will also be chronicling the restoration. I will be participating in that restoration and will document it from my perspective and will try not to duplicate what Brian has already covered on his site.
On Sunday, Oct 2nd, a number of club members gathered at another member’s, Dock & Kate, home on the banks of the Hudson River for a pot luck dinner and our first glimpse of the newly acquired ice yacht. Dock and Kate drove their RV to Iowa, hitched up the boats 3 axle trailer and drove it back home to the Hudson Valley. Upon examining the trailer more closely, it appears to be 3 small boat trailers welded or bolted together to form one very long trailer. Attached to the rear corner is a custom built electric powered crane used to lift the boat from its trailer and place it on the ice and vice versa. A stabilizer rigger is cleverly attached to the trailer which can be extended when needed and stowed for travel.
Edit: I probably should note that the Manhasset is 104 years old and all of the equipment shown is original to the boat, in other words, the wood is at minimum 104 years old as well as all or at least most of the rigging.
Pictures from that gathering follow:
This past Sunday, Oct 22nd, a smaller group of club members gathered again on the river bank to assess the work needed to restore her to sailing condition. The consensus was to start removing parts from the runner plank and begin restoring it, while other members pursue locating a suitable heated barn or garage large enough to contain the 32 foot long backbone and needed work space so we can begin restoring her to sailing condition. Until then she will rest in her 45 foot long custom made trailer.
Pictures of the runner plank and other components follow:
Chocks to hold the runners to the plank removed to show the underlying dados
Bronze end cap to protect end of runner plank - one on each end - will be removed to inspect ends of plank
Tiller (runner) attachment point
Forward and stern baskets or cockpits - for crew and passengers - the forward basket was detached for transport.
..... to be continued .......
Edited by Jack12477, 25 October 2016 - 10:37 PM.