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• 2016 Best Canoe
Short but sweet, this 1938 11í Old Town Fifty Pounder managed to edge out 6 other canoes in this A.C.B.S. juried exhibition. It was the highest scoring small craft at the show. Here is a link to some photos.
• 2016 Best Rowing Craft
H. Dwight Grantís 5th Adirondack guide-boat made in 1893 was given this prestigious award at the 38th annual Finger Lakes A.C.B.S. show on July 30. At 97.5 points it was second only to the canoe noted above. Here is a link to some photos.
• 2016 Best Sailing Craft
There were less than 20 of these Old Town sailing canoes with retractable centerboards ever made. It got a great deal of attention at the show as well as 97 points to make it the third highest scoring small craft. Again, here is a link to a photo or two.
• 2015 Best Rowing Craft, Preserved
This little c.1920 Keuka Lake duck boat nailed it with 97.5 points at the 37th annual Finger Lakes A.C.B.S. show. A very unique and specialized craft it really stood out and caught the eyes of many collectors.
• 2014 Best Canoe, A.C.B.S. International Show
With 98 of a possible 100 points the Wapoose equalled the score of all other winners
at this competition. No small honor for such a small craft. Here is a link to the photo page we created for it.
• 2013 Best Rowing Craft, Preserved
The c.1878 James Cross guide-boat earned a prestigious award at the 35th Annual
Finger Lakes A.C.B.S. show. With a highest in show 98 points, it bested all land and
in-water exhibits. Here is a link to the new page we've created for it.
• 2012 Best in Show, Restored
With 99.5 points the 1897 Parsons & Co. Adirondack guide-boat received an exceptional score and an equally exceptional award at the 34th Annual Finger Lakes. Since the common thinking amongst A.C.B.S. judges is that 100 point boats do not exist, we'll not top this - ever.
• 2012 Best Rowing Craft
The 1897 Parsons was so impressive it managed 2 awards at the Finger Lakes show. We're not sure how, but those are the facts. Not complaining, mind you.
• 2012 Best in Show, Small Craft, Restored
The Parsons noted above completed its show trifecta at the 48th Annual Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY the first weekend of August. This is the Blair Cook Memorial Award for the Best Small Craft in the restored classification.
• 2011 - Best Historic Craft
Scoring 96.5 points the 1915 Old Town HW canoe with sponsons was awarded this distinction at the 33rd Annual Finger Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles, NY. We’d gloat, but some of the owners of those Chris-Crafts, Centurys and others would be upset, so smug reserve is in order.
• 2011 - Best Restored Small Craft
At 96 points, the c.1890 William McCaffery guide-boat emerged victorious. A truly rare boat that gave us a very nice restoration result. So, one show this year, two craft and two very nice awards
2010 Best in Show, Non-powered
Scoring 98 points, the c.1906 Henry Kilburn Martin guide-boat was awarded one of the two top honors at the 46th annual Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY on August 1st. We’ve heard some judges say that a 100-point boat doesn’t exist. This will not keep us from trying.
2010- Best Small Craft
Again, the H.K. Martin guide-boat was judged to be the top small craft at the 32nd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles, NY on July 24th. At this show the same award cannot be made to the same people in consecutive years, hence no ‘Best in Show’ opportunity. We did the best we could.
2009 Best in Show, Preserved
The c.1885 J.H. Rushton Bucktail was awarded top honors at the 31st Annual Finger Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles, New York on July 25th. Huge Centurys, Hacker Craft and Greavettes cowered in its diminutive presence. All hail small craft!
2008- 1st Place in the Canoe/Kayak category
The c.1915 B.N. Morris canoe scored 97 of a possible 100 points at the 31st Annual Western New York Antique and Classic Boat Show on September 7th. Thus, it was awarded 1st Place in the Canoe/Kayak category. The varnish wasn’t quite dry but it yearned for some water and fresh air.
2008- Best Small Craft
On July 27th the 1920 Old Town Charles River won Best Small Craft in the Preserved category at the 31st Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles, New York. This award is a pretty big deal since we were judged against all other canoes and small craft so we’re kind of proud of it.
2007- First Place Non-powered Class
With 98 of a possible 100 points the Ricketson again prevailed at the 6th International Antique and Classic Boat Society held in Lake George, NY on September 29, 2007.
2007- Best Guide-boat Award
On August 5th our c.1888 E.G. Ricketson guide-boat scored 96 out of a possible 100 points at the 43rd Annual Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY.
2006- Top Rowing Craft Award
Our c.1892 J.H. Rushton Guide-boat scored 94.5 of a possible 100 points to earn this honor on September 10th, 2006 at the 29th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show held on Grand Island, NY.
2006- Best Overall Canoe Award
On August 6th, 2006 we won this distinction at the 42nd Annual Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY. with our 1916 Old Town OTCA.