If you own a traditional launch
with antique power of not more than three cylinders, or are putting one
together, or are dreaming about doing it, you might be interested in this
club. The following synopsis
taken from a newsletter will
give you some idea of what we are all about.
It all started about seven years ago when Bruce Hall and I were
bemoaning the fact that there wasn’t a boat organization suitable for
slow moving, low powered boats (more fondly called launches by many of
us). I said “wouldn’t it be great to be able to go to a meet
with just launches powered by antique engines?”.
Bruce responded “Ya, and we could call it the Three Cylinder Club
to preserve that laid back pace”. Thus
the seed was planted. I have
thought about it since that conversation and in early 2000, after
convincing myself the work would be worth it, decided to do something
about it. Adopting Bruce’s idea for a name, I added the North
American part to include our friends to the north in Canada and to attract
like-minded folks outside of New England with the hope of having area
meets and perhaps even setting up regional chapters.
Encourage the preservation of antique marine engines and launches.
Inspire collectors to put their engines into traditional hulls and
to pass on information that will achieve these goals.
found will never again be lost, provided it is shared”
UNOFFICIAL ORGANIZATION: Why was it important to have no president, no directors, no
charter and no treasury? Well,
the first reason is there is no organization to sue, and the second reason
is, with no one in charge there is no one to create animosity or
resentment among the members. We’re
here to have fun and the best way to do it is to remain unpretentious.
setup has worked very well for the steam boaters over a number of years.
We benefit from their experience.
RESTRICT ENGINES TO 3 CYLINDERS OR LESS?
There were a couple of reasons, all related to the importance of
compatibility. The first was
speed. I don’t know about
you, but every antique boat parade I’ve been in, the runabouts take off
leaving the displacement hulls far behind.
Boating is supposed to be enjoyable, not kidney jarring or getting
hoarse trying to yell over a high speed engine. We’d like to all stay in the same gear---slow.
and perhaps even more importantly, is like-mindedness.
From my perspective, high speed boaters take pride in their craft. Most of the time the engines are hidden, which places all of
the importance on the boat. Antique
engine collectors, on the other hand, place their emphasis on the engine.
Most of the time it is exposed for all to see.
The main purpose of the boat is to float the engine.
Anyone can press a starter button, it takes a special type of
person to love a cantankerous old
flywheel engine that runs well only after it gets used to you.
Organizer/Secretary: George Boley, My Old Boat