The Rowboat Hall

Ever since winemaking took off in the Finger Lakes, especially around Keuka Lake, the need for personal boats for leisure and fishing increased in popularity and demand. Normally fishing and winemaking don't seem to strike very many similarities in people's minds. Yet the tourism brought to this area by the increasingly popular wines of the area emphasized a need by many tourists to "experience" the waters through small boats. Thus began the industry of small "pleasure-craft" boat building -- the trout boats and rowboats.

The Boats

Each boat on display has either been donated to our museum, or has been put on loan from its owner to be displayed inside the galleries of the museum. We are truly grateful for the support the museum receives through boat donations and loans. Boats restored by the Museum will be underscored.

Inside Building 9 [Clockwise]

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Two Photos of Building 9 Before the Boats

2014-2020

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1925 Skaneateles Boat & Canoe "LXL"

- Rowboat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Donated by Douglas McIlroy Etna, NH

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[Restored] George Hall Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Single seat

- FLBM

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1948 Fred Lacy Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Double seat

- Donated by:

Tom Dinse

Fairport, NY

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Seymour Smith Rowboat

- Rowboat

- Double seat

- Donated by:

Scott Dewey

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Seymour Smith Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Double seat

- Donated by:

Don Palmatier

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1905 Henry Sutherland "Double-Ender"

- Rowboat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Clarence Wiley Branchport, NY

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Ernest Sutherland "Double Ender"

- Rowboat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Leslie Rolfe

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[Replica] 1990 Dan Sutherland Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Donated by: 

Sylvia Wightman Eaton

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Charles Ernst Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Donated by: 

Carl W. Long

Martinsburg, WV

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Wright Built Boats Rowboat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Loan:

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

 Hammondsport, NY

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Penn Yan "Solo Fishing" Boat

- Trout boat

- Single seat

- Loan:

Jeff Mckee

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1944 George Pragel Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

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[Replica] 2019 Adelbert Todd Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- FLBM

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Ben Reno Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Loan:

Art Parsons

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1952 Penn Yan Boat Co. "Kingfisher"

- Fishing Boat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Elaine Galdarone

Ashway, RI

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Ben Reno Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Stuart Komer

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Ben Reno Rowboat

- Rowboat

- Triple seat

- FLBM

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1925 Charles Pilgrim Rowboat

- Rowboat

- Triple seat

- Loan:

Lois Allis 

Bath, NY

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Charles Pilgrim Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Don Pilgrim

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Mitchell Rowboat

- Rowboat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Dick Shorts

Canandaigua, NY

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Mitchell Trout Boat

- Trout boat

- Triple seat

- Donated by:

Joan A. Hall

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