Meetings and Swap Meet

Next weekend is the big one for iceboating in New England. Saturday is the NEIYA Swap Meet and meeting in Hudson, Mass., and on Sunday at 11:00 is our CIBC meeting and pot luck lunch at Dave Fortier’s house in Biddeford.

Lake Winnipesaukee.

Visit for a great map and location for the Swap Meet. Fortier’s is 12 Chretein Rd,. Biddeford, ME

South Twin Lake.

And in case you’re a little rusty on just how to go about the sport of iceboating, here’s a refresher:

CIBC 10 steps for a Typical Day – YouTube

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Looking For Answers?

Find them at the annual boats and parts Swap Meet and New England Ice yacht Association lunch and meeting Saturday November 2. Buying and selling in the parking lot all morning, lunch at noon followed by the business meeting.

Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749

The CIBC fall meeting will be the following day, Sunday Nov. 3 at Dave Fortier’s house in Biddeford, ME. Meeting starts at 11:am followed by a potluck lunch and still more discussion of iceboats and sailing!

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Barn Find DN…. Take a look!

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Steve Duhamel of NorthWind IceBoats sends in this slighty-less-than-accurate description of his latest barn-find…. Read and learn….

Barn / Shed Find DN

Late 30’s style DN Closely built to DN 60 Plans as published by the Detroit News Sunday addition projects to build at home work shop.

Great care of construction details were exercised in following the plan’s measurements.

Hardware is all Blacksmith formed.

Hemp rope rigging and sheet line was produced by the Cortege Park in Plymouth MA just before shutting down for good in 1939.

Sail material is Egyptian Cotton with corn starch sizing and black silk reinforcement.

Battens are slow growth Vietnamese bamboo foam core fiberglass.

Blades are forged from used horse shoes. Glue is suspected to be from that same horse that donated the blade material.

While walking in the woods one day, looking for a suitable mast. A bolt of lightning came out of nowhere and struck a nice straight wing shaped tree. Although burned black by the lightning strike, it proved to be just what the project needed. A branch from the same tree provided the boom.

Pulleys (from the sliding barn door from which the boat was pulled) were the only parts from the original design drawings.

Ready to be enjoyed again after a sympathetic cleaning.

Offers will be considered.

Steve’s description is amusing (who knew he had that sense of humor) and is even more so if you’ve ever seen this boat- It’s not a legal DN as it is made of carbon and God only knows what else. But is it ever sexy. If there is a piece of metal, it’s polished to a mirror finish. If there is a piece of carbon (ie the entire hull), it’s clear-coated to perfection. The sail is high aspect, high tech, and this thing is ready to blaze across the ice and elicit some serious drooling in the launch area.

I don’t know if he really wants to sell it or not but it can’t hurt to ask!

Contact Steve through to take a look and for all of your iceboating needs!

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Sharp Runners

If you didn’t sharpen runners in the spring, and oil them for the summer, fall is here and time is running out. Here’s a good reason to have sharp runners:

You just never know…

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First Time Iceboating

Not everyone takes to it:

Better luck next time, Al!

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Fall Meetings and Swap Meet

With today being the last day of Summer, if you have not started thinking about Ice boating then the time has come. The NEIYA Annual Meeting Swap Meet and Luncheon will be on Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Hudson MA. Remember the new venue, same as last year. Parking lot activities generally begin around 10 am with lunch at noon. The full schedule of activities will be released in a couple weeks.

Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749

And as always, The CIBC Fall Meeting will be at Dave Fortier’s house in Biddeford, Maine, Sunday November 3. Meeting at 11:00 sharp and fabulous pot luck lunch to follow.

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South Bay Scooter

Here’s a Scooter reported to be in excellent condition. Great deal to the right home.

> On-the-Edge, Sail No 808.

> Built 1962 by W H Harless.
> Ian McColough
> 917-826-1213

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