|Tamarack Marine Surveys|
Colchester, Vermont, USA
George T. Little, SAMS® AMS®
Principal Marine Surveyor
|Historic and Vintage Surveys|
|1902 Buckhout Ice Yacht STORM KING
George Buckhout was an important designer/builder of ice boats at the end of the Gilded Age. Estates along the Hudson River, including the Roosevelts', engaged in spirited winter competition, and patronized experts like Buckhout. STORM KING is named for the Hudson River peak near her sailing grounds. She was recognized and retrieved from decades-long slumber by Bill Hazelett, a Vermont machine process innovator and businessman.
She was appraised for Charitable Contribution to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, to whom Mr. Hazelett also donated the tax reduction benefits. STORM KING enjoys a centerpiece position in the Hazelett Watercraft Center at LCMM.
|1902 ELCO electric launch TORTOISE
ELCO is an acronym for Electric Launch Company, an early builder of launches based in Bayonne, New Jersey - recently re-established in Athens, New York. TORTOISE has had her original powertrain updated with a modern motor, controllers, and batteries to slip like a whisper through the waters of an inland New Hampshire lake. She was surveyed for Condition and Valuation for insurance purposes for the LLC which restored her and now operates her for their private enjoyment.
|1902 ELCO launch Sea Trial
We attended a Sea Trial of TORTOISE, doing our best to remain objective and observant, minimizing any unseemly display of giddy enthusiasm . . .
|1932 Richardson Cruisabout
This 30' Cruisabout, unnamed but lovingly attended for many years by a dedicated owner, resides on Lake Champlain. She was built in North Tonawanda, New York of cedar over oak, and was surveyed for insurance purposes.
|1946 Casey yawl
GRATITUDE enjoys expert care in the hands of her enthusiastic owners, who have berthed her on Lake Champlain and recently relocated her to the Maine coast. She was surveyed for Condition and Valuation for underwriter consideration, and, typical of a wood construction vessel of her type, had representative fasteners removed to better understand condition.
|1961 Walsted sloop
NORTHERN LIGHT is 32' mahogany sloop from the Danish designer/builder Walsted. She was surveyed for insurance purposes, with her market value derived from the ranking of value characteristics of comparable properties.
|1965 Century Coronado Hardtop
This handsome, restored Century was a Charitable Contribution to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum by her older owner.
|Lake Champlain Maritime Museum gunboat PHILADELPHIA II
PHILADELPHIA was a 54' gondola gunboat, hastily constructed for Benedict Arnold's defense of Lake Champlain in 1776. She was sunk at the Battle of Valcour, and raised in the 1930's, remarkably preserved. She now resides in the Smithsonian.
PHILADELPHIA II is an exacting replica built from the lines of her namesake by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. She is a centerpiece of the LCMM campus, and used frequently in historic reenactments and educational programs. She was surveyed for underwriters, and valued by a Reproduction Cost analysis.
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