Penn Yan boats
It was after the war that Charles Herrmann realized that boat making is a good business opportunity. When Herrmann returned to Keuka Lake
area, he created a small boat for himself in a barn. The boat could’ve caught the attention of his neighbors and they wanted to have one for themselves. Herrmann decided to make additional boats for his
neighbors and this made him realize that making boats can give him a rewarding business. He decided to move to Penn Yan in the year 1921 and he established a boat manufacturing business in the former Beach Roller Skating Palace found in Chaplin Avenue. The following year, this business was known as the Penn Yan Boat Company.
For forty-five years, boats manufactured by Penn Yan created a massive appeal to its consumers. They were noted as one of the best boat manufacturers during their time. An article from a newspaper said that the boats manufactured by this company were made from the finest materials from different countries like red cedar from California, mahogany from the Philippines, cypress from the Gulf of Mexico, and oak from West Virginia. All boats were created using a technique called composite technique wherein it consisted of double-planked wooden hull with an external layer of canvass.
Penn Yan boats became even more popular when the outboard motor boat racing began in the 1920s. During this time, Penn Yan created step-hydroplane boat models and several world records has been made because of these boats. Penn Yan Ceestepper became famous in 1929 because of the world record it created. During the early 1950s, Penn Yan introduced the fastest stock wooden outboard racing boat, Swift. Over the years, Penn Yan created a wider range of boats and it includes fishing boats in their list. Fishing boats under Penn Yan’s name includes Penn Yan Sport Fisherman. Another fishing boat is the Penn Yan Challenger. Penn Yan Kingfisher is a canoe type boat that was built in 1937. Sailboats became popular because the lake offers various opportunities in sailing and Penn Yan created their own line of sailboats including Penn Yan Phantom in 1931.
In the year 1966, the last wooden boat was produced and everything else were made using fiberglass. Even if the material used in producing the boats changed, Penn Yan will always be one of the boat companies that was able to stand out in the wooden boat making industry.