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Saturday, September 17th 2016
3pm - 6pm
MISSION: Proceeds will support the mission of the Foundation to preserve and conserve the rural, cultural and historical character of the hamlet of Brookhaven and surrounding areas in Suffolk County, New York.
THE AUTUMN BASH WILL FEATURE: Signature cocktails,
delectable appetizers, live music by the Black Tie Affair, silent
auctions, and live auctions.
Event parking at the Brookhaven Elementary School at
101 Fireplace Neck Road with shuttle service to the Foundation at 16 Bay Road (1/4 mile).
Featured Item:1950’s Era Beetle Cat Sailboat Restored in 2012 with all new ribs and transom. Graciously gifted by Helen Budny
Ken Budny was a bayman, boat restorer, and decoy carver. In this video John Taylor, owner of SN1 at Tooker's Boatyard, and Ken show how they restored a 1950’s era Beetle Cat Boat in Brookhaven Hamlet. Ken is featured in Long Island Traditions' exhibit "From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Westchester and Long Island.
The Original Beetle Cat Boat was designed in 1920, and in 1921 it began to appear along the Great South Bay of Long Island. Over 4,000 of these boats have been built to date. As the virtues of this class of craft came to be appreciated, Beetles made an important place for themselves in racing.
The design of the Original Beetle Cat Boat was taken from the old 20-30 foot catboats that were being used for fishing in shallow waters along Cape Cod. Earning a living in this area required a boat capable of withstanding rough waters, and able to cross over the sand bars that were such a menace, particularly at low tide. Catboats could overcome this difficulty because they had rudders that were slightly above the keel line of the boat, and centerboards which could be pulled up. The Original Beetle Cat Boat is 12' 4" long, and is a design adaptation of the great Cape Cod Cats.