Saturday, December 15, 2012


Press Release

GENEVA, NY (Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012) – Vince Scalise, President of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, announced today that the Boating Museum Board has added two new Directors.

Christopher Lytle of Seneca Falls and Fred Mayer of Hammondsport are the two newest members of the Boating Museum organization.

The Museum also has announced a new line of clothing in the Ship’s Store, which is available on the Museum’s web site at

Mr. Lytle’s private practice includes providing management and fundraising consulting, interim staffing and executive coaching to C-Suite nonprofit executives and boards. His career includes staff, volunteer and consulting positions with premier national and international organizations, which include the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, International Youth Foundation, Apple Computer Market Center (NYC), European Institute of Business Administration and the  Muscular Dystrophy Association-Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

He is a member of the Seneca Yacht Club, Seneca Sailing Academy, the Masons and the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. Mr. Lytle resides in Seneca Falls with his wife and daughter. He owns two antique boats – one power and one sail.

Mr. Mayer, also known as “Hank the Plank,” has been involved in many aspects of classic and antique boating since 1988. His expertise is in restoring and building wooden boats and he is also proficient in maintaining and repairing boats.

He has been a member of the Wine Country Classic Boats Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society since 1988, including acting as Chief Judge and Judge in various show venues in New York and out of state. He has owned and operated HankCraft Restoration since 1996.

Mr. Mayer has worked on Penn Yan and Thompson boats and recently purchased a Murray Wright boat that he is looking forward to researching and restoring. He takes a preservationist approach, always trying to maintain as much of the original boat as possible. His assessments and restoration are always based on the safest way to get the boat back in the water.

Mr. Mayer has been serving on the Museum’s Collections Committee. “I look forward to learning more about the local builders and the boats that were produced in this area,” he said.  “The wealth of knowledge that is available from this group will be priceless.”

    The new line of clothing featured on the newly redesigned website features the Museum’s new logo and includes a white cap with an embroidered logo, white golf shirts with a collar and an embroidered logo, ladies tees in a soft yellow color with cropped sleeves, straight sides and an embroidered logo, men’s tees in a white cotton blend with a screened logo, and original golf shirts in a cream color.

    The Boating Museum has assembled a collection of more than 115 wooden boats built in the Finger Lakes over the past 100 years, as well as numerous related artifacts and extensive reference material. The Collection is still growing as boats are offered on a regular basis by owners who recognize that the boats will be cared for and appreciated.

    The boating museum is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation and was chartered by the New York State Department of Education in 1997 to “research, document, preserve and share the boating history of the Finger Lakes region.”

    Additional information about the boating museum may be found on its website (

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