Keuka Maid for Sale

Keuka Maid for Sale

There are 19 comments on the WETM-TV Elmira story from Jul 4, 2007, titled Keuka Maid for Sale. In it, WETM-TV Elmira reports that:

“Little disappointed. Thought we'd get a chance to ride on it this summer”

Posted By: Staci-Lyn Honda Hammondsport Neighbors were shocked to learn the Keuka Maid's nearly 20 year history on Keuka Lake may be cruising to an end. via WETM-TV Elmira

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WETM-TV Elmira.

Chuck

Hilton, NY

#1 Sep 2, 2007
We go on the Maid once every year and when we called in early spring to make our reservations, we were told that their not accepting any due to the fact that the boat wasdue for a dry dock NYS inspection.
Then today I found out that she sank at the dock. I hope she is restored and placed back in service as we found it was a relaxing experance while on-board.
tjh

Altamonte Springs, FL

#2 Sep 6, 2007
to bad so sad, the major issue would be how to get it out of the lake for the rehab... if i can remember correctly she was built on the lake, so it seems quite a task to get her out without taking it apart? am i right?
Ron OLaughlin

Bay City, MI

#3 Oct 14, 2007
We were heading for NY this week and planned on our annual stop at Hammondsport and to get some of my favorite chili on the Maid. Was very disturbed to hear and read about what happened. I hope someone can bring her back to life somehow. As we visit our daughter in NYC each year, this was going to be something to look forward to year after year.
KAREN SEARLE

Callicoon Center, NY

#4 Mar 15, 2008
My Husband & I were shocked to hear about the boat. We were married on the boat Sept. 5th 1998 &we went back every year for our Anniversery We loved it because it was our home away from home,& we are going to miss it. everybody that worked on the boat remember us & make us feel at home.
KAREN SEARLE

Callicoon Center, NY

#5 Mar 15, 2008
I wished the boat could be saved, Karen & Wes Searle
concerned

Rochester, NY

#6 Jul 3, 2008
Please stop trying to save a sinking ship. It hasn't been taken care of for years and looks like a ship wreck more than anything. There will be a petition soon to recommend it be removed with strict deadlines. There is reason for serious concern considering the boat has sunk twice. Time to make room for a nice safe boat to come in.
no more eye sore

United States

#7 Jul 17, 2008
Amen to my fellow laker from the north end. The boat simply needs to be removed from the water. We have such a beautiful landscape all around us with an abandoned factory right in the middle of it. Though I love the concept of a tour/dinner boat on the lake, the Keuka Maid is not the answer. There has been little or no maintenence on it since it switched hands a few years ago. Please remove it before it sinks again.
Chuck from Alexander

Rochester, NY

#8 Jul 24, 2008
concerned wrote:
Please stop trying to save a sinking ship. It hasn't been taken care of for years and looks like a ship wreck more than anything. There will be a petition soon to recommend it be removed with strict deadlines. There is reason for serious concern considering the boat has sunk twice. Time to make room for a nice safe boat to come in.
I knew of the wedding sinking. What was the second sinking and when????

We always loved the KM. Excellent food and trip on the lake.

Chuck
Keuka Maid Shipwreck

Piscataway, NJ

#9 Jul 28, 2008
I've noticed pictures of the Keuka Maid going around the Internet in the act of starting to sink (or being drained after having sunk). The caption? "FOR SALE - Oh it's supposed to do that. Super secret submarine mode."
Keuka Maid Shipwreck

Piscataway, NJ

#10 Jul 28, 2008
oh yeah, and the date on the picture is August 5, 2007.
Keuka Maid Disaster

United States

#11 Dec 16, 2008
Wake up Hammondsport. The Keuka Maid has been an accident waiting to happen for over a decade. No maintenance, altercations made without approval of the USCG and not engineered by a marine architect. How can you even consider trying to keep a drowning whale afloat? Gee, it's only sunk twice. You're lucky it was at dock and empty. It's an eyesore, an environmental boil, and a death trap - all berthed 50 yards from protected wetlands. Where are all the Greenies and Ducks Unlimited guys?
Woodroce

Endicott, NY

#12 Sep 16, 2009
I hope they can get that huge saltine box out of the lake without too much pollution remaining. I wish they never built that ugly boat to begin with. But, I do miss mooning it when it goes by!
Sharon Goss

United States

#13 Jun 30, 2010
I cannot believe the people who talk so cruelly about the Keuka Maid. I know many people who enjoyed that boat and had we known what kind of people actually lived around that lake, we may not have found it so much fun.
Little did we know someone "out there" may wanna shoot at the boat as we rode by.
What a bunch of morons....you had a beautiful tourist attraction and were and are to ignorant to understand the money brought into your area by it.
Chris

Gillett, PA

#14 Jul 1, 2010
I dont think the hull(s) would would support the weight for a drydock inspection. Im really curious to see whats going to happen.
flupa_member

Painted Post, NY

#15 Aug 17, 2010
Unfortunately, this boat will never again sail on a tourist cruise. It is not seaworthy and can not pass an inspection, especially given the tighter regulations since the Lake George disaster.

Finger Lakes Underwater Preservation Association (FLUPA) is a local group of active divers. We would like to see the boat sunk in Kueka Lake where it can continue to be a tourist attraction, provide recreation and bring dollars into the community. This type of wreck has been successful in many other communities. Of course, any intentional sinking will have to be done in strict accordance with environmental regulations so pollution is not a concern. It would also need to be done in water deep enough to prevent it from being a navigation hazard. Hopefully, we can get the community to support this effort.
old wood boat

Corning, NY

#16 Nov 1, 2010
Chuck wrote:
We go on the Maid once every year and when we called in early spring to make our reservations, we were told that their not accepting any due to the fact that the boat wasdue for a dry dock NYS inspection.
Then today I found out that she sank at the dock. I hope she is restored and placed back in service as we found it was a relaxing experance while on-board.
Is the Keuka Maid headed to Penn Yan? The man who knows — Robert Pfuntner — is not available for phone calls this afternoon.

Urbana Town Supervisor Gordon Lanphere said he first heard about the vessel being underway at about 11 a.m. this morning, but he has no idea where the boat is headed.

Lanphere said Pfuntner, who owns the Keuka Maid in addition to Sarrasin's Restaurant in Penn Yan, is up to date with his rental fees for the Town's dock at the southern end of the lake.

"It's gone from here, where it goes, we don't care," said Lanphere, later adding as far as he's aware, if the craft is not carrying passengers, its status is that it is a personally owned boat."

"It's somebody elses's fight now," he added.

In March, Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey lifted the restraining order against moving the Keuka Maid cruise boat from its dock in Urbana.

The Town of Milo and the Village of Penn Yan filed the injunction in 2007 as part of their efforts to prevent the derelict vessel from being moored anywhere within their precincts, citing a danger to the public water supply and safe navigation.

Pfuntner moved the Keuka Maid’s two service barges to Penn Yan in 2007, which Penn Yan and Milo interpreted as a signal of his intent to move the Keuka Maid here.

Penn Yan Mayor Robert Church says he first got a call at 1 p.m. and he's been following the vessel's progress ever since. "I have no ideas what the plans are," he said.

Milo Supervisor John Socha said he was not aware of plans to move the vessel, but had been in Hammondsport earlier in the day and saw the boat on the water, heading north.

He said the Town of Milo already spent thousands of dollars on an injunction, and any future legal battles would have to involve more parties.

As more information is available, it will be posted.
old wood boat

Corning, NY

#17 Nov 1, 2010
Is the Keuka Maid headed to Penn Yan? The man who knows — Robert Pfuntner — is not available for phone calls this afternoon.

Urbana Town Supervisor Gordon Lanphere said he first heard about the vessel being underway at about 11 a.m. this morning, but he has no idea where the boat is headed.

Lanphere said Pfuntner, who owns the Keuka Maid in addition to Sarrasin's Restaurant in Penn Yan, is up to date with his rental fees for the Town's dock at the southern end of the lake.

"It's gone from here, where it goes, we don't care," said Lanphere, later adding as far as he's aware, if the craft is not carrying passengers, its status is that it is a personally owned boat."

"It's somebody elses's fight now," he added.

In March, Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey lifted the restraining order against moving the Keuka Maid cruise boat from its dock in Urbana.

The Town of Milo and the Village of Penn Yan filed the injunction in 2007 as part of their efforts to prevent the derelict vessel from being moored anywhere within their precincts, citing a danger to the public water supply and safe navigation.

Pfuntner moved the Keuka Maid’s two service barges to Penn Yan in 2007, which Penn Yan and Milo interpreted as a signal of his intent to move the Keuka Maid here.

Penn Yan Mayor Robert Church says he first got a call at 1 p.m. and he's been following the vessel's progress ever since. "I have no ideas what the plans are," he said.

Milo Supervisor John Socha said he was not aware of plans to move the vessel, but had been in Hammondsport earlier in the day and saw the boat on the water, heading north.

He said the Town of Milo already spent thousands of dollars on an injunction, and any future legal battles would have to involve more parties.

As more information is available, it will be posted.
Martin Clark

Littleton, CO

#18 Jul 31, 2011
Reviewers - please note that the Keuka Maid was a labor of love for Stanley Clark when it was built on the shores of Keuka Lake about 20 years ago. He absolutely didn't need the money - he was President of the successful Clark Specialty Co., and in his 70's, and designed and built the entire boat from stem to stern without much of any prior knowledge of boatbuilding and not much outside help. So the entire project was a remarkable achievement, wouldn't you say? He spent several years of his life fulfilling his dream to bring a tour boat and entertainment to the shores of Keuka Lake for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike from across the nation.
I went on the boat cruise twice on Sunday afternoons with the Alexander Fire Dept. band playing concerts about 15 years ago, and each time the boat was filled with tourists and guests. It played host to wedding receptions, reunions, and all types of social events and brought in much needed revenue to Steuben County. Also, the boat and service barges appeared to have little environmental impact - I noticed many ducks and waterfowl about the area when the boat would leave. Those of you that were familiar with Keuka Lake during that time undoubtedly remember that the Keuka Maid was exceptionally well run and maintained - far from the eyesore that it apparently is today. Stanley Clark would be sad to see the current developments.
So the concept of a tour boat on Keuka Lake was successful for quite a few years after it was built - and probably could be again today - whether the current boat could be salvaged or not. Another bold investment by those equally dedicated to bringing boat tours to the Hammondsport area and Keuka Lake would be required
(You may also recall that Stanley Clark started the Champagne Trail Excursion Train, Train Restaurant, and Cohocton Farm Museum shortly after the train project.) But without Stanley's leadership, there was no one else to keep these ventures going and all failed shortly after his death.
Martin Clark

Littleton, CO

#19 Jul 31, 2011
Sharon Goss wrote:
I cannot believe the people who talk so cruelly about the Keuka Maid. I know many people who enjoyed that boat and had we known what kind of people actually lived around that lake, we may not have found it so much fun.
Little did we know someone "out there" may wanna shoot at the boat as we rode by.
What a bunch of morons....you had a beautiful tourist attraction and were and are to ignorant to understand the money brought into your area by it.
Sharon, you are to be commended for your comments about the Keuka Maid, that was a source of enjoyment for thousands of visitors to the Finger Lakes area. We need more Stan Clarks to bring this type of attraction to the public. He gave several years of his life to the Keuka Maid project and did his best to maintain the tour boat to a high standard. Steuben County siezed the boat and several of Stan's other assets after his death - supposedly due to his failure to maintain the railroad tracks - a charge that I personally know was not true and just a money grab by Steuben Co.
We need more people like you - positive and caring about the legacy of the Keuka Maid and its founder Stanley Clark.

Marty Clark, Fort Collins, CO.

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