LAKE GEORGE – Jeff Killeen has lovingly and meticulously cared for his rare 1929 Chris-Craft Cadet wooden powerboat for 25 years. Now he is donating the award-winning vessel to a cause even more important to him – the long-term protection of Lake George. Dubbed The Laker, the 22-foot triple cockpit boat will be auctioned off by the non-profit Lake George Association at their July 23 Summer Gala, with all proceeds benefiting the LGA’s Lake Protection programs.
The estimated value of the boat is $40,000 and bidding starts at $25,000. Mr Killeen, a retired information services and digital media manager who serves as the LGA’s honorary board chairman and lives year-round on the lake, said he is downsizing his wooden boat collection and hopes to find a home for the beloved vessel with another Lake George wooden boat enthusiasts. “The Laker” is 1.80 m wide and is equipped with the original 1929 Chrysler Imperial 100 hp straight-six engine and all original parts.
It is a two-time winner of the Most Original Lake George Boat award at the Lake George Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous. “‘The Laker’ has brought many smiles to my family’s faces over the years and I look forward to seeing the big smile on the winner’s face,” said Mr. Killeen. “This is a rare, highly collectible boat that is in perfect running condition and ready to create memories for its new owner for years to come. To me, the name alone – ‘The Laker’ – is worth buying.”
“What better scenario could there be for someone who loves wooden boats and loves Lake George?” said Mr. Killeen. “Make this beauty your own and make a truly meaningful donation towards the long-term protection of the world’s most beautiful lake.”
That The LGA Summer Gala will take place on Saturday 23 July from 6.30pm under an open-air tent at The Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George Village.
Tickets are available now at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org/news-events/events/summer-gala.
Those who are unable to attend but would like to bid on the classic Chris-Craft or another live auction item can either “live bid” over the phone with a live auction concierge or place a “ghost bid” with a notary in advance – amount to exceed.
To make arrangements for either type of bid, please contact LGA Development Director Tyra MacGuffie at [email protected]or (518) 668-3558, extension 302.
For a full list of auction items, see lakegeorgeassociation.org/auction.
The Lake George Association is the premier lake conservation organization providing technical and financial assistance to property owners. world-class research and direct conservation programs through the Jefferson Project, the Lake George Waterkeeper and a range of public-private partnerships; public education programs; and public advocacy, all with the goal of protecting the lake’s water quality today and for the future.
Photo above: This rare 1929 Chris-Craft Cadet wooden motorboat, donated by Lake George Association Chairman Jeff Killeen, will be auctioned off by the LGA as part of their summer gala on Saturday July 23. The gala is invited to LGA Contact Director of Development Tyra MacGuffie at [email protected]or (518) 668-3558, ext. 302. (Photo provided by John Brodt, Behan Communications.)