This past International AGM in skaneateles, New York was the location Carla from Hagerty annouced the Hall of fame Inductees


6th Annual Class Includes Charles Mistele, Matt Smith and Lyman Boat Owners Association
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Sept. 2014) –– Hagerty Insurance, the worldwide leader in classic boat and car insurance, has inducted three new members into the Hagerty Marine Hall of Fame. In recognition of their positive contributions to the classic and collector boat lifestyle, Charles Mistele, Matt Smith and the Lyman Boat Owners Association were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 20 at the Skaneateles Country Club in Skaneateles, N.Y.
“Hagerty is deeply rooted in classic and collector boats; that’s where it all began. So it is only fitting that we honor these deserving inductees for their loyalty and deep affection for the hobby,” said CEO McKeel Hagerty. “Each story of this year’s inductees exemplifies their dedication and we are proud to recognize their good work.”

A brief bio on each of the inductees is featured below:

Charles Mistele Owner of Miss America

IX Miss America IX, built by legendary Garfield “Gar” Wood to defend the prestigious Harmsworth Trophy, became the first boat to exceed 100 mph when it reached 102.256 mph on March 20, 1931 in Miami. “As one of the curators of the Smithsonian once said, this boat is to water what the Spirit of St. Louis is to aviation,” Charles Mistele said, “and fate picked me to protect it.” From the moment that Mistele purchased Miss America IX, he knew the boat belonged in the water, not a museum. In fact, of the five Harmsworth Trophy boats that still exist, only Miss America IX still gets wet, often in the name of educating young people. In recognition of Charles Mistele’s contribution to the preservation and education of collector boats, he has been selected to join the Hagerty Marine Hall of Fame.

Matt Smith, creator of

After Matt Smith purchased a 1941 Chris-Craft Barrel Back and began to restore it, he was surprised at the lack of online information about boat restoration. To get a conversation started – “selfishly, actually” – Smith started Woody Boater seven years ago. “No rules, no passwords, no fees – just a place for people to come together,” Smith said. “Woody Boater is a portal to the hobby for the person who doesn’t know where to start.” In addition to news and stories, Woody
Boater provides links and information for suppliers, restorers, parts and service, insurance and shows. In honor of Smith’s dedication to long-term interests of the wooden boat hobby, he has been selected as a member of the 2014 class of the Hagerty Marine Hall of Fame.

Lyman Boat Owners Association,

keeping the legacy alive
Founded in Cleveland in 1875, Lyman Brothers Boat Builders created high-quality skiffs and larger boats known for their durability and smooth ride. By the late 1800s, Lyman was building everything from 13-foot rowboats to a custom-designed 65-foot cutter-rigged sailboat. In the 1930s, Lyman Boats’ popularity grew with the now-famous “Clinker Built” lapstrake hull construction. The company eventually ended its wooden boat production in 1973. Two years after the company stopped building wooden boats, Lyman boat owner Fred Jackson and other Lyman boat owners started the Lyman Owners Group (LOG). Membership surpassed the 200 mark under Jackson’s leadership before he stepped down. For several years, the Lyman club was operated seasonally by the Antique Boat Museum’s Club Management Services. Realizing that year-round development was needed, the club named Dale Hooper as its second official commodore and the organization received a new name, the Lyman Boat Owners Association. The LBOA, the oldest Lyman boat enthusiast organization in the U.S. and Canada, now boasts a membership of more than 800 members in North America and Europe. The club offers relevant information on Lyman boats and restoration/maintenance tips via its comprehensive website ( and quarterly news magazine, The Clinker. In tribute to the LBOA’s forward-thinking passion for classic wooden vessels and contributions to the hobby, this organization has earned a place in the 2014 Hagerty Hall of Fame.

To read stories and view photos about each of the Marine Hall of Fame inductees please visit
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