July 1988

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Keuka Maid Launched


Bill Treichler

July 2, 1988 is the date the 120 ton, 300 passenger dinner boat is scheduled to begin cruises on Lake Keuka from its pier just off Route 54 at Hammondsport.

Powered by two 300 horsepower diesel engines, it has an expected speed of 10 knots. The boat is 93 feet long and 40 feet wide. It has three decks. The middle and lower decks are enclosed and air-conditioned with carpeted salons and dance floors.

The Keuka Maid is scheduled to make dinner cruises five times a week: for brunch on Sunday at 11:00 to 2:00 PM; for lunch on Monday and on Saturday at 12:30 to 2:30 PM; and for dinner on Wednesday and on Saturday at 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

Food for the boat's dinner guests will be prepared on a barge moored alonside the pier and transferred to the Keuka Maid's holding kitchens to be served during its cruises. The boat has two diesel generators to provide electricity for illumination, refrigeration and air conditioning. When it is alongside its dock the boat can use shore power. Two nights a week, Monday and Tuesday, there will be dining on the boat from 5:00 to 9:00 while it remains moored.

The Keuka Maid has been planned and fitted out for the entertainment of people who want to enjoy beautiful Lake Keuka. The boat is especially designed for large parties such as reunions, weddings, receptions, business meetings and tour groups. It is available for chartering. Information about reservations can be obtained by dialing (607) 569 2628. The Keuka Maid is the realization of a dream by Stanley Clark.

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