Boe-Craft Skeeter

Ice Yacht Association

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ICEFALL is now $14,750

InXcess is $14,000

Lead Horse is $10,000

 Drone video of Last race      of the 2017 Boe-Craft

Video by:

Kenton Martzke

Lake Geneva Boat Line, Inc.

Here is a link to photos taken by George Ciotti during the Regatta.
Great shots of the racers and cruisers sailing off Fontana Beach, January 31st, 2015.



E-mail account is now active.

Matt Mason, a  Lake Geneva Wedding photographer, took some amazing video footage in January 2010 of many of the Boe-Craft owners on Geneva Lake.  The area of sailable ice was small but was sufficient size to make the video.  Enjoy! 

Video is posted on YouTube and on Matt's Website

Bill Boehmke

2013 Regatta Photo Link

Ice Boat Regatta on Lake Geneva 2-16-13 | AS5U2756_HDR

January 30th, 2011
Check out the YouTube video link below.
This was taken by Paul Wood on the second day of Wednesday racing on Delavan.

October 23rd, 2020

A couple of off season projects are done. First up was some light repair work, adding handles, and a deck paint color change on Willowbender.

Next up was a strip, blonde and varnish on Satan's spare plank and a refurbish of a new single trailer for Satan.

New deck color

 Finished box is red. The lifting from this will be easy. No more overhead presses to put Casey on the ice. 

July 15th, 2020

Jim Maguson has completed rework of the first of his two Boecraft  Side by Sides. 
Chili is done but for the new upholstery.

The boat has been reinforced and brought up to the standard dimensions with a 24 foot mast and 18 foot plank. All new rigging is complete and the boat is ready to sail as soon as we have ice.

He is going to start reworking the second boat, Ice Cube, next. 

February 11th, 2020

We are snowed out after getting one day of racing on some of the best ice we have had for years.
The east end of Geneva Lake was checked thoroughly on Friday and all hazards were identified.

Saturday morning with a dead calm we spent a couple of hours by kicksled marking the two large open holes on the South side of the lake. Surrounded by pine boughs they are easily seen and avoided.

Video by Geneva Lake Creative

 The wind started to come up about noon and a one mile course was set. Six Boecraft skeeters and six DNs sailed until after 4 pm.

Boecraft Saturday Series 2020

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName Geneva
Feb 8th 2020
Feb 8th 2020
Feb 8th 2020
Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0
2nd Leg Room I 248 Jason Thompson 2.0 3.0 1.0 6.0 6.0
3rd Rum Runner 2 I 34 Jim Smith 3.0 2.0 3.0 8.0 8.0
4th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 4.0 4.0 4.0 12.0 12.0
5th Mickey Finn I 7 Bob Youngquist 5.0 5.0 7.0 DNC 17.0 17.0
6th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 6.0 6.0 7.0 DNC 19.0 19.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.28.1

February 7th, 2020

On Wednesday February 5th a single Wednesday race was sailed. 
We moved from Como to the east end of Geneva Lake and had to move from there to Delavan in the big meltdown on Groundhog Day.
After some cruising on Delavan and good hospitality at the Inn Between, we are on the move again back to Geneva for racing Saturday and Sunday.

2020 Boecraft Wednesday Series


Rank Boat SailNo HelmName R1
Feb 5th 2020
Total Nett
1st Rumrunner 2 I 34 Jim Smith 1.0 1.0 1.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 2.0 2.0 2.0
3rd Zephyr II I 24 Bob Mereness 3.0 3.0 3.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.28.1

Below are some photos from racing on Como back in December.

December 22nd, 2019
Racing is underway for the 2019-2020 season. Seven races have been sailed so far at Lake Como.
The first three races on Saturday were for the Kaye Trophy, and the remaining four races are for the Como series.
The over a mile race course on Como was almost unprecedented because it lasted two days in a row.
Very tight racing with a lot of place changes.
The ice is leaving and will return later, so we will start again when it gets cold.

Boecraft Saturday AM Series 2020

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName Como
Total Nett
1st Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 1.0 3.0 5.0 5.0
2nd Leg Room I 248 Jason Thompson 5.0 2.0 1.0 8.0 8.0
3rd Rum Runner 2 I 34 Jim Smith 4.0 4.0 2.0 10.0 10.0
4th Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 3.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 10.0
5th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ 2.0 5.0 5.0 12.0 12.0
6th Satan I 237 Casey Schiche 6.0 6.0 8.0 DNC 20.0 20.0
7th B-Sting 2 I 228 Fritz Button 7.0 8.0 DNC 8.0 DNC 23.0 23.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.28.1

Boecraft Como Series 2020

Rank Boat SailNo HelmName Como
Total Nett
1st Leg Room I 248 Jason Thompson 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 2.0 6.0 4.0
2nd Skating Away II I 564 Steve Schalk (4.0) 1.0 2.0 3.0 10.0 6.0
2nd Joe College I 140 Troy Soberg 2.0 (3.0) 3.0 1.0 9.0 6.0
4th Rum Runner 2 I 34 Jim Smith 3.0 (4.0) 4.0 4.0 15.0 11.0
5th Happy Hopper I 255 Larry Happ (5.0) 5.0 5.0 5.0 20.0 15.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.28.1

August 26th, 2019
As incentive to prep for early December, there are two regattas scheduled already.
The second weekend in December, the
Western Skeeter Challenge will be sailed on the best ice available northwest of Minneapolis. The DNs will have sailed the week before so the best site will have been completely sailed and verified.
Conditions at locations like Lake Christina and Battle Lake are typically excellent in Mid-December.

The second regatta is the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Grand Slam Regatta. It is sailed on the best available ice prior to January 1st. The typical location is Lake Kegonsa. Each class gets its own start, and races are run fast and efficient.

August 25th, 2019
As summer starts winding down, it is time to think about getting ready for December Ice.
It is always a bit easier to do maintenance at 60 degrees than at 10, so September and October are the best time to prepare. 
Here is a helpful checklist to aid Boecraft owners in their preparation:



  • Check steering cables for meat-hooks or any kinks
  • Check exit pulleys for free spin and wear
  • Check steering operation for free movement – clean and grease shaft & plate on fork assy.
  • Check that bolt fastening the wheel is tight and has non corroded lock washer in place
  • Lube pedal shafts if noisy or sticky
  • Check plank mounting brackets – tighten screws if needed
  • Check ratchet block mount and rear block rack for wear and corrosion
  • Check for any loose fasteners or upholstery and repair as needed
  • Check framing stay tans for wear


  • Check gooseneck and halyard slides for wear on slide or in holes
  • Check halyard for meat-hooks or kinks
  • Check halyard pulley for free rotation
  • Check hound fastener and strap condition


  • Check pillow block bearing rotation – should be free and smooth, no play
  • Check framing stay tang holes for wear
  • Check side stay tangs for cracks and hole wear
  • Check mounting holes for cracks and wood compression
  • Check chock plates for corrosion


  • Check jaw for hole wear from gooseneck pin
  • Check block mounting brackets for backed out screws and hole wear
  • Check all plates for corrosion


  • Check side plates for corrosion – do not leave corroded
  • Check blocks for free bearing movement
  • Check axles if bolted rather than riveted
  • Examine sheet for wear & fraying


  • Examine entire length of each stay for broken wires- especially inside the tubes
  • Check every bolt/pin in the tubes for wear, including the safety pins
  • Examine the hound strap and triangle for any cracks or wear
  • Check for cracked wires at each swage fitting


  • Check halyard, tack and clew plates for hole wear
  • Remove and stack battens and store on a flat surface
  • Roll sail loosely and put back in bag


  • Remove all rust from any surface
  • Lubricate liberally with 3 in 1 oil or equivalent on edge and sides
  • Store in a very dry location for the summer


  • Top off bearing buddy fittings with grease
  • Clean as much salt off the entire assembly as possible with a pressure washer
  • Clean and lube the latch assembly
  • Check for rust and loose fasteners on the chassis and running gear
  • Check for any loose fasteners on the bolted on superstructure boxes etc
  • Check  wiring harness for connector corrosion and make sure all lights function
  • Check tires for sidewall cracks and top up to correct pressure

March 17th, 2019
The shoreline on Geneva is broken up and access to the remaining ice is poor.
Some of the BoeCraft fleet took advantage of better ice conditions at Lake Kegonsa to get some end of season rides in.
It looks like they did spend some of their sailing time inside of Springers however.

ISA Video of Race 5, Saturday January 12th. 2019
Thanks to Steve Brown for the video.

January 22nd, 2019
The 2109 NIYA is complete. Jason Thompson wins his first Northwest on his first try. 
The ice was still good but the snow added a challenge, as did wind shifts. The course was shifted a few times, but we got good wind and a square course for two of our three races.
The second race started in about 4 miles and hour of wind, went to 10 mph with a 90 degree shift. The course turned into a straight up and back sausage. Great in front - but no passing lanes.
The third race had good breeze and Jason stayed out in front the whole way to clinch his win.

A little after sunrise on Saturday morning.

Watching the other fleets race.

E Skeeter (B) Fleet

Rank Fleet SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total Notes
1st E Skeeter (B) I 248 Jason Thompson 2.0 1.0 1.0 4.0  
2nd E Skeeter (B) I 564 Steve Schalk 1.0 4.0 2.0 7.0  
3rd E Skeeter (B) I 234 Jim McDonagh 3.0 3.0 3.0 9.0  
4th E Skeeter (B) I 228 Fritz Button 5.0 DNC 2.0 4.0 11.0  

January 14th, 2019
The 2019 ISA is in the books. The new B Skeeter Champion is Jason Thompson. The racing was just what you want - always close and competitive. After the first four races there were four different race winners. A more detailed report will follow, but for now, here are results and photos from Steve Brown of Lake City Minnesota.

Our place at the launch site

Wide view from the launch

Sunrise Sunday January 13th

Lining up for our last race on Saturday - Race 5

Ready to go

Fritz Button - 3rd, Jason Thompson - 1st, Steve Schalk - 2nd, Troy Soberg - 4th.

B Fleet

Sailed: 6, Discards: 0, To count: 6, Entries: 6, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1st B I 248 Jason Thompson 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 13.0
2nd B I 564 Steve Schalk 4.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 16.0
3rd B I 228 Fritz Button 5.0 6.0 1.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 21.0
4th B I 140 Troy Soberg 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 21.0
5th B I 234 Jim McDonagh 2.0 1.0 6.0 6.0 3.0 5.0 23.0
6th B I 34 Jim Smith 6.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 32.0