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Boating museum president restores old sailboat

Inside Bill Oben's two-bay garage set high above the shoreline of Keuka Lake, in upstate New York, the smell of paint, varnish and sawdust hangs in the air.

For three months, Oben, president of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, and two friends, Dennis Karalow and Don Manning, have been wrapping their skilled hands around a piece of Finger Lakes nautical history.

With the museum's annual boat show just two days away, the men were working feverishly without compromising their attention to detail to put the finishing touches on a Snipe racing model wooden sailboat, built in 1950 by the Emmons Boat Building firm in Brewerton, Onondaga County.

"She was in pretty rough shape," Oben says. "We started in May and have been hitting it pretty hard."

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