Lawson Center Hosts Jet Boat Program

BEMUS POINT – The first group of junior boat builders gathered at The Lawson Center in Bemus Point recently to construct, decorate and launch their own jet boats under the watchful eye of their parents and faculty members Jon Stahley and Bruce Johnson.

It was the first of a series of jet boat “classes” being offered at The Lawson Center to provide a learning experience and a parent-child activity.

The 10 young boatwrights from the Bemus Point area built balloon-powered jet boats and then ran them in a specially-built tank on the lower patio of the center.

Following the jet boat class, families took advantage of the new Cat Boat Reading Room feature on the lake level of the center. A fully restored cat boat has been fitted out with a library of children’s books and families are invited to rest and read.

The Jet Boat program will be offered one more time this summer Saturday, Aug. 31. The program is free to Lawson Center members and $5 per boat for non-members.

The Lawson Center is located at 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point, and is open to the public Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For information about the boat building, call 386-3355 or visit