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Keuka Maid goes up for auction Oct. 22

    URBANA—The Keuka Maid will be auctioned off at its dock in Urbana, Monday, Oct. 22, starting at 11 a.m.
    The boat, owned by Robert Pfuntner, is being auctioned by Brzostek’s Auction Service Inc., which is located in Phoenix, N.Y. Urbana Supervisor John Webster explained the town attorney told him Pfuntner has signed an auction contract to sell the boat. He added the attorney indicated it was a salvage auction.
    According to the listing, Brzostek’s says the boat “can be restored, must be moved from that location.” Bernie Brzostek, vice-president, confirmed the boat will need to be moved by the new owner after the auction. However, he said the boat would be moved from the lake by taking it through a canal.
    “It’s never going out of any canal,” said Webster. He added the water levels are no where near high enough for a boat that size to be moved.
    The boat is listed as weighing 202 tons, 107 feet long. The sale would also include many of the amenities from when the Keuka Maid served as a tour boat, like restaurant equipment, a brass chandelier, air conditioning and heating, seating, and hundreds of life jackets.
    Following safety changes in 2006, the Keuka Maid was unable serve commercially because the owner did not complete an inspection. Pfuntner previously had an agreement with the town allowing the boat to remain at the dock that was extended each month until June 2009. After that last extension, the Urbana town board filed for eviction proceedings.
    A crew even tried to move the boat, under Pfunter’s instruction, to the former Sarrasin’s Restaurant in Penn Yan, November of 2010. A jury ruled that the Keuka Maid was a squatter in the town of Urbana court, Monday, July 23, 2012.