EXPLANATION and FOOTNOTES
ELECTRIC LAUNCH ASSOCIATION Chart of All ELCOs
Chart “downloading note”
This is a very long and tedious exercise. Please bear with us. If you have questions or information about a specific boat, please contact us. That’s how we get a lot of our information, and the whole purpose of this site is to provide information to interested persons.
This chart is constructed using Microsoft Excel, Office XP version. If your computer software includes this program, 1997 or later, you can download an exact, executable, copy of the chart by selecting or download Microsoft Excel file and benefit from all it’s features. You can also modify your copy of the chart, although there would seem to be little reason to do that other than to show comments continuously. If a modification occurs accidentally, simply refresh from the web site and you will return to the original. You cannot in any way alter the web site. If you do not have MS Excel, you must select the Browse chart.
The object of this chart is to list every ELCO pleasure boat built from the founding of the company in 1892 (incorporated 12/31/92, therefore no boats were built in 1892) through the closing in 1949. The boats are listed vertically, in rows, in order of production with oldest at the top. Five columns frozen at the left side give Identification Number, Official Number (if applicable), Year Built, Model Length, and Current Name. Following that, a column is provided for each year from 1893 through the current year, creating a cell (a box formed by the intersection of a column with a row) in which one piece of information is listed. Normally that piece of information is the Name at some point during that year, or the word “same”. “Same” indicates “same as previous year”, meaning all the information given for the previous year, including comments, but not including “source of information”, is unchanged. Occasionally, “same >” is used, meaning “same as following year”. Source of information can change each year, but without a new “source” for a given year, no information is shown.
Comments: ( See additional comment information below under “Browse Chart”.) Additional information associated with a cell is provided by use of a comment attached to that cell. Comments usually give source of information, owner’s name, and home port or equivalent, and other information as is appropriate. The presence of a comment is indicated by a red triangle at the upper right corner of a cell. Placing the mouse pointer on such a cell causes the comment to be displayed, usually to the right of the cell in a box with a yellow background. Be sure to make space available to the right of the cell by scrolling the cell left and up or down as necessary. To make the comment constantly visible, right click on the cell and select “show comment”. To change back, right click and select “hide comment”.
New Comments added
Identification Number is the Hull Number (four digits) if known, or, otherwise, the ELA (Electric Launch Association) number. This number consists of the year, length, and a sequential number, two digits each (YY.LL.##). Example: for a 1922 34’ Cruisette, first one listed of that year and length: ELA # is 22.34.01.
Official Number is the number issued by the USCG for Documented Vessels, or the Canadian equivalent. In most cases this number was issued at the time the boat was built. If, however, the boat was documented later, or re-documented, the number is shown in RED. Within a given model year, Official Numbers are in numerical order EXCEPT: If the Hull Number is known, it is in numerical order with other Hull Numbers and if the Official Number becomes out of order, it is shown in BLUE.
Charts: There is only one chart of All ELCOs, but it is available in two different formats.
Browse Chart: This chart will open on any computer using any reasonably modern operating system, and any web browser. Depending upon your systems, it may or may not show the comments. The comment icon, a colored number in a colored box, MAY appear superimposed over the last character of the text in a cell. If so, placing the mouse pointer on the icon MAY display the comment in a window nearby. NOTE: “Pane freeze” (see explanation of this feature below) does not work in the Browse Chart. We are working on making this work and adding grid lines.
Excel Chart: In order to utilize this chart, you must have installed on your computer Microsoft Excel, Office 1997 version, or later. Additionally, you must have downloaded the Excel Chart as opposed to the Browse Chart. At this time, this chart is easier to read primarily because it has grid lines separating the rows and columns from one another and the left five columns and top two rows are “frozen” in position so as to be always viewable (known as “pane freeze”). Additionally, the comments are always accessible. Presence of a comment is indicated by the comment icon, a red triangle at the top right corner of a cell. Placing the mouse pointer on such a cell will cause the comment to be displayed on a yellow background. Scroll as needed to see the entire comment which is usually to the right of and a little below the cell.
To eliminate unwanted toolbars at the top, making more of the chart visible, click “VIEW”, then “FULL SCREEN”. This may also hide the bottom scroll bar. If so, the left and right arrows will scroll very satisfactorily. To change back again, click “CLOSE FULL SCREEN” at the bottom of the page..
CAUTION!!! Don’t even think about printing this chart in it’s entirety without fist understanding what you’re getting into! When complete, it will contain almost 500,000 cells! This fills at least 300 letter size pages. If you want to print a section of the chart, either use “Print Screen” or preview the chart and select specific page number(s) to print. A nice legible page, printed in landscape orientation, can have 45 – 50 rows and up to 25 columns, depending upon column width of the section being printed. NOTE: The comments do not print automatically, but, if you are using the Excel Chart, Excel Help will provide instructions on how to print comments.
Note #1: Source for this information: “The Elco Motoryachts” by William C Swanson, WoodenBoat Number 171, March/April 2003.