Sarns Hardware's History
Hardware strives to provide quality ice yacht hardware at reasonable
prices. Sarns was founded by William B. Sarns of Harrison
Township, Michigan. Mr. Sarns had operated the company from the
late 1940’s, and also operated a machine shop; they fabricated ice boat
hardware as an extension of the machine shop, as Mr. Sarns was an avid
Ice Boat enthusiast.
|A brief history of DN Class is as follows:
DN iceboat design developed by Archie Arroll, Joe Lodge, and Norman
Jarrett in a competition held by the Detroit News newspaper. The DN can
trace its ancestry directly to the early Skeeters.
- 1937 First 50 DNs built in the hobby shop of the Detroit News newspaper. Eastern Ice Yacht Association forms.
Detroit Ice Yacht Club forms on Lake St. Clair. DN "Blue Streak
‘60’" ice yachts race for the William E. Scripps trophy, an award
presented by owner of the Detroit News to the DIYC to promote interest
and competition in the DN. This is the first of four ice yacht
clubs that will be active in metropolitan Detroit by the 1950s.
- 1940 Gar Wood trophy raced for the first time. Detroit Ice Yacht Club sponsors this.
Bill Sarns, a third generation machinist, starts ice yacht hardware
manufacturing business in his parents garage at 18 years of age.
Ice boaters from the Detroit Ice Yacht Club, Anchor Bay IYC, Cass Lake
IYC and the North Star Sail Club, meet at Chuck Cartwright’s house on
Cass Lake. International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association is
founded, and incorporated in the State of Michigan. Bill Sarns is
elected Secretary, and writes the first Constitution.
First IDNIYRA "Annual Regatta" hosted by the North Star Sail Club and
sailed on Lake St. Clair. Top five finishers are Jack Moran, Skip
Boston, Paul Eggert, Bill Sporer and Bill Sarns. Bill Sarns again
wins Scripps trophy in regatta on Lake St. Clair.
DN official construction specifications now evolved so that boat
continuously improves. DN most popular iceboat in North America and the
world because of ability to sail in wide range of ice conditions.
DN ranks in top ten of all one design sailing yachts competing in a
National Championship in North America. Present state of DN
evolution allows senior sailors to compete successfully at highest
level of Gold fleet.
- 2001 Bill Sarns retires Sarns Hardware Company to ELI and insures the continuance on ice boat hardware for DN Class Racers.
All parts manufactured for DN Class Ice Boats were designed by the IDNIYRA (International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association) and are certified by them. Any variation from the specified design IDNIYRA
disqualifies the participant from the DN Class. The plans and
specifications for all hardware parts and the construction of the
fuselage are per IDNIYRA and are published by them.
Hardware provides a service to ice boaters by saving them the trouble
of making parts themselves by providing parts which would otherwise be
unavailable at a reasonable price.