With only a few days to go before the kick off of the 24th Annual Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Tavares, Florida we want to take this opportunity to thank the Sunnyland Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society for making this event possible. Under the leadership of Boat Show Chair Terry Fiest, the hard working show committees and countless volunteers will once again make this event one of the most popular antique & classic boat shows of the year.
Next Thursday, the day before the official start to the Sunnyland show, the Antique & Classic Boat Society will be holding the first in a series of symposiums planned throughout the year. Due to the large number of folks registered for the one day symposium on Thursday, event organizer Dick Werner indicated that it may be necessary to run concurrent sessions, which will we held at the Temple of Restoration (General engine maintenance & trouble shooting) and Rejuvenation Woodworks (Best methods for plank removal & replacement) throughout the day. If you are already pre-registered, you may want to check in with the ACBS before Thursday to confirm the schedule.
The Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) surveyed over 6,000 members to get their input on the subject of symposiums, to determine if the membership felt that this was an area of continued interest within the hobby. The ACBS Symposium Committee received over 2,500 responses back to the electronic survey, with over 97% responding “Yes” to continuing with the symposiums.
However, the general feeling from the members responding to the survey was that the symposiums should be organized as more local, hands-on events which are easier and more cost effective to attend, and be one or two day events. More like workshops rather than symposiums, to learn more about general boat maintenance and repair such as plank replacement, varnish & staining, engine maintenance, etc.
In response to the symposium survey, Dick Werner (ACBS Past President 2009) and the ACBS Symposium Committee have worked hard to successfully organize a series of symposiums / workshops which are scheduled around the country throughout 2011. Here is the list of events planned for 2011 as of today’s date, which will be updated and posted on the ACBS web site as the information comes in.
March 24, 2011 – Mt. Dora, Florida – Temple of Restoration / Rejuvenation Woodworks
Manifolds, general engine maintenance & troubleshooting / Best methods for plank removal & replacement. (Registration is Closed)
April 9, 2011 – Portland, Oregon – Lake Oswego Boat Company
Mike Mayer and his crew will demonstrate deck seam repair & replacement. Re-covering a deck in canvas. Rudder technology. General engine maintenance and trouble shooting.
April 16 & 17, 2011 – Cincinnati, Ohio – The Antique Boat Center
Hands on workshop that will cover a variety of restoration techniques, breaking into smaller group sessions over 1.5 days.
August 13, 2011 – Lake George, New York – Hall’s Marina & Boat Corporation
(Details to follow)
August 19, 2011 – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – The Resort Boat Shop
Plank replacement, staining, varnishing etc.
Sept 23, 2011 – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin / ACBS Annual Meeting & International Boat Show
Don Danenberg will have several demonstrations, primarily on Lapstrake plank replacement.
Oct 8 & 9, 2011 – Easton, Maryland – Dockside Restorations
Jerry LeCompte will be covering deck & plank repair, staining, varnishing, etc. Also, engine maintenance.
Oct 2011 TBA – Mound, Minnesota – Mahogany Bay
(Details to follow)
Oct 15 & 16, 2011 – Grass Valley, California – Wood Boat Restoration Shop
Just east of Sacramento – Curt Bauman will discuss plank replacement, staining and varnishing.
*This will be organized by the Northern California ACBS – Lake Tahoe Chapter.
The more exact details of these Symposiums / Workshops will be forthcoming on the ACBS web site within the next couple of weeks. To go to the ACBS.org web site for more information on these events, including registration costs, updates, etc. click here.
Woody Boater will be checking in at the workshop later this week in Florida and provide a report, and we will do our best to provide updates and reports from the other scheduled ACBS Symposiums & Workshops throughout the season. Special thanks go out to fellow Woody Boater Dick Werner for all his hard work and continued commitment to the hobby, to get these events organized. While in Tavares, we will make sure to award Dick with a package of Classic Woody Boater Weiners, or a rare Woody Boater tee shirt for his efforts.
Just think, if you attend one of the ACBS Workshops early this year, you can get those repairs done and be out on the water enjoying your boat just like Randy & Ginger aboard “OoRAH” – WooHooo!
Workshop photos for this story were provided by Kathy & Richard Arnold, from Rejuvenation Woodworks, in Eustis, Florida.