Not only is there a week of cool classic boating events, and one very cool Mecum Auction taking place at the end of the event, and by the way, you get to go over and preview the boats, so its like a show with in a show that you get to buy the entire show if you would like to show off to your neighbors.. ALSO, on Friday and Saturday, you can go to one of the many workshops at the Mecum tent next to the Abby, Now this is not the Abby as in the church in England, sorry all you Pippa fans… mmmmm…..although if they did a workshop on that transom I suspect we would sell out the event.. Anyway, I digress…
The Grand and Glorious event on Geneva lake is clearly the place to be to just bask in all that mahogany and cool. Trips on Canals, Workshops with luminaries in the lifestyle of Woody Boats. Chris Smith will be talking on what went on on the production line at Chris- Craft.. If you have not heard Chris talk, this alone is worth the trip.. Very funny stories and a chance to hear it all from the horses mouth.. OK, he is not a horse. It’s an expression, he is a hoot.. and a FANTASTIC guy! Now, if you have read Don Danenbergs book…s n how to restore a wood boat, and like me, can only take it at a page of a time because its so thick with great info.. Well, Don will be there as well.. Have him sign a book.. He will be talking about, preservation vs restoration. This series of workshops has been lead by fellow Woody Boater Dick Werner who has knocked it out of the park in bringing back to us these symposiums. I have personaly attended one of them up at the Antique Boat Center, and I gotta tell ya, worth every what ever thing you have to do to make it. And this one is the mother load.
These workshops will be held Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.m. at the large Mecum Auction tent next to the Abbey.
10:00- 11:00 A.M. Buddy Melges Ice Boating on Lake Geneva
11:00-12:00 P.M. John Schnittker Engine Restoration: Rebuilding a Kermath Sea Wolf
12:00-1:00 P.M. Steve Van Dam Cold Mold Construction
1:00-3:00 P.M. Don Danenberg Lapstrake Boat Plank Removal & Replacement
3:00-4:30 P.M. Moderator: Tom Holmes Mark Club Summit Focusing on Lap Strakes
1. Jack Schneiberg–Century
2. Mike Lloyd–Lyman
3. Bill Basler—Chris Craft
4. Andreas Rhude—Thompson
10:00-11:00 A.M. Ted Cartner General Engine Maintenance
11:00-12:00 P.M. Ted Cartner Tearing down a Hercules for a rebuild
A Hercules K will be used to demonstrate
12:00-1:00 P.M. Chris Smith What went on at the Production line at the Chris Craft Plant
1:00-3:00 P.M. Don Danenberg Preservation vs. Restoration — What to save and what to throw away. There will be several examples of very original preserved boats on display.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be a table at one end of the tent labeled “Ask the Expert” on Friday from 10:00-12:00. Bring your questions to Dean Morris who has a boat restoration shop near Lake Geneva.