Fellow Woody Boater and ACBS President, Jim Mersman reports in from…Americas Glove!.. Take it away Jim… Jim.. Jim are you there? “Sure am Matt sorry about the delay… It’s boating season in Grand Rapids Michigan! The Water Wonderland Chapter of the ACBS has created a way to get your fix mid winter with a display of some of their member’s boats as part of the Grand Rapids Boat Show at DeVos Place.
They’ve been doing this for the past seven years now. So, if you’re in the mood to see a boat show before late March with the Sunnyland Chapter in Florida, then this is it. Sorry to say, but you’ll have to endure a bunch of new plastic and aluminum boats too, but it’s a small price to pay. The chapter also has a junior craftsman build going on with the local boy scout troop to build six small row boats from a plan designed by Bill Turner of Aristocraft fame. This should help satisfy the fresh cut wood and adhesives smell you may need. Also, there is the latest finished product from the Great Lakes Boat Building School from Cedarville Michigan designed by none other than VanDam, another Michigan native.
The school is supported in part by the chapter and also through the ACBS Scholarship Program.They’ve done a great job of giving back. Anyway………..enjoy the show here or come on over to West Michigan and see for yourself.
Pictures courtesy of John Bergstrom And the GLBS web site for the Vandam boat.” Jim Mersman
Nice use of the …….. Jim.. Thanks Here are some more shots.
Here is the info on the cool great lakes Boat in the image above, The Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan built this boat. This is one of the schools supported by the Waterwonderland chapter directly and through the ACBS Scholarship Fund Program.
Runabout – “The Cedarville 26.5”
An extraordinary prize for a collector…
Choose and contract your own color of finish and upholstery for This one-of a-kind, incredibly beautiful, classy boat that was designed specifically for Great Lakes Boat Building School by Michael Berryer of Van Dam Custom Boats in Boyne City, MI, as the project boat for the school’s Career Building Course.
It is a modern interpretation of the classic lapstrake runabouts, once common on the lakes of upstate New York and northern Michigan, as well as Wisconsin and beyond…but particularly in the Les Cheneaux Islands
Michael Berryer of Van Dam Custom Boats
Cold-molded hull w/ 1-inch bottom and ½-inch marine plywood lapstrake hull.
Sapele brightwork, Port Orford and Sapele sole, Port Orford ceiling.
300hp Mercury V8 engine with Borg Warner V-drive transmission.
Hydraulic steering. Additional Pictures:
Van Dam Cedarville 26.5 Construction Slideshow
This boat design was based on the Van Dam “Chocolate Chip”