On Saturday Tim & Brian Robinson, the father & son restoration team at Robinson Restoration, welcomed over 30 participants to their impressive boat shop in Fallbrook, California for an informative, hands-on workshop.
The workshop was organized in conjunction with the great folks from the Southern California Chapter ACBS and fellow Woody Boater Marten Anderson was on hand for the event – he sent us the following Live-ish report. – Texx
SoCal ACBS 2013 Wooden Boat Workshop
by Marten Anderson
More than 30 local club members and some guest speakers were on hand at Robinson Restoration in Fallbrook, CA to cover a number of interesting topics relating to the care, restoration and maintenance of classic wooden boats. The topics included:
– Varnish preparation and application.
– Major frame replacement woodwork.
– Other wooden boat repair / maintenance items.
– Prop shaft removal & bearing replacement.
Special guests Gayle and Jon Brantuk from Glen-L Marine in Bellflower, CA were on hand to show us what their company supplies to the amateur boat builder. Glen-L has been an invaluable resource for boat builders and owners for over 5 decades and they offer everything from boat building plans, hardware, building supplies and “how to” materials for everything from boats to trailers.
Below, Brian and Tim Robinson demonstrate their setup for boring the prop shaft hole in the keel. (Not that boring if you need to learn how)
Later in the day, we had a special round table discussion I call “Ask the Experts” where you could ask Tim and Brian Robinson your questions about wooden boat repair / restoration. These guys are among the best in the hobby, so to have the opportunity to tap into their knowledge was great!
Robinson Restoration is a working wooden boat shop, so we were also able to see what Tim and Brian are currently working on. One of the classics currently being restored in their shop is this rare 1947 Chris-Craft 25′ Sportsman Sedan, with the ventilating top removed for restoration. This particular boat has an original Hercules W engine.
Robinson Restoration recently completed the full restoration of “Nervous” a beautiful 1954 Chris-Craft 19′ Racing Runabout which will debut at the 2013 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance in August.
Special thanks to the Southern California Chapter ACBS and Robinson Restoration for hosting this great wooden boat workshop, and to all the folks who participated in this fun event on Saturday.
When I get stumped (which is common) or need some additional information or history on a particular wooden boat marque for a Woody Boater story, Brian Robinson is always there to help us, which we appreciate.