Today we travel to sunny Southern California and Robinson Restoration for a Live-ish report from the SoCal ACBS 2014 Wooden Boat Workshop – courtesy of fellow Woody Boater Marten Anderson, who was on hand for the event. Saturday’s workshop was organized by the Southern California Chapter ACBS is always a big hit.
Tim & Brian Robinson own “Empress” – a stunning 1938 22′ Gar Wood 915 Streamliner, the third of only five 1938 Streamliner’s built that year. Total production from 1938-1941 was only 23 boats, of which only seven remain today.
Several features on “Empress” are unique, not only compared to other Gar Woods, but to other streamliners as well. She is one of possibly two Gar Woods with a full “barrel stern” (like some popular Chris-Craft models of the era) and is one of the earliest Gar Woods with the “barrel bow” – an early evolution found on later pre-WWII Gar Woods. “Empress” makes regular visits to boat shows in California, including the prestigious Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance in August.
Now over to Marten for his report. – Texx
SoCal ACBS 2014 Wooden Boat Workshop
Report & Photos by Marten Anderson
On Saturday Tim and Brian Robinson, father and 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 by the Southern California Chapter ACBS. More than 30 Southern California ACBS club members were on hand at Robinson Restoration to cover a number of interesting topics relating to the care, restoration and maintenance of classic wooden boats.
The topics this year included steam bending, interior hide-em and crash pad installation, steering wheel repair, bleaching and staining techniques, and varnishing preparation and care techniques.
Later in the day, we had a special round table discussion called “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.
“Evangeline” (originally built for Henry Ford) a 1924 33’ Hacker was outside soaking up some rays into the build coats of varnish, along with the 1955 19’ Chris-Craft Capri used for demonstrations. (To learn more about the “Evangeline” project, and her history you can Click Here – Texx)
The SoCal ACBS attendees had a great time at the Robinson’s shop. Thanks to all who helped prepare and present the topics, and to the ladies behind the scenes for making the day a great success!
Thanks for the great report today Marten. When most of the country is feeling the early blast of winter, the folks in Southern California continue to bask in the sunshine. Somehow that’s just not fair… Special thanks to our friends Tim & Brian Robinson for hosting another successful workshop.
And today our fearless leader Matt Smith left port at 5:30 AM (in 20 degree weather) to go “rock fishing” – ROCK FISHING!! Maybe Matt and his crew will get lucky and head out to sea in a classic Rybovich…