The Smith Mountain Lake Gang is a very.. VERY active and fun…well..gang of folks that keep each other going on the lake, as well as keep the knowledge flowing. Local Northern Neck Woody Boater Eric Zelman made a trek to the latest workshop to talk about how to make original metal lettering. Sadly for us, it was a nice event, and no one cut off there fingers or had a Reed And Prince screw drilled in their hand. Just some fun folks doing what a classic boat community does. Here is the report from Eric
Just want to tell you that the SML crew had a great workshop yesterday! First, the 40’ x 60’ building that Bill Garrecht has is great. We need one in the northern neck! I’ll start working on Jill …may take a few years!
Both of the boats are going through full restorations; John Rieth’s ’55 Century and Bill Garrecht’s CC Capri.
The guys are very, very detail oriented and rival any professional restoration shop if not better. Bill’s Capri is incredible. He has been working on it for 4 years, a complete wood restoration. It is now ready for bleaching and stain but looks beautiful naked! John is going through a frame by frame replacement and then on to a 5200 bottom on the Century. Every angle on every batten notch is being individually addressed, etc.