In Case You Havn’t Heard, Geneva Lake Is The Place To Be Next Week!

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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…

Even Tiny Tin will be there, you can tow it through the tulips!

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.

Here is a fun shot from the event at the Antique Boat Center.

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.

21 replies
  1. matt
    matt says:

    We have done a bunch of stories on ice boating, hit the search button on the top left of the web site.. That might help.. Ice Boating is big on lakes up there as you might expect..

  2. Allen
    Allen says:

    For those of us who can’t attend maybe a good idea is to Youtube the workshops or put them on a disk available for purchase for the club’s charity benefits..especially the Chris Smith presentation. Some of these should be archived for posterity and reference don’t you think? Just my thoughts.

  3. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Looks like lapstrakes looming large in workshops. Would love to be there but must stay home to work for fuel. Have fun. Hopefully there will be lots of pictures from some kind WoodyBoater. I would also pay for copies of lapstake related presentations.

  4. Alex
    Alex says:

    All boats and no beer makes Alex a dull boy.

    I guess I’ll just sit this one out…

    But wait! I’m bringing a 25′ Utility! Loads of freeboard for beer! And Michigan beer is as awesome as, well, the length of Michigan winters. I can haul from Hessel, sell it from my boat to the desperate masses during the show, and make a KILLING!

    It might even pay for the %$#&@! copper tacks Mike M insisted I buy and have installed for the restored hydem.

      • Mike M
        Mike M says:

        You will thank me when the judges in Geneva spread your hydem wide open and nod with appreciation that you’ve taken the high road. After the show you can pull them all out and take them in for scrap. You can thank me later…..

  5. Alex
    Alex says:

    There is a Pumpkin beer, BTW.

    But never in my boat. I think Mike M keeps some on his Arabian.

    Bells Amber? Mmmmm. Actually Chad, I just checked. By coincidence, that’s the exact beer I have open as I write this!

    Official beer of WoodyBoaters? I’m not leading that charge. That would be far worse than a Chevy-Ford battle.

    • Mike M
      Mike M says:

      A long time ago I was in a “beer of the month” club and the ONLY beer I couldn’t drink was a pumpkin beer. We drink lots of Coors Light on the Arabian, (but never while we’re operating it!)

      Pauls “driver” just picked up Barnwood and he brought me 4 delicious cases of “Ricards Red”, a premium Canadian beer. That might make it onto the Mighty Arabian….

  6. Phil Jones
    Phil Jones says:

    Lets not forget this weekend is the Smith Mt. Lake show, featuring Miss America IX and Betsy’s comming out party.

  7. Slats
    Slats says:

    As a Geneva Laker, I cannot imagine a more perfect way to spend the weekend. Boats, boats, & more boats! And to top it off, a Bears-Packer game that Sunday. What a weekend!

  8. Mike Hunt
    Mike Hunt says:

    Mecum is having an auction? I wonder how many of the “Sold” boats from the Winsted Auction will be sold again here?!? What a joke….

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