Hands In Your Pockets This Weekend? Check Out The Columbia-Willamette ACBS Workshop

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The 2011 classic boating season if fast approaching up in the Pacific Northwest. But if you still have a few last minute repairs to make to old girl before the season begins, and you need a few tips on getting those repairs completed in time, you may want to check out the Columbia-Willamette Chapter ACBS Garage Tour / Workshop this weekend in Portland, Oregon.

On Tuesday we spoke to Dick Werner, Past President of the ACBS (Antique & Classic Boating Society) who is helping to organize the series of ACBS workshops around the country throughout 2011. Dick said that the first workshop, which was recently held in conjunction with the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival, was a huge success – sold out in fact. Dick commented that one minor challenge they are experiencing is that some folks who are planning to attend the workshops (like the one this weekend) are not doing the RSVP thing, which makes it difficult to organize the caterer in terms of having the right amount of food on hand. This of course can impact their overall costs, which they are trying to keep to a minimum – one of their mandates. So if you are planning to attend the workshop in Portland on Saturday, please let Dick know. He can be contacted at (503) 628-1402 in Oregon.

Here’s the latest information on the Columbia-Willamette Chapter ACBS Garage Tour / Workshop on Saturday.

Columbia-Willamette Chapter ACBS Garage Tour / Workshop

DATE: Saturday, April 9, 2011
TIME: 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Lake Oswego Boat Company LLC – Contact Mike at 503-686-0599
ADDRESS: 2100-A Borland Road, West Linn, Oregon 97068
(Take Highway 205 and then take the Stafford Road Exit and go East. The First road to the right is Borland Road)


8:30 A.M. *Meet at Mike Mayer’s shop for coffee and doughnuts.

9:00 A.M. *Restoring old deck seams. Are your deck seams wider than they originally were when the boat came from the factory? Unless you replaced the deck, most deck seams seem to grow wider following several restorations. Shipwright, Mike Mayer will show us a way to make deck seams again appear narrower, without replacing the deck.

10:00-10:15 A.M. *Break to the “Head”

Vintage Mahogany Outhouse In Need Of Restoration

10:15 A.M. *Rudder Technology, given by the old sea captain, Tom Horn. He has had years of experience. While at sea he had to repair a rudder on a sailing battle ship for Adm. Perry during the war of 1812! – Dick Werner

11:30 A.M. *Replacing canvas on a deck, given by the ol’ salty canvas sail maker , Ken Bakke. He made sure that Capt. Cook’s canvas was always intact as he sailed through the South Pacific! – Dick Werner


PLEASE RSVP SO WE CAN HAVE AN ACCURATE LUNCH COUNT—IF YOU WANT A LUNCH YOU NEED TO RSVP by this Thursday, April 7, 2011! – Unless you plan to brown bag it. – Dick Werner

1:30 P.M. *Engine preventative maintenance and trouble shooting, given by Ted King with the Portland Engine Rebuilders.

Hercules KBL-131

3:00 P.M. *Then we are off to Steve Schaller’s to look at his most recent restoration – a 1952 Chris-Craft Riviera.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO RSVP BY THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2011. Also, please plan to bring two folding chairs if you can.
If you have any questions, please contact Dick Werner at (503) 628-1402 or at Werner.r@att.net

Dick Werner also asked us to mention that the next ACBS Symposium / Workshop will be held in the restoration shop at The Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 16 & 17.  This is a unique 1.5 day “Hands On” work shop with smaller size groups.  They still have a few spots open for that event so if you are interested contact Dick Werner at (503) 628-1402 or at Werner.r@att.net or Dennis at The Antique Boat Center at (513) 242-0808 for more information.  

If you live in the Southeast, don’t forget about the New River Air Station (Camp LeJeune) Military Appreciation event in in Jacksonville, North Carolina this weekend.  When your there, you probably wont see a US Marine with his hands in his pockets.   According to the Marine Corps Uniform Board (PMCUB) “In a garrison environment you may not put your hands in your pockets other than to retrieve something from said pockets, at anytime. However, good judgment will govern the application of this policy in the field environment.”

We are learning more about the way of life on a military base to make sure we are respectful to the US Marines and their families at the event this weekend.  Stay tuned for that too, we hope to provide you with some great daily Live-ish reports from this unique Classic Boating event.


3 replies
  1. anonymous
    anonymous says:

    For those of us that can not make the event and where it’s still too cold to boat I vote for a week of Angilla pics to accompany other stories posted here.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      I believe that name (50 Cent) is already taken by a rapper. See,you’re probably cooler than you realize.

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