It’s Symposium & Workshop Season And The ACBS Has An Impressive Lineup For 2013

Antique Boat Museum Workshop - 2 Fellow Woody Boater Dick Werner and his dedicated crew at the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS-HQ) have another impressive lineup of informative Symposiums and Workshops scheduled for the 2013 season.

These hands-on events continue to be very popular with the do-it-yourselfer and amateur boat restorers throughout the hobby, covering many aspects of repair and maintentance for your classic boat. From wood repair and basic plank replacement, to varnish and stain, to vintage marine engine maintenance, steering & mechanical, and even fiberglass repair for some of the newer classics.

Here is a list of the upcoming events around the country as noted on the ACBS HQ website, where you can visit and also sign up in advance.

ACBS Symposium/Workshop
Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
March 2, 3, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)

Location: Antique Boat Center,10346 Evendale Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio 45241,
Phone: 513-242-0808

There will be classes on fiberglass repair, steering wheel restoration, staining techniques to blend new wood with old, damaged plank repair, marine engine issues and outboard motor maintenance. There will be plenty of hands on opportunity to participate.

Recommended hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 11160 Dowlin Dr., Sharonville, Ohio 45241 513-771-9080

For more information on schedule, hotels, etc, click here.

Registration Fee: $195.00

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Restoration Expert Don Danenberg – Clayton Museum Workshop 2012


ACBS Symposium/Workshop
Sunnyland Boat Festival in Tavares, Florida
March 23, 2013

Location: Tavares, Florida. It will be held in the main tent on the boat Show Grounds

This symposium will primarily center around engines. We will have sessions on marine engines, maintenance and simple fixes. There will also be an in depth talk on the Hemi engine. Another session will cover transmissions and proper adjustments. There will also be talks on simpler methods of stripping as well as staining techniques.

Registration Fee: Compliments of the ACBS and the Sunnyland Chapter. You will need a boat show ticket to get in.

For more information on schedule, click here.

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ACBS Workshop
Lake Oswego Boat Company, Portland, Oregon
April 6, 2013

The Northwest workshop will be held at the Lake Oswego Boat Company shop just outside of Portland, Oregon. There will be a session on fiberglass repair, selecting the proper paint for fiberglass and wood and a step by step process in replacing a bottom and much more.

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Lake Oswego Boat Company Workshop – 2012

Click here for more information.

ACBS Hands-on Workshop
Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York
May 17, 18, 19, 2013

This will be similar to the workshop in Cincinnati. There will be an in depth hands on workshop involving damaged wood repair, staining, varnishing, lofting techniques and engine maintenance and repairs. There will be plenty of hands on opportunity to participate.

Click here for more information on this workshop.

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Clayton Museum Hands-On Workshop 2012 – Instructor Don Danenberg

If you have questions on any of the above noted symposiums / workshops you can contact: Dick Werner, Chair at:

To register or to obtain any more information about any of these workshops, Call ACBS Headquarters: 315-686-2628 or email:

We should also note here that there are a number of other workshops being organized by many of the local ACBS Chapters around the country. So check with you local chapter and watch the ACBS event calender on the left side of the Woody Boater home page for more information.

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Thanks again to Dick Werner and his crew for all the hard work behind the scenes to make these symposiums & workshops possible.

(Images for this story were provided by Lora Nadolski – Director of Public Programming for the Antique Boat Museum – from the 2012 Symposium in Clayton, NY.)


4 replies
  1. Andreas Jordahl Rhude
    Andreas Jordahl Rhude says:

    The Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society continues its 35 year tradition of winter educational workshops. Three are scheduled for February, March and April 2013. for schedule and information

  2. matt
    matt says:

    These are amazing events, if you are with in a reasonable distance to any of these, and the way they are set up, you should be, they are worth the trip and over night stay. This is a Woody Boater recommend big time!

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I went to one in Clayton last spring. I highly recomend it. Also, bring a coat, the river is still a bit chilly.

  4. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    I went to the one at the Antique Boat Center last year and it was very comprehensive and an unprecedented handout package. Also thought the one at Sunnyland/Tavares 2 yrs ago was exceptional, it was held the Wednesday before all festivities as I recall.

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