Playing Favorites

by Jon & Kait’s V8s member of the Lake Hopatcong chapter Chris Craft, Grey Marine, Chrysler, Cadillac, Palmer, the options are too many to choose. Pre-war blue, post-war blue, Grey Marine green, Fireball-red, how is one supposed to pick? Asking me to pick my favorite engine is like asking a mother who her favorite child…

Profile Kavalk Boats

Beginning on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia seven generations ago, the Kazulin family have a long history of boat design and building in Europe, the United States, and Canada. The Canadian evolution of Kavalk Boats as designers and manufacturers of refined runabouts dates back 40 years. From the initial concept to the final testing; all…

A Gar Wood for every man

The Don Spring Gar Wood story…Don has always loved and worked on wooden boats. He wanted to be a Gar Wood owner, but knew he could not afford one. 13 Years ago, he found an almost dead Gar Wood in a field. All of her decks were punky. The bibs shot and mushrooms were growing…

The Caravelle

by Mike Yancey member of the Heartland Classics chapter Caravelle Boats began in 1966 and at the time were manufactured in Conway AR by Centark Industries which went out of business in 1982. However, the brand was resurrected, but financial issues resulted in another change in ownership in 2010, moving the company to Americus, GA…

No Way!

by Carmen DeLeo member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter While driving home from Avalon New Jersey in the summer 1981 and passing a Marina I spotted a wooden boat. I stopped to take a look and snapped a couple of pictures. The following week I decided to visit the marina during business hours and inquire about…

GWhiz

by Dick & Kristen Winn members of the Columbia Willamette chapter In March 2011, I received a call from a fellow ACBS Columbia Willamette Chapter member about a “project boat” stored in a garage in Seattle. He had received an email from an ACBS Pacific Northwest Chapter member, which said: “I got a lead on…

Alleghenia

by Douglas Ivester member of the Blue Ridge chapter Alleghenia is a 1924 Ditchburn. She is a 24.5′ Long Deck Launch. From all my research, it is rare to find a 24′ Ditchburn. Alleghenia was built in 1924 in Gravenhurst, Ontario for Dr. William Mann of Winnipeg, Manitoba & Minaki, Ontario. It is hull #…