April seemed to be the month to tour boat shops, both professional and personal, and to finish up those winter and spring workshops – all in anticipation of the in-the-water boating season.
One of the annual boat shop tours is presented by the Manotick Chapter in eastern Canada. You can read a report and see 45 pictures by Graeme Hoatson Beattie on the Manotick Chapter’s Facebook page. The Manotick event was planned by Dave Tilley.
The Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter also had a workshop in April. Here is an excerpt from their website events calendar:
Whether you are a vintage wooden boat restorer, a fiberglass restorer or starting a new build from scratch using a contemporary plan, there is something here for you. Jim Swanson has spent over forty years building, restoring, racing (did I mention RACING) and generally hanging out with boats. This will be a fun filled session – and with a little encouragement, he may even tell you about flipping his dad’s Ventnor! Bring your questions with an open mind, he’ll have a lot (and multiple) answers for you.
The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held their spring workshop the last Saturday in April. For the first time in several years, this event was held at two different locations. A presentation on the design and construction of a steam launch was held at the home of Mark and Ellen White.
The second presentation on fiberglass restoration of an outboard boat and experiences learned in restoring a 1942 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout was held at the home of George and Joan Blosser.
Twenty-seven Smith Mountain Lake Chapter members and their guests attended this popular venue.
Photo Credits for the SML pictures: Leigh Conrad. Thanks to George Blosser for this workshop report.
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