Half Hitch

By John Peckham member of the Southern Calif chapter Half-Hitch is a 13’2” sloop built in 1940 with apple that was felled locally by a 1938 hurricane, as well as with oak and Pacific hardwoods. She was designed by Edson I. Schock of Kingston, Rhode Island. She was built by a Mystic Seaport trustee and…

FireFly

By Joe Lepley member of the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter Those of us who belong to ACBS have read articles and seen pictures of dozens, perhaps hundreds of makes and models of beautiful old wooden boats. Some makes and models appeal to us more than others. Sometimes the lines of a boat just take your…

Mom’s Canoe

by John Richardson member of the Manotick chapter We found it very rewarding to restore my Mom’s old canoe, and to experience the gratitude of her new owner, my daughter Christine. Below is my mother in the helm position and her sister in the bow that was the summer of 1948. The canoe is a…

Throwback Summer

by Whit Conrad member of the Toronto chapter  I’ve always loved boats-wooden boats. They take me back: sailing on Orchard Lake, waterskiing on Pine Lake, watching movies of my father winning races in his hydroplanes he built of wood himself and watching the Silver Cup unlimited hydroplane races on the Detroit River in the 1950’s.…

The Old Timer

by Larry Maloomian member of Sunnyland chapter We summered on Cape Cod and like many who did, I was a sailor. I kept my sailboat in a beautiful little harbor on Buzzards Bay. Moored nearby was a beautiful triple cockpit Chris-Craft that I always admired. Many of us “old men” try to regain our youth…

The Zodiac

By Ann Reinhart on behalf of Tim Mehrer member of Pacific Northwest chapter The Bellingham, Washington based Schooner Zodiac, designed by William Hand, was built in 1924 in East Boothbay, Maine for the Johnson & Johnson family. 127’ on deck,160’ overall, she spent most of her life as a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot boat…