Grand Lady

By Mike Sabbagh member of the Blue Ridge chapter Growing up in the Cleveland area on the shores of Lake Erie we got into boating and all sorts of water sports in our teens. My older brother bought the first boat in the family, a 14’ Chris-Craft runabout with a 35hp outboard. We’ve owned several…

The Yellow Boat

By Randy Cunningham member of the Blue Ridge chapter Having progressed from a 1968 Glassmaster Tri-Hull fiberglass boat to a 1955 Chris Craft Capri started a new adventure into ACBS and antique and classic boating. Then finding a very rare and desirable 1965 Philbrick and restoring it to a level that made us feel comfortable…

A Love Story

by Dawn Merrill Edwards member of the Blue Ridge chapter Sixty-six years ago, our boat began our family story. In 1954, A.H. Merrill Company, our family run general store in Norwich, Vermont, purchased the 13’6’ Clinker-Built built in Old Town, Maine. My grandfather, Leon Merrill purchased the boat for my parents, Arthur and Dorothy Merrill.…

Dad’s Boat

by Tom Dunn member of the Blue Ridge chapter The new fiberglass 1968 19′ Penn Yan was bought by my father after a barn burnt down along with our 1960 wooden Thompson. Penn Yan had only started making fiberglass boats a few years before that and they looked almost exactly like their wood boats. It…

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 #…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.6.19

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17-foot Century converted to a custom hacker designed…