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47th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

The Lake Tahoe California Concours d’Elegance was held August 9 and 10 at Obexer’s Boat Company and Marina on the west shore. John L. Hacker Crafts were the marquee boat this year. 2019 marks the 101st anniversary of the original Hacker Boat Company. From a small beginning and gathering of Tahoe Yacht Club members displaying…

Empty Nest? Well Maybe Not.

By member Stephen Wright  I think it’s fair to say that I got the classic wood boat bug early on. I always envisioned myself restoring a classic wood boat, and I even reconfigured my garage for that prospect. So, I think it’s fair to say that the next step in boating came as a bit…

Robusto

By Ken Gimble member of Inland Empire chapter ROBUSTO – Name is a series of Cigar shape related boat names owned by a group of us here in North Idaho. 1960 Chris Craft 23’ Sea Skiff Ranger – One of 51 Sea Skiff Hulls for 1960 and a fewer number of Range finished craft. This…

ACBS Judging Guidelines and Safety Equipment

You may have heard that a few weeks ago a boat exploded on Keuka Lake (Hammondsport, NY) during a Wine Country ACBS Chapter event. The people on the boat, Billy and Carol Kistner, posted an update on Woody Boater, https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2019/08/04/boat-explosion-update-a-wonderful-note-from-billy-and-carol-kistner/. During the initial reporting of the accident, there were some comments about the ACBS Judging…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.6.19

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

Judy’s In Disguise

By members William & Judy Bernhard members of ACBS After decades of wooden boat ownership my wife and daughter suggested that I acquire a fiberglass boat that they could use and not be concerned with the dreaded “dock rash” resulting from a less than perfect landing with one of our wooden boats. My wife Judy…

Turtle

By Jeff Dunn I came across old classic wooden motor launch advertised on Ebay. Although in a pretty sorry and dilapidated state my heart was drawn to her. It had always been a pipe dream of mine to own one. Ever since I first saw those old blue open fishing boats anchored off Cap De…

The Woodrose Part 2

By Domenica Burns member of the Wine Country chapter Back to the garage in Hamburg, once the wood was replaced, the specific dark red paint was coated perfectly inside. This left a clean visual as the wiring followed through the boat in preparation for the lights, gauges, engine, ignition etc. Again everything labelled on paper…