Earth Whispers

by Tim Keyes member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter Earth Whispers is a French yacht built in 1975 by Nautic Saintonge. The Rorqual 44 CC ketch rig was designed as a performance sailing vessel. The company ceased operations in 1993, however, there are still a small number of this design in existence, mostly in Europe in…

Sweet 16

By Ron Raven member of ACBS In 2006 I was living in the state of Washington when I saw this 1971 Sweet 16 Donzi listed on a Craig’s listing in NJ. Luckily I was scheduled to attend a conference in NJ. I contacted the owner and went to Saddlebrook, NJ to inspect the boat. The…

Back Your Boat Trailer Like a Pro

Back Up Your Boat Trailer Like A Pro By Rich Armstrong, BoatUS. Magazine; August/September 2017 This article was reprinted with permission from BoatU.S. Magazine, the flagship publication of the Boat Owners Association of The United States. For the online editions, membership, insurance, and towing information, visit www.BoatUS.com     It requires teaching your brain some new habits, but…

Smith Mountain Lake Chapter Spring Workshop

By George Blosser member of Smith Mountain Lake chapter Photo Credit: Leigh Conrad The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently held their annual spring workshop at the home/shop of Alan and Jean Frederick. Twenty-three members and their guest enjoyed presentations on matching stain colors, Plexiglas windshield restoration, installing pertronix ignition system…

Miss Lucky 59

By Darrin Podskalny member of the Water Wonderland chapter The ownership of our 1959 Skipper-Craft started when a good friend of mine, Geoff Reynolds from Holland, Michigan had shown me his Skipper-Craft on a spring weekend in 2001. Geoff and I were heading to a swap meet for outboards and boats in lower Michigan. When…