Friday’s Symposium at 2018 International Boat Show
Sep 14 all-day

Friday, September 14th

       10:30-11:30        Marine Services and Products Provided by the National Weather Service (Presenter Ian Lee)

       12:30-1:30            History of Gold Cup Racing (Presenter Timothy Matyn)

I am a life-long resident of Michigan, and I have lived in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods for the last 38 years with my wife, Marie.

My interest in unlimited hydroplane racing goes back to my childhood when I attended the races in Detroit with my father. The first Gold Cup Race that I attended was in 1956, and I have attended every race in Detroit since. I also have an extensive collection of photographs, score sheets, and hydroplane racing articles. In addition, I recently submitted an article about the Gold Cup Races to Michigan History magazine, which was published in their May/June 2017 issue.

I am also an antique motorboat enthusiast and own a 1940 Chris Craft Utility, which I have had since the 1970s.

Saturday’s Symposium at 2018 International Boat Show
Sep 15 all-day

Saturday, September 15th

          9:00-10:00          History of the Lyman Boat Works Company (Presenter Tom Koroknay)

       10:15-11:15          The Tooling used by the Lyman Boat Works Company (Presenter Tom Koroknay)

Tom Koroknay, Lyman Boat Restorer, Historian, and Author

A native Ohioan and third generation woodworker, Tom Koroknay has gained a worldwide reputation as the preeminent Lyman Boat subject matter expert, earning him the moniker “Doc Lyman.”  Tom authored the book Lyman Boats: Legend of the Lakes detailing the company’s iconic 98 years of wooden boat building history and has owned and operated his renowned Lyman Boat restoration business for 35+ years.  He is also a founding member of the original Lyman Owners Association. 

In a once in a lifetime opportunity in 1988, Tom purchased all the remaining Lyman Boat Works archives and factory tooling pertaining to the company’s wooden boat production line to supplement his already flourishing Lyman Boat restoration business.  He later acquired the intellectual property rights to the famous Lyman trademark. 

Over the past 25 years, Tom has provided Lyman Boat historical exhibits and technical information for the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, The Maritime Museum of Sandusky, Sandusky, Ohio, the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, New York, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland, and the renowned Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, Virginia.

Tom remains steadfast in the preservation of the Lyman Boat legacy and brand and can be found plying the waters of western Lake Erie in his 1967 26’ Lyman Cruisette.    Visit his company’s website at

       11:30-12:30          1932 Chris Craft Restoration (Presenter Mary Richter)

Beautifully photographed, step by step restoration of 1932 Chris Craft model 300 Double Cockpit Runabout. This boat appears on page “1” of the Essential Chris Craft Guide. Mary Richter, Owner of Fine Yacht Finishing, LLC will walk you through the restoration process and cosmetic details that make a big difference. Topics include research and repair, stain and varnish, and hardware and hand painted name and logos.

          1:15-3:00            Advanced Sanding, Staining and Varnishing Techniques (Presenter Mary Richter)

This informative, 2-hour, photo packed presentation, will give you the Pro tips for a spectacular marine varnish. Great take home outline with resources, presented by Mary Richter, Owner of Fine Yacht Finishing, LLC.