Members of the Ohio Valley Chapter of ACBS live in Southern Ohio, Southern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky with most of the events taking place on the Ohio River and its tributaries.

This chapter has expanded from its original chapter known as the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of ACBS.

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Staining a Wooden Boat

Staining Tips and photos are by Joel Terbrueggen Pre-Staining Most of the time, new or replacement planks are much lighter than the surrounding wood or original wood. Here is a technique that usually works well for me. If the color difference isn’t significant this 1st option sometimes works. After sanding and fairing the area with…

Keeping Brightwork Bright

Imagine my surprise when as a novice to boating I found out that “Brightwork” referred to the varnished wood on a boat. It’s easy to display that showroom shine on your boat when it is in the dock at a show or even getting ready for a run to the neighborhood marina for an ice…

Gouges, Splits, and Super Glue

Article and Photos by Joel Terbrueggen This article is to let you know that you should not underestimate the usage of superglue in finish repairs. I like to use both the Thin and Medium viscosity along with the Accelerator to speed up the curing process to instantaneous. Here are some instances that I have found…

Boat Launch Check List to Save Boat and Ego

Safe Boating week is May 18th through May 24th. For more information, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com One of the take-aways from the ACBS Symposium delivered at the Sunnyland Boat Festival on March 23, 2018 was a laminated CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME OPERATION. This list was first compiled by Lou Rauh and is now shared by Brian…

Tips on Varnishing Wooden Boats

Varnishing Tips and Photos by Joel Terbrueggen When it comes to varnishing there are any number of ways to accomplish it. I do not believe one way is necessarily better than another, it all comes down to whatever technique you are most comfortable with. After sealing, I use a Scotch Brite pad or 320 grit…

30 Years of Classic Match Making

Lou Rauh gathered people who had worked for The Antique Boat Connection (center) for the last 30 years for a celebration of friends and wood boats. The idea of having a central location for buying and selling classic boats occurred to Lou in the 1980s when he was looking for a boat of his own. He turned…

A Little Flooding Didn’t Stop the Fun!

Pictured above are the trip attendees: Charlie & Mel Aseltine, Tom & Joyce Danford, Jeff Funk with son-in-law, Matt and friend Tim, Jim Lawson and brother David, Rich Love, Dennis & Kathy Ryan, and Bob & Martha White The annual fall boat trip planned by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the ACBS almost did not…

Laser Level for Water Line

Article and Photos by Joel Terbrueggen The first thing you should do is to make sure you have marked the top (or bottom) of the boot top at the 3 corners (both transom sides and the bow). An awl, ice pick, a glass cutting tool, or even a thin blade saw to leave a small…

Gouges, Splits, and Super Glue

Article and Photos by Joel Terbrueggen This article is to let you know that you should not underestimate the usage of superglue in finish repairs. I like to use both the Thin and Medium viscosity along with the Accelerator to speed up the curing process to instantaneous. Here are some instances that I have found…