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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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…

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…

Deck Seams Step-by-Step

Photos and Tips on Refinishing Deck Seams by Joel Terbrueggen In my opinion deck seams of a boat are probably the most important aspect of a refinishing project. Everybody looks at the seams of a boat. Their appearance reflects the degree of workmanship that went into the restoration. When laying new deck planks the seam…

2 Color Staining on a Wooden Boat

Staining Tips (part 2) and photos are by Joel Terbrueggen 2 Color Staining Over the years I have seen many different staining processes used on covering boards. Some great, some not so great. I also have seen many painted black since the owner wasn’t sure how to do this. The following process has worked for…

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…

Making Wooden Bungs Like a Pro

Looking at the surface on a wooden boat, often the way the planks are fastened to the frame is unnoticed. Every fastener is covered with a wooden plug called a bung.  If the bungs match the wood in the plank and the grain of the wood is flowing in the same direction, the bung seems…

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…

Boat Launch Check List to Save Boat and Ego

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 Keen, President of Motor Boat Garage in Cincinnati, Ohio.  CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME…