The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently held their annual fall workshop at the home of Alan and Jean Frederick. 32 members were in attendance.

Special guest Gary Lowell, owner of Lowell Boats in Greensboro, NC, shared key points of varnishing wooden boats. He also shared what he looks for when he does a marine survey of a typical antique boat, as well as some new Coast Guard regulations that will be effective in 2022.

Alan Frederick updated us on his ground-up build of a 36’, all mahogany, torpedo stern runabout designed by Syd Young of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The custom design had to be 36’ in order to safely utilize Alan’s rare, 1943 Hall Scott, 998 cubic inch, 6-cylinder engine. The engine is rated at 275 horsepower and was designed to power WWII landing craft used on various beaches around the world.

Photo 1 shows Gary Lowell discussing varnishing techniques. Photo 2 shows our chapter members standing between the initial framework of Alan’s 36’ runabout (feature photo above). Photo 3 shows the 1943 Hall Scott engine running on Alan’s test stand. Photo 4 shows Alan and apprentice Olivia Dow holding a sketch of the 36-footer.

For further chapter information contact Chapter President Dave Olson at (703) 966-3297 or email: .

Photo Credit: Steve Miller

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