The Newsletter of the Pacific Northwest
Antique and Classic Boat Society
August 4th 2007 will be a big day for boat enthusiasts across the country – the US Postal Service is releasing a series of stamps commemorating vintage boats. This has been in the works for quite some time and now we are lucky enough to have our hobby highlighted. Perhaps the September issue of PropWash will make use of the new stamps (the new stamps are $ .41 and not $ .39 as in the preceding photo).
The Mission of The Center for Wooden Boats: To provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations.
Contributed By: Barb Carper
When I mention the CWB to my friends they say things like “they really have a great facility” and “they do that wooden boat festival in the summer”. But the CWB is more than just a nice place for an Opening Day dinner or a boat show. It’s a substantial organization with real programs that bring young and old together to share a common interest – old wooden boats.
Check out their Web site at cwb.org and see all the programs they have for boat building and woodworking, youth programs, sailing, and maritime art. They really contribute a lot to our community. Here are some examples of what the Center has been up to lately:
Where will the next generation connect to the special magic and community of boating and preservation? At the Center for Wooden Boats – and it’s happening now. Thanks to their programs and internships, interest in maritime heritage as a community activity and occupation is on the rise. With your support they can continue their great work supporting the heritage and future of our hobby.
As an ACBS member you are uniquely suited to supporting the Center For Wooden Boats. Join me in my commitment to the Center and to their mission by supporting them financially. I encourage you to become a member of the Center For Wooden Boats by donating online ... just send them a check. Or better yet, plan to come to a special fundraiser on September 6.
Because of our common interests and long-standing connection to the Center, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ACBS has teamed up with Rebecca Wittman, renowned brightwork expert, to host a special benefit for the Center. We’ll provide some wooden boats to take Patrons on boat rides, and all of our members will be invited to attend this special fundraising event showcasing the Center’s programs. (Call me if you’d like to bring a boat – dock space is limited so advance planning is a must.) You can extend this invitation to others who share these same values by contacting me – Barb Carper – at 206-282-3888. I can provide some invitations for you to distribute or I can send them for you.
Join us for this very special event on Thursday, September 6, 2007 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Center for Wooden Boats Boat House. Watch your mail for your special invitation or RSVP by Friday, August 31 to CWB Development Manager Brenda Chrystie at 206-382-2628 or by email at email@example.com. Take this opportunity to get to know more about the Center For Wooden Boats. I’m sure you’ll agree...it’s a great organization for ACBS members to support.
The monthly ACBS board meetings are a great place to meet other members, share ideas and get feedback on projects. It’s also a great place to meet with fellow boat people for pizza and refreshments (beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee).
The single most important reason to attend the meetings: it’s OUR club. We should all participate in the discussions that sculpt the direction of the club and we should all help in coming up with ideas to help the club grow. The ACBS is all about old boats. It’s about a cool hobby and finding ways to have fun with our hobby. For the future of classic and antique boats we need to come up with ways to attract and involve more of the younger generations. We need to help younger people develop an appreciation for these older watercraft so that they can then help all of us to preserve and enjoy marine history.
There is a GREAT, core group of 12 to 16 individuals that are almost always at the meetings. Most of the regular attendees are current or former board members that have been attending for many years. I’ve been an ACBS member now for two years, and I think I’ve only been to four or five meetings in that time. I started attending regularly this past spring; largely because I don’t think it’s quite fair that the same small group of dedicated people should carry the sole responsibility for trying to keep things fresh.
This is a good group of people that does their best to keep our club active and they do a good job, but they need your help, your ideas and fresh input. With the responsibility falling on the same group of people month after month, year after year, they may ignore potential activities that would appeal to newer members. Something the club did six years ago, may be seen as a “been there, done that” activity, and get brushed aside, even though it may have appeal to newer members.
There are many club members that do boat restoration professionally and others that have been working on their own boats for many years, so another GREAT reason to come to the meetings is to get information. The regular attendees represent a pretty wide cross section of experience and knowledge and if you are trying to decide or figure out how to do something, there will almost always be someone at the meeting that has done that or faced that. This is a VERY helpful group of people, nobody bites and everyone I’ve met is always willing to share information!!
I have a 61 Thompson Sea Lancer and have gotten advice on both my boat and trailer from George Corley who just happens to have slightly newer Sea Lancer. George steered me away from adding a fuel tank in the bow and toward a bigger outboard. George also gave me some extra mahogany he had.
Come on down, add your two bits worth and get to know some really cool boat enthusiasts!
When I bought my first boat, I spent lots of time trying to come up with a name. It seems like it should be a simple task, but it’s a moniker that has to last. You just can’t name a boat Fred and decide a year later that it is more of a Julie… I tossed around names like: Rum Runner (being a 1961 hull it was far too young for that one), Kathy (a wife’s name maybe, but NOT a girlfriends), Woody (kind of like naming a black cat with white feet, Socks or a Dalmatian, Spot), Rocketeer (good name for a boat belonging to a space geek, but it harkens back to images from the 30s), etc, etc, etc (I always picture Yule Brenner saying that). Names can be descriptive, esoteric, romantic, serial, cutesy … I always felt the name of something should pay tribute to someone or to something. I’ve seen some very classy names and some pretty dopey names, in fact, haven’t we all seen Classy and Dopey painted on several hulls over the years?
It was certainly difficult coming up with names for my sons, though I always knew my first born son would be Leif (I’m first generation Norwegian -American). My second son was more difficult, my ex-wife was so convinced we were having a girl that even considering boy’s names was out of the question – making the matter that much harder. After two LONG days of being called “Baby Saltrønes” he had a name – Olin (it seemed to fit a 10 pound Norsk). He thinks he was named after my Olin Mark V snow skis, but it was actually the flare gun (well, neither is correct, but they can both make for a good story)…
Back to boats - while I was dismantling my 1961 Thompson Sea Lancer, I noticed that the numbers 0777 were written on many parts of the boat – seat bottom, windshield frame, back of the dash, inside of the transom – enough places that it became apparent to me that my boat had started life in the Thompson Brothers shop in Peshtigo, WI, being known as, hull 777. The boat already had a name - with no hesitation, Triple 7 officially became the name of my very first boat.
Naming my second boat (1970 Glastron V145) took less time and less total effort. I bought that boat with the intention of having a good boat, to customize for salmon fishing. I live near Tacoma, where the salmon season in Commencement Bay is longer than in the north sound. I plan to use the glass boat primarily in salt water and Triple 7 primarily in fresh (I intend to limit her salt water exposure, primarily to keep the new chrome parts looking fresh). My son Olin, is a US Navy submariner, serving as a “nuke” aboard the USS Columbia SSN 771, home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI. Being a submariner, he does of course have a nickname, “Salty” (shortened from Saltrønes). Not too long before I bought my Glastron, I had paid Olin a visit in Hawaii. I was immediately referred to as “Papa Salty” by his friends. THAT seemed like the appropriate name for a saltwater boat…
The Center for Wooden Boats
We are very fortunate as a club in that we have the Center for Wooden Boats in our backyard. We also have an association of sorts with CWB in several forms which include the Wooden Boat Festival that is held every July, the location for our opening day breakfast and being the site of our monthly board meetings (usually). Many of us are already members of the CWB, it seems like a natural pairing. Anyone that is not currently a member that would like to join, can use the following membership form, if you are so inclined.
ACBS – PNW Chapter
If you haven’t checked out our wonderful web site in a while, check it out. You will find interesting links, photographs, and boat ads – ALL sorts of stuff!!
Park-n-Hide: Kirk Knapp has boat and trailer storage available at his place near Arlington. $100/month. Call 360 435-0766 or email if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org