30th Annual Mahogany Memories

The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society

Presents the 30th Annual Mahogany Memories Antique & Classic Boat Show

July 11-13, 2014

The show takes place at the Connecticut River Museum on the scenic and historic waters of the southern Connecticut River in the town of Essex which has been voted one of the 10 best towns in the country.  The boat show has always been a showcase for antique and classic runabouts and this year will be no different.

Pictures from last years show

Activities include a Friday night cookout, Saturday evening catered dinner with award ceremony, boating on the Connecticut River and an overall great time. Everyone is welcome to attend with or without a boat and all antique, classic and modern classic runabouts are welcome and encouraged to attend. Boat owners can choose to have their vessel judged to ACBS standards. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery, stunning boats and great friendships!

We have decided to mix things up a little this year and find a way to get some of our boats away from the docks during the show so everyone can see them coming and going as well as maybe get a chance to go for a ride!   We will have drawings throughout the day where show attendees or the members of the public can win a ride in a classic.

We would like to hear from a few boat owners willing to participate with us in offering up some boat rides during the show.   If you are interested, please contact me and I can review the details with you.

If you have children or grandchildren in your family, then the Southern New England Chapter would like to invite them to become a “Youth Judge” and learn about boat judging at our July 12, 2014 show.  We will gather those interested at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning and pass out  all of the required information to judge the boats. Lynn Dombroskas will be in charge of the children. We are able to accommodate 10 children.   The “Youth Judging” awards will be presented at the award ceremony Saturday night. This will be a fun experience for the kids – so… come one and all and become a “Youth Judge”!

Boat Show Information and Registration Forms

Gathering at Vintage Boat Restoration

I am excited to announce that Jim Murdock has graciously offered to sponsor another club social at his facility in Bristol, CT on Saturday March 1st starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending around 3:00 p.m.

The boat social is intended to be an informal get-together to talk boats, engines and see Jim’s shop.  Currently there are 40 boats in the shop, ranging from a 1914 Goodhue and Hawkins to a 1957 BMW.  Jim and members of his staff will be available to answer your questions, give suggestions and generally allow us to have a great time in their shop.  You may be lucky enough to walk away with ideas and thoughts that might make your restoration or maintenance that much easier or better.

Seeing an old engine running on the bench and having the performance mapped through a lap top has got to be pretty amazing.

The chapter will provide “coffee and” as well as pizza for lunch.  Jim’s wife Gail will also whip up some Blue Moon Stew.  Lunch will be served around 1:30 p.m. So that Bette knows how much food to order, please RSVP to her at (203) 264-5823 or email: bdbw3@sbcglobal.net no later than Friday February 21st.

Jim hopes to have the new sign out front done to make finding the shop a little bit easier this year.

Address of Jim Murdock’s Facility:

Vintage Boat Restoration
201 Terryville Road
Bristol, CT
(860) 582-0774

I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday March 1st starting at 9:00 a.m. at Vintage Boat Restoration in Bristol!


Dave McFarlin

For Sale: 1960 Century Raven 22

1960 Century Raven 22, Chrysler M80, 8 cyl, 177 HP, 317 ci, twin carbs, rebuilt Paragon Hydraulic Transmission, new alternator, rebuilt starter; new gas tank, full canvas; all original interior; all operating gauges; mooring cover; ready for show or everyday use; custom dual axle trailer included; used on Conn. River only; $14, 900.00 OBO. Cwmcguire1@comcast.net.


29th Annual Mahogany Memories Show Award Winners

The following awards were presented at the 29th Annual Mahogany Memories Show hosted by the Southern New England Chapter of the ACBS.  The show was held on July 12-14, 2013 at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Connecticut.  Congratulations to all the boat owners who came out to share their marvelous craft.

3rd Place Awards
1928 Old Town – BIG GREEN – Leonard Robbins
1988 Homebuilt Launch – RUBIA – Bill Stevens
1950 Chris Craft Runabout – PENNY CANDY – John Rau
1935 Gar Wood Runabout – MISS ASPEN – Chris Enger

2nd Place Awards
1961 Grady White Outboard – CAST AWAY – Rich Rosselli
1964 Custom Craft Outboard – TELSTAR – Todd Williams
1977 Tahiti Runabout – SQUIRT – Blanford Summ
1967 Lyman Utility – PASTIME – Steven Haines
1948 Chris Craft Runabout – PARK AVENUE – Paul Thibault
1947 Gar Wood Runabout – RAVEN RHAPSODY – Chris Johnson

1st Place Awards
2012 Homebuilt Runabout – MISS STELLA – Brian Dombroski
1949 Globe Runabout – WIKI WIKI – Kim Kadimik

Honorable Mention
2003 Homebuilt Runabout – 5TH AMMENDMENT – Arnold Chester

1928 Old Town Outboard Canoe – BIG GREEN – Leonard Robbins

1967 Lyman Utility – PASTIME – Steven Haines

1966 Century Coronado – JAZZED – – David Mc Farlin

1948 Runabout – PARK AVENUE – Paul Thibault

1947 Runabout – RAVEN RHAPSODY – Chris Johnson

1964 Custom Craft – TELSTAR – Todd Williams

1949 Globe – WIKI WIKI – Kim Kadimik

Fall River Cruise

Arrangements have been made to have lunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex and then take a delightful cruise on the Connecticut River!

Here are all the particulars:

Date:   Saturday September 28, 2013

Docking Info:  Tie up at the CT River Museum Docks

Time:   Meet at 12:00 noon at the CT River Museum docks and travel to the Corinthian Yacht Club for lunch at 12:30 p.m. – it’s a short distance!

Cost of Lunch:  Each person to choose from the yacht club menu and pay for their own meal.

Cruise:  After lunch, participate in a group cruise organized by Steven Haines who will provide a chart of the waterway.

Remember – You can join us for lunch even if you don’t bring a boat – we hope that many of you will participate on Saturday September 28th.

Any questions, please contact either Lynn Mc Farlin (email: Lynn.McFarlin@rrd.com) or Steven Haines (email: haines@centerbrook.com).