The Ideal Woody Boater First Aid Kit


Hi all,

We all love going out and enjoying rides on the beautiful boats we own. However, one of the worst things that can happen is someone getting hurt or injured along the ride. Having a small first aid kit is not only necessary but extremely handy. Below, there are pictures of the first aid kit we have in our 67 Lyman Cruisette. Pick and choose what you like or feel is necessary for your boat but I figured I’d share what is in ours.

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The first most obvious items are some band-aids. We have multiple sizes but if you just have a standard size, it will be just as good. Gauze, gauze pads, and tape are not necessary but we have some in our kit just to be on the safe side.


Another bunch of important items for your first aid kit are various relief creams.  In our kit, we have a hand wipe, a sting relief wipe and a couple of the antiseptic towelettes.  Along with the wipes, we also have a bottle of Sting-Eze some bacitracin.


Another one of the necessary items that is needed for a first aid kit is an ice pack. This is one of the ice packs that you just have to shake, and then the pack activates.


Our last couple of items are some “tools”, a pair of scissors and a pair of tweezers. Whether you get a splinter on a dock or need to cut a fraying line, these two items come in handy a lot more often than you would think.

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 And finally, you will need something to hold it in. We used a small tackle box with the rearrangeable walls. This way we could align the inserts to fit the needs of our kit. However, if you feel this is too large and bulky for your boat. A small pouch or even a small fanny pack will work.


And there you have it. A complete woody boater first aid kit. Having a first aid kit onboard is just on of those things that you really need. It puts your mind at ease and you will never be left without a band-aid or a pair of tweezers again. So go ahead and enjoy your beautiful wooden boat with your new first aid kit!

2015 Mahogany Memories – Connecticut River Museum July 10-12

 “Mahogany Memories” is hosted by the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). The show features some of the finest examples of wooden boats by builders such as Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Century, Lyman, Elco, Penn Yan, Fay & Bowen and other distinguished non-wood builders such as Glasspar, Mullins, MFG and Feather Craft. We hope that you will enjoy looking at these magnificent mahogany boats and that they bring back memories of earlier days when wooden pleasure boats were a common sight on the water. Please take this opportunity to talk with the boat owners to learn more about the joys of using and preserving these beautiful “woodies” and other memorable classics!

Registration Information

The 2015 Spring Workshop is Here!

Coming up very soon, this Saturday, is our spring workshop which will be located at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. On Saturday, there will be many interesting and informational presentations all morning and it will be a great opportunity for all of us in the Southern New England Chapter to get to know each other. Here is a message from our chapter President, David McFarlin, regarding some details about this Saturday the 11th. :

I am pleased to announce that the Southern New England Chapter will host a Spring Workshop on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT.   The Chapter will provide coffee and light breakfast foods beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Lay House, which is on the hill overlooking the museum.  Olive Oyl’s from Essex will be there on site.    

The workshop will consist of 30-45 minute sessions with presentations being made by:

Katie Haines will discuss the re-construction of her paddle board from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Chris Johnson will discuss “How to Trailer a Boat” from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. 
Keith Brown (a new chapter member) will be speaking on “Prewar Raceboats” from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Jim Delaney and the “Mystic Model Boat Builders” will be giving a presentation from 10:50 to 11:15 a.m.
Boyd Mefferd will speak on “Growing Up with my Father’s Sailing History” from 11:20 to 11:50 a.m.
Chris Dobbs (CRM Director, Ray Gaulke, CRM Board Member & Boat Crew Volunteer and Paul Kessinger, Boat Crew Volunteer) will discuss the CRM boat building program, the Bevins Skiff (they are planning on building one during our show!), the Osprey Steamboat, etc. from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.

Pizza will be served at the Lay House around 12:45 p.m. after the last presentation.

We ask that you RSVP to Bette Heinzman (phone 203-264-5823 or email: no later than Tuesday April 7th so that food can be ordered.

We hope you will join us for a fun and informational day on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the CT River Museum!

ACBS Spring Quarterly Meeting

A message regarding the Spring ACBS Quarterly Meeting from our ACBS Director, Mr. Stanley Struble:


   Save the Dates! You are invited to attend and participate in the ACBS International Spring Quarterly Meeting of officers, directors and members. This year we are having the meeting in conjunction with The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport on the beautiful Connecticut coast on June 25-28, 2015.


   Our Board meeting will be Friday June 26, which is the first day of the WoodenBoat Show. Your family will have plenty to do and see if you choose not to attend the meeting.

WoodenBoat Magazine, the sponsors of the boat show, has invited ACBS members to show our boats (at no cost for the Boat) during the boat show, which attracts about 13,000 people! Your chapter presidents have been asked to have members bring boats to the Show. This will not be a judged show, but there will be special interest awards presented Saturday evening at the reception and awards dinner.


Reserve Your Hotel Room Soon

   ACBS has reserved a block of rooms at the Mystic Hilton for a price of $159.00 per night, which is reasonable for this area during this time. We also have the opportunity for 20 more rooms at $169 per room when we sell out the first block. 

Please reserve your rooms as soon as possible as this is a large event and rooms sell out very quickly.

For hotel reservations, call the Mystic Hilton at 860-572-0731. They are located at:

Mystic Hilton
20 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT06355


Don’t Miss This Enjoyable Event

   You will receive a detailed agenda and registration form soon for this meeting. We will also include a list of activities during the event, including boat rides and museum exhibit tours. You will be able to register for activities through the home office in Clayton.

If you haven’t yet been to beautiful Mystic Seaport – or to the annual WoodenBoat Show – you won’t want to miss it.

We look forward to seeing you in June!


Stanley Struble
ACBS Director

This will be a great opportunity for all of the members in our chapter. I hope you all will be there!

ACBS Symposium and Workshop

The ACBS in conjunction with the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY is hosting a symposium and workshop on May 8, 9 and 10th.  It will be held at the museum in Clayton, New York.

This year’s program will be centered on replanking your boat, whether it is replacing a single plank or total replanking.  The participants will have the opportunity of doing both carvel and lapstrake planking.  Steam bending and stain matching will also be included.  There will be boat rides and a tour of some of the boat collection that is not available to the public.   It will be both an educational and a very fun week end.

Information about this and other symposiums can be found on the ACBS web site at 

31st Annual Mahogany Memories

Once again our fleet of mahogany and chrome will rendezvous on the  dock of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut.  This years show will be July 10-12, with a member BBQ on Friday evening, show open to the public on Saturday followed by dinner and awards.  Sunday we will cruise picturesque waters of the Connecticut River Valley.  Registration info will be posted soon and we hope to see you there.  In the mean time please enjoy the pictures from previous shows here.