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.

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” 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: 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.