Jan Lowry arrived at 6:30 on the windy morning of May 19 to begin setting up the ACBS Long Island Chapter’s display for the Huntington Waterfront Festival. Before anyone else could
arrive, this dynamo of a woman had the tent, tables and signs up! Laura & Chris Almond arrived with “Second Chance” the ACBS restored 1968, 16’ Eltro Mahogany Plywood Run-about, which is now owned by Chris, and continued the set up. Lastly, Barbara Mead and her son Geoffrey brought several of the Mead collection of antique engines to round out the display.
The Huntington Waterfront Festival is the final event of Safe Boating Week. It is a nautically themed (and other themes as well) fair with boat dealers displaying new & used boats, boating
equipment, safety gear, nautical antiques, crafts, home décor, art, paddleboards, layaks, fishing gear, information about nautically related clubs and music, food and adult beverages.
“Second Chance” was a huge hit with the crowd and the people who ran the event, especially since she is a locally made boat. They had an escort to their place by the ball field. Over the
winter, Chris did a complete sand and repaint on her, had club member Ernie Perry make new, white cushions with red piping, had her name done in gold leaf, overhauled her engine and
made her shine so brightly that people constantly tapped on the hull and asked if it was fiberglass! People came by and with huge smiles, and sometimes tears, told us of their own memories with boats like her. The antique engines always draw huge attention – you never see those kinds of designs on modern engines – they are works of art. People are fascinated by them and Barbara always has information and answers to their questions. Huge thanks to the Meads for bringing them.
We had a very long but profitable day – we brought three (3) new members on board, very exciting. One member has young sons, so we are even more excited at that prospect.

-Laura Almond, Secretary LIACBS

A Big “Thank You” to our members who participated in the Huntington Waterfront Festival and made this event a success for our Chapter! We had the best vintage nautical display there!! A windy but rain free day!

 

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Dinner Model Show & Guest Speakers at the L.I. Maritime Museum

February 23, 2019

A most enjoyable evening was had by all who attended this event, which started at 6PM. The event was held in the Museum Library, where we were surrounded with artifacts, trophies, and historic maritime books! The model show was held in the main lobby area of the museum, just a short walk from the library. Great food, friends, presentations & boat models! THANK YOU to all who helped make this event possible, and successful. More to come……

Terry Lister-Blitman, Museum Director gave a very educational & comprehensive slide presentation on the Long Island Maritime Museum History and it’s current projects.

Local volunteers from the America’s Vet Dogs gave a very interesting slide show presentation on their organization. One of the most famous dogs from their group is “Sully” former service dog to President Bush. Sully now serves in Walter Reed Hospital. There was even a young “trainee” present!

AND the models….lots of beautiful and most unique ones ! TWO tables filled !!! Thank you to all who participated!

Bob Williams model was a ship in a bottle….his Egg Harbor in a Makers Mark bottle !!! Hand crafted !!

Matt Kleisler hand constructed a 1/2 scale model of a Pram that he intends to create a full size boat from this spring!

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Varnish Workshop, January 27, 2019 Presented by Chris  Almond on his Eltro!

Thanks to the Almond family, a very successful and educational Varnish workshop was held for our Chapter in their heated garage with snacks! President Bob Williams brought a cooler with beverages for all to enjoy. Chris Almond explained in detail his step by step methods on how he gets a durable, glossy, UV resistant varnish finish on his boats. Chris went through all the different steps, as well as discussed the materials he uses from bare wood to the finish varnish coat. Details were explained about the use of Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer, stain, methods of sanding, cleaning, and the varnish application. It was a great educational workshop, and we thank Chris for his time and dedication to make this happen for the Chapter!

Nice heated garage, a table of food, a wood boat and our Chapter members….it doesn’t get any better than that!

Our instructor, Chris demonstrating the application of varnish, using the “roll & tip” method.

Here we see the application of CPES, Stain, and then varnish.

Chris’ Eltro, “Second Chance” … the educational focus of the workshop!

Chris shows members how the varnish lasts after a years exposure to the elements on his Eltro, “Stormy C.”. It looks like it just came out of the garage!

Everyone was greeted by “Sandy”, who checked in on the workshop periodically!

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            Weeks Historic Boat Yard Tour, November 10, 2018

                              Weeks Boat yard has been in business since 1898 !

A wonderful event well attended, THANK YOU Kevin Weeks !

 

 

One of the oldest, Historical buildings on the property.

An original Weeks built skiff as viewed from the machine shop window.

Kevin (center) explaining about the machine shop and single belt driven equipment.

Main railway through building utilized to move large boats the traditional way.

Sliding jig on railway aides in moving boats to side work areas. Traditional system is simple & works extremely well !

Saving an old woodie with traditional, quality craftsmanship!

 Wood ribs need to be steamed for proper bending & Kevin shows us the steam box to complete that task !

Informal Buffet catered dinner in the shop was enjoyed by all

Thank you to ALL who helped to make this great event possible !

 

A sunny, windy day accompanied this event at the Bay Shore Marina parking area, and a fun time was had by all !

Setting up the club tent and members display of Antique engines !

A beautiful, rare Higgins boat !

1966 Century Resorter, Miss Moxie

Long Island born & raised. Eltro boats were primarily used on the Great South Bay serving as water taxis for Fire Island.

Watch out for the sharks on land !

Officers and members talking with Congressman Peter King; maybe they are attempting to get him to join ACBS !

1948 Chris Craft Sportsman and Eltro, “Stormy C”

Congressman Peter King with The Wiseman from 103.1 Max FM

Boat related rides for any age !

Always lending a helping hand !!! Thank you !!!

The Long Island Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society were featured guests at the Long Island Maritime Museum 27th Annual Seafood Festival held on the beautiful sunny weekend of August 25-26, 2018. Boats arrived by land & sea! More to come……

 

Long Island Chapter ACBS Dinner Meeting July 14, 2018

The Long Island Chapter of the ACBS held a successful and most enjoyable outside dinner meeting at 6PM on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, NY.  Initially there was to be a raft-up on the Connetquot River, then dinner at a local restaurant, unfortunately, the winds of fate shifted and both those events sank!  Boaters always have to be prepared for changes and obstacles, so we found a new venue (our thanks to Terry Blitman, Director if the LI Maritime Museum, for her help and suggestions), brought in an excellent caterer and had a marvelous time at the Museum.


The winds were steady at 18-20 mph that evening, and the white caps on the Great South Bay were unrelenting. Due to the shallow entrance to the marina area at the museum, only smaller boats can navigate in & out. Robert & Chris Almond braved the wind & waves and piloted Chris’ 17 foot, 1968 Eltro runabout from Babylon to West Sayville for the event. They arrived in time for the dinner, salt-soaked!  At least they were able to cool off after a hot summer’s day! A total of 16 members attended the event and it was a great evening of camaraderie, food & marveling about the bravery & skills of the Almond men to navigate the Eltro to the event. There was even a unique purse fashioned in the design of an old boat, brought by Jan Lowry.


A great evening was enjoyed by all thanks to the hard work and planning of the ACBS Officers.  We extend our thanks to everyone else who helped to make this event a success!

Some more Photo’s of the event!

Matthew Kleisler admiring the craftsmanship.
Robert and wife Judy
Gazebo at the museum where we had our dinner

Respectfully submitted by Jan Lowry, Vice President & Laura Almond, Secretary, Long Island Chapter ACBS

 

 

 

Previous event at the Maritime Museum in Honor of Priscilla’s Birthday….more information below…….

Chapter table & display boats
Old boats & good friends!
volunteers helping the youth with the boat kits
Our helpful & friendly club members
come join the fun, Pirates & all !
XL size cake!
Enough for all !
Birthday Girl !
Friendly Pirates
1957 Old Town

Priscilla’s “Berth-day” Party May 5, 2018 Long Island Maritime Museum, Sayville, NY 

Guests to this special “Berth-day” celebration are the Long Island Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Society !

Who is Priscilla ?????

On Saturday, April 7, 1888, Elisha Saxton launched his brand-new working sloop Priscilla into the Patchogue River. Saxton had built Priscilla for George Rhinehart of Lawrence, New York, who named the boat after his wife Priscilla. From 1888 to 1963, Priscilla was owned and operated by several oystermen from Connecticut and New York. During these many years, she experienced many changes. The oystermen spoke of “Pris” as a fast, able, “smart” boat and a “money maker” because, unlike other boats, she could dredge as well in light and heavy winds.

By 1963, the oyster beds were completely exhausted or covered with silt from storms and hurricanes of the previous decades. Priscilla was one of the last working sailboats to dredge the oyster beds north of the Chesapeake Bay.

From 1963 to 1976, Priscilla became a cruising sailboat, after much hull and interior restoration. Her owner John Woodside sailed Priscilla several times to the Bahamas and to Maine. In the early 1970’s, he schooner rigged her, copying the sail plan of the famous schooner America.

In 1976, John Woodside donated her to the Suffolk Marine Museum, which is known today as The Long Island Maritime Museum. As the largest vessel in our small craft collection, Priscilla has served as an effective goodwill ambassador. Since coming to the museum Priscilla has traveled the Great South Bay visiting various ports of call, and has participated in special regattas held for classic vessels. In 1986, she participated in the Parade of Tall Ships at the Salute to the Statute of Liberty Fourth of July Celebration in New York Harbor receiving featured television coverage by WABC-TV.

The restoration of the sixty-foot, 1888 oyster dredge Priscilla began in 2002 and was the largest restoration project to date at the Long Island Maritime Museum. Priscilla has been returned to her original design, a gaff-rig sloop. This vessel is the oldest and only sailing workboat to survive from the Great South Bay oyster fleet. Her hull is traditionally built in wood, which had been fiber-glassed over during a restoration in the late 1960s when she also was given a schooner rig.

Her dimensions are 60 feet in length overall, 40 feet on deck, with a 14 foot beam, and 4 foot 3 inch draft. In 2006 Priscilla was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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This was the first official gathering for the Long Island Chapter ACBS. We just had a few boats, and members assisted the Museum staff with helping children assemble boats from kits which were made at the Museum shop. There were Pirates, Cannons going off and a large sheet cake for the star of the party, Priscilla which was enjoyed by all ! Hope to see you at the next event !