On a beautiful, sunny, spring day members of the Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association, the Outboard Motor Club and guests met at Wayne Robinson's shop on Scugog Island. Donuts, muffins and coffee got our “motors going” and set the stage for the first presenter.
Rich Hughes, president of the TSACBA explained that next to the fuel system the electrical system is the most important system in your boat when it comes to operation and safety. He briefly explained how electricity works and the meaning of voltage and current. Using a number of visuals he demonstrated how to select the proper wire size and how the American Wire Gauge (AWG) is used, the characteristics of different types of wire and why marine wire is required in boats.
After a short coffee break Rich talked about the design and building of a new electrical system in boats: how wiring can be done outside your boat using a harness and terminal block system, how to properly build a wiring harness, and how to attach terminal connectors to wire. He concluded his presentation by showing us some new available marine electrical products and telling us where to find them. If you would like a complete copy of his“Marine Wiring Seminar” just contact him and he will email it to you.
The second presenter of the day was, Mr. Motor, Ron Stevenson speaking on the topic of fuel systems. First and foremost Ron emphasized the importance of always using a stabilizer in the gas tank. He went on to detail the importance of the stripping and prepping of steel gas tanks and likewise the stripping and prepping of aluminum shrouds for outboard motors. He stressed the use of primers before painting and finally Ron explained the proper way of taping and painting of outboards
Throughout the day there was ample time to browse through the display and sales rooms in Wayne's shop and to enjoy his wide collection of nautical items. Lunch found us enjoying delicious subs, more coffee, cold drinks and cookies and then it was time to move outdoors for the final presentation.
Ken Lavalette, the third presenter of the day gathered us around one of his project boats, a Lakefield cedar strip and walked us through the steps in what to look for when buying an old boat to restore. First, Ken told us to be sure to look for a boat that you really like, one with good lines and that you will truly enjoy. Most importantly when boat shopping, allow a good amount of time for a thorough inspection. This may take up to 3 or 4 hours. The first thing to check is the bilge as it is the most time consuming repair, then check the ribs, keel, stems, transom, planking, deck, floor boards, underside of the boat, the upholstery, steering wheel, cables, electrical, motor, and the trailer. By a total inspection you will know exactly what amount of time and money you will need to invest. Make notes of all problems and then with these facts in hand go ahead and make a deal!
TSACBA wishes to thank the organizers, Tim Jackson & Thom Wolf, the presenters and the many others who helped to make this another successful spring event.