Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association

Our Mission is to promote the preservation and use of Antique and Classic Watercraft by providing our members with information & guidance through workshops, boating events, and social gatherings.

Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association
Spring Workshop, April 13, 2013

Write up by Doug Barrett, Photos by Nancy Eaton

The opening event for the TSACBA 2013 season started off with another all time attendance record of 76, almost reaching last year’s record 85. Wayne Robinson was our host, supplying the use of his storage facility located on Scugog Island. The renovated barn had a unique upper level where a number of Arisocrafts boats and nautical memorabilia were stored.

Thanks again to our presenters, host and volunteers for an outstanding workshop.

The morning session began at 10:00 with the introductory “Welcome All” and updates by Rich Hughes, Murray Parnell and Jim Watt. Then it was onto the discussions... Jim Watt began with the benefits of updating to custom fit propellers based on discussions he had with John from Kawartha Prop Repair. Jim also discussed the benefits of installing new modern outboard engine’s rather than the original equipment of the era on your antique or classic boat. Rich Hughes continued on from there on the benefits of modern inboards and various parts that can be added to provide the optimum performance and looks for your engine, controls and wiring components.

The next session was Dan, with the assistance of Pam, Truax who guided us on his personal experience of what’s really involved in a complete restoration. He covered off all aspects from removal of chrome, replacement of boards, types of bottoms, re-upholstering, staining, varnishing, engine and wiring installation, etc. And when it’s all done there’s still a number of weeks before all the “bling” goes back onto the masterpiece.

Lunch was burgers and hot dogs provided by the duo of Murray Parnell and Jeff Souch freezing their butts off on the barbecues outside while the lovely inside crew of Val Souch, Charlotte Hughes and Pam Truax kept the condiments, drinks and coffee flowing as the lines formed.

The final discussion of the day came from Randy Milligan who had his 280 Hydro race boat on display and provided the historical back ground that went along with it. He also had race movies from the 60s and Doug Potts was able to add his own personal recollection of his days of racing the same types of boats back in the 1950s and 60s.

While all this was going on there were vendor displays from LINRICH Upholstery and Marine Supplies; Deep Sea Diving Helmets; Alternator Electrical while a slide show of the 100 Mile Cruise, August 18, 2012 played on for all those who missed out on the adventure. Richard Potts was also on hand with his 1/6 scale replica of his father’s, Doug, 1933 Scott boat describing the work that went into the floating and running model.