Welcome to the North Carolina Coastal and Piedmont Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society

June 1, 2024

Hello Fellow Chapter Members.

While we had no official chapter activities, May has been a really hectic month for our family. When you have 7 kids and 10 grandkids, well…you get the picture! In between all the family stuff, we did manage to get in some sailing and other outdoor activities, enjoying what was probably the last of the “cool” weather we’ll see for a few months.

Several of us attended and or participated in the NC Maritime Museum show on May 4th, which our chapter helped sponsor. The show was a little smaller than previous years, but well attended none the less. Bill Conley showed his 17 Chris Craft and 14’ Penobscot sailboat, John Peck had “Pecker’s Woody” (16’ outboard kit boat), John Tinney, of course, had “Duchess” (50’ 1930 Elco), Cindy Jordan with “Admiral Alexander” (Chris Craft kit boat), and Jim Moores’ 27’ “Patience” (Moores Yachts custom launch). There were also several members attending without boats and all in all, it had the feel of a chapter event. We also had a “recruiting station” setup there and we gained 2 new members. How about that?!

The New Bern contingent has been very busy lately. Leif Eriksson has “Trilogy” (wooden 36’ Grand Banks trawler) on the hard at Duck Creek taking care of some “out of the water” chores that boats which live in the water must periodically undergo. Joining him there is John Dougherty, doing pretty much the same thing on his 22’ Seafarer sailboat, Austin Lewis recently purchased Dream Catcher, a 42’ Grand Banks trawler whose owner had passed away. The boat sat on the hard at Bridgeton Boatworks for a considerable time and thus was no where near water ready. Austin put in many long, hard days to get her back afloat and she’s now back in her element. Oh yes, the yet unnamed Cavalier in my shop is getting some attention as well. I’m sure that many of you are involved similarly with your projects and maintenance chores and we’d sure like to share what you’re up to with the rest of the group. So….send us a short (or long!) story and some photos so we can share them in the newsletter.

Judy and I are planning to attend the Chesapeake Bay chapter’s show in St. Michaels, MD on June 14-15. If you have the chance, I highly recommend you get up there. They put on a first class show at an amazing venue, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Due to the success of our April Bath Cruise event, we plan to do it again in September, thanks to the generosity of Cindy Jordan.  See the May newsletter  report on the April cruise.  See reservation information on p. 6.  Those who did not attend in April will receive priority—if reserving by June 14th.  Details will be provided at a later date.

No planned chapter activity in June—it’s too hot! But do attend the Chesapeake Bay boat show in St. Michaels, MD June 14-16.

One more thing I’d like to mention. If any of you have a desire to go sailing, the good ship “Darkside” is available to take you out. She is berthed at Blackbeard Sailing Club in New Bern and can accommodate a party of 4 guests. Contact me to set up a day—wind dependent! Alright, that’s all I’ve got for this month. Summer’s here, so get your boats wet and carry some friends with you!

 Alan Hills, President


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Member Trading Dock
New boat for sale published on Member Trading Dock page.  Tidewater ACBS Chapter member Eric Zellman is selling a 1961 Whirlwind Sea Lion.  Click here to check it out and view other things for sale.

Upcoming events
Watch the website and the newsletter for events that our chapter is either sponsoring or encouraging you to participate in.  Here are a few key dates:

  • 7/17 Chapter meeting, pIcnic & run on Jordan Lake 4 PM.  BYO food & beverages.

Organizing a Pop-Up Event
In addition to the events scheduled on our calendar, we invite members to create a “last-minute” gathering and notify chapter members of the opportunity to participate. This could be a workshop, an “I need help with…”, a run on the lake, or something else special that you have run across or want to do.  Here is how it works:

  1. You identify the opportunity
  2. You email the details to President Alan Hills
  3. Alan will forward the information to all chapter members ASAP
  4. You take pictures, write up the event, and submit a them to the newsletter editor

2024 Chapter Board:  (Below L to R):
Bill Conley (Dir). John Dougherty (Dir), Jim Alexander (Dir), Alan Hills (Pres), Judy Hills (Sec), Jeff Martinson (VP), Kevin Leiner (Treas), and John Justice (Dir).  Not shown:  Jim Hartman (Dir).

2024 Chapter Board


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