Welcome to the North Carolina Coastal and Piedmont Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society
Welcome antique and classic boat enthusiasts!
President Alan Hills' June 2021 message:
I’m starting to feel that if it weren’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all. A few days before our scheduled event at Hyco Lake, everything looked terrific; several boats and over a dozen people signed up, pretty weather, a member-to-member parts delivery, picnic shelter reserved and so on. Then, the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline brought everything to a screeching halt in a large portion of our membership area. For those of us who had to travel a far distance, what would normally be just a long drive turned into difficult decision as to whether one should take a chance that gas would be available en route or not. The situation locally for us in the east boiled down to being in the right place at the right time and hoping that when your 30 minutes of waiting finally got you close to the pump, there would still be gas flowing. I asked the owner of the place I usually deal with and he said he would get a load of 10,000 gallons and it would be gone in two hours. I took to siphoning gas from Hunky Dory because I don’t wait in long lines very well. We were lucky enough to be going by a small gas station on a local road where we were able to fill up with premium gas at $3.40 per gallon. It’s starting to get a little better now to where there are some stations with gas and there are little to no waiting lines. The difficult decision to postpone the Hyco Lake event for later this year. A new date has not been set yet.
This month the Thomasville Vintage Power Show June 11th and 12th. This group has reached out to our chapter and invited us to bring our boats. There is no pre-registration; just show up and register then. I am bringing a tent as I am told that there ain’t a lot shade to be had there. Joe Peacos is arriving on Friday and will try to reserve some space for us so we can be together. The show details are on the poster a little further down.
Blackbeard Sailing Club in New Bern has agreed to open up their facility for us to have a boat show the weekend of July 17th. This is not intended to be full blown show, but rather an opportunity for us to show off our boats on land and water and promote our chapter and bring visibility to Blackbeard and the youth sailing association that operates from there. I would REALLY like to see “better than average” participation here. Let’s get rid of all our pent-up frustration of no boat shows during the pandemic and have a good time here. As the facility has limited space, we will not be reaching out to other chapters and inviting them to participate. Hopefully, if all goes well, we may be able to do more in the coming years. Details to follow in the newsletter.
Eric Zelman, president of the Tidewater chapter, has informed me via Facebook that their chapter is having gathering on July 10th at the Reedville Marine Railway. Any of you who follow Woodyboater know that this facility was recently purchased by Matt Smith, the head honcho of Woodyboaterville. Sounds like they have something pretty cool in the makings there.
That’s all I got for this go-round. Y’all be well and go for a boat ride!
What's New or News?
Messing About in Boats--June edition
Click here to read the June newsletter.
July17th--Chapter "boat show"
At Blackbeard Sailing Club in New Bern--see newsletter for details.
July 28th--Chapter Business Meeting via Zoom at 6:30 PM. Watch for email notice.
August 21st--"Boathouse" warming party for Bill Conley's new shop--Raleigh. More information to follow. Time TBD, but probably around lunch.
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