Category: Journal Entry

CABBS at the 2017 Cleveland Mid-America Boat Show

Let’s start with this year’s kid’s model boat, a sailing catamaran designed by Jerry Priebe.  The CABBS kid’s boatbuilding workshop is a legendary feature of the boat show.  CABBS members led by program director Mike...

Heidi is a 37 ft. Richardson Launched in 1941, owned and captained by Phil Cummings of Lockport.

Motoring on the Erie Canal

Attending the Richardson Boat Owners Rendezvous Hop aboard shipmates as we head to Lockport, New York where we board Heidi for a 140 mile trip on the Erie Canal. Our destination is the Richardson...

A crippled rum runner

Guest Speaker: Renee Durkee,
Author of Rum Run

You didn’t need the fastest boat but it helped. During the 1920’s, Prohibition outlawed alcoholic beverages in the USA. But few stopped drinking. Many relied on smugglers who ran Canadian booze across the lake...

Step by Step a Swampscott Dory Takes Shape

John Mikolich’s 16 ft. Swampscott dory will be seeing water soon, but exactly when he is reluctant to say. It’s been a slow but steady build process from scratch. John worked from the plans...

Bending Wood with Steam, Muscle and Steel

Presentation by: Rick Blamer, CABBS member Rick Blamer fired up his steam box and gave a live steam bending demonstration. To show how its done, he brought along a bending jig to make a...

Caring for Your Sails and Rigging

To be competitive today a racing sailboat is not rigged with stainless steel cables. Rather it is rigged with composite cables woven from hi-tech fibers such as Kevlar®, carbon, or other proprietary molecules. Jon...

Frank Manley Builds the CABBS Optimist

CABBS Optimist Construction Photos Long-time, big boat sailor, Frank Manley, built a strong, trim Opti using the CABBS Optimist plans and materials sourced at his neighborhood home center. He photographed his progress and donated...

A Love Affair in Wood

Guest Speaker: CABBS Member Wes Roepke Love is blind. But to say it better, love is blinding. We know not how an invisible arrow from say the sight of auburn hair in the setting...

Sharpening Tools the Max Peterson Way

Our February guest speaker, Max Peterson, is a professional woodworker and amateur boatbuilder from the Pittsburgh area. He’s tried many ways to sharpen his tools to a razor’s edge. He searched for a quick...

EPOXY 101: The Basics

Epoxy plays many roles in boatbuilding. It’s glue, filler, and encapsulator. This versatile material is just short of miraculous in what it can offer to make strong watertight joints. Jim Stumpf dons the sacrificial...