Deben 4¾-Tonner

George Whisstock
Skill Level to Build: 
Intermediate to advanced – not really suitable for first time builders

Our Deben Class designs are inspired by the original Deben 4-tonner, which my father commissioned from W. M. Blake in 1936 and the Deben 6-tonner, designed by my father in 1950. At least 35 of the 4-tonners and 3 of the 6-tonners were built...

Meet at the Beach, Groton, CT

An annual gathering of kayak builders and like minded individuals. A chance to see what other people have built over the winter and to try out a wide variety of kayak and other car-toppable small boat designs.

Held at the beautiful Bluff Point State Park in Groton, CT there is plenty of parking and easy launch of your boat into pretty, sheltered water with access to Long Island Sound.

35th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

You don’t get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!

Boats don’t have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress. The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.

August 26-27, 2017 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)

Reedville Virginia Fishersman's Museum and Tidewater Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Society Boat Show

Antique and Traditional Small Boat Show at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 10am-4pm, co-sponsored by Tidewater Chapter of ACBS. Boats (max 24 foot) on water and land, Food, Craft Beer Mart, 1922 Deck boat Elva C free Boat Rides, DJ, Nautical Flea Market and vendors. $5 buys admission to the show and Museum. Boat Registration is $10, contact Clif Ames, 804-453-3506 or

Bending Wood Workshop

Boats often have parts which need a little (or sometimes a lot of) persuasion to fit into place. We’ll look into several ways to bend wood to your will, including sawing, laminating and steaming. We’ll cover which technique is appropriate for a particular application, and what tools and materials are best. Everybody gets to make sample parts to take home.

All tools and materials will be provided. Please wear work clothes!

The workshop will be held at the Gig Harbor BoatShop fro 1pm to 5pm. 

$45 members | $55 non-members

Core Sound 17

Two sets of sails, One staysail, douglas fir oars 10′, bunkboards, trailer, graphited rudder and centerboard, Yellow dodger, anchor and 150′ line, two dock lines, engine mount. Contact via e-mail...

Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta

9am – 4pm. Join us on the Wolfeboro Town Docks on Fri. and Sat. for our premiere event of the season. Approximately 60 vintage boats representing several classes including small outboards, Grand Prix hydroplanes, Jersey Skiffs, and Gold Cup racing boats will run group heats on a one-mile oval-shaped course throughout the day. Visit for the schedule of daytime and evening events, to sign up to watch the heats from the Winni-Belle, or to take your own ride in a vintage race boat! The Regatta is free. Evening events, race boat rides & the Winni-Belle cruises are ticketed.

Alton Bay Boat Show

9:00am – 12:00pm. This informal, non-judged vintage boat show is held at the Alton Bay town docks as part of the Alton Old Home Day. No advance registration necessary. All “woodies” welcome on a first-come-first-served basis. Visitors can vote for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. Call the Museum for questions. Free!

11th Annual Boathouse Tour

9am – 4pm. (RAIN DATE: Friday 8/11) Visit historic and new boathouses on Lake Winnipesaukee in the only tour of its kind! Three ways to take the tour: on water in a vintage wooden boat, by land in your own car, or by land in an antique automobile. On-water and antique car tickets sell out fast! Two tour launch times for boats and antique cars: 9:00 am & 1:00 pm. Ticket prices: Members – Land Tour $36, Antique Car Tour $67.50, & Water Tour $135; Not-yet-members – Land Tour $40, Antique Car Tour $75, Water Tour $150. Tour will depart from Meredith Bay this year!

New England Vintage Boat Auction

10 am. Boats, vintage boating memorabilia, vintage cars, vintage car memorabilia and maritime antiques will be auctioned at the NH Boat Museum starting at 10 am. Preview items on Fri., July 14, 12 noon-5 pm and Sat., July 15, 8 am - 10 am. Donations and consignments welcome with a deadline of July 7th for consideration with no exceptions. Net proceeds benefit the Museum. To learn more and see the auction items, visit our web at closer to the auction date.

Antarktische Wildnis: Südgeorgien

The cover of WB No. 255 features Kicki Ericson aboard the diminutive sloop WANDERER III of the island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic. Kicki’s husband, Thies Matzen, writes about WANDERER III in that issue, and together the couple published a book of photographs and essays of barren, beautiful South Georgia in 2014. Editor Matt Murphy’s review of that book (published in WB No. 248) Antarktische Wildnis Südgeorgie (Antarctic Wilderness South Georgia), is presented here.


Cardboard boat
Builder Name: 
Larissa, Gabbi, Caroline, and John
Designer Name: 
Larissa, Gabbi, Caroline, and John
Home Port: 
International Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Nautical Ocean Plait Mat Workshop

This class will teach the marlinspike seamanship art of making a Nautical Ocean Plait Mat. The ropework mat you’ll make is sometimes referred to as a Napoleon Mat or Block Mat. They can be used for a boat’s companionway ladder steps, as an entry mat at the front door of your house, or even for a wall decoration. You’ll learn how the mat is constructed from beginning to end, and how constructing a jig will assist in speeding up the mat making process. Participants will take their finished products home with them.