John Gardner Chapter: February 2, 2014 Meeting Minutes
The Meeting was called to order at 1:43pm by President John
1. Members present introduced themselves.
2. Secretary’s Report
The Minutes of the January 5 2014 Regular Business Meeting
were accepted as posted on the JGTSCA website. Reading was
3. Treasurer’s Report.
Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported a bank balance of $5686.05
as of 1/31/2014. The opening balance for 2013 was $5091.36.
Ellie Czarnowski will be reimbursed for monies spent by her
on lumber for the name boards for the three JGTSCA dories.
Sandy D’Esopo will be reimbursed for monies spent by
him on paper towels.
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as presented.
4. Old Business
a. Dues Report.
Treasurer Karen Rutherford said she had 20 membership dues
for 2014 in hand to date. This compares with 23 memberships
Three of the 2014 paid memberships are for new members.
b. “Nina” construction
George Spragg reported that the stem and permanent transom
are now in place.
In addition, battens have been installed on one side and paper
plank patterns produced in order to estimate the amount of
planking materials which will be needed.
The next step will be to install the two oak chines. They
will need to be steamed in order to bend in fair. The steam
box and steam source now in the shop will be modified for
The bottom will be made from 3/8”okume plywood, as the
boat will be dry sailed.
Members present discussed using cedar vs okume plywood for
the side planks. Cedar was chosen as it was considered more
traditional and in keeping with the design.
George was given a blank, signed check for purchase of the
bottom and planking stock.
c. Sea Legs
John Hacunda will re-contact Dick Lathrop.
d. Avery Point Dory Adventure
Phil Behney reported that he and Josh Paterson were still
rowing across the Thames River once a week to Electric Boat.
e. Trailer rebuild.
The trailer rebuild project is complete.
f. Shop Member Project Queue.
Sandy D’Esopo reported good progress on his dory skiff.
He will be followed on 4/1/2014 by Rob Pittaway with his Custom
House Museum parade float project.
Bill Armitage said he would like access to the shop during
July and August
g. Boat moving equipment.
There was discussion of air rollers and wheeled dollies. Phil
Behney was authorized to purchase three air rollers from Aere
Docking Solutions. He will head a committee which will investigate
the usefulness of some trailer parts which George Spragg will
donate to the JGTSCA. The Committee will also look into possible
purchase of commercial wheeled dollies.
h. Small Reach Regatta.
Bill Rutherford reported that information on the 2014 Small
Reach Regatta was available
The event will be held in June of 2014 and will again be run
out of the Audubon Center on Hog Island in Muscongus Bay,
Maine. Bill pointed out that the 6 day event is limited to
50 boats, oar and sail, 15 to 20 feet in length, and that
places would be snapped up fast.
i. Radial Arm Saw.
Ellie Czarnowski reported that her brother had a radial arm
saw he was willing to donate to the JGTSCA. The saw will need
to be picked up in Columbia, CT. John Symons offered assistance.
j. Pine Island Clean Up
Ellie Czarnowski said she is working with Syma Ebbins (UConn
Avery Point Maritime Studies faculty) on scheduling a joint
JGTSCA/UConn Maritime Studies Pine Island clean up. The date
set will need to occur while students are still on campus,
perhaps close to Earth Day, April 22nd.
John Hacunda said he usually calls ShopRite at least a month
in advance so that the ShopRite staff can get authorization
from their central office for donations of food for the event.
Prescott Littlefield said that UConn Avery Point may be able
to supply a skiff for hauling away trash.
5. New Business
a. 2014 Activities
President John Symons outlined the following events planned
Talk: Bill Armitage on his hiking el Camino Santiago, the
famous path across northern Spain.
Row: Gardners Lake
Row: Pine Island
Nautical Yard Sale
Row: Small Craft Workshop, Mystic Seaport
b. Presentation by Prescott Littlefield
Prescott Littlefield gave a most interesting and appreciated
talk about a dory which was built for his grandfather in 1970
and recently rebuilt by Prescott.
Prescott, who is Director of Waterfront Programs and a faculty
member at UConn Avery Point also explained what he and his
The meeting was adjourned at 2:58.