Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: January 5, 2014 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was called to order at 1:45pm by President John Symons.

President Symons read a letter he had sent to the widow of Bryon Steger expressing the Chapter’s sympathy regarding the recent loss of her husband. Bryon was a founding member of the JGTSCA Chapter.

President Symons introduced new member Eric Bohman of Old Saybrook, CT.

1. Secretary’s Report

The Minutes of the December 2013 Regular Business Meeting were accepted as posted on the JGTSCA website. Reading was waived.

2. Treasurer’s Report.

Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported a bank balance of $5412.22 as of 12/13/2013 2013. The opening balance for 2013 was $5091.36.
A check was issued to Phil Behney in compensation for his purchase of shop project supplies.

The $15.00 JGTSCA Membership dues for 2014 are due as of 1/2014 from all members. Membership forms were handed out and are available for download at the JGTSCA Website.

Hard copy forms are also available in the Club House at Avery Point.
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as presented.

3. Old Business

a. Prescott Littlefield

Phil Behney said that Prescott Littlefield will attend the February JGTSCA Business meeting, February 2, 2014 in order to talk about the history of his grandfather’s dory. He will also talk about his activities as director of the waterfront programs at the UCONN Avery Point Campus.

b. “Nina” construction

Discussion centered around progress on the centerboard trunk.

c. Sea Legs

Discussion tabled.

d. Custom House Visit/Meeting and Float

Rob Pittaway reported on the Chapter’s successful December meeting at the Custom House Museum located on Bank Street in New London. A donation of $100.00 for its use has been made to the Museum.

e. Solstice Row

Phil Behney reported on the successful participation in the 12/21/2013 Solstice Row on the Mystic River by six rowers using three of the Chapter’s dories (despite the cold weather). The rowers were joined by non-rowers later at the Harp and Hound in downtown Mystic. Pictures of the event are posted on the Chapter’s Facebook site.

f. Trailer rebuild.

Bill Armitage and Dave Clark reported that the rewiring of the trailer was nearly complete with only one light left to be wired.
Karen Rutherford provided up-to-date copies of the trailer registration which are now posted on the club house wall near the entry door. Any member using the trailer should carry a copy of the registration with them.

4. New Business

a. Event schedule for 2014

President Symons stated that one of his goals for 2014 was to have two events scheduled for each month – 1 internal event and 1 external event.

By “Internal Event” he meant a meeting held indoors, such as a visit to a museum, boat shop, etc. As an example, he suggested a visit to the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, RI in order to experience the students’ projects and progress on the CORONET

By “External Event” he meant an active event which would occur on the water. He cited the list of launch ramps and hand-carry put-in locations in CT and RI put together by Peter Vermilya as a tool with which to begin planning efforts. Individual members could be tasked with investigating a given location. The CT DEP also maintains an excellent site of CT DEP launch ramps.

Bill Rutherford volunteered to organize a Fall and a Spring Row, as well as to be the Chapter’s contact for the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop held in conjunction with the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport on the last weekend in June.

Phil Behney volunteered to organize a row to Mamacoke Island located on the Thames River. The island is run as a wildlife refuge by Connecticut College’s Arboretum and is considered an important bird habitat site. See

b: Club dories

Phil also volunteered to be steward of the Club’s dories.

c: Project ideas

There was a spirited discussion of the possibility of the building by the Chapter of a class of boats which were lighter in weight than the Chapter dories. Bill Armitage suggested consideration of the 12’ and 15’ plywood guideboat adaptations designed by John Gardner of British Columbia, Canada. A 21’ version of this design class was built by the JGTSCA chapter (See ) and was raced with considerable success by Chapter members. Bill has successfully built the 12’ model with UCONN Avery Point students. See

There are more URLs on this site referring to other efforts with this class of boats.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:15pm

Respectfully submitted,
Peter T. Vermilya
Secretary, JGTSCA

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