John Gardner Chapter: June 5, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Sunday, June 05, 2016 1:30 pm
Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members
Phil Behney, Jim Clark, Dan Nelson, Andy Strode, Bill Armitage,
Bill & Karen Rutherford, were present.
Minutes from February meeting
Members present unanimously voted to accept the Minutes for
5/6/2016 as posted on the JGTSCA Website.
See online at: http://www.tsca.net/johngardner/about.htm
Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski emailed in her Report for the period
ending May 15, 2016. Members present unanimously voted to
accept the Report which is attached to these Minutes. New
expenses this month: Mamacoke Row charge to launch at marina
$50 (due to high winds); Phil Behney. Club Dory expenses for
materials and wood $84.20; Dan Nelson. Both were approved;
Phil and Dan to forward to Ellie for processing.
1. Status of New Dory Build
Vice President and Lead Builder Dan Nelson reported that the
bottom plank has been fit to the boat, fastened and joints
covered with fiberglas tape. Next steps include finishing
taping, finishing the bottom and then flipping for work on
the interior. Work on the dory is ongoing on Wednesdays during
the day or Friday nights at the Avery Point Clubhouse. The
Friday work sessions usually run from 6:30pm to about 8pm.
All members are invited to take part.
2. Boat rack for holding dories at Mystic Shipyard East
Phil Behney reported that he has the design and will be putting
the rack together as weather allows. Part of the necessary
lumber is already on hand.
3. Second club trailer – licensing
Bill Rutherford is to check on the viability of registering
the trailer Dane Rochelle donated. Alternatively, Ron Reinhart
has offered to donate a similar trailer which would be able
to be registered.
4. Status of oar re-leathering and varnishing.
We thanked Andy Strode for his efforts varnishing six oars
the week before the Mamicoke Island row on 5/15/2016. The
Row itself was a great success (see newsletter report). Phil
and Dan recommended a return trip later in the year, perhaps
in the fall.
5. Shop Queue
The shop queue is: the replacement dory, Dan Nelson’s
Sou’wester Dory, Phil Behney, Bill Rutherford and Steve
Barton. Individual projects may be worked in around these
1. Sale of the “Nina”
It was agreed that it is in the best interest of the Chapter
and the boat that we find it a new home. After some discussion,
it was agreed to set a price of $2,200 which would barely
These funds will then be returned to the treasury
for use by members on another build, thereby offering our
membership continuing, hands-on, boatbuilding experience.
The design and type of construction of a follow-up build to
be determined in future. It was decided to spiff up “Nina”
and take her to the WoodenBoat Show/John Gardner Small Craft
Workshop and offer for tryout and sale. The trailer, registered
or not, will be added at no additional cost. The Membership
will be advised in advance, in case one of our members would
like to own “Nina” in advance of the boat show.
2. John Gardner Small Craft Workshop/WoodenBoat Show
This annual event is planned for the weekend of June 24-26
at Mystic Seaport Museum.The usual early morning rows up and
down the Mystic River will take place, as well as workshops
and demonstrations. Thad Danielson is already scheduled to
give a presentation about the Albert Strange boat that he
is planning to build. A 22 ft. New Haven Sharpie is coming
as well as a John Gardner Gunning Dory. Ben Fuller plans to
lead tours of the Small Craft Collection in Rossie Mill. Please
plan to attend and enjoy the Show.
NINA will be on available for sailing and the JGTSCA dories
will be on hand for rowing. Phil plans to deliver the dories
to the Seaport Thursday evening and return them Sunday evening.
Contact Phil to assist. Members: please bring your boats to
share. If need assistance in getting them there, please let
If members don’t go to the Saturday night WoodenBoat
dinner in honor of John Harris and Chesapeake Light Craft,
you will be more than welcome at a barbecue hosted by Bill
and Karen Rutherford at their home in nearby Stonington. Please
let Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org) know you are coming and
feel free to bring a side dish or whatever goes with provided
hamburgers, hotdogs and salad.
Registration forms for the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop
are on line at Mystic Seaport’s website. Registration
includes the workshop and admission to the WoodenBoat Show
for the weekend. http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/small-craft-workshop/
3. JGTSCA Regatta for Oar and Sail
Ellie Czarnowski will circulate further information on this
event, which is highly weather dependent.
There was no other business.
We take the Summer (July & August) off,
so our next meeting is Friday, September 9th at the
UCONN Avery Point boathouse. Potluck to start at 5:30 pm with
meeting to follow.
Motion to Adjourn
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:30 pm.
Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary