John Gardner Chapter: November 2010 Meeting Minutes
President John Hacunda called the meeting to order at the
McClave, Philbrick & Giblin (MP&G) boatyard in Mystic
on 11-7-10 at 1:30pm. Thanks to Bruce Cresser for providing
the venue and tour.
Note: Next meeting (12-5-10) will be held at the Custom house
in New London at 1:30 pm along with a movie on building Irish
Currach’s (host Rob Pittaway).
Introduction of members and guests:
John Hacunda (pres.), John Symons (vice pres.), Bill Armitage
(treas.), Phil Behney (sec.), Sandy D’Esopo, Rob Pittaway,
Andy Strode, George Spragg, Genevieve Favre, Bruce Cresser,
Russ Smith, Tim Mooney, Scott Symons, Schuyler Symons, , Harry
Meyer (guest), and Brian Mitcsh (new member).
Minutes from 10-3-10 were approved as distributed.
Treasurer’s report was read by Bill Armitage (balance
of 2,437.15) and approved by the membership.
Note: Dues are due for 2011, amount $15.00.
Sandy D’Esopo gave an estimate for completing the shop
vacuum system along with a sketch for members to review and
The club has placed an advertisement in “Messing about
in Boats” for the sale of the McGregor Canoe which should
appear in the December-January editions. We also purchased
a subscription to the magazine in the name of the club.
Nominations for 2011 officers are closed, with Rob Pittaway
accepting the position of Vice President unopposed.
Shop activities include:
• George Spragg has glassed the interior of his canoe
and is progressing nicely.
• John Symons and son, Scott, are nearly finished stripping
the interior of their runabout.
• John Hacunda has installed the oarlock blocks on his
Skiff and is nearing a launch date (TBD).
• Paul Robertson is next in queue for shop project availability.
• Sandy D’Esopo will take on the Chaisson Dory
project including cost of materials and will either keep the
boat for himself or sell at the club’s annual tag and
split the proceeds with the club.
Bill Armitage has met with Uconn officials and it was determined
to use the Avery Point Dory for the Student project boat.
Students will pay for boat materials before starting the class.
Possible start of class will be in February running through
May. Bill has proposed working two nights a week with two
students, estimating 40-60 hours to complete project. Bill
will work up a cost estimate to provide to the school. School
will have an answer next month. Discussion followed.
Bill Armitage will be placing an order for plywood for the
school project and has offered to include member requests.
(Shipping costs will be shared equally).
Rob Pittaway suggested making a donation to the Custom House;
a motion was made and seconded to give a $50.00 donation to
the Custom House.
Russ Smith asked the club to consider making a $500.00 donation
to the New London community boating program with the possibility
of having our club Logo placed on the sail of one of their
boats. John suggested they come down to try our Dories. Russ
will get more information and continue discussion at a future
Ice Breaker at Hull, Ma. Nov 20.
December 4 or 5, American Star Races, Floating the Apple,
New York, NY
See http://floatingtheapple.info for details
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn at: 2:10 pm.