re Brass Bell binders....an annual binder with the year on the spine would make for nice bookshelf storage and convenient grouping of issues by year. Put me down for an annual binder, if the idea catches on.
The Brass Bell has in each issue important history, research & ideas which help us practice what Mark O'Donnell preached, "If you have an antique boat, you should use it" That of course means lots of tending/upkeep and the Brass Bell is one very good collection ideas that help make that possible.
For what its worth, our CC should look AND perform as they did when they came from the factory. Performance is an equal part of the equation. I can't imagine CC building a runabout they thought would be largely a dock barge or trailer queen. Heaven forbid.
Hank the Plank/Roll Deck Retrospective/designers intent/cross Florida Cruise...could it be better. Not.
However, a cautionary note re pre war engine paint. On a closely related issue, unmolested stain on the king plank was presented to Barry Ludwig (Tahoe Chief Judge) several years ago. In this case the issue was the color hue of the stain.
Barry observed that the hue of the stain was inconclusive because it was 65 yrs. old and had been subjected to the elements over time. There were too many variables to make it definitive and thus a rage of hues would be acceptable.
Regarding pre war engine paint, even if the research team found completely unused factory painted parts, the hue would likely degrade over 65+ years. Without a factory formula from the archive, these parts will at best be an indicator, but not likely definitive as far as the hue of blue.
Thanks to everyone for a great publication. Congratulations