The Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic, antique and classic boats and provides education about their heritage.

From the time of its first official general meeting and board meeting of officers and directors on February 9, 1975, in Boston, the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) has been dedicated to bringing together people with a love of antique and classic boats and boating.

Our mission is to promote the love and enjoyment of all aspects of classic boating. In furtherance of that goal, ACBS also provides scholarships to worthy students seeking careers in the field of antique marine restoration and preservation. ACBS also acts as a central governing body for the classic boating hobby and our chapters.

Membership in ACBS also provides access to a range of information ranging from our award-winning magazine, The Rudder, to restoration videos and numerous member discounts, including discounts on boat insurance. Our regular activities include boat shows, restoration symposiums, and quarterly meetings in some of the most beautiful boating areas in North America.

Find out more information about components of ACBS, Your Connection to Classic Boats.

Below is an excerpt from the Annual ACBS Directory which contains the Vision and Mission Statements of ACBS, the list of Founders, Charter Members, and ACBS Past Presidents.

 ACBS in brief . . .

Since its founding in 1975 on the shores of Lake George, New York, The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) has grown into the largest society in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic, antique and classic boats. We embrace all styles of classic boats whether they are wood, fiberglass or metal.

With 7,000 family memberships (approximately 12,000 individuals), ACBS brings people with this common interest together to share fellowship, information, experiences and ideas.

Every year, ACBS sponsors over 100 antique boat shows throughout North America, France, and beginning in 2017, in Scandinavia.

When you include hands-on workshops, symposiums, cruises, parties, trips and meetings – you will see there is truly something for everyone.

Vision Statement

The vision of The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. is to provide an organization wherein people with a common interest in and love of historic, antique and classic boats can come together with friends and colleagues in a spirit of fellowship and fun to share dreams, adventures, knowledge, history and experiences.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. is to:

  • Bring together people with a common interest in historic, antique and classic boats, sharing fellowship, information, experience and ideas.
  • Protect the heritage of boating by promoting first, the preservation and second, the restoration of historic, antique and classic boats.
  • Promote, further and encourage a love and enjoyment of all aspects of historic, antique and classic boating.
  • Serve as a communication channel for our membership, the public, and any other entities regarding information relating to historic, antique and classic boating. This includes serving as a clearing house and referral service for all information relating to historic, antique and classic boating.
  • Serve as the governing body and parent organization for such chapters as shall be formed and created under our auspices. This includes providing support for and communicating with these chapters.
  • Inspire and support quality boat shows and related events among our chapters, to establish and maintain standards for classifying boats and conducting boat shows.
  • Educate our membership and the general public concerning safety and protocol as it relates to historic, antique and classic boating.

Joseph W. Fleming II             G. Mason Saunders
Edward Larter, Jr.                   Munro Sherrill
Ray Nelson                             William Smith
Anthony O’Boyle                     John R. Summers

Charter Members

William F. Beach                     William H. D. Jones                Helen Reynolds
Captain John C. Binley           James G. Kiernan                   Laurance T. Reynolds
John H Blair                            Bonnie V. Koopman                Dr. Rolf O. Ronning
Robert H. Bleiler                     Ronald C. Largey                    George Searle
John M. Boardman                 Richard Larrabee                    Philip P. Sharples
John Pl Bremer                       Thomas H. Luce                     Clifford E. Shipman
Vincent Callahan                     Wayne Mocksfield                  Jeanette Sherrill
Herbert G. Clopper                 Dr. Ronald Montana                Barbara C. Smith
Gordon Cramer                       Drayton H. Mook                    Adrienne C. Snelling
Lee Dow                                  Howard D. Mook II                 Charles D. Snelling
Gregory Feldman                    William J. Morgan                  David P. Symonds
Patricia Feldman                     Richard P. Morrison               Robert W. Valpey
Robert M. Fell                         Francis P. Mulderry                Merritt Vaughan
Joseph Fleming II                   Barbara A. Nelson                  Newman E. Wait, Jr.
Donn E. Gauger                      Charles R. Nelson                 Frank Warner
Clement G. Hartley                 Jean Nelson                           Richard Winsor
Godfrey Howard                     Judge Fred Patton                 Thomas H. Wiss
Gene Irish                               John A. Pittala                        David M. Woodcock
James Irwin, Jr.                      John F. Prendergast               Patrick Young
George F. Johnson                 Donald G. Price                     Edward J. Zibro, Jr.