2018 Piston Powered Auto Rama Show-NCO Exhibit @ 1X Center
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day

Piston Powered Auto Rama Show

March 16, 2018March 18, 2018

Please contact Doug Brooks, (303)903-6684

or Jeremy Goldstein for more information

Winter-2018-Workshop Water Wonderland Chapter-Antique and Classic Boat Society @ Maritime Classics
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winter-2018-Workshop Water Wonderland-Chapter- Antique and Classic Boat Society

For more information, questions, or registration form please email Dennis Hansen at

For workshop content questions please contact Mike Green at 231-486-6148

You can also get a copy of the registration form by clicking the first link below


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2018 St. Johns River Cruise-Southbound
Mar 18 – Mar 22 all-day

An Unforgettable Adventure

The St. John’s Southbound and Northbound River Cruises

March 18th-22nd and 25th-30th, 2018

Cruise captains Guy Marvin and Gerald Dake tell us they have room on the St. Johns River Cruises! The Cruise going south on the river begins with launching in Palatka on Sunday, March 18th and the one going north begins with launching in Palatka on Sunday, March 25th. There is room for both boats and riders. So even if you don’t have a boat, come on and take a ride on the beautiful St. Johns River!


Click Here for More Information and Registrations Forms

2018 Sunnyland Boat Festival @ Wooten Park
Mar 22 – Mar 25 all-day

MARCH 23, 24, 25th, 2018

Registration for Participants:  

Click here for Registration information.


  • You must pre-register for this event – 2018  
  • You can receive a paper registration form by calling Bill or Kathleen Root at 352-324-6010.
  • You must provide a photo of your boat.  If you registered the same boat last year, we can use last year’s photo. 
  • We encourage payment using Pay-Pal, but accept US Checks.  Sorry, we can no longer accept out of country checks!

General Admission

  • $10.00 for all three days
  • Free Parking at the City Garage

Thursday, March 22—6pm

Friday, March 23—9am to 5pm

  • All exhibits open
  • Food Court
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique Boats for Sale)
  • Sunnyland Ship’s Store—clothing, boat show items for sale
  • Live Beach Music
  • Sea Plane Rides available for a fee

Saturday, March 24—8:30am to 5pm

  • 9amOpening Ceremony
  • All Exhibits Open
  • ALL NEW FOR THIS YEAR – FESTIVAL OF SPEED  – over 60 antique and classic cars to complement our beautiful boats on display

Free Educational Symposium hosted by ACBS (Tavares City Hall Auditorium 9:30AM-4:30PM)  For a list of the Symposium Topics Click Here

  • Ladies Style Show And Lunch amp; hosted by EM’Z on Fifth at the Mount Dora Yacht Club – Bus leaves from main gate at 11:15 – Tickets Required $25 and can be purchased with your show registration – You must register for this event!
  • Food Court
  • Live Beach Band Music
  • Woody Cars
  • Amphicars
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique boats for sale)
  • Sea Plane Rides

Sunday, March 25—8:30am to 12pm (weather permitting)

  • Free Parking in City Garage
  • Awards Ceremony 9AM
  • Church Services at 10AM
  • Free Admission after 1pm
  • Shows Starts to Wind Down at 1pm
  • All Exhibits Open
  • Food Court
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique Boats for sale)

General information:

The Sunnyland antique boat festival is in its 37th year and is the largest antique and classic wood boat show in the United States. Our footprint is over a third of a mile long and we usually have 250 to 300 boats on display. Our gate attracts 8 to 10 thousand people and there is literally something for everyone at our event.

The nautical flea market has more than 80 vendors with many hard to find marine parts for sale. We will have several stunning outboard motors on display as well as numerous race boats.

The Sunnyland annual event is in conjunction with spring break as is the kick-off show for the boating season. People from over 26 different states and Canada exhibit. We have several corporate sponsors that make our show a success and they offer many marine products to include new and restored vintage boats.

The Sunnyland chapter is the largest chapter in the ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SOCIETY (ACBS) and represents the entire state of Florida. We have over 500 members and the entire show is run with volunteer help.

This is our 37th anniversary show and each year our show gets bigger and better. We started in Sanford, moved to Mount Dora and for the past 11 years the show has been in Tavares. This is a historical event for the Sunnyland chapter, please plan to join us for fun in the sun.

 Check the Sunnyland website for more details. Click here for Registration information.

ACBS 2018 Winter Board of Directors Meeting @ Mission Inn
Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm

Meeting will again be held in conjunction with the Sunnyland Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Festival on Lake Dora.

Please register for the event Online on Members Only page or call ACBS headquarters (315) 686-2628

Closest airport is Orlando International (MCO) serviced by all major airlines. Alternate airport is Sanford-Orlando International with limited scheduled airline service, primarily Sun Country and Allegiant. Both airports are approximately 45 minutes from the hotel.

Hotel will be The Mission Inn. The hotel is in the process of redecorating all their guest rooms and installing new soft goods. Consequently they are increasing our room rate to $150/night plus tax. They are waiving their resort fee. This is a significant reduction from their standard 2018 rate of $209/night.

Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday 3/21
Full Board Meeting Thursday 3/22

Mar 24 all-day

Location:      Tavares, Florida (Sunnyland Boat Show)

Date:             March 24, 2018 (Saturday)

Times:           9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To be held at:          The morning session will be under a tent in the parking lot next to the City Hall and the afternoon session will be in the City Hall auditorium. (Where we have held previous symposiums)


9:30 A.M. -11:30 P.M.:           There will be two boats (a carvel and lapstrake planked) to work on and demonstrate a variety of restoration techniques such as plank removal and repairs, removing broken fasteners, fairing the sides, etc.  Time will be allocated for discussion, questions, etc.

SPEAKERS:      Brian Keen, a professional boat restorer from the Motor Boat Garage, Cincinnati, Ohio

Karl Weinert, a professional boat restorer and instructor who has relocated to Tavares, Florida and will be opening his own shop

11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.:            Some of the essential parts of our vintage marine engines will be shown and described in detail such as carburetors, distributors, transmissions, and fuel and water pumps.  How to properly diagnose a potential problem allowing one to fix, adjust or replace to get your engine running properly.

SPEAKER:        Don Wilson, a professional marine engine restorer from Legendary Restorations, Venice, Florida

1:30 P.M.-2:15 P.M.:  Researching and documenting your restoration projects thereby allowing your boat to be as correct as you desire.

                        SPEAKER:        Peter De Vito, past president of the Sunnyland Chapter

2:15 P.M.-2:45 P.M.:  Boat Trailer Safety

                        SPEAKER:        Dennis Ryan, Motor Boat Garage, Cincinnati, Ohio

2:45 P.M.-3:30 P.M.:  Today’s vintage boat market.  What is popular and not so popular in today’s buying market.  What important details does the new buyer need to look for when looking at a boat to purchase.  What is important to best prepare your boat to sell.

                        SPEAKER:        Robert Lyon, Antique Boat Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

3:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.:  Panel:  Here is the opportunity to ask the experts about any problem you may be having with your boat or restoration project.

SPEAKERS:      Today’s speakers plus Bo and Kathy Muller from the Muller Boat works in New Hampshire.



Click to download a printable schedule 2018 ACBS / Sunnyland Symposium on March 24 in Tavares, Florida

2018 St. Johns River Cruise-Northbound
Mar 25 – Mar 30 all-day

An Unforgettable Adventure

The St. John’s Southbound and Northbound River Cruises

March 18th-22nd and 25th-30th, 2018

Cruise captains Guy Marvin and Gerald Dake tell us they have room on the St. Johns River Cruises! The Cruise going south on the river begins with launching in Palatka on Sunday, March 18th and the one going north begins with launching in Palatka on Sunday, March 25th. There is room for both boats and riders. So even if you don’t have a boat, come on and take a ride on the beautiful St. Johns River!


Click Here for More Information and Registrations Forms

Pacific Northwest Chapter Spring Workshop at Foss Waterway Seaport @ Foss Waterway Seaport
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pacific Northwest Chapter Spring Workshop at Foss Waterway Seaport

                                           April 7, 2018

                                           9:00am to 3:00pm

                                 Free to ACBS Members

9:00-10:00am…Coffee, donuts and time to tour the exhibits

10:00-11:00am…Pettit Paint & Varnishes presented by Rachel Cartwright

11:00am-Noon…Breakout Sessions

1) Robert DaPron-Deck Seams & Caulking

2) Nancy Anderson-Hand Lettering

Noon-1:00pm…Lunch & Panel of Experts

1:00-2:00pm…Richard Johanson, Philbrick Boat Works: Past, Present & Future

2:00-3:00pm…Breakout Sessions

1) Warren Olson-Bungs “R” Us

2) Peter Orten, The Engine Guy


Foss Waterway Seaport – 705 Dock Street – Tacoma, WA 98402


2018 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival Hosted by the Blue Ridge Chapter @ Lake Hartwell Marina
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day

2018 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival

Located at the Lake Hartwell Marina

19-22 April 2018

For more information visit the Lake Hartwell Marina Website

Or contact John Heiderich, (864)231-9614

2018 Hot Springs Classic @ Lake Hamilton
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

April 20-22, 2018
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Heartland Classics Chapter opens the boating season at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

4/20/2018 Friday

    6:00 pm Meet and eat at the Hibachi Sushi Buffet

4/21/2018 Saturday

   12:00 noon Arrive at Clay and Patty Thompson’s home for lunch

                         After lunch, more cruising on Lake Hamilton.

    3:00 pm Refreshment break during the cruise at Bubba Brews

    7:00 pm  Dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf

4/22/2018 Sunday optional cruising and safe travels home

Event Chair is Mike Langhorne, 501.318.7666

More details and registration available at

Southern New England Chapter’s Spring Workshop @ Connecticut River Museum
Apr 21 all-day

“Spring Workshop” to be held at the CT River Museum In Essex.

Kathy Muller from Muller Boatworks, Schuyler Thomson from Thomson Canoes, Andrew Robb from North Country Boat Works and Mike Sorensen have already committed to the workshop.

Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Spring Workshop @ Express Composites Inc.
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter Spring Workshop

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Location: Express Composite Inc.

451 Taft St. NE #15

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Doors open at 9:00am for coffee and doughnuts


Jim Swanson, owner and founder of Express Composites will host this seminar on what his company can offer with regard to composites, reinforcements, core materials, abrasives and oh, so much more. Whether you are a vintage wooden boat restorer, a fiberglass restorer, or starting a new build from scratch using a contemporary plan, there is something here for you. Jim has spent something here for you. Jim has spent over forty years building, restoring, racing (did I mention RACING) and generally hanging out in boats. This will be a fun filled session….and, with a little encouragement, he may even tell you about flipping his dad’s Ventnor! Bring your questions with an open mind, He’ll have a lot (and multiple) answers for you.

Check calendar for updates


Dixieland Chapter hosting Woodies on the Coosa @ Broadstreet Ramp and Piers, Coosa River
May 3 – May 5 all-day

Title: Woodies on the Coosa


Message Details

This boat show is in conjunction with Gadsden’s 1st Friday Car Show. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the downtown event.

Our boat show is at the end of Broadstreet on the west side of the Coosa River.

A shuttle bus will service both events and will arrive every 30 minutes.



Bay State Woodies Spring Opener @ Saunders Marina
May 5 all-day

Title: Bay State Woodies Spring Opener


Message Details

Saturday May 5th. 2018.

Location: Saunders Marina, 20 Congamond St., Southwick, MA Social boat gathering and pot luck lunch.

Hotdogs and burgers donated by the Saunders family. Launch your boat from the marina or the public docks on the lake.


Priscilla’s 130th Burth-day @ Long Island Maritime Museum
May 5 all-day

Priscilla is 130 years old this year!  You may celebrate by sailing aboard this glorious piece of history.  

On Saturday, April 7, 1888, Elisha Saxton launched his brand new working sloop Priscilla into the Patchogue River. Saxton had built Priscilla for George Rhinehart of Lawrence, New York, who named the boat after his wife Priscilla. From 1888 to 1963, Priscilla was owned and operated by several oystermen from Connecticut and New York. During these many years, she experienced many changes. The oystermen spoke of “Pris” as a fast, able, “smart” boat and a “money maker” because, unlike other boats, she could dredge as well in light and heavy winds.  Learn more…

The Long Island Chapter members will be assisting with this celebration and they will have an ACBS membership table and display at the Museum.  Contact Robert Williams, Lon g Island Chapter President at

Spring Valley Lake “Get Together” Southern California Chapter, ACBS @ Spring Valley Lake
May 5 all-day

Title: Spring Valley Lake “Get Together”


Message Details: May 5, 2018, The Southern California Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society will hold a “Get Together” for their chapter members and guests at Spring Valley Lake, Victorville, CA.

For more information contact Dave Anderson, 760-953-3017, email:


The 23rd Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance @ Lakewood Yacht Club
May 5 – May 6 all-day

The 23rd Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, benefiting The Boys & Girls Harbor is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2018.


The weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, TX and attracts more than 15,000 attendees. The car and boat exhibitors come from every part of the United States, as do the spectators.


Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, Texas. Founded by Lakewood Board Members Bob Fuller and Paul Merryman in 1995, today Keels & Wheels welcomes approximately 200 cars and 100 boats, and has raised more than $1.7 million for local charities, while drawing thousands of participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Europe.

Dinner events Friday and Saturday night. Southwest ACBS Chapter.


Contact: Bob Fuller at (713)521-0105 or or

Visit for more information

Wood, Waves, & Wheels Show @ Fort Worth Boat Club
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wood, Waves, & Wheels Show put on by the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club.

Show will be located at the Fort Worth Boat Club on May 12, 2018 From 11am-4:30pm

Contact: Trey Bull at 817-247-7980 or at


28th Annual Bass Lake Rendezvous @ The Pines Resort
May 18 – May 20 all-day

May 18-20, 2018

The Pines Resort, Bass Lake CA


The ACBS and Antique Boat Museum Spring Workshop @ Antique Boat Museum
May 18 – May 20 all-day

The ACBS and the Antique Boat Museum will co-host the Annual Spring Workshop May 18-20, 2018 at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.


Schedule (as of 1/11/18)


Friday, May 18th

12:00-1:15 Visit the ABM’s vast library and archives to research your boat.

12:00-4:00 Self-guided tour of 7 local boat building and restoration shops.

3:00-5:00 Visit the ABM Doebler Building. This large storage facility is full of boats, motors, and more that are not on display in the Museum.

5:30 Dinner at the Clipper Inn

Saturday, May 19th

8:30-11:45 and 1:00-4:15 Concurrent sessions include

Staining and Color Matching New Wood Repairs to Older Wood – Instructor: Andrew Knapp

Vintage Fiberglass Repair, Gouges and Deep Scratches – Instructor: St. Lawrence Restoration

8:30-4:00 Hands-on Projects

Restoration of MT, a knockabout sailboat (decking, planking, and more) – Instructor: India Westerman-Gilham, ABM’s Boat Shop Manager

Part II Building a 10 ft. B-Racer (hull sides, decking, and more) – Instructor: David Couch, Finger Lakes Wooden Boat Restorer

Sunday, May 20th

8:30-10:00 Judging Criteria at Boat Shows – Panel Presentation

10:00-12:00 Understanding Why and When Your Boat Is or Isn’t Running Well – Instructor: Hans Wahl

Note: Dinner Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast Sunday morning are included in the registration fee.

The registration form and fee will be available soon.

For more information, please contact Debra Rantanen, Director of Education, Antique Boat Museum at  315.686.4104 or email at