Michigan Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society exemplifies tradition in motion.

In the beginning . . .

The Charter for the Michigan Chapter of the ACBS was presented by our first president, Mr. Sandy Duffy, at the International Annual Meeting in Clayton, New York on November 11, 1978. This is the official date for the beginning of our Chapter but our club really got started several years earlier as a picnic rendezvous.  It was held every Fourth of July at the waterfront home of B.A. (Bud) and Pat Aikens as a way of getting friends with antique boats together for an afternoon of fun.

Part of the weekend festivities was the City of Algonac Annual Boat Parade made up of a variety of local boats, both old and new, decorated or not. It was a “come and have some fun” parade that was enjoyed by all who either participated or watched from the shoreline.  Bud and his friends would enthusiastically join in with their classic craft.

To the present . . .

That local parade has turned into an annual show held every year at the Algonac Harbour Club on the St. Clair River. Hosted by Harbour Club owner Pete Beauregard and the Michigan Chapter ACBS on the sight of the original Chris Craft Factory our show is known as “The Annual Plant Jamboree, Where It All Began”. It is the signature event of many that are held throughout the year by the Michigan Chapter.

The Michigan Chapter is celebrating its 38th year of existence. We have approximately four hundred members, residing in more than eight states and Canada.  Many of our members consider themselves as “caretakers” of their watercraft and intend to pass them along for others to cherish and care for in the future.

And into the future . . .

The Michigan chapter is an active club of members that pride themselves in “using” their historic watercraft and sanction several boat shows along the St. Clair River every year.  We also have several monthly informal cruises during the summer months, and organize workshops during the winter.  Our Board of Directors meets monthly to have dinner together and discuss club business.  All members are welcome at these meetings.

We were recently honored to be selected as the host chapter for the 2018 ACBS International Boat Show and Meeting.  We are already in the planning stage for that activity, and working with the great people of Port Huron to orchestrate what we think will be a truly great event.

The Michigan Chapter website is very active with current information.


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Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 11.06.18

Driftwood is a 19 foot 1956 Chris Craft Capri with a KLC engine.  The picture was taken from a helicopter over Lake Anna, Virginia.  Owners of Driftwood are Linda and Randy Krout shown here out for a cruise with daughter Brittany and her fiancée Rich Mack.   A Wizard!  This 1957 Wizard El Dorado is 19′ long and is…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.11.18

The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is lead by Mollie, a 1932 Gar Wood owned by Nevin and Elizabeth Bryant of Coolin, ID.  The photo was taken by Wes Yandt at the Big Sky Chapter’s Woody Weekend on Whitefish Lake in Montana.     Check back in for tomorrow’s post which will showcase the “Best…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.28.18

Tom & Lisa Ganzer sent pictures of their “pride and joy, Serenity.”  Serenity is a 1992 26 foot straight drive Streblow powered with a 454 Marine Power 390 hp engine.  Home Port is Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  More views of this beautiful Streblow:       Awe inspiring!  This Hacker Craft boating at sunset on Lake Champlain was photographed…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.17.18

Magie Mae is a 1968 Lyman 26 ft Cruisette.  She is owned by Ike and Deb Dilkes who sent this picture and report while on the following journey: We left St. Michaels, MD on July 1st to start our journey to Clayton, NY for the ABM Boat Show and then onto Canada.  We will have…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.26.18

Just A Dream is a 1957 Century Resorter with a 1965 Interceptor 289.  Steve and Cynthia Shaltry own Just A Dream.  They are members of the Indian Lake Chapter of ACBS. Steve has written in their membership file, “Original purchase 7/20/1957 to Dr. O’Connor of Buffalo, New York. I purchased the boat through Antique Boat Center…

Look for RATIS at the 2018 ACBS International Boat Show

The 2018 ACBS International Boat Show in September will include many stunning vintage cruisers.  Port Huron, Michigan, is located on the protected shores of the St. Clair River which opens to Lake Huron. Cruisers are at home on the big water which flows under the spectacular Blue Water Bridge.  Every boat has its own unique…