Registration Booklet
Registration Booklet

ACBS Members may register online here.

Click on the Registration Booklet if you wish to download and print the complete itinerary and registration forms.

You must be an ACBS member to register as a participant in any part of the event. 
          You may click here to JOIN online
          or click here for a membership form to mail with your event registration.

The Antique and Classic Boat Society
Annual Meeting and International Boat Show

Host Chapter Michigan

 

Sponsors of the ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show are:

Northstar-Bank-Logo250
Community-Foundation-Logo250

There will be lots of storytelling about boats and boating during the week.  Here is latest in the series of interviews with Chris Smith as an example of the experiences that will be shared.  

 


Michigan Chapter of ACBS hosts Pre-Events
September 9 -13
— more complete details are available at http://boattheblue.com/

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pre-Events Welcome Reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Port Huron.  You’ll enjoy an evening on the Patio overlooking the St. Clair River and the Blue Water Bridge.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Poker Run on the St. Clair Flats Waterway.  This is where Chris Smith and Gar Wood designed, built and raced boats.  The event concludes with lunch at the Historic Old Club Yacht Club on Harsens Island.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cruise down the St. Clair River from Port Huron to the city of St. Clair with dockage at the municipal marina.  Enjoy lunch at a local riverview restaurant while watching the freighters make their way on the river. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Registered boaters can enjoy being guests on a large cruiser for a run up into Lake Huron (weather permitting) to the delightful town of Lexington. There they can enjoy the downtown area and a catered lunch at the marina. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Welcome Reception at The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse just a few minutes from the DoubleTree Hotel. Established in 1814, military Fort Gratiot, named after General Charles Gratiot, was established to guard the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. With a surge of vessel traffic on Lake Huron in the early 1800s, the need for a Light Station to guide vessels through the water way became very important.

ACBS International Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ACBS Chapter Round Table and Annual Meeting

at The Doubletree by Hilton, 800 Harker St, Port Huron, Michigan, 48060.  All members welcome.

Tours of Historic Algonac area will be available during the day.   See “Where It All Began”… the home of Christopher Smith and Gar Wood, Algonac Cast Products, the original Chris Craft boat building facility and more!

Thursday evening is dinner on your own. Enjoy the beautiful city of Port Huron.
     Click here for a Port Huron Restaurant Guide if you wish to plan your evening.

Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, 2018

ACBS International Boat Show

“Bring Your Boats Home”  at The River Street Marina, 525 River Street, Port Huron, Michigan

Friday evening, the BENEFIT AUCTION will be held at the Bean Dock. Located on the magnificent St. Clair River in Port Huron, Michigan, the Bean Dock is a unique destination for this “most fun” event.

The Saturday evening AWARDS BANQUET will be held at the Blue Water Convention Center. The Blue Water Convention Center is located next to the Blue Water Bridges, and alongside the St. Clair River. CELEBRATE the year and ACBS.

ACBS Symposium — open to all attendees of the Boat Show.

Click here for the agenda of topics and presenters to be held on Sept. 14th and Sept. 15th.

 The Antique and Classic Boat Society
Annual Meeting and International Boat Show
September 9 – 15, 2018

Host Hotel:  DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron, 800 Harker St, Port Huron, Michigan
Discounted rooms are available until 8/15/18 or until the room block is full.
(Friday night, September 14th, is SOLD OUT)

Phone the hotel directly at 810-984-8000.  Please mention group code ACB.

Phone the DoubleTree by Hilton reservation line at 1-855-610-TREE.  Please mention group code ACB.

Visit our web site at www.porthuron.doubletree.com.  In the field provided, enter group code ACB.

A direct web-link to your booking code can be found here: Antique Classic Boat Society Inc. – Sept 2018 Sleeping Room Block Link

Additional Lodging Available: 

Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 1635 Yeager Street, Port Huron, MI
Call the hotel directly for reservations at 810-982-8500
OR click here for online reservation booking at the group rate.
$119 per night

Quality Inn and Suites

1720 Hancock Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
810-987-5999
$95 per night 

<– Please make a note of the address of the hotel where you book.
After June 1st, these two hotels will trade names.

Comfort Inn

1700 Yeager Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 982-5500
$95 per night single or double

 

For RV Camping:

 

RV Park – Fort Trodd campground 6350 Lapeer Rd. (810) 987 4889 

 

 

RV Park – Port Huron KOA. 5111 Lapeer Rd., Kimball, MI (810) 987 4070  

 

 

Port Huron Township RV Park 2301 Water St. Port Huron, MI (810) 982-6765

 

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