The Adirondack Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is not only one of the oldest chapters, but rich with history dating back to the origins of ACBS.

The Adirondack Chapter is based in upstate New York, with coverage from the Lake George and Capital District regions through the Adirondack Park.  The chapter comprises of about 250 members.  We host two rendezvous style shows each season; the Fulton Chain Rendezvous in Old Forge and the Lake George Rendezvous naturally at Lake George.

There are typically two workshops, spring and fall, which are often hosted at local boat restoration shops or boat builders.  In addition to workshops, we also have fun events like Poker Runs and outings to different locations in the area.

Chapter board meetings are held throughout the year and all members are welcome to attend and participate.

An annual board meeting and dinner is in October and features a silent auction that raises funds for chapter events.  When possible, the chapter subsidizes the cost of meals at shows and the annual dinner.

The Fourth Watch is our newsletter that is published approximately four times a year.
The Adirondack Chapter website  offers you more details about this chapter.

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Chapter News

The Boathouse B&B

by Joe & Patti Silipigno members of the Adirondack chapter We purchased the Boathouse as our summer home in 1997 which entailed a major renovation from top to bottom. It was in the year 2000, upon retirement, that we decided to turn our home into the Boathouse Bed and Breakfast. We had always envisioned a…

For the love of Peterboroughs

By Jeff Birtch members of the Niagara Frontier and Adirondack chapters I was first drawn to the legendary design of the Peterborough in the summer of 1976, when friends invited us to an old hunting and fishing club. Their cabin was one of about 25 nestled among the wood-lined shores of a stunning glacier lake…

We Three

Dianne Shelly member of the Adirondack chapter  We Three has been an original item on Long Lake in the Adirondacks since she was delivered to the original owner, WA Raney in April 1946. After the passing of Mr. Raney, his daughter sold the GarWood to Dr. and Mrs. Shelly in April 1996 and she remains…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.2.19

Robert Bondy is the owner of PUDGIE (pictured above) and a member of the Michigan Chapter. She is 35-feet in lenght with a 12-foot beam and powered by a single engine. Her Original power was a straight eight Packard. She was repowered in 1962 with a 383 Chrysler Marine engine. I have had her since…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.18.19

A classic launch in style, MaryEllen is actually in the Contemporary Age Classification. She was home-built in 2008, she is 26-feet long and powered with a Honda BF90 engine.  MaryEllen is owned by George and Mary Lindquist, members of the Michigan Chapter. The Contemporary Age Classification includes any wooden boat built within the most recent…


By Sam Merksamer member of the Adirondack chapter Merkmaid V was originally a Lake Tahoe boat…..owned by a great friend (Jimmy Schwartzman). I purchased the boat from Jimmy in 1986 because he said I was using it more than him. My Dad had a 1955 Coronado purchased from Sierra Boat at Tahoe so you might…