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.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

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…

Legend of Lake George “El Lagarto”

The Warren County Historical Society is making a new historical publication available for those interested in local boating history. Legend of Lake George “El Lagarto” and the Men That Made Her Great by Jon Bowers will be published in the next few weeks. Mr. Bowers “sets record straight” on the story of El Largato, the famous wooden…

Two Chapters Connect Through Boating on Lake George

Report and photos are from Ed Schieber, President of the Adirondack Chapter. During our Lake George (NY) Rendezvous in August, I spoke with a small group of Lake Champlain Chapter members headed by Fritz Horton about their chapter hosting a fall cruise of Lake George (NY). Over the past month, Fritz, his crew and I…

First-Ever Bolton Landing Boats & Boating Festival on Lake George

Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, regattas and races along the shore of Lake George, NY were frequent and well-attended boating events. The Bolton Landing Boats & Boating Festival, which took place this past Saturday, commemorated those once-common regattas.   This small-boat regatta along the shore of Lake George was hosted by the Bolton…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.4.18

Tom and Joanie Moynihan sent a photo of their 1929 28 foot Model 17 Chris-Craft. Her name is “Ol‘ Smoothie“. She was delivered to Lake George, NY on April 30, 1930, and has remained on the lake since that time.  Tom says, “We took the picture ourselves while she was cruising the lake.”   Lot of…