Loon Magic

by Tom & Diane Emling, Water Wonderland chapter Our Gar Wood Speedster Loon Magic is a 2001 exact re-creation of the original 1935 gentleman’s racer. Loon Magic comes to current owners and ACBS Water Wonderland chapter members Tom and Diane Emling – filled with lots family stories, fond remembrances, and a fascinating folklore of growing…

Marsh Wood

by Casey DeHollander member of the Water Wonderland chapter My first memory of wooden boats goes back to my uncle’s Chris-Craft U-22 on Lake Charlevoix. She was a real head turner. Another uncle owned a cottage on Big Star Lake. I spent a lot of time there in the summers watching the fastest boat on…

Fuzzy Beast

By Elinor Miller member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter Fuzzy Beast is 37’ 1967 steel-hulled Chris Craft Roamer designed for boating on the Great Lakes. I acquired her in 1974 while I was living in Chicago. She was my second boat and I was her second owner. The name referred to my cat. My first boat…

In honor of Chris…

Photos by Kent O. Smith In honor of Chris Smith, we pulled out some of our favorite photos of Chris-Crafts taken at the 2019 ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show in Alexandria Bay, NY. A legacy and an icon! Chris, you will be missed!

Eight Bells for Chris Smith

The vintage boating community lost an icon this week with the passing of Christopher J. Smith. Chris was the grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith, the founder of Chris-Craft, and to many, he was known as Mr. Chris-Craft. Chris not only grew up as a child playing at the Chris-Craft plant, but he was also last…

2022 ACBS International Awards

From the Awards Committee Each year ACBS members nominate worthy candidates for the annual international awards. These awards, given at the ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show, recognize exemplary efforts of chapters and volunteers to further the hobby of antique and classic boat stewardship. Congratulations to all of the 2022 ACBS International Award winners!…