BAYSTATE CLASSIC BOAT CLUB is the Massachusetts chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS),

a group of people with the common interest in vintage boats. They share fellowship, experiences, and information to maintain and preserve antique and classic boats.

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The Holiday Pizza

by member Tim Pratt member of the Bay State Classic Boat Club I came upon acquiring my 1963 20’ Chris-Craft Holiday by sheer chance in April of 2009. Sitting on a bar stool waiting for a pizza at a local restaurant, I started a conversation with an older chap next to me and not before…

Another Swift

by Thomas Davenport member of the Southern New England and Bay State Classic Boat Club My interest in Penn Yan Swift Boats goes back to my teenage years when Swifts were among the boating hot rods of the day. Friends had 10′ long Swifts and I had use of a Hal Kelly Airborne racing runabout.…

This Old Boat

by Steve Locke member of the Bay State Classic Boat Club chapter My passion for Cobalt boats all started back when I was a kid, where I spent every Fourth of July on Lake Winnipesaukee with my family. My mother’s cousin Neil owned a camp right on Paugus Bay where we would stay. Every year…

ACBS featured Chapter is Bay State Woodies

Tha Antique and Classic Boat Society is featuring the Bay State Woodies Chapter this week. The Chapter President Bjorn Bakken reports, “The Bay State Woodies Chapter is a small group of enthusiasts that is reviving itself to make itself current to the next generation. We have been reaching out, displaying at non-ACBS shows to find…

ACBS Chapter of the week is Bay State Woodies

BAY STATE WOODIES is the Massachusetts chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). Bay State Woodies Chapter is a group of people with the common interest in vintage boats. They are a small chapter, but with active and loyal members who come together to share fellowship, experiences, and information to maintain and preserve antique and…

Classic Boat Forum, Workshop, Symposium, Seminar

Whether we are in this as a hobby or a profession, most of us came by way of falling in love with an old boat. The combination of historical value and artistic styling add to the unique story that each antique and classic boat carries with her.  But as with the ownership of anything valuable, we soon…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.11.17

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats begins with Minnehaha (above).  She was ordered in 1921 from Clayton NY builder Burritt L. Wiswell by Bruce Devine’s late grandfather Stanley Livingstone Woodman, a Wolfe Island Ontario fishing & hunting guide. She worked as a guide boat from 1923 up until 1960 when she was retired & stored. Sometime around 1980, she…

Message from a Chapter President

Today a new club member approached me with the question, “What are we trying to accomplish as a club, and why? What is the vision?” I thought about it for a few hours before I wrote him back: My vision is to give the antique/classic/wooden boating lifestyle the “fine vintage” feel, much like a handcrafted bourbon.…