The Bayou Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society is located in southern Louisiana with members living mainly in Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

Lugger, trawler, cruiser, runabout, skiff, museum built, bateau, pirogue or no boat at all … whatever your preference, the Bayou Chapter was created to enhance the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of all boats in the Gulf area.

Formed in January of 2007, the Bayou Chapter is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and boasts close to 50 members in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Chapter members are very active in the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival and have other functions for members at a variety of destinations in the area. 

The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival truly is a festival with food, contests, and vendors galore.  All kinds of working boats are featured throughout the waterfront. Bayou Chapter members will participate by providing judges for the boat show portion of the event which will be October 14 and 15.

The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival will celebrate 28 years on the banks of the beautiful Tchefuncte River.  Presented by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, this premier family event attracts over one hundred classic boats, hundreds of spectator boats, and wooden boat and music enthusiasts for this two-day celebration. 

Come enjoy the great food, live music, activities in the Children’s Village, Arts and Crafts, Classic Car Cruise-In, and don’t miss the Quick’n Dirty Boat Building Contest on Sunday! 

ACBS will have a membership booth at the Festival this year.  Dan Gyoerkoe, ACBS Executive Director, will be there to greet and visit with the thousands of spectators.  Will you meet him there?


The Quick’n Dirty boat building contest might be an idea for your own chapter event. This one was sponsored by the local Toyota dealer.  Here are their rules:
  • Each crew has 14 hours to build a boat out of only the materials provided to them.
  • The boats may have up to two crew members and must complete the course of approximately 100 yards in length from the starting line to the buoy and back.
  • One leg of the course is rowed and the other leg is a leeward sail. The wind direction on contest day will determine the sailing leg of the course.
  • The winners get a cool trophy and of course, bragging rights for a whole year.

54 International Chapters of ACBS

The Antique and Classic Boat Society has 54 Chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and France. ACBS members who affiliate with a home chapter find a group of friends with whom to share boating experiences, boat stories, and the skills needed to maintain and/or preserve and restore their vintage boats.  Inevitably, the genuine relationships formed at the chapter level are always mentioned when an ACBS member is asked why they value their ACBS membership.

When you click on the CHAPTERS tab in the menu above, a world map will appear showing the location of the ACBS Chapters.  Which one is closest to you?  Or maybe there is a chapter near the lake where you vacation that has an event scheduled which you could attend.

Please share information about your chapter.  Anyone can do that.  You may email pictures and text to [email protected].




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