The Blackhawk Chapter brings together people with a common interest in antique boats to preserve them, restore them if necessary, and to promote a love and enjoyment of them.

Blackhawk Chapter’s membership centers around Chicago, Illinois, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.28.18

Tom & Lisa Ganzer sent pictures of their “pride and joy, Serenity.”  Serenity is a 1992 26 foot straight drive Streblow powered with a 454 Marine Power 390 hp engine.  Home Port is Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  More views of this beautiful Streblow:       Awe inspiring!  This Hacker Craft boating at sunset on Lake Champlain was photographed…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.10.18

“My 1972 Correct Craft Skier, MacSkier, is a great boat for towing its 82-year-old owner — me!”  That’s the quote that came with this picture of a Classic 1972 Correct Craft 17′ Skier with a Crusader 220 engine owned by Grant and Phyllis MacLaren who are members of the Blackhawk and Sunnyland Chapters.  Here’s another view…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.26.18

Just A Dream is a 1957 Century Resorter with a 1965 Interceptor 289.  Steve and Cynthia Shaltry own Just A Dream.  They are members of the Indian Lake Chapter of ACBS. Steve has written in their membership file, “Original purchase 7/20/1957 to Dr. O’Connor of Buffalo, New York. I purchased the boat through Antique Boat Center…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.19.18

A classic launch in style, MaryEllen is actually in the Contemporary Age Classification. She was home-built in 2008, she is 26 ft 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…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.29.18

Wow!  Look at the colors in the picture that leads us into this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.   Aqua Velvet is a 1968 Classic Greavette 22′ Executive powered with a Chevrolet 327 engine.  Aqua Velvet is owned by Richard and Linda Hughes, Toronto Chapter members of ACBS. Not all Classic boats are old.  There are…

Opportunity for Retro

A huge auction is scheduled for April 20th and 21st.  You may participate in person or online.   Mahogany Outfitters is the source of the interesting and valuable items offered through Hahn Auctioneers.  Click here for the complete Auction Flyer.  If you can’t be there in person, online bidding is available at proxibid. Now, a bit…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.27.18

The boats in today’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats are mostly from the Michigan area.  Will we see them at Port Huron in September? Meghan and Jeff Rogers own this first Antique Boat designed by famous naval architect and yacht designer John Alden, his X-Class sailboat was first produced in the 1930s by the Fairfield…

Nulli Secundus means Second to None

Nulli Secundus, this 1964 Gage-Hacker, is now undergoing a major refit at Bergersen Boats located in Springfield Wisconsin. She will receive a new stem, keel, bottom, and transom (partial). Over this winter the double planked mahogany bottom will be replaced. By spring she will be ready for a sea trial and fun on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.24.17

For the Good Times is a Classic 1971 Chris Craft XK19 owned by Mike Langhorne.  She is powered by a Chevy 8 with 350 hp.  Photo by Forrest Bryant. email a picture of your boat for the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats to kathyparker@acbs.org Scott Martin from Ankeny, Iowa brought SURPRISE to the 2017 ACBS International…