Benefits of Membership:
For the person interested in membership in the ACBS, it is certainly fair to ask — What’s in it for me?  Do we have the answer at the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter?

  • Being a part of an international organization devoted to the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of our vintage boat heritage.
  • Being a part of an international network of over 12,000 vintage boating enthusiasts where common interests, fellowship and experiences are shared.
  • You will be listed in the Who’s Who of the antique boating world. Your annual copy will put you in contact with collectors-listing names, addresses and valuable boat and engine specifications.  You will have direct access to a full listing of others who own boats of a particular make, model, year, etc. through an annual Directory of ACBS members with handy cross references by boat builder, geographic location and boat name.
  • You will be identified as an ACBS Member with items from our Society’s Ships Stores. There are great clothes, club ID patches, ties and pins, club burgees and yacht ensigns, name tags and gift items, and always at a nominal cost for members.
  • Immediate access to sources, resources, and knowledge needed to help resolve vintage boat restoration, maintenance and operational problems.
  • Subscription to the ACBS national quarterly magazine, The Rudder,  and the BSLOL club magazine The BoatHouse  which carries news of current events in the vintage boating community as well as historic, restoration and other articles of interest to antique boaters.  Each issue is filled with helpful restoration information, historic profiles, great photos, society news and much, much more.
  • Direct access to the “Trading Dock” section of both magazines where ACBS members can list and find antique boats and marine engines for sale.
  • Availability of the Annual Membership Directory online, including a unique search and find service” for owners of specific boats, engines, etc. A 10% discount on insurance premiums for antique and classic boat insurance purchased through Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, Inc.
  • You will be invited to explore new boating centers in the USA and Canada each fall at our International Annual Meeting.  It is a wonderful opportunity for you to see old friends and meet new members. You’ll enjoy a variety of boating activities and seminars, an annual business meeting and endless fun and entertainment.
  • Opportunities to belong to one of more chapters of the ACBS.
  • Opportunities to participate in the operation of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc.

    But The Most Important Reason  for joining The Antique and Classic Boat Society is your association with others who share a love of old boats. The real fun will begin when you join ACBS! We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.11.18

The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is lead by Mollie, a 1932 Gar Wood owned by Nevin and Elizabeth Bryant of Coolin, ID.  The photo was taken by Wes Yandt at the Big Sky Chapter’s Woody Weekend on Whitefish Lake in Montana.     Check back in for tomorrow’s post which will showcase the “Best…

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…

A Bold Move by the Bob Speltz Land ‘O Lakes Chapter

The 2017 BSLOL Rendezvous was one of our most successful ever in terms of participation, spectators and media coverage, despite a rainy show day. But for 2018 the BSLOL’s board is taking a bold step, making boat registration free for all participants who sign up by August 16th. It’s recognition of the commitment you make to…

Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter Featured

The Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter has a calendar full of activities, has a membership full of talented, dedicated people, and is in a part of the country that is full of beautiful lakes. The Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter (BSLOL) has one of the largest memberships in the ACBS organization.  Even outside of Minnesota residents, many…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.24.18

 Andreas Jordahl Rhude owns many Thompson boats.  Valhalla is one of them.  She is a 1957 Thompson 17 ft Sea Lancer with 1957 Johnson RDEL-19 outboards. Andreas Rhude is a member of the Bob Speltz Land-o-Lakes and Glacier Lakes Chapters.   Here is a Classic 1962 Dorsett 17 ft Catalina with a 1989 Yamaha 90 hp engine. …

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 3.27.18

This photo of the 1959 Larson Thunderhawk Senior Inboard was taken at the Lake of the Ozarks in the summer of 2017.  Owners are Ken and Robin Greger of Osage Beach, MO.  This is the only Thunderhawk Senior Inboard known to have been built.  The boat is 16 feet, powered by a Gray Marine in-line…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.6.18

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats will showcase 50-year-old boats today. The first one with the name Lot of Fun Too is a 1968 Evinrude 16′ Sportsman with a 1968 Buick HU-16C engine.  Lot of Fun Too is owned by Chuck and Nadine Breen. Chuck says, “Boat purchased in 1968 by Richard Willis of Hackensack, MN. Sold to…

Preserving history one boat story at a time: Nellie Bly

Preserving history one boat story at a time: Nellie Bly The Nellie Bly story was first published in the fall 1998 Boathouse, publication of the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter of ACBS.  Excerpts from that story are shared here with permission from the chapter and John Vogel. The Mississippi River has a rich and colorful history…