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

Crona Craft

by Cheryl Ahlcrona member of the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter My father, Edgar Ahlcrona, owned Tonka Bay Boat Works in Tonka Bay, Minnesota, from 1947 through 1972. They manufactured Crona Crafts and marketed these runabouts as the new style trend in the mid 50’s. Boating for my father and his brothers (Robert, Richard and Bertil)…

Bug Bite

By Kevin Fitzke, member of the Land-O-Lakes Chapter I built the boat from scratch in a little over two years time. I incorporated my own styling features along with installing a small block 283cuin. engine. It’s a blast to drive and a real joy to be out on the water with.

Living Memories

By John Hart member of BSLOL Chapter It was a few encounters with a Thompson boat around 1965 that launched my interest in wooden runabouts. Whether as a passenger watching the water rush by during a tight turn, as a spotter monitoring the status of a skier, or as a person on the end of…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.23.19

 Andreas Jordahl Rhude owns many Thompson boats.  Valhalla is one of them.  She is a 1957 Thompson 17-foot 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-foot Catalina with a 1989 Yamaha 90 hp engine.  Her…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.9.19

Double D’s, pictured above, is a 1959 22-foot Shepard Runabout 110 owned by David and Dolores Little, Norfolk, VA. She is powered by a 440 Chrysler. She lives on Glaston Lake (North Carolina) during the summer months. Buttercup is a 1957 18-foot Lyman outboard runabout. She was purchased from the second owner in 2017 who…

The Boat Behind the Cabin

By Don Knauff member of the BSLOL chapter I was looking on the internet for some information about my 1955 Chrysler Imperial and I saw a photo of a 1955 Desoto pulling a boat with large fins that really intrigued me. I knew I absolutely had to have a boat like it to pull with…


By Roger Fox member of the BSLOL chapter  Vixen is a 1948 Chris Craft 17’ Deluxe Runabout, powered by a KBL Racing engine. The Boat is owned by Roger Fox of Shoreview, MN. The boat was manufactured in Cadillac, Michigan and delivered to a dealer in Superior, Wisconsin. Vixen has been seen on a Channel…

Green River

By Bill Rathburn, member of the Bob Speltz Land O’ Lakes Chapter. Our 1967 Boston Whaler Nauset was purchased as a temporary stand-in for a 1963 Glasspar Seafair Sedan having its hull restored. The Nauset came from Duluth where she’d had a long and hard career fishing Lake Superior using the radio name Green River.…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.26.19

Above is a Circa 1995 “Buffalo Mini Boat” actually manufactured in Buffalo, New York. It was advertised in Motor Boat Magazine with two adult women and was said to easily navigate the “Ice Bergs” in Buffalo. Owned by Ed Dominiak of the Niagara Chapter, he finally has it registered and will look forward to having…