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

Gone on Business and Came Home with a Boat

By David Selvig, member of Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter. I believe I found it in the late 80’s while on a business trip north of Grand Forks ND. Sitting in a shelterbelt with a for sale sign on it. It was in rather rough shape from sitting outside and some rough treatment as a fishing…

A Cruise Back in Time

By Pete Sampair, member of the Bob Speltz Land O’ Lakes Chapter Be apart of history and come aboard this exciting trip back in time where your name was determined by your craftsmanship. Known for being a master sailboat maker, J.O. Johnson and the Johnson Boat Works was synonymous with White Bear Lake. You could…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 12-11-18

This 1960 Thompson Sea Coaster is owned by Josh and Laura Lindquist. They are new to ACBS and the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter. The Thompson was purchased in December 2017 and the Lindquists joined the BSLOL soon after attending the Minneapolis Boat Show and talking with several of its members. Through the expertise and kindness…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.30.18

“Vamanos” (above) is a 1924 22′ Dodge Water Car model 422 powered by a 275hp Chrysler V8 engine. “Vamanos” is owned by James and Opal Cooper of the Okanagan Antique and Classic Boating Society. Photo taken on Shuswap Lake, BC during the Okanagan Antique and Classic Boating Society’s show in Sicamous, BC in August 2016.…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.23.18

For the Good Times (above) 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 Scott Martin from Ankeny, Iowa brought SURPRISE to the 2017 ACBS International Boat Show.  This Antique Boat is a 1927 Hutchinson Triple.  SURPRISE is 30 feet…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.2.18

This week’s Tuesday of Tour of Vintage Boat is led by a boat that doesn’t float. The pattern for the boat bench above is the bow of a 1951 Chris Craft Riviera owned by Steven Schmidt, member of the Inland Empire Chapter.    Bob Williams, member of the Long Island Chapter, is currently fabricating a new…

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…