Barbara Dianne

Steven and Barbara Dewire, Blue Ridge Chapter 1966 20’ Century Arabian, Barbara Dianne, with a 1966 390 Ford Interceptor (285 hp, 8 cyl) engine. Named for my wife of 44 years, this boat is one of 44 made in 1966. The initial restoration was completed in 1985 by a previous owner. He installed the mahogany…

Falling for the Adirondacks

Wine Country Classic Boat Chapter – 2022 Fall Trip Written/Submitted by: Dave Bornholdt, Wine Country Classic Boat Chapter Photo credits:  Kent O. Smith JR (KAOS Imagery) and floatographer John “Kadi-Camera-mik” along with other assorted shots from Pam Gratzer and Dave Bornholdt. Members from the Wine Country Classic Boat (WCCB) Chapter of ACBS based in Hammondsport,…

Loon Magic

by Tom & Diane Emling, Water Wonderland chapter Our Gar Wood Speedster Loon Magic is a 2001 exact re-creation of the original 1935 gentleman’s racer. Loon Magic comes to current owners and ACBS Water Wonderland chapter members Tom and Diane Emling – filled with lots family stories, fond remembrances, and a fascinating folklore of growing…

Marsh Wood

by Casey DeHollander member of the Water Wonderland chapter My first memory of wooden boats goes back to my uncle’s Chris-Craft U-22 on Lake Charlevoix. She was a real head turner. Another uncle owned a cottage on Big Star Lake. I spent a lot of time there in the summers watching the fastest boat on…

Eight Bells for Chris Smith

The vintage boating community lost an icon this week with the passing of Christopher J. Smith. Chris was the grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith, the founder of Chris-Craft, and to many, he was known as Mr. Chris-Craft. Chris not only grew up as a child playing at the Chris-Craft plant, but he was also last…