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“Heaven On A Sunday”

By Ray & Ann McDowell members of Penn NE/Harveys Lake chapter Like many enthusiasts my age, my love of wood boats started in childhood during summers in Madison Connecticut. Ann and I have attended the Antique Boat Museum show and auction for many years while staying at my cousin Janice’s lake house near Clayton, NY.…

Aquarius

By Robert Little member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter Aquarius is a 1962 Besotes. Besotes boats were built in Stockton CA primarily in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Nearly 200 boats were produced,and 44 boats are currently known to exist. Materials used were plywood and fiberglass over Mahogany framing and topped off with mahogany plywood…

What a piece of work

By Jeff & Char Appel members of the Big Sky chapter We found the boat in a field in an abandon farm in eastern Montana. Took almost 3 years to finalize the sale. Almost 5 years to restore it. The boat was originally built for Yellowstone Park, for rides on Yellowstone Lake. That is why…

Prescious

By Eddie & Helen Rennpferd members of the Glacier Lakes and Blackhawk chapters This classic one-of-a-kind 16-foot ski boat, was custom built in 1960 by Douglas Marine Co. Douglas Marine Co. was in business in the late 1950s and early 60s building custom boats in Milwaukee, WI. A retired GM engineer owned and operated the…

The Poker Run

By Alan Hills, NC Coastal and Piedmont Chapter. Blackbeard Sailing Club (BSC) located at Fairfield Harbour in New Bern, NC graciously allowed the NC Coastal & Piedmont Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society to use the facility for a poker run held by the chapter on Saturday June 22nd. This was to reciprocate…

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…