ACBS Scholarship Spotlight: Great Lakes Boat Building School

The Boss 1921 Day Express Cruiser The Boss is a 42-foot Day Express Cruiser built in 1921 by the Great Lakes Boat Building Corporation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Great Lakes Boat Building Corporation built custom luxury wooden yachts in Milwaukee from 1916 until moving to the Chicago River in 1926 where it continued operations until…

ACBS Scholarship Spotlight: The Wee Winn Sails Again at IYRS

By Kim Norton-O’Brien and Warren Barker, IYRS “The Wee Winn, which Herreshoff designed in 1892 for Miss Winnifred Sutton of England, proved so exceedingly fast that she was the talk of the Solent for many years,” said L. Francis Herreshoff of the Half-Rater Fin Keel design. A fitting name for the speedy racer, win she…

ACBS Member Highlight: Dave Bortner, Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter

Dave Bortner is a BSOL Chapter Member, and, as the owner of Freedom Boat Service, a long time ACBS Sponsor. Here is his story… Drawn to wood boats after receiving “The Golden Book of Powerboats” in my Christmas stocking at age five, I selected the Century Coronado (speeds to 55 mph!) on page 134 of…

1953 Tarz Speedster Smitty – an East-German Gentleman Racer

By Torben Kasimzade,  Northern Europe Chapter Member It’s 30 years ago that history had one of its greatest and equally most surprising moments – West- and East-Germany reunited almost by chance due to a press conference held by a newly appointed government servant, who accidentally stated the opening of the border-gates “as far as I…

Getting Ready for the Boat Show Season – Staging Historic Boats

By Cynde Smith, Adirondack and Lake Champlain Chapters Maybe it’s because I’m in marketing, or maybe it’s because I’m also in the boat restoration business (my husband and I own Tumblehome Boatshop)… or maybe it’s just because it’s a creative expression, but I really enjoy the art of “decorating” boats for a boat show, particularly…