Chesapeake Bay Chapter hosts a number of activities each year, including:

  • A spring workshop held at a boat yard or restoration shop
  • Our annual Antique & Classic Boat Show and Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in beautiful St. Michaels, Maryland—a tradition that began over 25 years ago
  • Various scenic cruises, rendezvous and picnics on and around our area waterways
  • A fall Oktoberfest party
  • The annual “Change of Watch” banquet each November with the election of new officers for the coming year.

Our enthusiastic members believe that the CBC’s success results from fostering an environment that encourages us to:

  • Share Knowledge
  • Assist with Restoration
  • Work Cooperatively

While these outcomes are admirable in themselves, they alone can’t sustain us or make our chapter successful “if it just isn’t fun!” Consequently, we try to not take ourselves too seriously. We have discovered that when we share, build trust and laugh at ourselves, it’s more conducive for members to become friends—and celebrate that friendship through our activities and memorable times.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter welcomes new members who share the chapter’s values and interests.  There is no requirement that you own an historic boator any boat at all—only that you share an appreciation for old boats and wonderful fellowship.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.7.18

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show on August 19th at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17′ Century /converted to a…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.31.18

Daniel Stober says, “My Thompson was restored and used by best friend the late Andy Butchard for over 20 years. She is 19’ and powered by a 90 hp Honda that has been rebadged as an old Johnson. Custom touches have made her the most wonderful user boat. Member of ACBS and Eagle Mountain Classic…

Lymans on the St. Johns River

Report and photos by Gene Porter  As most readers already know, every March vintage boaters from around the country respond to the lure of the Sunnyland Chapter’s annual boat show in Tavares Florida as though it were a genetic mating ritual.  One hardy subset of this migration travels by boat; up the historic St. Johns…

Father’s Day Tradition at Chesapeake Bay

Going to the Boat Festival at Chesapeake Bay is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day! Wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum June 15-17 for the 31st Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point in St.…

What’s the message?

The Blue Ridge Chapter and ACBS International recently co-hosted a regional leadership workshop held at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC. Ten ACBS members from 3 different ACBS chapters attended the workshop. The workshop was held the same weekend as the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show also held at the Charlotte Convention Center. Dan Gyoerkoe, Executive Director,…

103 years of changes for Antique Boat Mar-Sue

The MAR-SUE was built for Charles W. Cushman as the SEE W. SEE in 1915 at the yards of Willard F. Downs located in Bay Shore, NY.  History of the Mar-Sue is being shared by Butch and Debbie Baxter. She looked nothing like you see her now in this photograph.  She had a canoe stern with a low…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.16.18

Leading the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is Meteor.  Built in 1981, Meteor was manufactured by Squadron Yachts Bristol R. I., designer – Halsey Herreshoff.  This 18′ Harbor Pilot model is powered by a 13 hp Yanmar Diesel.  The sail is a steadying sail for when you’re in blustery conditions. The sail keeps you from rocking & rolling⚓️🇺🇸.  She…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 12.26.17

This picture was taken in 1965, but the 25 ft boat in the background was manufactured in 1917 making it 100 years old this year.  It is a Stearns & McKay Cabin Launch named Amohicana II.  Duane and Sylvia Seaver of the Water Wonderland Chapter own this Historic boat. Pictures of the boats in today’s tour…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.24.17

For the Good Times 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. email a picture of your boat for the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats to kathyparker@acbs.org Scott Martin from Ankeny, Iowa brought SURPRISE to the 2017 ACBS International…