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.

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Chapter News

Was This A Set Up?

by member Ari Fingeroth member of the Chesapeake Bay chapter I grew up boating on lakes with small sailboats and ski boats. My wife grew up off the water landlocked in Texas and Calgary. When we started dating she was quickly indoctrinated into the boating life and even had the idea of starting a food…

The Compass Rose

Compass Rose started life as a one-off tuna fisher. She was built in Nova Scotia in 1959 for a private party and never used in commercial service. Thirty-nine feet long with a twelve foot beam she has a classic downeast hull form which is efficiently driven by a 300 horsepower diesel. The hull form has…

The Smuggler

by Francis Hopkinson member of the Chesapeake Bay chatper In November of 2018 I was made aware of an interesting boat for sale. It was a 1929 model 100 Chris-Craft (20′ triple). Because it was located near Halifax in Nova Scotia I was somewhat reluctant to follow up on it. However when I saw some…

It’s about the Journey

by John Williams member of the Chesapeake Bay chapter In the fall of 2010 Mecum Auctions assembled the huge collection of boats F. Todd Warner amassed over many years, in an old factory in Winstead, Minnesota. There were more than 100 boats in the auction, and I went through the catalog of what was being…

CBC President’s Cup winner, Bob Hamilton- Quiet Excellence

For those who don’t know Bob Hamilton, understand that he has very high standards of excellence and he commits himself fully to those standards in any role that he takes on. For a number of years, he has not only served as our chapter’s Secretary, but as the Chairman of our well known Boat Festival.…

Two Peas in a Pod

by Eric Chase, Chesapeake Bay chapter. The story of how this boat became ours, starts with a comment I made to my wife Carolyn 7-8 years ago while we were vacationing in the Moosehead Lake area of Maine. While admiring a few antique wooden boats and canoes on display, I casually mentioned that the only…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.6.19

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 at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17-foot Century converted to a custom hacker designed…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.30.19

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

The Classic Egg-A Family Affair

by Tom Kranz member of the Chesapeake Bay chapter The 37’ Egg Harbor Sportfisherman that would later be named “The Classic Egg” (she needed a few years on her yet), was delivered to its original owner in 1962 when its current owner, me, was 5 years old, in Northern Ohio for use on Lake Erie.…