Welcome to the Columbia~Willamette Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS).  We are a diverse group of individuals with a passion for classic, antique & historic boats.

Our goal, as a chapter, is to provide an opportunity for vintage boat enthusiasts to get together and share knowledge, experience and enjoyment in old boats.  We are a volunteer organization who enjoys finding, discussing, restoring and operating classic boats. You don’t need a boat to join.  We’re always looking for people with a love for boats and there’s always room on a member boat at our in-water functions, so if you’re interested in joining but thought that you needed a boat, you were wrong! Check out the International ACBS JOIN page and become a member today.

Our events calendar is a living document that is continually updated so be sure to check often for future events and activities.  Our chapter covers the state of Oregon and Southern Washington for the ACBS and we are fortunate to be in such a beautiful part of the country with a rich marine heritage and bounty of wonderful boats.

Whether you’re into fast classic fiberglass boats or prefer to motor slowly in your wooden cruiser, we’re the club for you.  If you’ve always wanted an old boat but weren’t sure how to go about it, we can help you there too.  We have workshops that cover the technical aspects of maintaining boats, inspecting prior to purchase among many other things. 

Please take your time in exploring our website.  This is an active group and we get a lot of use out of our boats in the summer.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Happy Boating!

Upcoming Events

Columbia Willamette Chapter News

Reminisce

by Don Peting member of the Columbia Willamette chapter In 2005, my late wife and I bought the 1958, 22′, Century Raven, which we appropriately named Reminisce, remembering the same model boat my parents owned back in the 50’s when I was in my late teens. From Chicago, my folks traveled the Great Lakes, and…

What A Great Six Years

by Wayne Purdy member of the Columbia Willamette chapter While reading a book called “Boats by Purdy” by Alan Dinn, I discovered he had a complete set of drawings for the Biscayne Baby. I had been looking for a project and this looked like the perfect thing to build. After securing a set of plans…

GWhiz

by Dick & Kristen Winn members of the Columbia Willamette chapter In March 2011, I received a call from a fellow ACBS Columbia Willamette Chapter member about a “project boat” stored in a garage in Seattle. He had received an email from an ACBS Pacific Northwest Chapter member, which said: “I got a lead on…

Restoring the Minnow – what a long strange trip it’s been

By Trux Dole member of the Columbia Willamette chapoter The Minnow, a 16’ 1930 Dodge runabout, is somewhat unique in that it is basically all original. Across the entire country, there are only 7 similar boats made between 1930-34 listed in the ACBS ranks. Of the four 1930 models, only one other still has the…

A Purdy Special Sunken Treasure

by Wendy Nelson member of the Columbia Willamette chapter A boat’s name often tells a story. With a name like Sunken Treasure, it’s bound to be quite a tale. The story begins in 1966 when a 17’ Century Resorter RS66175 was built in Manistee, Michigan, one of 129 of that year’s model. The boat was…

Cadillac Power

By John Tyler member of Columbia Willamette and Inland Empire chapters. In the early to mid-1950’s the pleasure boating industry was rocked by the introduction of a light weight marine engine producing remarkable power. This engine was based on the 331 cu in Cadillac V8 and produced in racing trim 285hp. which made it the…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.26.19

Above is a Circa 1995 “Buffalo Mini Boat” actually manufactured in Buffalo, New York. It was advertised in Motor Boat Magazine with two adult women and was said to easily navigate the “Ice Bergs” in Buffalo. Owned by Ed Dominiak of the Niagara Chapter, he finally has it registered and will look forward to having…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.19.19

This Week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats begins with 1956 Chris Craft 25’ Express Cruiser named Take Two.  Take Two was self-restored over a 10 year period. Owners Tom and Heidi Frye of East Grand Rapids, MI enjoy Take Two on the many lakes and rivers of the great state of Michigan.  The photo was taken…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.12.19

We would like to see a picture of your boat in the next Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats. email the picture to dan@acbs.org include the boat owner’s name include year, manufacturer, model of boat, and name tell home port and/or where picture was taken give credit to the photographer, if known The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats Archive…