Racine, Wisconsin isn’t just waiting for the Antique and Classic Boat Society to fill their city with boats!

In anticipation of the ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show, organizers of Racine, Wisconsin’s annual Downtown Public Art Project chose boats for the 2017 Public Art Project. From June through early September, more than two dozen Chris Craft-style power boat and sailboat statues are carrying on this year’s “Don’t Miss the Boat” theme. Each statue is colorfully (and often whimsically) decorated by a local artist. Designs include pirate rats, a Viking ship, and an underwater fantasy.

Flight Deck transom in Racine, WI    

Flight Deck in Racine, WI

The boats may be viewed in front of participating Downtown Racine businesses all summer long. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the public will an opportunity to purchase a boat in an auction at Paul P. Harris Rotary Park, 5 Fifth St., on the city’s lakefront. The auction proceeds benefit the Downtown Racine Corp.

Reefpoint Marina is celebrating its 30th anniversary, Festival Park is celebrating 30 years and the Antique and Classic Boat Society has chosen Racine as the place to host its 15th annual In-Water Boat Show in     September.     

When ACBS arrives in September, the largest International Boat Show is anticipated.  The displays will include Historic through Contemporary; Wooden, Fiberglass, and Steel; canoes to yachts.  All of these boats will be vintage in character.

Have you made your plans to be part of this boat show either as a participant or spectator?

Now is the perfect time to make plans, reservations, and complete your registrations.  Early-bird registration fees apply through July.

Don’t Miss the Boat!       The 42nd Annual Meeting
& 15th International Boat Show
RACINE, WISCONSIN  Sept. 6-9, 2017

Click for 12 page all-inclusive Description of Annual Event Week

Click 2017 Annual Week Overview to see and print.

Click Lodging Options to make your Racine Reservations.

Online Registration is available for members of ACBS.

Or, download printable Registration Forms for 2017 Annual Meeting, International Boat Show, and Pre-events.

Pre-Events start at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3, 2017, move to the Fox River by Oshkosh,
the lakes of Madison, and a Milwaukee River Cruise.

Pre-Event (Sept 3-6) details and online registration are available at  Wisconsin Pre-events 

Here is the Symposium Schedule of Topics for Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9)





  1. Hello, have an antique sailboat, believe from 1910.

    Trying to verify, some info regarding the boat.
    Anyone we can contact to assist? Believe it was by Milwaukee Sail company or Racine boat manufacturers.
    If someone could call, let me know.

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