The Glacier Lakes Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society was granted a charter by ACBS on April 30, 2004.

The first full year, 2005, saw the chapter hosting the First Annual Pewaukee Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Pewaukee Yacht Club.  In 2006, The Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show moved to Lakefront Park to accommodate bigger crowds where it is now held.

In 2006, the Annual Madison Area Antique and Classic Boat Show on Lake Waubesa, near Madison, WI was added to the events listing. These two shows along with the Milwaukee Marine Dealers’ Show in January at State Fair Park, several boating outings, seminars, and yearly workshops make The Glacier Lakes Chapter an active group keeping antique & classic boating alive in Wisconsin. The chapter actively supports vintage shows in Minocqua, WI and The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

The Glacier Lakes Chapter was formed as a result of an earlier vintage boat group called The “Midwest Antique & Classic Boat Association” (MACBA).

It all started in 1974 when a number of contemporary boat dealers of the era and other individuals interested in vintage boats discussed having an antique boat exhibit at future January State Fair Park shows along with the possibility of outings as a club. In October 1977, eight antique boats were found and exhibited at the 1978  January Boat Show.

The “Midwest Antique & Classic Boat Association” (MACBA) was granted State of Wisconsin corporation status in January, 1979. The years 1980 through 2000 saw the Association remain strong and viable with the membership hovering around 70 families. In 2001, membership started to trail off.  A lot of the families who started with the club now had teenage or older children whose activities didn’t center around the Association.

In the summer of 2003, an outing and meeting were held  for the purpose to determine the future of MACBA.  In October 2003, an annual dinner meeting was held. The consensus was to join as a chapter of ACBS.

From that point, the new chapter started growing rapidly.

The Glacier Lakes Chapter was recognized as “Chapter of The Year” by ACBS in  2014. The Chapter newsletter “at the Waterline” was also recognized in 2011 and 2015 from The Antique & Classic Boat Society, Inc. The Chapter earned Federal IRS 501(c)(3) status in 2015.

For more detailed information visit the Glacier Lakes Chapter website.

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Glacier Lakes Chapter Hosts 14th Annual Pewaukee Show

Note: Report was written by Roberta Hegy, Commodore of the Glacier Lakes Chapter. Photos are from the Glacier Lakes Chapter Facebook page.   The 14th Annual Chapter Show in Pewaukee was held August 18th. The weekend started out with some fog on Friday during setup at the downtown Pewaukee Beach, but the weather cleared, and all…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.24.18

 Andreas Jordahl Rhude owns many Thompson boats.  Valhalla is one of them.  She is a 1957 Thompson 17 ft Sea Lancer with 1957 Johnson RDEL-19 outboards. Andreas Rhude is a member of the Bob Speltz Land-o-Lakes and Glacier Lakes Chapters.   Here is a Classic 1962 Dorsett 17 ft Catalina with a 1989 Yamaha 90 hp engine. …

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.29.18

Wow!  Look at the colors in the picture that leads us into this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.   Aqua Velvet is a 1968 Classic Greavette 22′ Executive powered with a Chevrolet 327 engine.  Aqua Velvet is owned by Richard and Linda Hughes, Toronto Chapter members of ACBS. Not all Classic boats are old.  There are…

ACBS features the Glacier Lakes Chapter

The Glacier Lakes Chapter is known within ACBS as the Chapter that hosted the 2017 International Boat Show in Racine, Wisconsin. Glacier Lakes Chapter is so much more!  With nearly 200 members, mainly from the state of Wisconsin, this chapter holds several annual events.  They exhibit at winter boat shows and have workshops.  When this chapter was…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.30.18

Sea Lyon is a 1929 Sea Lyon 28 ft Triple Cockpit antique boat. She runs on a 6 cylinder Scripps 202 engine. Sea Lyon is owned by Don and Teresa Kehr, members of the Sunnyland Chapter.  Will we see Sea Lyon at the Sunnyland Festival at Tavares in March? (picture from ACBS membership files)   Swing was ordered…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.23.18

This picture was taken at the Antique Boat Museum’s Vintage Race Boat Regatta on August 20th, 2016. What makes this interesting is both of these gentleman’s race boats were built over the same period 2013-2016, but worlds apart! Lady Shores by Keith Kipp in Canada and Marguarite by Peter Cavill in Australia. The boats are based…