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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For The Grandchildren

by Lance Ehrke member of the Glacier Lakes chapter Our Chris-Craft is a 1933 18′ Deluxe Runabout. She was built in late 1933 and delivered in early 1934 to Green Lake, Wisconsin. Her serial number is 33013 and as an early model of the family of 208 runabouts that were built over the next 5…


by Kevin Maltby member of Glacier Lakes chapter Aragonne is a 1938 Chris Craft 17’deluxe Model 818 with the KB 121hp engine. There were 23 model 818’s made in 1938 and Aragonne was the last one built in July of 1938. She was sent to Madison Wisconsin on July 11, 1938 and was used on…

Bringing Back the Viking

by John Steigerwald member of the Glacier Lakes chapter My Dad bought this 1983 Chris Craft Viking 170 SC back in the late 80s and sold it in 1993. I bought it back from the guy he sold it to 20 years later in 2013 and I had the boat professionally cleaned and replaced the…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.23.19

 Andreas Jordahl Rhude owns many Thompson boats.  Valhalla is one of them.  She is a 1957 Thompson 17-foot 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-foot Catalina with a 1989 Yamaha 90 hp engine.  Her…


By Eddie & Helen Rennpferd members of the Glacier Lakes and Blackhawk chapters This classic one-of-a-kind 16-foot ski boat, was custom built in 1960 by Douglas Marine Co. Douglas Marine Co. was in business in the late 1950s and early 60s building custom boats in Milwaukee, WI. A retired GM engineer owned and operated the…

A Beauty in the making

By Mike Erstad member of Glacier Lakes chapter I purchased my Century Resorter last year from Charles who lives about one hour east of me… He’s on his 16th restoration now, and Charles has been not only a big help but has become a friend, traveling over at least 4 times to take a look…