Heartland Classics logoWho are the members of Heartland Classics Chapter?

The Heartland Classics Chapter is for those who love and care for antique and classic boats in America’s Heartland. Members mainly reside in five core states, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, but there are also active members from all of the adjoining states.

What are we about?

Four main events each year are worth the trips that may be up to 500 miles long just within our own Heartland Classics Chapter region. A Winter Restoration Workshop is always held in February, a spring “Kick Off the Season” event is held in April near Hot Springs, Arkansas, a June fun cruisin’ event centered around Table Rock Lake in Missouri, and finally, a judged show at Grand Lake in Oklahoma in September. During alternate years, one day rendezvous are planned or a major river cruise.

What keeps us together as a chapter?

Though the members of Heartland Classics Chapter are spread over a great distance, communication keeps everyone in the know. The award-winning chapter publication Mahogany & Chrome is mailed on a quarterly basis. The chapter also actively maintains its own website at heartlandclassics.org


Chapter News

Tale of a Beetle Cat Want-a-be

by Paul and Marge Morris members of Heartland Classics chapter As a young lad during the early and mid 1950’s, our family’s residence was on the edge of the harbor at Hyannis, Mass. on Cape Cod. Today, the property is part of a large parking lot for one of the seasonal excursion boats to Nantucket…

Cara J

by Dick & Cara Moist members of the Heartland Classics chapter My wife Cara and I bought our first cruiser Fifty one years ago. It was a 25′ Owen’s cruiser. We had it for just one year, but with a 3 year old and another on the way 25′ was just a little tight. Cara’s…

Ez-Rider

by Bruce Hurst member of Heartland Classics chapter I basically purchased the boat as a project from one of our Heartland Chapter members. He had bought it sight unseen from a guy in Ohio, he kept it for quite a few years but never put it in the water, when we went to look at…

The Caravelle

by Mike Yancey member of the Heartland Classics chapter Caravelle Boats began in 1966 and at the time were manufactured in Conway AR by Centark Industries which went out of business in 1982. However, the brand was resurrected, but financial issues resulted in another change in ownership in 2010, moving the company to Americus, GA…

The Irish Mist

By Rafe Hunsucker member of the Heartland Classics chapter My parents bought this 1960 Chris-Craft Cavalier slightly used in 1962 and it has served the Hunsucker family ever since, having It restored by Antique boat shop Ft.Wayne Indiana around 2010. The most prestigious award was Most original boat at the International boat show 2012 at…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.16.19

Magie Mae is a 1968 Lyman 26-foot Cruisette.  She is owned by Ike and Deb Dilkes who sent this picture and report while on the following journey: Last summer we left St. Michaels, MD on July 1st to start our journey to Clayton, NY for the ABM Boat Show and then onto Canada.  We had…