Welcome to Blue Ridge Chapter

The mission of our organization is to bring together people with a common interest in historic, antique, and classic boats and to share fellowship, information, experience, and ideas.

The Blue Ridge Chapter of ACBS encompasses the States of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. BRC is one of the larger and more active chapters with some 300 members and five chapter supported in-the-water events per year, plus an annual meeting of members. Typically, we will go to Lakes Hartwell and Lake Chatuge in North Georgia, Lake Sinclair and sometimes Lake Burton as well as Lake Norman, near Charlotte, NC and Lake Keowee in South Carolina. Our annual membership meeting is held at various locations in the three state area.

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Chapter News

Dad’s Boat

by Tom Dunn member of the Blue Ridge chapter The new fiberglass 1968 19′ Penn Yan was bought by my father after a barn burnt down along with our 1960 wooden Thompson. Penn Yan had only started making fiberglass boats a few years before that and they looked almost exactly like their wood boats. It…

Alleghenia

by Douglas Ivester member of the Blue Ridge chapter Alleghenia is a 1924 Ditchburn. She is a 24.5′ Long Deck Launch. From all my research, it is rare to find a 24′ Ditchburn. Alleghenia was built in 1924 in Gravenhurst, Ontario for Dr. William Mann of Winnipeg, Manitoba & Minaki, Ontario. It is hull #…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.6.19

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17-foot Century converted to a custom hacker designed…

The Discovery of Aristo Craft

By Barry & Diana Hall member of the Blue Ridge chapter Bill and Scott Turner custom built Hanky Panky for my wife and me in the summer of 2017. She is a 1955 model Torpedo 16-foot with several custom features: inlaid wood trim aft quarter, interior fabric seats and back cushions, floor boards, mahogany steering…

Georgiana

By Laurence G. Kolk member of the Blue Ridge chapter It was this particular motor launch that master boat builder Bryan favored to replicate; the classic integrity of batten seam construction was his inspiration. But he added new technology on power with a Honda four stroke outboard. Harry’s vision was to explore the limits of…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.18.19

A classic launch in style, MaryEllen is actually in the Contemporary Age Classification. She was home-built in 2008, she is 26-feet long and powered with a Honda BF90 engine.  MaryEllen is owned by George and Mary Lindquist, members of the Michigan Chapter. The Contemporary Age Classification includes any wooden boat built within the most recent…

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 02.12.19

This week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is led by Long Island Chapter members Fanny and Matt Kleisler. After a great deal of searching as an adult for the same boat from his childhood, he ran across one that seemed to speak to him. In 2015, Fanny and Matt purchased a Viking 23. Built in…