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.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Atsa Mabote, It’s Italian

by Mark Murphy member of the Blue Ridge chapter The history of the boat goes back to 1974 when Helen and Mason Whitney bought the 1974 Century Resorter for use at their lake house on Lake Burton in northeast Georgia. The intent was to have a high performance boat for family use, skiing and cruising.…

Life on Great Pond

By Walter Frame Jr. member of the New England chapter My love for Chris-Craft’s started in August 1937 on Lake George NY with me riding in my Grandfather’s 1929 Chris-Craft Cadet. I have had an amazing journey while spending 50 years on Great Pond in Maine. In 1949 my family was at Candlewood Isle on…

Fond Memories

by Ron Nowak member of the Blue Ridge chapter  I purchased a 1955 Chris Craft Capri (#53) in 2006. We lost our twenty- year old daughter, Christi, in 2005 due to a tragic accident, and I wanted to do something to honor her memory. Growing up in Rochester, New York, and being close to the…

To Enjoy Her Beauty The Lady C

by Ron Chaverin member of the Blue Ridge chapter She was named “Lady C” by my mother Lee Chaverin for her owners surname, Chris-Craft, and her home of 43 years, Lake Chautauqua, NY. The boat has had 5 owners in her 81 years, of which we know 4, the original being Mr. Anthony Pietrafesa, who…

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…