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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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…

Promoting Classic Boating at Indoor Boat Shows

By Al Olsen, member of the Blue Ridge Chapter. The Blue Ridge Chapter of the ACBS was out in force last weekend. Several members attended the South Carolina Upstate new boat show in Greenville South Carolina. They brought 10 boats including classic glass, and wooden boats ranging from a car top carrier to a 1951…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.22.19

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…

The 5200 Bottom Gang

By Gary Fesperman, ACBS Secretary and member of the Blue Ridge Chapter. Several members of the Blue Ridge Chapter, the “5200 Bottom Gang,” got together to install the outer bottom planking on two boats in three days last week. The first boat was a 1965 17′ foot Chris Craft Ski Boat owned by Lee Mapp…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 12-18-18

Carpe Diem is a 1967 Chris Craft owned by Ray and Lisa Tangent. Home port is Point Breeze, NY on the south shore of Lake Ontario. She has cruised the lake and 1000 Islands region extensively for the last 25 years.    Woody is a 1964 Grew Cruiser, 20 1/2 ft, 8 ft beam lapstrake…