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

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.19.18

A classic launch in style, MaryEllen is actually in the Contemporary Age Classification. She was home-built in 2008, she is 26 ft 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…

Coast to Coast Boating Events and Boat Shows

How did you spend your weekend? Lake Arrowhead, California, is the premiere show of the year for the Southern California Chapter of ACBS.  It was a unique opportunity to boat on this private lake in “the Alps of Southern California”. Click on the next photo to see a montage of beautiful photos by Ray Wojnar of MoJo…

Weekend Wrap-up 6.3.18

How did you spend your weekend? In California, Wood & Glory XX – the Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter held the 20th Annual Gathering of Antique & Classic boats on Clear Lake for “A Return to Fantasy Island”.  Thanks, Tim Bush, for sending these beautiful pictures from Clear Lake, California.  It looks like a perfect weekend.…

Chapter News – Blue Ridge and SML

Today’s post includes news from two ACBS Chapters. The sharing of boats and boating fun is again published here for even more viewers to see.  Telling and listening to boat stories, explaining and learning about maintenance techniques, and hearing and feeling the boats in the water all add up to the sense of being part…

A Boating Weekend at Hartwell, Georgia

Report and photos by Dan Gyoerkoe, ACBS Executive Director The new ACBS promotional video starts with the question, “How do you spend your weekends?” If bright sunshine, clear skies, great people, vintage boats and cars, music, nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline and great BBQ with a side of smoked mac and cheese sounds good, I…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.27.18

This photo of the 1959 Larson Thunderhawk Senior Inboard was taken at the Lake of the Ozarks in the summer of 2017.  Owners are Ken and Robin Greger of Osage Beach, MO.  This is the only Thunderhawk Senior Inboard known to have been built.  The boat is 16 feet, powered by a Gray Marine in-line…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.20.18

The March 20, 2018, 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…

ACBS featured chapter is Blue Ridge

Each week, the Antique and Classic Boat Society features one of the 53 chapters that are part of the ACBS International organization.  This week, the spotlight is on the Blue Ridge Chapter.  You can see from the chapter’s membership map that they have a large membership hailing from most of the US East Coast.  The…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.20.18

The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is led today by new 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…