We are Indiana’s official chapter of the national ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society). We enjoy the camaraderie of members sharing their appreciation and enthusiasm for antique wooden and classic fiberglass boats of the late 50’s and 60’s. If you have one of these or would like to own one, please contact us. We could be the catalyst that makes your dream become reality! Annual dues are only $20.00. Make this the year to begin a hobby of a lifetime

Mission statement

We are formed to preserve the life and appreciation of the wooden boats from the early 20th Century.  We seek to promote the restoration and preservation of these beautiful works of art and have a good time doing it! We want to share our love with the future caretakers of these” family members”.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Opportunity for Retro

A huge auction is scheduled for April 20th and 21st.  You may participate in person or online.   Mahogany Outfitters is the source of the interesting and valuable items offered through Hahn Auctioneers.  Click here for the complete Auction Flyer.  If you can’t be there in person, online bidding is available at proxibid. Now, a bit…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.19.17

Jeff and Linda Peterson’s Portofino leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today. This photo was taken by Steve Lapkin of the Peterson’s1969 Riva Aquarama #313. The photo was taken on Lake Tahoe with daughter Brittain at the helm.    This 1957 MacBay 18′ Pursuit is named Dutch Treat.  She is owned by John Vanderwerp with home…

Indiana Chapter featured by ACBS

Indiana is the ACBS featured Chapter of the Week. Their website invites you to find a passion for yourself that will last a lifetime: We are Indiana’s official chapter of the national ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society). We enjoy the camaraderie of members sharing their appreciation and enthusiasm for antique wooden and classic fiberglass…

Indiana’s Lake James Boat and Car Show Looks Like a Festival

Indiana’s Lake James Boat and Car Show was the 8th Annual Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show. Again this year at the Old Boat House Marina on Lake James near the Jimmerson Lake Bridge, the show included artists, music, and vendors. And of course antique and classic boats and cars. Thanks to Mike McBride…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.1.17

This week’s tour begins with an Amphicar running at the Indiana Chapter’s Lake James Show.  Watch for the pictorial review of the show coming in Friday’s post.  Photo sent in by Mike McBride.   “Bad Donato V” is always an attention getter when seen plying the waters of Barnegat Bay, NJ. “Bad Donato V” is…

Sibling Cobras

The year – 1955 – when a “Touch of Glass” was added to a model of Chris Craft named “Cobra”. The Cobra model is easy to spot and sought after not just because of her styling, but also the rarity of production.  Only106 were built in two lengths, 18′ and 21′, and only in 1955. …

The saga of “Life Time”

“Life Time”, a 1964 17′ Century Resorter, has come home. In the fall of 1963, Bruce Bone, of Marble Lake Michigan, ordered a 1964 17’ Century Resorter from Holiday Marine on Lake James, Indiana.  It just so happens to be the only boat ever ordered from the Century factory with orange interior.  He brought it…

Chapter Logos

Check out the Chapter Pages! Indiana Chapter just added their chapter logo to this website.  Is your chapter page up-to-date? As events are added to the ACBS Events Calendar, they will automatically also appear on the correct chapter page. When a picture or event report is submitted, it will be news for everyone, but will…

Miraculous Recovery of “Mahogamous Affair”

Miraculous Recovery of “Mahogamous Affair” 1953 Chris Craft Racing Runabout  Hull No. 19R-455 by Dennis Friesel In 1986, my brother-in-law bought an old wooden boat that was sitting under a tree in the mountains above Lake Meade, Nevada. He paid all of $250 and intended to restore it. Two years later, he was transferred to…