Who We Are

The Lake Champlain Chapter footprint covers primarily the Lake Champlain watershed in Vermont and Northern New York.

Our members share common interests in the care and use of vintage boats of all types; launches, runabouts, sailboats, canoes, outboards, guide boats, cruisers, etc. – wood and, increasingly, non-wood.

What We Do

We meet periodically in Vermont and New York to further our hobby in many ways.  The highlight of each year is the Annual Boat Show which is usually held at the Burlington Vermont Community Boat House on the beautiful and exciting Burlington downtown waterfront.

We have periodic on-the-water rendezvous and workshops throughout the year and occasional trips to more distant venues such as Montreal and Squam Lake, NH (aka Golden Pond).

You Are Welcome

While we subscribe to the ACBS ideal of well preserved and restored vintage boats, we welcome user boats, home builts, replicas, and fixer-uppers at our events.  We also welcome, and often provide rides, for all fans of vintage boats – not just owners.

More details are available on our Lake Champlain Chapter website.


Upcoming Chapter Events


Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.30.19

Daniel Stober says, “My Thompson was restored and used by my best friend the late Andy Butchard for over 20 years. She is 19-feet and powered by a 90 hp Honda that has been re-badged as an old Johnson. Custom touches have made her the most wonderful user boat. Member of ACBS and Eagle Mountain…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.23.19

Juel is a very rare 1928 22-foot W. J. Dowsett launch powered by a 1935 4cyl 60 HP Kermath Sea Lion engine. She was built in Portland, Ontario and has spent her entire life on Big Rideau Lake. She is currently owned by Bob Sneyd of Grand Isle, Big Rideau Lake. Photo was taken by…

One Man’s Mistake is Another Man’s Treasure

By Fritz Horton member of the Lake Champlain chapter The Thistle Class sailing dinghy was designed in 1945 by Gordon (“Sandy”) Douglass to reach the post-war market yearning for inexpensive, high-performance one design boats. The design was patterned after then-current versions of the International 14 Class dinghies, in which Douglass had won a bronze medal…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.21.18

“KaRat”, pictured above, is 1929 38′ Elco Cruiser powered by a 1973 Ford-Leimen 8cyl 125hp engine. She just completed an extensive three-year restoration at Wykes Boat Works in Harlem, ON. Owned by Manotick Classic Boat Club members, Ray and Judy Saunders. Photographed at the Manotick Classic Boat show in Westport, ON on August 11th, 2018.…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.31.18

Daniel Stober says, “My Thompson was restored and used by best friend the late Andy Butchard for over 20 years. She is 19’ and powered by a 90 hp Honda that has been rebadged as an old Johnson. Custom touches have made her the most wonderful user boat. Member of ACBS and Eagle Mountain Classic…

Lake Champlain Chapter Boat Show at the Burlington VT Boathouse

The Show is today, Saturday, July 28th 10 am to 4 pm Comitti and Michael Turner will show a Portofino  25 Mahogany runabout …           and a Venezia 34 Elegance twin engine runabout – a fiberglass hull topped with a fully constructed mahogany deck. Both truly beautiful classic style boats built in…

ACBS featured Chapter of the Week is Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is a beautiful lake on the border between New York State and Vermont and reaches north into Canada. In 1985 the lake became the center of a Chapter of ACBS. Great vintage boating events and shows have been held there ever since.  The Lake Champlain Chapter  has a full calendar of events designed for members to…

Lymans on the St. Johns River

Report and photos by Gene Porter  As most readers already know, every March vintage boaters from around the country respond to the lure of the Sunnyland Chapter’s annual boat show in Tavares Florida as though it were a genetic mating ritual.  One hardy subset of this migration travels by boat; up the historic St. Johns…

Wooden Boat Festival – a bucket list check-off

41st WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL – Port Townsend, Washington (September 2017) Report and pictures by Steve Detwiler, Lake Champlain and Adirondack Chapters of ACBS For a “maritime aficionado”, there’s no better place to be in September than the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.  This is one of the largest festivals in the Pacific Northwest and it is sponsored…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.16.18

Leading the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is Meteor.  Built in 1981, Meteor was manufactured by Squadron Yachts Bristol R. I., designer – Halsey Herreshoff.  This 18′ Harbor Pilot model is powered by a 13 hp Yanmar Diesel.  The sail is a steadying sail for when you’re in blustery conditions. The sail keeps you from rocking & rolling⚓️🇺🇸.  She…