The Lake Hopatcong Chapter of The Antique & Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) is based predominantly at Lake Hopatcong, the largest lake in New Jersey with over forty miles of shore line. Two neighboring lakes, Green Pond and Lake Mohawk, have growing populations of antique boaters, as well, with their boats in active use. The membership has been stable over the years with between 135 and 140 at most times.

A source of great pride to our members is the Chapter’s rich history. What is now The Lake Hopatcong Chapter of ACBS played a major role in the founding of the ACBS. How did that happen? Before the ACBS was founded, an enthusiastic group of antique boat owners at Lake Hopatcong saw an alarming trend of wooden boats being used increasingly less and falling into a state of deterioration and neglect. On October 2, 1974 they met at the lakeside home of H. Drayton Mook to form a club to address and reverse this trend. On October 17th, 1974 The Lake Hopatcong Antique Boat Club was formed with the stated goal being, “To encourage our members to acquire, preserve, restore, and exhibit early boats and to enjoy the association of others with similar interests.” One can see a remarkable similarity to the essence of the current Mission Statement of ACBS.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Cruise Along on Lake Hopatcong

The Lake Hopatcong Chapter had a beautiful, warm night for our monthly cruise night. Bob Kays sent these wonderful pictures taken during the Chapter’s most recent evening on the lake. The lakeside community enjoys seeing our boats cruise by, many were out on their docks and decks waving. Current ACBS VP Stan Struble led the…

Demeter is Reborn

She came from England. Demeter, a 1926 28’ Taylor & Bates launch was built at a boatyard on the Thames. Needing a frame up restoration to return to service, Demeter underwent major surgery over two years at Pete Schell’s shop.  The Lake Hopatcong Chapter was privileged to see the before and after with owner, Peter…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.3.18

Independence is the name on this boat – appropriate for this US Independence Day week.  Independence is a 38 ft Chris Craft Commander built in 1968, making her a Classic Boat.  She is owned by William Flaglor, member of the Niagara Frontier Chapter.   Arnie Brulhardt sent this picture of his 1963 Thompson SeaCoaster.  The photo is titled,…

Lake Hopatcong Annual Show Recap

The Lake Hopatcong Chapter of ACBS held their 44th annual boat show at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club on June 23rd. Undaunted by a foreboding weather forecast, over forty-five boats filled the docks and land display area of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club for the 44th Annual Boat Show. While some rains did come, all…

ACBS features Lake Hopatcong Chapter this week

The Lake Hopatcong Chapter of ACBS is ready for their big show weekend! This weekend will find lots of members enjoying the lake, the show, the meals, and most of all the relationships centered around their vintage boats.  It is scheduled for June 22nd and 23rd at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club in Mt. Arlington,…

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…

Lake Hopatcong shares 44th Annual Boat Show

A sunset cruise of antique and classic boats and then a cocktail reception at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club opened the 2017 Boat Show held by the Lake Hopatcong Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.   Boy Scouts from troop 726 opened the show on Saturday morning with our National Anthem. Then 41 of…

Classic Boat Connection – Really Connected AND Appreciated

Classic Boat Connection is the ACBS Associate Member featured this week. Classic Boat Connection, located in Mankato, Minnesota, is an Associate Member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.  ACBS recognizes them with gratitude for their continuing support of our organization.  They also support these chapters with paid memberships; Bob Speltz Land-o-Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Hopatcong, Mississippi…

Saving Each One-From Free to Finished

Ken & Cindy Heaton are Lake Hopatcong ACBS Members (since 2000). Both have been on the Board, and Ken is a Past President of the Chapter (2015-2016). Kenny has a well-deserved reputation of being the Fred Sanford of boats-in-need of some TLC. Other members are taking advantage of this weakness.  To Cindy’s dismay, these FREE…