Michigan Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society exemplifies tradition in motion.

In the beginning . . .

The Charter for the Michigan Chapter of the ACBS was presented by our first president, Mr. Sandy Duffy, at the International Annual Meeting in Clayton, New York on November 11, 1978. This is the official date for the beginning of our Chapter but our club really got started several years earlier as a picnic rendezvous.  It was held every Fourth of July at the waterfront home of B.A. (Bud) and Pat Aikens as a way of getting friends with antique boats together for an afternoon of fun.

Part of the weekend festivities was the City of Algonac Annual Boat Parade made up of a variety of local boats, both old and new, decorated or not. It was a “come and have some fun” parade that was enjoyed by all who either participated or watched from the shoreline.  Bud and his friends would enthusiastically join in with their classic craft.

To the present . . .

That local parade has turned into an annual show held every year at the Algonac Harbour Club on the St. Clair River. Hosted by Harbour Club owner Pete Beauregard and the Michigan Chapter ACBS on the sight of the original Chris Craft Factory our show is known as “The Annual Plant Jamboree, Where It All Began”. It is the signature event of many that are held throughout the year by the Michigan Chapter.

The Michigan Chapter is celebrating its 38th year of existence. We have approximately four hundred members, residing in more than eight states and Canada.  Many of our members consider themselves as “caretakers” of their watercraft and intend to pass them along for others to cherish and care for in the future.

And into the future . . .

The Michigan chapter is an active club of members that pride themselves in “using” their historic watercraft and sanction several boat shows along the St. Clair River every year.  We also have several monthly informal cruises during the summer months, and organize workshops during the winter.  Our Board of Directors meets monthly to have dinner together and discuss club business.  All members are welcome at these meetings.

We were recently honored to be selected as the host chapter for the 2018 ACBS International Boat Show and Meeting.  We are already in the planning stage for that activity, and working with the great people of Port Huron to orchestrate what we think will be a truly great event.

The Michigan Chapter website is very active with current information.


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Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.19.19

This week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is led by Riski, a 1960 Chris Craft ski boat owned by Brian Greenia, member of the Michigan chapter. Riski won a Silver Award in the Utility Class at the 2018 ACBS International Boat Show. Other awards include the best non-professional restoration and first place at the Hessel Show…

The Michigan Gang Invades Canada

By Greg Lewandowski, member of the Michigan chapter. Photos by Gale Woods, member of the Michigan chapter. What does the Michigan Chapter do when the lakes are frozen and the boats are stored for the winter? Well, our Commodore, Jack Warren (chairman of Boat the Blue fame), puts out the call for volunteers to come…

1973 Lyman Biscayne Restoration-Modifcation

By James Sanders, member of the Michigan chapter. I purchased this boat in 2003 after riding in a similar boat in some very rough water. At that time I owned a 31’ Chris Craft Commander and a few wood Chris’s prior to that. The first summer we used the boat primarily in the Algonac area…

Wet Pet

By Ann and Bob Guldemond, members of the Michigan (primary), Bluewater, Toronto, Glacier Lakes, Indiana, and Water Wonderland Chapters. Wet Pet was created in Algonac MI. The story we have heard, it was to be a 1966, but the workers went on strike, so it became a 1967. It is a 48’ Constellation, with three…

Father-Son Team Build, Restore, Repair, and Refinish

By Dave Wrzesinski My son Scott and I have been building, restoring, repairing and refinishing boats for the past 40 years. I started building when I was 11 years old with my friend Jon Staudacher and his father Les Staudacher. Les built unlimited hydroplanes from the 1950s to the early 1970s. He built unlimited boats…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 11.20.18

French Vanilla is a 1954 Correct Craft Atom, 15 ft with a Gray Marine 4 cylinder 95 hp engine.  French Vanilla is owned by Mike and Linda Stevens who are members of the Columbia Willamette Chapter.   Mike and Linda Stevens also own this 1957 Higgins 18 ft Speedster.  She is aptly named 57 Again. …