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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Tiger Lily

by Greg Lewandowski member of the Michigan chapter Tiger Lily is a 1957 20′ Chris-Craft Continental (hull #CL-20-189) that was shipped from the Cadillac plant to Cooper Chris-Craft Sales in St. Clair Shores, Michigan on Oct. 24, 1956. She is powered by the original Chris-Craft 175HP MCL flathead six cylinder engine. Unfortunately that is all…

Cracker Jack

by member Jack Warren member of the Michigan and Toronto chapters CrackerJack is a 1947 22′ Sportsman, usually called a U-22. They are great boats and I can see why Chris-Craft made more of these than any other model. I previously owned a 1950 17′ Deluxe Runabout. It was a great boat too but a…

Reflections on the Molly-O

by Art Armstrong member of the Michigan chapter Molly-O has a direct connection to the descendants of Chris Smith as my grandfather, Milton Meier, was a friend of Owen Smith. In 1938 Owen asked him if he was interested in purchasing one if the seven 24′ boats that were being built for family members. Apparently…

Old Glory

By Rich and Joan Garvin members of the Michigan chapter My wife Joan and I both learned to water ski behind a mahogany Century and after going to the wooden boat show in Hessel Michigan in 2016, we decided to keep an eye out for a Chris Craft or Century boat. As is usually the…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.16.19

Magie Mae is a 1968 Lyman 26-foot Cruisette.  She is owned by Ike and Deb Dilkes who sent this picture and report while on the following journey: Last summer we left St. Michaels, MD on July 1st to start our journey to Clayton, NY for the ABM Boat Show and then onto Canada.  We had…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.2.19

Robert Bondy is the owner of PUDGIE (pictured above) and a member of the Michigan Chapter. She is 35-feet in lenght with a 12-foot beam and powered by a single engine. Her Original power was a straight eight Packard. She was repowered in 1962 with a 383 Chrysler Marine engine. I have had her since…