Mississippi Valley Chapter

Who are we?

We are a group of antique and classic boat enthusiasts with the common desire to operate, preserve, and restore classic boats. Our motto is “Preserving the Past for the Future”. Our objective is to share the memories of classic boats and boating and inspire new generations.

Where are we?

Our Members reside and boat in; Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Southern Illinois. Shows and outings are held on Lake St Louis, Long Branch Lake, Mark Twain Lake and the Mississippi River. Chapter meetings are held bimonthly and our annual Holiday Season Banquet is a highly anticipated event every December.

Restoration and Guidance

Many of our members are active in restoration, with a group of us (“Ole Boys”) meeting weekly to work on boats and provide guidance for those needing assistance.


Upcoming Chapter Events


Chapter News

The Boats With No Name

by Nick Blaine member of the Mississippi Valley chapter In 1969 my family started boating Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri, marking the 2020 season as my 51st year enjoying those waters, so much so I believe the Lake of the Ozarks is part of my DNA. In 1969 I could go anywhere on…

A Journey Well Ended

By Dave Bullington member of the Mississippi Valley chapter It was 2003 in St. Charles, MO and I had been dating my future wife Susan for a few months. We had been talking about our various interests and the subject of boating came up. I had owned a few boats over the years, but she…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.6.19

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17-foot Century converted to a custom hacker designed…

Audy B II – 1968 Hatteras

By John Bloch, member of the Mississippi Valley Chapter. I am in the boat repair business and some years ago I had several occasions to work on a small (by Hatteras’ standards) 1968 Hatteras 31-foot Sport Fisherman. The story that I know of the boat is that it came to the St. Louis, Missouri area…

Returning Home

By Mark and Ellen Zobrist members of Mississippi Valley chapter In 1970 my parents bought a small cabin at Lake Lotawana, Missouri. The property included a boat house and a 1957 Chris Craft Sportsman. During the summers of my high school years I helped my dad refinish the boat and our family had many memorable…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.26.19

Above is a Circa 1995 “Buffalo Mini Boat” actually manufactured in Buffalo, New York. It was advertised in Motor Boat Magazine with two adult women and was said to easily navigate the “Ice Bergs” in Buffalo. Owned by Ed Dominiak of the Niagara Chapter, he finally has it registered and will look forward to having…

A Trip to Mark Twain Lake

Note: Photos submitted by Susan Bullington. Note: Click on any photo to enlarge the size. Click the right or left arrow to advance to the next picture.

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.7.18

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show on August 19th at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17′ Century /converted to a…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.27.18

This photo of the 1959 Larson Thunderhawk Senior Inboard was taken at the Lake of the Ozarks in the summer of 2017.  Owners are Ken and Robin Greger of Osage Beach, MO.  This is the only Thunderhawk Senior Inboard known to have been built.  The boat is 16 feet, powered by a Gray Marine in-line…

ACBS Chapter Thursday

The Antique and Classic Boat Society is an international organization comprised of individual memberships. It’s amazing how easily friendships are established long-distance through the exchange of pictures and information. Even more close ties are created when members meet in person at events.  There is the common interest in everything related to old boats – and…