New England Chapter

As boaters, we are always eager to hear the burbling exhaust and intoxicating smell of varnish that seems to permeate the interior hull. And we look forward to the weather magically turning to blue skies and calm water—just the right combination for us woody boaters.

The New England Chapter plans several get togethers for our members to enjoy. Check the events section of the website for upcoming things to do.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Taxi!

by Ron Yandt member of the Inland Empire chapter I grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho about three blocks from the City Park and beach. I spent a lot of time at the beach swimming and watching wooden taxi boats taking people on rides. Several of the taxis were built by my Uncle Bob and…

Cheerio

by Chris Ogilvy member of the New England chapter Elco first appeared at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in 1893, Chicago, where they produced the 36′ launches that carried the fair visitors. They later built a vast boat yard in Bayonne, N.J. to meet the increasing needs of the growing boating community. Cheerio was one of…

Wooden Boat Graduate School Update

By Hank Why member of New England Chapter Three Antique Boat Groups in the New Hampshire Lakes Region have collaborated to provide opportunities for interested young wood workers to further their passion and boat building skills with scholarships to the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine. Selection is based on: 1) A demonstrated passion for…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.4.18

Tom and Joanie Moynihan sent a photo of their 1929 28 foot Model 17 Chris-Craft. Her name is “Ol‘ Smoothie“. She was delivered to Lake George, NY on April 30, 1930, and has remained on the lake since that time.  Tom says, “We took the picture ourselves while she was cruising the lake.”   Lot of…

1965 Was a Very Good Year

Pictures and story from Jack Falvey The deep V hull was something new in 1965. You could take on a chop and get through it at speed. You could jump a wake and make a soft landing. Who knew? Jack and Mary Falvey, members of the New England Chapter, have Junior ready to roll for the…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.6.18

John Kiernan shared, “This year my wife (Marie) and I purchased a 16 foot 1936 Chris Craft runabout (Echo). Jack, our 10 year old son, is very excited about our first wooden boat and decided that for his cub scout pinewood derby car he wanted to make a model of our new boat. Enclosed are…

Eltro – another piece of raceboat history

John Doxsee sent some pictures of his rare boat – a 1967 Eltro 19′ Sport Utility in original (maintained) condition. He also referred to an article that first appeared in the ACBS Rudder‘s 2003 Spring issue titled “Slaying the New York Giants”.  Today’s story of the Eltro Boat Company is taken from that article which…

New England is ACBS Featured Chapter of the Week

The New England Chapter became one of the first chapters of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Since their organization in 1976, the New England Chapter has continued to provide activities and learning opportunities in their region.  Now their calendar includes these annual activities; Spring Romp, Boat Show, Summer Outings, Biennial Fall Car & Boat Rendezvous,…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 11.7.17

Tom and Joanie Moynihan sent a photo of their 1929 28 foot Model 17 Chris-Craft. Her name is “Ol‘ Smoothie“. She was delivered to Lake George, NY on April 30, 1930, and has remained on the lake since that time.  Tom says, “We took the picture ourselves while she was cruising the lake.”   Lot of…