In 1995, four wooden boat owners got together to form the North Coast Ohio Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

Rich Baratha, Bob Otto, Les Demaline and Jack Lynett met at the Holiday Inn in Montrose, near Akron, Ohio to draw up the documents which would permit the new chapter to chart its course in the boating world.
At Skaneateles, NY during the spring quarterly directors meeting of the ACBS that year, the proposed idea was presented and approved; and within 2 months, North Coast Ohio (NCO) held its first boat show at Spitzer Marina in Lorain, Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie. From then on, the chapter grew rapidly. Our geographic area is from Toledo in the west to the Pennsylvania line in the east, south to Mansfield and north to encompass the Lake Erie shore and its adjoining waterways. Our boat shows are held on the south shore of Lake Erie and on the inland lakes in and around Akron, Ohio.

Chapter Activities

Our members like to attend events and cruises in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Indiana and Virginia. We enjoy “caravanning” to neighboring chapters to support their events.

The love for vintage boats fueled the growth of our events. NCO is a very active chapter and over the years we have organized many boat shows, workshops, rendezvous, cruises, social gatherings, and our monthly board meetings. NCO also has helped grow youth activities such as model sailboat building and racing.

Restoration and Guidance

Several of our members are active in restoration of wood and fiberglass boats. We are fortunate to have restoration facilities in our area for working on our boats and for guidance for those doing their own work.

Since the beginning, NCO has always been one of the most active and involved chapters in all of ACBS. Several of our chapter’s board members have also been involved on the international ACBS board. Some of our members judges for ACBS International Shows.  The continued growth of our chapter is evident as we were recognized as the chapter with the highest percentage of member growth in 2014.

The future looks bright as new members move into positions of leadership, more boats are restored and preserved, and the next generation of vintage boat enthusiasts learn about this fun hobby and lifestyle.

For more information, take a look at the North Coast Ohio Chapter website.


Upcoming Events


Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.21.18

“KaRat”, pictured above, is 1929 38′ Elco Cruiser powered by a 1973 Ford-Leimen 8cyl 125hp engine. She just completed an extensive three-year restoration at Wykes Boat Works in Harlem, ON. Owned by Manotick Classic Boat Club members, Ray and Judy Saunders. Photographed at the Manotick Classic Boat show in Westport, ON on August 11th, 2018.…

43rd Annual Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show

On Saturday, June 23rd, the annual Portage Lakes (Ohio) Boat Show took place on the docks of two restaurants; The Harbor Front Grille and Picks PLX for the 43rd time. This show started as a prelude to the 4th of July fireworks on the Portage Lakes and was billed as the Antique Boat Parade. As…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.26.18

Just A Dream is a 1957 Century Resorter with a 1965 Interceptor 289.  Steve and Cynthia Shaltry own Just A Dream.  They are members of the Indian Lake Chapter of ACBS. Steve has written in their membership file, “Original purchase 7/20/1957 to Dr. O’Connor of Buffalo, New York. I purchased the boat through Antique Boat Center…

North Coast Ohio is this week’s ACBS Featured Chapter

Spring Brunch and Learn sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday this early in the year. Saturday, April 21st is the next event on the North Coast Ohio Chapter’s very active schedule. Join the Antique Classic Boat Society North Coast Chapter, Lyman Boat Owners Association, and Matthews Boat Owners Association as they welcome…

Hot and Fun 1989 Boston Whaler

Report and pictures by David Rosenberger.  David and Annette are members of the North Coast Ohio Chapter of ACBS Our little RED 1989 Whaler Mischief is a 30th Anniversary model (235 built 1988-89, 139 red/red, 72 tan/tan & 24 white/red. Any 1990 models, I believe, were built late 1989 & titled as 1990.  Mischief was built in…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.10.18

A Late Classic leads this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.  It is a 1978 Chris Craft 19′ Lancer named Wise Choice.  Wise Choice  is owned by Bill Wise, a member of the North Coast Ohio Chapter. The Late Classic age classification is given to boats manufactured between 1976 and 25 years prior to the present year…