THE ANTIQUE & CLASSIC BOAT SOCIETY
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA/LAKE TAHOE CHAPTER

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and education of antique and classic boats. Our chapter has several events each year in multiple locations in Northern California.

  • Our Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) judged boat show is held at Lake Tahoe,
  • we have a joint boat show with the Southern California Chapter at Bass Lake,
  • a boat show at Clear Lake,
  • Woodie Whoopies at Lake Tahoe, Clear Lake, the CA Delta and Shasta Lake.
  • We have a biennial Restoration Workshop in even years
  • Spring Fling event prior to boating season,
  • and our Annual Membership Meeting after boating season.

Find out what we are all about.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

One Of A Kind

by Cody Taylor member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter Early in 1984 we realized that our 16′ boat on Clear Lake, California’s largest fresh water lake, was just not working. The lake was huge and the waves kicked up in the afternoon and would wash over the bow of our little boat threatening to…

Sea Maid Restoration

by Doug Ball member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter When I was a young boy my father was stationed in Japan as part of his Air Force duties. While there he and my mother commissioned a 24′ wooden cabin cruiser to be built at a boat yard in Tokyo. We had many hours of…

It’s Not the Awards, It’s The Time Spent With You

by Rob Hennessy member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chpater I grew up on Long Island, New York and enjoyed many days on the Great South Bay and summers at the family lakefront cottage in the Adirondacks. It was during this time that I developed an appreciation for wood speedboats like Chris-Craft and Century to…

Dreams Do Come True

by Jeff Peterson member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe and Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chpaters Riva Aquarama Hull #313 was originally delivered in 1969 to Colin Will in the city of Lausanne Switzerland on Lake Geneva and was given the name Erue. In early 1969, Riva was transitioning the Aquarama model from a Series II to…

The Next Chapter

By Paul Cunha member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapters It all started the summer of 1996 in a conversation with Bill Shephard at the Tahoe Yacht Club Concours D Elegance. I was telling him that my 1956 Tollycraft was too small for the Lake, especially when the afternoon wind comes up and with two…

Lightning

By Don Veihmeyer member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter This Racing Runabout was the first boat of the model built after WWII. The factory originally installed a Hercules model KB engine for power, with a 3 downdraft carburetor model which required a metal deck cowling on the engine hatch cover. The Lake Tahoe Boat…

Thunderbird

by Bill Watson member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter In the early 20th Century, flamboyant Captain George Whittell, Jr. was a very wealthy young man having many extravagant hobbies and obsessions, including acquiring the best machines that modern technology had to offer. He owned multiple airplanes, Duesenberg luxury motorcars, and a small fleet of…

Rumba Throughout The Years

by Susan Rodriguez member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter Rumba is a 1927 triple cockpit 26’ Baby Gar, Jr., a model that was built only one year and was showcased in January 1927 at the New York Boat Show in the Barclay Hotel. She is #41 out of 75 runabouts that were built. Interestingly,…

Ginger

by Damon Duree member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter Ginger is our 1962 Century Resorter 19. We purchased her in May of 2017 from Fox Valley River Boats after I saw her on their website. I fell in love immediately. She was sold in 1962 to James Copeland in Onekama MI by the factory.…