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.

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Chapter News

One “N” Dun

by Brian Ferrin member of Northern California/Lake Tahoe I remember it as vividly as any impressionable 12 year-old would, although it happened over 50 years ago. Being somewhat scrawny, I fit easily between the engine cover and gunnel as the boat roared across Northern California’s Lake Berryessa. Another much racier looking boat drew alongside, its…

The Sea Eagle

by Ron Wolfman member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter STEELER is a 1936 Sea Eagle. Made of 20 gauge pressed steel at 15′ 9″, she is powered with the original 4cyl 58hp Lycoming engine. The bottom is specially designed and has graduated longitudinal corrugations, which lend speed, strength and stability to the planning surface.…

Bleach Blond

By Ronda Little member of Norhtern California/Lake Tahoe chapter My husband, Bill, and I purchased Bleach Blond in April 2007. We were not new to boating but were totally inexperienced with wood boats. When Bill decided that he really wanted a wood boat, we joined ACBS before we even found the right boat to purchase.…


by Preston Smith member of Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter In 1998, I rescued this 1956 Chris-Craft, rotting away in a run-down slip in Norfolk, Virginia. She was shipped to California where the next three years she provided a home for hundreds of wasps. Originally, I dreamed I would restore the big Utility himself but quickly…

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…


By Robert Little member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter Aquarius is a 1962 Besotes. Besotes boats were built in Stockton CA primarily in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Nearly 200 boats were produced,and 44 boats are currently known to exist. Materials used were plywood and fiberglass over Mahogany framing and topped off with mahogany plywood…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.21.19

Featured above is ELIZABETH, a 1929 Stephens Brothers 43-foot tri-cabin cruiser departing the Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco for the Opening Day on the Bay parade, April 28, 2019. The photo was taken in Raccoon Straight from the “Blessing of the Pleasure Craft” Classic yacht AURORA V by Bill Wells of “Bay and Delta…

From the Beginning

By John Lawrence member of No. California/ Lake Tahoe chapter Three point Hydroplane racing began back in the 1940’s. Three notable builders emerged as the experts in hydroplane construction. All three builders became a father and son businesses. Henry Lauterbach and his son Larry. Ted Jones and his son Ron, and Les Staudacher and his…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.19.19

This Week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats begins with 1956 Chris Craft 25’ Express Cruiser named Take Two.  Take Two was self-restored over a 10 year period. Owners Tom and Heidi Frye of East Grand Rapids, MI enjoy Take Two on the many lakes and rivers of the great state of Michigan.  The photo was taken…