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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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.…

Cyndy Benzel

by Brian Ferrin member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter I wasn’t looking for another boat, much less a 1982 Ski Nautique. I’d had 7 tournament ski boats, including 6 Nautiques but when I saw it sitting on its trailer on the dealer’s lot in Rocklin, Ca I was curious. The salesman told me that…


by David Broderick member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter MATOKA is a 1937 24′, ( LWL 17′,) Quincy Adams Interclub Sloop, 4′ keel, 1200lbs ballast – one of nine built for racing by the Quincy Adams Shipyard, Quincy Ma, which had taken over the old Lawley Shipyard. Both have long since closed. My home…

The History of West Winds, an “Original Tahoe Boat”

by David West member of the Northern California/Lake Tahoe chapter West Winds, a 25′ Chris-Craft Sportsman, was manufactured and shipped from Chris-Craft on December 5, 1947, to Tahoe Boat Company. The hull card shows it was shipped without engine or propeller. At Tahoe Boat Company, Tahoe’s famed Dick Clark installed the Scripps Model 302 V-12…

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…