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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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…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.12.19

We would like to see a picture of your boat in the next Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats. email the picture to include the boat owner’s name include year, manufacturer, model of boat, and name tell home port and/or where picture was taken give credit to the photographer, if known The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats Archive…

The “Thrill” of a 1972 Lauterbach

By John Lawrence member of No Cal. /Lake Tahoe chapter My interest in owning a 3-point hydroplane began back in the 1950’s, when I attended the boat races at Lake Me,tjtt in Oakland, California. The thrill of these boats running around the two buoy course was enough to excite the young and old. The sounds…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.29.19

Sea Lyon is a 1929 Sea Lyon 28 ft Triple Cockpit antique boat. She runs on a 6 cylinder Scripps 202 engine. Sea Lyon is owned by Don and Teresa Kehr, members of the Sunnyland Chapter.  Will we see Sea Lyon at the Sunnyland Festival at Tavares in March? (picture from ACBS membership files)   Swing was ordered…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.30.18

“Vamanos” (above) is a 1924 22′ Dodge Water Car model 422 powered by a 275hp Chrysler V8 engine. “Vamanos” is owned by James and Opal Cooper of the Okanagan Antique and Classic Boating Society. Photo taken on Shuswap Lake, BC during the Okanagan Antique and Classic Boating Society’s show in Sicamous, BC in August 2016.…