The Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, formed in 1998, is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization. 

We’re a varied bunch of people who have a common love of antique and classic boats including the “woodies” and classic fiberglass boats of the past and the contemporary classic “woodies” . We believe that roaring around in a beautifully restored mahogany or fiberglass runabout is among the greatest pleasures of life. The Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS sponsors a variety of boat shows throughout the boating season, organizes member get-togethers so fellow boat owners and prospective boat owners can share experiences, and generally provides a comfortable environment in which to explore these boats.

We have informal dinner meetings throughout the year and come together several times to show our boats to the general public

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Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.7.18

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 on August 19th at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17′ Century /converted to a…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.3.18

Independence is the name on this boat – appropriate for this US Independence Day week.  Independence is a 38 ft Chris Craft Commander built in 1968, making her a Classic Boat.  She is owned by William Flaglor, member of the Niagara Frontier Chapter.   Arnie Brulhardt sent this picture of his 1963 Thompson SeaCoaster.  The photo is titled,…

Philadelphia ACBS Chapter Featured

The Philadelphia Chapter of ACBS has grown this year by extending their membership base to include the former Barnegat Bay Chapter. Many ACBS members were already in both Chapters.  Some events were even shared because of the closeness of their areas, so a merger just made sense.  Most of the memberships are from southeastern Pennsylvania…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.8.18

Boats built between 1976 and 1993 are in the Late Classic age classification. This striking 1983 Correct Craft Ski Nautique is a prime example of a Late Classic Boat.  This 20 ft boat is powered by a 1983 Ford 351. She is owned by Bob and Barb Meimbresse who are members of the Philadelphia Chapter.  …

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.3.18

Leading the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today is No Way, a beautiful 1964 Chris Craft 20 ft Holiday owned by Carmen and Denise DeLeo, members of the Philadelphia and Penn NE/Harveys Lake Chapters. No Way is a “Classic” powered with a General Motors 283 engine. In the ACBS membership file, Carmen says, “No Way was delivered…

1965 Chris Craft Ski Boat- one family’s memories and future

Story and Pictures by Rob Pryor After spending the summers at Normandy Beach NJ since 1955 and enjoying the use of the Barnegat Bay, my family and I decided it was time for a new boat.  In January of 1965, we went to the New York Boat Show and found a 16’ Chris Craft Cavalier…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.13.18

Phil Little says, “This is my 1959 Lyman 15.5′ Deluxe Runabout. Her name is Toy Boat. She is powered by a 1964 Evinrude Lark VII.  Her home base is Granger, Indiana. This photo was taken on Hanley Lake in northwest lower Michigan in 2015.” Toy Boat is a classic leader for today’s Tuesday Tour of…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.5.17

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 on August 19th at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17′ Century /converted to a…

Philadelphia Boat Show at New Jersey Stone Harbor Yacht Club

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society holds a judged show of vintage boats on the grounds and docks of the Yacht Club Stone Harbor, NY. Many of the boats are displayed on land where attendees can really observe closely the craftsmanship of the boats which have been built and used from…