Boating safety is important at the Antique & Classic Boat Society. We’re committed to helping you stay updated on the latest information related to vintage boating safety.

Check back with this page regularly for updates on information on boating safety related to the vintage boating community.

Ultimately this page will include information provided by members who have an important safety story to tell, as well as links to other published safety material of particular interest to vintage boaters. But we need your help. Tell us your stories and let us know the resources you have found helpful.

Members and visitors are encouraged to submit candidate safety-related stories and links to the ACBS Headquarters Staff.

What is the Hagerty-ACBS Safety Award?

ACBS has an active Awards Program aimed at: Furthering the goals of the Society. Encouraging its members and chapters to set ever higher standards and to constantly work toward those objectives. Recognizing outstanding achievement. The ACBS Awards Program at the International level has a variety of Awards that annually honor individuals, programs, and chapters.  Nominations…

Boat Launch Check List to Save Boat and Ego

One of the take-aways from the ACBS Symposium delivered at the Sunnyland Boat Festival on March 23, 2018 was a laminated CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME OPERATION. This list was first compiled by Lou Rauh and is now shared by Brian Keen, President of Motor Boat Garage in Cincinnati, Ohio.  CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME…

How To Transport A Boat

Transporting a boat is a delicate operation. Whether we are talking a small vessel propelled by a single engine or a more sophisticated craft, you need to get everything right. by Chris Ward of A1 Auto Transport Preparation needs to start weeks in advance to make sure that everything goes smoothly. This is not the…

Float Plans

By Judy Hills, roving ACBS reporter Be truthful now, when is the last time you filed a float plan?  If you are saying to yourself, “What’s a float plan?” then perhaps a little education is in order. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary in their boating education course recommends that you “complete this plan before you…

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – Couplers, Chains, Winch

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – focus on Couplers, Chains, and Winch/Bow Supports – by Bill Nalle This article was first published in the Southwester Newsletter, editor Craig Stanfield, of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS.  Bill Nalle was awarded the 2017 ACBS-Hagerty Safety Award for the best published article on boating safety.  This is the third segment of the article.…

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – Brakes

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – focus on Brakes – by Bill Nalle This article was first published in the Southwester Newsletter, editor Craig Stanfield, of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS.  Bill Nalle was awarded the 2017 ACBS-Hagerty Safety Award for the best published article on boating safety.  This is the second segment of the article. Brakes: Starting at the…

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – Part I

$60,000 boat on a $200 Trailer – Part I – by Bill Nalle This article was first published in the Southwester Newsletter, editor Craig Stanfield, of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS.  Bill Nalle was awarded the 2017 ACBS-Hagerty Safety Award for the best published article on boating safety.  It will be shared with you this week…

Back Your Boat Trailer Like a Pro

Back Up Your Boat Trailer Like A Pro By Rich Armstrong, BoatUS. Magazine; August/September 2017 This article was reprinted with permission from BoatU.S. Magazine, the flagship publication of the Boat Owners Association of The United States. For the online editions, membership, insurance, and towing information, visit www.BoatUS.com     It requires teaching your brain some new habits, but…

Winterizing Your Antique or Classic Boat

Shared with permission from “How to Restore Your Wooden Runabout, Volume 2″, by Don Danenberg.  Don Danenberg added a few updates to the text.  You may see more of his advice on his website page http://danenbergboatworks.com/ or even join his forum group at http://eveforum.danenbergboatworks.com/eve  Winterizing There are basically two ways to winterize the engine to prevent damage…

Dock Lines – a refresher course

Blog article by Judy Hills, ACBS Roving Reporter Dock lines: For boats displayed in the water, dock lines are a necessity to protect your investment. Some owners go the distance to include dock lines in the overall appearance of the boat.  Above all the line must be the proper strength and length for its intended…