The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter strives to promote the restoration and preservation of antique and classic boats: and to promote the activity of antique and classic boating on Smith Mountain Lake.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in these beautiful boats – you don’t need to own a boat to participate and appreciate them.

Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. at the Moneta Public Library.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

We Will Cruise Again

The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently held their first on-water event of the year following the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. Ten boats and eighteen members gathered near the Hales Ford Bridge for a “Cruise” to the Blackwater section of the lake.  Shown above is a 1948 Chris Craft…

His And Hers Race Boats

by Roger & Sybil Smith member of the Smith Mountain Lake chapter I was always intrigued by the sport of outboard racing, ever since watching an amateur race on the Western Branch of the James River in Portsmouth, Virginia, with my new wife, Sybil, who was a Virginia native. I filed that memory away for…

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Cruise

The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held their annual fall cruise in the Blackwater section of Smith Mountain Lake. Eleven boats and twenty-six chapter members and their guests met at Christmas Tree Island and “cruised” to Magnum Point Marina for lunch.  This will be the last on-water activity for…

Fall Boat Show at Mariners Landing

Photo credit Nadine Breen The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held their Annual Fall Boat Show at Mariners Landing on Smith Mountain Lake.  Under moderate temperatures a variety of Chris-Craft and Century Antique Boats were displayed from states as far away as Ohio.  A total of 48 boats and their owners…

29th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival and Show Sept 14th

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The 29th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival, a major Eastern U.S. gathering of antique motorboats, will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center on Smith Mountain Lake. The public is cordially invited to this fun…

SML Chapter Hosts Pot Luck Dinner

Fifty members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently held their 2019 Annual Pot-Luck Dinner at the Waverly Club House .This gathering was arranged by chapter members Dave and Chris Olson and the guest speaker for this year’s event was Kirsten Johnson (pictured above with Alan Frederick, SML…

Smith Mountain Lake loses one of it’s founding members

The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter recently sent notification of the passing of their long time member Don Smith. Don was a man who exhibited all the characteristics of living a full life that we all strive to achieve. His never ending abilities to promote ACBS and the wooden boat hobby were unequaled. Don spent a…

Smith Mountain Lake Chapter Spring Workshop

By George Blosser member of Smith Mountain Lake chapter Photo Credit: Leigh Conrad The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently held their annual spring workshop at the home/shop of Alan and Jean Frederick. Twenty-three members and their guest enjoyed presentations on matching stain colors, Plexiglas windshield restoration, installing pertronix ignition system…

Antique Boat Club Honors One of its Founders

By Jason Dunovant, Laker Weekly Don Smith loves being around old boats. He has made a hobby of it ever since retiring to Smith Mountain Lake in 1978. With the help of others, he has grown that passion into a local club and eventually a popular annual lake event. “The smell of them and the…