The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held their annual fall cruise this past Saturday, October 21, 2017, in the Blackwater section of the Lake.

Five boats and fifteen chapter members toured the lake for over two hours enjoying some of the best weather of the season.

The group is shown above passing the dock of chapter members John and Sherri Rieth who were on hand to greet their fellow boaters as they passed by. Following the cruise the group gathered at the Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge for lunch.

Information on the SML Antique and Classic Boat Chapter can be found at or call (540)352-8653.      

Thank you, George Blosser, for sharing this report from the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter.  Photos are by Nadine Breen who is also a member of Smith Mountain Lake Chapter.

Antique and Classic Boat Society Chapters everywhere are holding events all year long.  They are not all big spectacular “shows” where the boats are lining the docks and being judged. Many of the events are small cruises like the one above.  A few are river cruises that take multiple days and cover hundreds of miles.

Using our vintage boats is the most fun of all.

Some chapters designate a certain evening of each summer week with a destination on their lake as a gathering place for those who can come – which in itself becomes a mini show for the public as well as fun for the classic boaters.  Many chapters also have work days where members work as a group on the restoration of a boat or to mentor youth in developing skills associated with building and maintaining watercraft.

Does your chapter have plans to be part of the winter “Boat and Recreation Shows” put on by commercial dealers?  Let them use our antique and classic boats as a draw for the public to come see their show.  In the meantime, be prepared to SELL the advantages of being part of ACBS and owning a vintage boat.

Share what your chapter is doing – or you as an individual.  Send pictures and dialogue to [email protected]

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