The Southern California Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society formed in 1984, with Al Schinnerer serving as founding president.

Today we have over 165 members throughout Southern California and Arizona.

The Southern California Chapter holds its premiere event at Lake Arrowhead, California in early June. The Chapter has annual boating events at Bass Lake near Yosemite National Park in conjunction with the Northern California-Lake Tahoe Chapter, at Big Bear Lake, and San Diego Mission Bay.


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Reina

by John Maddox member of the Southern California chapter This particular boat is interesting in that a 28′ model Hackercraft was not officially offered for 1928. A raised-coaming, wood vee-windshield Dolphin DeLuxe was offered one-year-only in 1927. For 1928 the Dolphin DeLuxe was stretched to 29′ and had a completely flush deck with a flattened…

Nine Lives

by Wes & Janet Selvidge members of the Southern California chapter In 1995 I began the restoration of a 14′ Wooden Runabout that had been on the bottom of Lake Tahoe for 40 years. It took four years to complete that project and I swore I would never do another. I lied! In 2003 I…

Knot Yet

by Russ Knox member of the Southern California chapter The story of “Knot Yet” began a couple years after joining ACBS and schmoozing rides because we didn’t have a boat of our own. My son found a boat for sale on the internet in a metal barn in Clovis, CA which we purchased (a whole…

Pride of San Diego Yacht Club

by Ken Slaght member of the Southern California chapter Hull # 48904 was delivered to Seattle Washington in September 1942 and remained in the Pacific Northwest until her current owners purchased her in September 2001. Not much is known about her before her full restoration in 1997-1998. She was restored in Kilwona, British Columbia by…

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…

Shark Face

By Darryl Zengler member of the Southern California Chapter I grew up in a bay house in Long Beach, CA. We had a dock in our front yard that moored my father’s sailboat. Years later as an adult living in Pasadena, CA, I yearned to boat and I was thinking about purchasing a small runabout;…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.23.19

Juel is a very rare 1928 22-foot W. J. Dowsett launch powered by a 1935 4cyl 60 HP Kermath Sea Lion engine. She was built in Portland, Ontario and has spent her entire life on Big Rideau Lake. She is currently owned by Bob Sneyd of Grand Isle, Big Rideau Lake. Photo was taken by…

Double-Header Trailer Shows In Southern California

By Maggi Cassell President of Southern California chapter Polished chrome, varnish, and gel-coat shone brightly in the spring sunshine last weekend, as the Southern California chapter put on a double-header of trailer shows. We displayed a dozen boats on Saturday in Dana Point, California, as part of the annual Festival of Whales along the waterfront.…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.5.19

This week’s tour features boats from 1968 The first one with the name Lot of Fun Too is a 1968 Evinrude 16-foot Sportsman with a 1968 Buick HU-16C engine.  Lot of Fun Too is owned by Chuck and Nadine Breen. Chuck says, “Boat purchased in 1968 by Richard Willis of Hackensack, MN. Sold to Curt…

It’s a Small World

By Tim Vanderveen member of the Southern California chaptert    While scanning the local Craig’s List looking at classic cars, I was surprised to see listing for an old Hacker Craft. The boat had been in a lean-to in South San Diego for 25 years. The owner passed away, his grandson ended up with the…