The Southwest Chapter is dedicated to preserving and enjoying antique and classic boats. We proudly serve Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma & Kansas.

Our mission is to preserve and enjoy the heritage of classic and antique boats. We do this through regular chapter meetings and fun boating events. 

Each May we co-sponsor the nationally acclaimed Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. One of the premier classic car and boat concours in the country.

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Chapter News

Torpedo

by Robert Black member of the Southwest chapter I had never seen an Aristo Craft before I went to a boat show in Mt. Dora, Florida. The boat is made in Atlanta, GA. and most of them have been sold on the east coast. I looked for a year or so to find one in…

The Great Loop

by Karl Dietz member of the Southwest chapter I bought this boat last August from a private collector in Traverse City, Michigan to be a little sister to my 1958 Century Coronado. I found her on an online dealer website and after several questions, emails and survey, I made an offer and a deal was…

The Legacy of Zinn Craft

By Dave Zinnecker member of the Southwest chapter My earliest childhood memories always included boat and boating. My father was a wooden boat builder who worked for his oldest brother, at Red Head Boat Company in Houston TX. When my Uncle retired, Dad was more or less forced to go into business for himself. He…

That’s a Wrap

   Not all chapters are lucky enough to have a boat show in January but the Southwest Chapter is and the pulled out all the stops this year at the Houston Boat, Sport and Travel Show.  This event is a ten day show in Houston Texas that is held every January. This year there were…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.29.19

Sea Lyon is a 1929 Sea Lyon 28 ft Triple Cockpit antique boat. She runs on a 6 cylinder Scripps 202 engine. Sea Lyon is owned by Don and Teresa Kehr, members of the Sunnyland Chapter.  Will we see Sea Lyon at the Sunnyland Festival at Tavares in March? (picture from ACBS membership files)   Swing was ordered…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 12.4.18

This picture was taken in 1965, but the 25 ft boat in the background was manufactured in 1917 making it 101 years old this year.  It is a Stearns & McKay Cabin Launch named Amohicana II.  Duane and Sylvia Seaver of the Water Wonderland Chapter own this Historic boat. Pictures of the boats in today’s tour…

Keels and Wheels 2018

This 1959 Riva 22 ft Ariston has been transformed from an almost grey boat into the Best in Class and Best in Show (23′ & Under) at the 2018 Keels and Wheels Show in Seabrook, TX. The restoration has taken nine years by Dan Diehl in Jenks, Oklahoma. Dan and Alicia are members of the Heartland…

Les Cheneaux, the Antique Boat

Les Cheneaux, is Gary Cunningham’s 1940 Chris-Craft 22’ Sedan. This remarkable mahogany power boat was built in Algonac, Michigan and commissioned at the Mertaugh Chris-Craft dealership in Hessel, Michigan in the spring of 1940. Mertaugh’s is the world’s oldest Chris-Craft dealership (having been established in 1925) and is still in business. They are the primary…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.30.18

Sea Lyon is a 1929 Sea Lyon 28 ft Triple Cockpit antique boat. She runs on a 6 cylinder Scripps 202 engine. Sea Lyon is owned by Don and Teresa Kehr, members of the Sunnyland Chapter.  Will we see Sea Lyon at the Sunnyland Festival at Tavares in March? (picture from ACBS membership files)   Swing was ordered…