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

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…

Southwest is ACBS Featured Chapter of the Week

The big state of TEXAS supplies most of the members of the Southwest Chapter although many members come from adjoining states. The Southwest Chapter communicates frequently with their members by using emails, a newsletter called the Sou-Wester, and they share their news with the public through a website and a Facebook Group. The Chapter just…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 12.26.17

This picture was taken in 1965, but the 25 ft boat in the background was manufactured in 1917 making it 100 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…

$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…

Rick Thomson is Associate Member of the Week

The Antique and Classic Boat Society recognizes with appreciation Rick Thomson as the Associate Member of the Week.   The Associate level of membership gives extra support to ACBS. Richard Thomson joined ACBS in 2008.  He is also a member of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS.  His company is The Wooden Boat located in Lockart,…