Sunnyland Chapter of ACBS is the largest Chapter in ACBS.  Its activities are in Florida but its membership comes from all over the world to share in the winter boating season in the Sunshine State.

  • To preserve and enjoy historic boating.
  • To preserve and enjoy historic boating through education and participation.
  • To enjoy and perpetuate our maritime heritage
  • To share and conserve our boating heritage
  • To perpetuate our love of boating by maintaining our past while educating our future.

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Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.30.19

Daniel Stober says, “My Thompson was restored and used by my best friend the late Andy Butchard for over 20 years. She is 19-feet and powered by a 90 hp Honda that has been re-badged as an old Johnson. Custom touches have made her the most wonderful user boat. Member of ACBS and Eagle Mountain…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.23.19

 Andreas Jordahl Rhude owns many Thompson boats.  Valhalla is one of them.  She is a 1957 Thompson 17-foot Sea Lancer with 1957 Johnson RDEL-19 outboards. Andreas Rhude is a member of the Bob Speltz Land-o-Lakes and Glacier Lakes Chapters.   Here is a Classic 1962 Dorsett 17-foot Catalina with a 1989 Yamaha 90 hp engine.  Her…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.9.19

Double D’s, pictured above, is a 1959 22-foot Shepard Runabout 110 owned by David and Dolores Little, Norfolk, VA. She is powered by a 440 Chrysler. She lives on Glaston Lake (North Carolina) during the summer months. Buttercup is a 1957 18-foot Lyman outboard runabout. She was purchased from the second owner in 2017 who…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.25.19

Just A Dream is a 1957 Century Resorter with a 1965 Interceptor 289.  Steve and Cynthia Shaltry own Just A Dream.  They are members of the Indian Lake Chapter of ACBS. Steve has written in their membership file, “Original purchase 7/20/1957 to Dr. O’Connor of Buffalo, New York. I purchased the boat through Antique Boat Center…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.9.19

A Late Classic leads this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats. It is a 1978 Chris Craft 19-foot Lancer named Wise Choice.  Wise Choice  is owned by Bill Wise, a member of the North Coast Ohio Chapter. The Late Classic age classification is given to boats manufactured between 1976 and 25 years prior to the present year…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.2.19

Leading the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today is No Way, a beautiful 1964 Chris Craft 20-foot Holiday owned by Carmen and Denise DeLeo, members of the Philadelphia and Penn NE/Harveys Lake Chapters. No Way is a “Classic” powered with a General Motors 283 engine. In the ACBS membership file, Carmen says, “No Way was delivered on…

2019 SUNNYLAND ANTIQUE BOAT FESTIVAL AT WOOTEN PARK ON LAKE DORA IN THE CITY OF TAVARES

The 38th Annual Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival had four days of beautiful Florida weather and a record crowd. This year, “The Festival of Speed Event” joined forces with the Sunnyland Chapter and featured beautiful exotic cars along with stunning mahogany boats. The City of Tavares provided a new floating dock system that accommodated over 70…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.12.19

We would like to see a picture of your boat in the next Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats. email the picture to dan@acbs.org include the boat owner’s name include year, manufacturer, model of boat, and name tell home port and/or where picture was taken give credit to the photographer, if known The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats Archive…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.5.19

Today’s Tour of Vintage Boats starts with Skidaddle, a 1962 Correct Craft Compact Skier. She is 16 feet long and pictured here on Mirror Lake in Lakeland, Florida.  Photo by Brandon Baker. Skidaddle is owned by Bruce Kester, Past President of the Sunnyland Chapter of ACBS.  You will see her at the Sunnyland Boat Festival March 22-24,…