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

Ducks In A Row

by member Robert Becker member of the Sunnyland chapter Our 1964 Amphicar, made in Germany, and found about 20 years ago in Montana has been a real joy to us. It’s unusual and unique but most of all it has given us a lot of FUN. Sure, it gets a lot of attention but we…

Vagabond is Looking for a Home

1909 Consolidated 40-foot Launch This launch is available through the Sunnyland Chapter’s Scampy Program (an apprentice mentoring program). Price is $25,000 or best offer. All proceeds will support the Scampy Program. For more information, contact Lou Ronca at 407-493-8553 or email.  Survey and pictures are available.    

With Me For The Long Haul

by Clark Oltman member of the Sunnyland chapter I have owned this boat a little over 2 years. I was looking for a boat that I could trailer and use, not requiring immediate major work. I had looked on several websites and found that Dave Bortner at Freedom Boat Service had a couple that I…

One’s the Sea Rat the other’s the Mole

by Kent & Audrey Lewis members of the Sunnyland chapter A few years back we were looking for a small boat for short cruises around our bay in Northwest Florida. We wanted a boat that could carry 4 adults and we liked the lapstrake look that was popular in the 1950s. We began our search…

Class of 59′

by Steve Lattmann member of the Sunnyland chapter Many decades ago, I grew up on the South shore of Long Island. My parents were avid boaters and over the years of my childhood they owned a number of different boats. One of those boats was a 17’ 1958 Thompson. It was the same lemon yellow…

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…