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 9.4.18

Tom and Joanie Moynihan sent a photo of their 1929 28 foot Model 17 Chris-Craft. Her name is “Ol‘ Smoothie“. She was delivered to Lake George, NY on April 30, 1930, and has remained on the lake since that time.  Tom says, “We took the picture ourselves while she was cruising the lake.”   Lot of…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.31.18

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

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.24.18

 Andreas Jordahl Rhude owns many Thompson boats.  Valhalla is one of them.  She is a 1957 Thompson 17 ft 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 ft Catalina with a 1989 Yamaha 90 hp engine. …

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.10.18

“My 1972 Correct Craft Skier, MacSkier, is a great boat for towing its 82-year-old owner — me!”  That’s the quote that came with this picture of a Classic 1972 Correct Craft 17′ Skier with a Crusader 220 engine owned by Grant and Phyllis MacLaren who are members of the Blackhawk and Sunnyland Chapters.  Here’s another view…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.26.18

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…

Photo Journal of 1929 Dee Wite Restoration

Jan Hadley responded to a post in the ACBS News which asked, “Have you kept a log of the restoration of your boat?  Please share it with some pictures.” I keep a restoration photo log of each boat I restore.  The 1929 Dee Wite I recently finished was a major challenge, requiring close to a…

Lymans on the St. Johns River

Report and photos by Gene Porter  As most readers already know, every March vintage boaters from around the country respond to the lure of the Sunnyland Chapter’s annual boat show in Tavares Florida as though it were a genetic mating ritual.  One hardy subset of this migration travels by boat; up the historic St. Johns…

RDC Chapter – End of an Era

End of an era for the RDC Triangle Chapter – no more “Pig” This story was submitted by Jim Alexander, member of the RDC Triangle Chapter of ACBS. Every Chapter has a few stalwarts who do things that hold the chapter together and make things happen. For the last many years for our chapter that…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.10.18

A Late Classic leads this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.  It is a 1978 Chris Craft 19′ 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…