Participating in hands-on symposia held around North America is one of the key benefits of an ACBS membership.

Recognized experts provide knowledge and advice to the beginner, the “do-it-yourself” person or those who just want to watch.

Topics covered at past seminars include wood boat repair, basic boat plank replacement, stripping, staining & varnishing wooden boats, marine engine maintenance, steering & mechanical issues, and fiberglass boat repair.

These symposiums are a chance to meet fellow classic boaters or people with similar boats and restoration issues that can help you finish that special project!

In addition, ACBS maintains a library of over 100 copyrighted videos showing all different types of boat restoration and preservation techniques.

But these videos are available only to members — so just become one!

The next ACBS Symposium will be part of the 2018 International Boat Show in Port Huron, Michigan. 
These Symposium Presentations are open to all attendees of the Boat Show.

Click here for the agenda of topics and presenters to be held on Sept. 14th and Sept. 15th.

Click here for complete details and registration information for the 2018 Annual ACBS Meeting and International Boat Show.  

Scheduled Symposiums and Workshops

ACBS and ABM 2018 Spring Symposium Recap

Report and photos from Dan Gyoerkoe, ACBS Executive Director Twenty-eight people from 11 different States and the Ontario Province in Canada attended the Annual Spring Symposium co-hosted by ACBS and the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Friday afternoon, participants visited several local boat shops (boat shop hop), the ABM’s Doebler Storage Building, and had…

SNEC 2018 Spring Workshop

Report by Bette Heinzman – Southern New England Chapter Secretary Saturday, April 21st dawned bright and sunny with a slight wind and NO RAIN! By the end of the day the temperature was in the low 60’s and the sun had come out. Approximately 40 Chapter members gathered at the Lay House on the grounds…

2018 ABM & ACBS SYMPOSIUM

Have you registered for the 2018 Symposium in Clayton, New York? It will be May 18-20, 2018.  (Surely spring will arrive there ahead of you.)   This spring the Museum and the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) will be co-hosting their annual in-depth, hands-on weekend restoration symposium on May 18-20.  Symposium will kick off with…

Boat Launch Check List to Save Boat and Ego

One of the take-aways from the ACBS Symposium delivered at the Sunnyland Boat Festival on March 23, 2018 was a laminated CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME OPERATION. This list was first compiled by Lou Rauh and is now shared by Brian Keen, President of Motor Boat Garage in Cincinnati, Ohio.  CHECK LIST FOR FIRST TIME…

Clayton in May for boating and learning

Come to Clayton!  This time in May for the ACBS and ABM Symposium. May 18th – 20th in Clayton, NY.  You can see by the map that the Headquarters for Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Antique Boat Museum are just a few blocks apart.  These good neighbors work together to put on a…

Learning is part of Boating

Like many ACBS Chapters, Heartland Classics has an annual Winter Restoration Workshop.  Each year the topics vary, participation is lively, and members feel better informed. Gary O’Banion, owner of Performance Propeller, was the first speaker.  There was no shortage of questions for him!  A few examples of the Q&A: How much change can you make…

Prime time of the Restoration Season – right now!

Restoration Season of antique and classic boats is a 12 month a year deal, but right now is when so much work gets done by owners and professionals.  That’s so we’re ready for the spring launching. There’s help available on this website – take a look … to supplement your own knowledge about maintenance, preservation,…

Classic Boat Forum, Workshop, Symposium, Seminar

Whether we are in this as a hobby or a profession, most of us came by way of falling in love with an old boat. The combination of historical value and artistic styling add to the unique story that each antique and classic boat carries with her.  But as with the ownership of anything valuable, we soon…

ACBS Suppliers Have What You Need Now

Antique and Classic Boats have unique needs! In order to preserve or restore your vintage boat, you probably need some very exact supplies. What do you need to order now to get started on the next project? Under the Resources Tab on this website, you will find the Classic Boat Suppliers   There are 850 businesses…

What is there to learn? When, Where, and How!

Symposium Synopsis! There are opportunities everywhere to learn something new.  Many Chapters have Shop Tours in the spring and workshops in the off-season. And ACBS members are notorious for helping each other with what they need to know – all the way from doing research to hands-on gettin’ the job done activities. A very valuable…