The Thousand Islands Chapter of ACBS supports the Vision and Mission of ACBS, and is particularly oriented to carrying out its efforts in the St. Lawrence River area.

Our Chapter area includes both the AntiqueBoatMuseum and the Headquarters of ACBS, which provides our chapter with not only the responsibility but also the privilege of supporting both with volunteers, staff, tours etc.

Upcoming Events

The St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands area is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. There are an endless number of tree lined coves, channels, bays, cuts and islands to navigate through. As the outlet for the Great Lakes, the water can frequently be rough and there is a fairly steady current- thus a reason why wooden boats built in the area tended to be a little longer and a little more ruggedly built. There are many wonderful destinations for the cruising boat as well- Boldt Castle, The Antique Boat Museum, any number of Marinas, Motels, and Restaurants, as well as the Canadian facilities at Kingston, Gananoque, Ivy Lea, Rockport, and Brockville, to name a few. This is the area we operate in and where we seek to promote our common interest!

Chapter News

Vanquish

by Gregory McLean member of the Thousand Islands chapter The Vanquish caught my eye at first glance – as a classic inboard river boat and that was enough to spark my initial interest. My lap-strake Lyman needed work and without a boathouse I thought fiberglass might be a more durable way to go. I had…

Navy Blue

by Richard Stout member of Thousand Islands chapter It’s not an antique or classic. It is FRP with a lot of exterior wood. We ordered Navy Blue from a Seattle broker and it was custom built to our specifications in China. I had previously owned a 1962 Chris-Craft Constellation and loved the layout and functionality…

White Knuckles

By Randy Fletcher & Heidi Szonn members of the Thousand Islands chapter The adventure started in 2006 as a volunteer at the Antique Boat Museum Boat shows and Race Regattas, meeting many wood boat enthusiast along the way. Conversations ensued through the next three years as to the upkeep, maintenance and storage of these beautiful…

1000 Islands Chapter of ACBS Featured this Week

The 1000 Islands Chapter of ACBS has a new website. Here is the description of their location and membership as found on the home page of their new website at http://1000islandsacbs.com/: The Thousand Islands Chapter of ACBS is unique in several ways; it is an international chapter of ACBS, having a large number of Canadian…

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…

Thousand Islands is ACBS Featured Chapter of the Week

The Thousand Islands Chapter, featured this week by ACBS, supports and endorses the Vision and Mission of ACBS, and is particularly oriented to carrying out its efforts in the St. Lawrence River area. This chapter is truly “International” within itself with both sides of the Canadian/U.S. border represented in their membership. The following is a…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.25.17

A 1952 Century Sea Maid leads this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.  She is owned by Rollie Surprenant. The photo of this classic boat was taken on Lake George in New York by Stephanie Affinito. The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is a collection of pictures and descriptions sent in by our viewers, mostly ACBS members.…

Classic Boat Connection – Really Connected AND Appreciated

Classic Boat Connection is the ACBS Associate Member featured this week. Classic Boat Connection, located in Mankato, Minnesota, is an Associate Member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.  ACBS recognizes them with gratitude for their continuing support of our organization.  They also support these chapters with paid memberships; Bob Speltz Land-o-Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Hopatcong, Mississippi…

Geraldine: a Unique Story from a Classic Whaleboat

Geraldine is a 26 ft. converted US Coast Guard Motor Whaleboat built in 1945 at the US Coast Guard Shipyards in Curtis Bay, Maryland.  She is owned by Joe Sabo, a member of the Thousand Islands Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.  Geraldine is an interesting and very unusual vessel and she has an…