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Throwback Summer

by Whit Conrad member of the Toronto chapter  I’ve always loved boats-wooden boats. They take me back: sailing on Orchard Lake, waterskiing on Pine Lake, watching movies of my father winning races in his hydroplanes he built of wood himself and watching the Silver Cup unlimited hydroplane races on the Detroit River in the 1950’s.…

Tumbling Dice

by Rich & Linda Hughes members of the Toronto/Manotick Chapters The Clarion project was one of the most challenging yet interesting builds to date. Clarion boats already have the reputation for building high-end quality craft that perform as well as they look. So to take a new stock GR21 racer hull and transform it into…

Making What Is Old New Again

by John Peck member of the Toronto chapter In the summer of 1920 on Lake of Bays in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, my father had just been given his first boat at the age of five,a rowboat (Bay) of his own to experience the freedom of exploring the lake at will. From my conversations with him…

Cracker Jack

by member Jack Warren member of the Michigan and Toronto chapters CrackerJack is a 1947 22′ Sportsman, usually called a U-22. They are great boats and I can see why Chris-Craft made more of these than any other model. I previously owned a 1950 17′ Deluxe Runabout. It was a great boat too but a…

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…

Made to Last

By Graeme Hoatson Beattie member of the Toronto chapter Recently I saw a post on the Facebook page “Vintage Toronto” that caught my attention. It was a picture of an antique launch used by the then Toronto Life Saving and Police Patrol Service, a department of the Toronto Harbour Commissioners established in 1921. I was…

Wet Pet

By Ann and Bob Guldemond, members of the Michigan (primary), Bluewater, Toronto, Glacier Lakes, Indiana, and Water Wonderland Chapters. Wet Pet was created in Algonac MI. The story we have heard, it was to be a 1966, but the workers went on strike, so it became a 1967. It is a 48’ Constellation, with three…

ACBS weekly featured Chapter is Toronto

IT’S THE BOATS AND THE PEOPLE!   That’s how the Toronto Chapter’s website opens.  ACBS members who live in or near the central and western part of Ontario belong to this chapter. First of all – THE BOATS –  The Toronto Chapter sends out “Its Wood Boat Wednesday” email.  Last week this boat was featured: There…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.29.18

Wow!  Look at the colors in the picture that leads us into this week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.   Aqua Velvet is a 1968 Classic Greavette 22′ Executive powered with a Chevrolet 327 engine.  Aqua Velvet is owned by Richard and Linda Hughes, Toronto Chapter members of ACBS. Not all Classic boats are old.  There are…