Water Wonderland Chapter

Beginnings

On June 8, 1987, the first organizational meeting of the Water Wonderland Chapter/ACBS was held in Traverse City, Michigan. The chapter charter was presented to Dennis Mitchell, first chapter president, at the inaugural winter meeting on February 20, 1988. As an historical note, prior to its organization as a chapter of ACBS, this organization had been organized as the Long Lake Wooden Boat Club.

Location

Although the Water Wonderland Chapter was founded in Traverse City (northwest region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula), its members not only hail from throughout the state but across the Midwest. Our predominant “market”, however, tends to be the western and northern portions of the Lower Peninsula, along with the entire Upper Peninsula. Accordingly, chapter officers and directors make a concerted effort to plan events throughout the region, as to not only appeal to the entire membership, but to visit new and unexplored locales.

Membership and Activities

The Water Wonderland Chapter/ACBS has enjoyed consistent growth year after year — our officers and directors work diligently to ensure this continues to be a hallmark of our chapter. We are also constantly seeking to expand upon and/or improve the activities of the chapter, meeting the needs of the membership as that membership changes. Towards that end, we realize, as does the ACBS, that the future of our collective organizations can only be found in today’s youth — more specifically, first attracting their interest in antique and classic boats and secondly, retaining that interest through appropriate benefits and activities.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

The Mary T. II

By Mark Moulton, member of the Water Wonderland Chapter The Mary T. II has been a passion of mine since the age of thirteen. Originally named Amy, I am the third owner of the 89-year old boat. She was built in October 1929, just as the Stock market crashed, and the production of new Hacker…

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…

1936 Indian Princess

By Ken Kelly, member of the Water Wonderland Chapter. The Back Story I first became interested in wooden canoes when I purchased a 1930s built log cabin in 1993. I was looking for a summer place on an all-sports lake with the plan of getting a mahogany runabout soon there after. Already a wooden runabout…

Father-Son Team Build, Restore, Repair, and Refinish

By Dave Wrzesinski My son Scott and I have been building, restoring, repairing and refinishing boats for the past 40 years. I started building when I was 11 years old with my friend Jon Staudacher and his father Les Staudacher. Les built unlimited hydroplanes from the 1950s to the early 1970s. He built unlimited boats…

Ned & Barbara Edwards talk life with ACBS and Water Wonderland

Ned and Barbara Edwards live in North Shore of Crystal Lake, near Beulah, MI. They have been members of ACBS and Water Wonderland for ten years. Currently they own a 1957 16′ Century Resorter, built in Manistee, MI the same month they were married in Benzonia (August 1956). Ned says they purchased the boat as…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 12.4.18

This picture was taken in 1965, but the 25 ft boat in the background was manufactured in 1917 making it 101 years old this year.  It is a Stearns & McKay Cabin Launch named Amohicana II.  Duane and Sylvia Seaver of the Water Wonderland Chapter own this Historic boat. Pictures of the boats in today’s tour…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.11.18

The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats is lead by Mollie, a 1932 Gar Wood owned by Nevin and Elizabeth Bryant of Coolin, ID.  The photo was taken by Wes Yandt at the Big Sky Chapter’s Woody Weekend on Whitefish Lake in Montana.     Check back in for tomorrow’s post which will showcase the “Best…

Boats on the Boardwalk 2018

Photos and captions by Allen Papendick, Water Wonderland Chapter It was a beautiful day on the Boardman River, Traverse City, Michigan.  The 30th annual Boats on the Boardwalk a great success.  Many visitors in town for the Traverse City Film Festival wandered by the river to admire the boats.   The headline picture above is of Kirk…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.3.18

Independence is the name on this boat – appropriate for this US Independence Day week.  Independence is a 38 ft Chris Craft Commander built in 1968, making her a Classic Boat.  She is owned by William Flaglor, member of the Niagara Frontier Chapter.   Arnie Brulhardt sent this picture of his 1963 Thompson SeaCoaster.  The photo is titled,…