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

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,…

Weekend Wrap-up 6.3.18

How did you spend your weekend? In California, Wood & Glory XX – the Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter held the 20th Annual Gathering of Antique & Classic boats on Clear Lake for “A Return to Fantasy Island”.  Thanks, Tim Bush, for sending these beautiful pictures from Clear Lake, California.  It looks like a perfect weekend.…

Water Wonderland ACBS Chapter Featured

Water Wonderland Chapter of ACBS is one of the largest chapters, and one with valued traditions, community involvement, and forward-looking goals. The Water Wonderland Chapter hosts a large variety of events throughout the year, mainly in western and northern Michigan.  Winter months’ happenings include the Grand Rapids Boat Show where one of the main attractions is…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.15.18

Think about cruising into summer!  Here is a 1956 Chris Craft Express Cruiser named Take Two.  She is 25 feet long and powered with a Hercules K engine.  Take Two is owned by Thomas and Heidi Frye, members of the Water Wonderland Chapter.  The Fryes also own a Lyman, a Boston Whaler, and this 19 ft Antique 1936…

Water Wonderland Winter Workshop

Water Wonderland Chapter and Maritime Classics Held Winter Workshop on Saint Patrick’s Day Report and photos by Dennis Hansen, Event Organizer This last Saint Patrick’s Day, a group of 32 members of the Water Wonderland Chapter came together for a full day workshop at Maritime Classics in Traverse City, Michigan, led by Mike Green, the award-winning…

Opportunity for Retro

A huge auction is scheduled for April 20th and 21st.  You may participate in person or online.   Mahogany Outfitters is the source of the interesting and valuable items offered through Hahn Auctioneers.  Click here for the complete Auction Flyer.  If you can’t be there in person, online bidding is available at proxibid. Now, a bit…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 4.3.18

Leading the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today is No Way, a beautiful 1964 Chris Craft 20 ft 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…