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

Boats “Above Water” Highlights

By Jeff Rogers President of the Water Wonderland chapter Well it’s safe to say, the high water didn’t have the last word… As you all likely know, our annual Boats on the Boardwalk show was cancelled at our June board meeting. In its’ place, a decision was made that night to just have a basic…

Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats 6.4.19

Boat owner: Sid Durham, member of the Water Wonderland Chapter. Boat: 1952 19-foot Chris-Craft Racing Runabout Boat name: Rock ‘N’ Race Photo: This photo was taken on Gull Lake, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, by Photographer Walter Cooper during the Vintage Gold Cup Sailing Regatta, a celebration of classic Star class sailing. Boat name: C.S. Lane Boat…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 5.14.19

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-foot Antique 1936 Chris Craft…

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…

ACBS 2018 Best Non-Wood Winner

By John & Amanda VanderWeele members of Water Wonderland & Michigan chapters Our Larson is a 15’ All American with a 60 horsepower 4-cylinder Renault and Mercruiser 0 outdrive. We acquired Larson in May of 2014 from the niece of the second owner. The boat was purchased new in 1966 from Lubbers in Hudsonville Michigan…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.26.19

Many of the boats in today’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats are from the Michigan area. Dennis Hansen, a member of the Water Wonderland chapter, is seeking help in finding the ownership history of his Chris Craft U-22 (Hull #U22584). The boat was originally shipped to a Cleveland, Ohio boat store that no longer exists.…

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…