From Headquarters

At the Annual Scholarship Gala, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of great items, including a lodging package at the Liahona Lakehouse B&B complete with a 2 hour cruise around Lake of the Ozarks aboard this 1965 Lyman, courtesy of ACBS Heartland Classic Members Mark Engstrom and Jenni McGowin. 

Or a bottle of Rusticator Rum, provided by Bartlett Maine Estate Winery/Spirits of Maine Distillery‘s owners Robert and Kathe Bartlett, ACBS New England members.

Donate today…

We are currently seeking more items for the silent and live auctions, so get creative and please consider joining Mark & Jenni, and Bob & Kathe in donating an item for the ACBS Scholarship Auction. All monies raised through the auction go to the ACBS Scholarship Fund which provides annual scholarships to students attending five of the best boatbuilding schools across the country.

Please contact if you wish to donate something for the auction including nautical items, creative crafts, tasty drinks and treats, or fun experiences.

Sign up to Attend…

On the evening of Friday, September 15th,  a long-held ACBS tradition will continue with the ACBS Scholarship Dinner and Auction at a very special venue. For those in the know, the name Van Dam Custom Boats holds a storied history. Started out of a garage in nearby Harbor Springs in 1977 by namesake founder Steve Van Dam, the company which bears his name thrives these 45 years later – designing, building, and launching one-of-a-kind wooden watercraft.

Thanks to the gracious hospitality of the Van Dam family, those attending the ACBS scholarship dinner will be treated to an experience that encompasses everything that is good about northern Michigan: the woods, the water, a strong work ethic, fine craftsmanship, family, friends, and boats. And if that wasn’t enough, our menu will highlight some of the local Michigan culinary delicacies that have been renowned over the last century.

Amidst such a rich backdrop – all taking place in a working boat shop no less – there couldn’t be a more perfect way and space to invest in the future of our vintage boat hobby. So, bring your appetite, your passion for our hobby (and the next generation), and your wallet.

Be sure to sign up to attend the Auction and all of the events being held as part of the 2023 ACBS Vintage Boat Week in Bay Harbor, MI. REGISTER TODAY


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