Welcome to the website of the Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. This site is dedicated to preserving the history of antique and classic boating in the Great Lakes region through the sharing of information about early power boating.
We schedule events throughout the year and around the state to promote the hobby we love. Please feel free to browse our site and visit our Photo Gallery which includes annual events such as inwater shows, swap meets and workshop tours, and don't miss the Project Corner where our members can submit photos of their DIY restorations.
We publish a complete calendar of events which will inform you of what is going on in your area and we hope you to see you at a show. Thank you for viewing our site - we hope you will take the opportunity to explore classic boating.
The following summer cruise schedule has been developed by Fleet Captain Jerry Kowal. Any questions, call Jerry at 248-709-9981.
July 30 – Lake Orion Cruise – Guide, Joe Kassman
Launch at 4:30 pm at the Public Boat Ramp on Lake Orion. Cruise around all the inlets and check out boat houses and residences on lake. Dinner following at Red Knapp’s Inn in Oxford. Any questions, contact Joe at 248-375-1581 or 248-701-3609.
August 16 – Day at Club Island
Launch from Algonac Boat Ramp at 9:30 am. We will cruise directly to the island and spend a day on Club Island, normally the home of the Clinton River Boat Club. There is a clubhouse with kitchen, showers and bathrooms. Island facilities include gas barbeques, picnic tables, small swimming beach and horseshoes. There is lots of room for you to bring other games. R.S.V.P. by Aug.3rd to Jerry Kowal at 248-709-9981.
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August 27 – Lexington – Guide, Rick Laenen
Last cruise for 2014. Launch at 4:30 from the Port Huron Boat Ramp. We will cruise from Port Huron to Lexington. Dinner at one of Lexington’s restaurants. Any questions, contact Rick Laenen at 810-329-8779.
2014 St. Clair Show Wrap Up
The 29th Annual Michigan Chapter International Boat Show and Rendezvous was an exciting and memorable event for all that participated.
Approximately 30 boats departed the St. Clair Municipal Harbor for the Friday BBQ lunch cruise under overcast skies. A light rain started to fall on the flotilla near Algonac, and continued until we arrived at Bryson's island, but it was not enough to keep us from having a great time. The food and companionship was wonderful, and we again want to thank Bob and Sue Bryson for their tremendous hospitality in hosting this event.
The Friday evening Welcome Party was attended by about 100 people. The food was delicious and the veterans got a chance to welcome the new participants to the events.
Saturday weather was perfect for the usual morning docking and registration excitement. We had 75 registered boats ranging from 10 to 53 feet in length, 22 of which were Classic Glass outboards, inboards and cruisers. Boats came to the show from Michigan, Ontario and five other states.
There were family activities for kids of all ages with a visit from Tootsie the Clown and our Minnow Race Course. Hagerty Marine insurance sponsored our Kid's Judging activity, where with some volunteer help, the kids voted for their favorite boat of the show.
Judging got underway by late morning, and the difficult task of picking a winner for each class and special award was completed for the 3:00 awards ceremony. The awards were presented to:
Boat Owner Class
Hours & Ours John & Jill Broschard Best Wood Runabout
(15' 1931 CC Model 300)
Tight Lines John & Jim Godlewski Best Wood Utility
(1956 17' CC Sportsman)
(1965 25' Carl & Jane Mount Best Wood Skiff
Guilty Pleasure Larry Krabach Best Wood Outboard
(1959 16.5' Barbour)
Shepsal VII Craig Lamm Best Wood Cruiser
(1953 53' CC Conquerer)
Nicodemus Peter & LeAnn Wickens Best Contemporary
(1996 35' John's Bay) Wood
Glass of 68 John and Melinda Adams Best Modified
(1968 22' Adams Craft)
(2013 home built Audrina Guldemond Best Youth Owner
Hours & Ours John & Jill Broschard Best Owner Restored
(1931 CC Model 300)
Blu By U Bill & Nancy Anderson Best Glass Outboard
(1959 17.5' South Seas)
(1961 18' Buehler Rick Saute Best Glass Inboard
Allure Pat & Shiela Chaps Best Glass Cruiser
( 1972 28' CC Commander Sports Express)
"143" Dave Bortner Kids Judging Award
(1973 21' Century Coronado)
Blue Chip Bill & Jan Stephenson "BEST OF SHOW"
(1970 30' Fino)
Sunday Morning again graced us with perfect weather as our flotilla of classic watercraft attracted some attention as we cruised down the South Channel to the Old Club on Harsens Island for our Sunday brunch. Bud McIntire, Director of Development and Student Services for the Great Lakes Boat Building School, was our speaker for the event. He made a great presentation that gave us a better appreciation for what the Cedarville, Mi. school does to create the marine craftsman that service and build the watercraft that we all love. As part of our non-profit charter, and to support the continuation of the wooden boat industry, the Michigan Chapter makes an annual donation to help support this school.
We want to thank our show sponsors and numerous advertisers, Dan Teetor for providing the photography for the awards, the Michigan Chapter officers and directors, volunteer boat judges and the many other Chapter members and spouses that volunteered their time to make the show an enjoyable and successful event. We look forward to seeing all of you again in 2015 when we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of this great ACBS event.
Michigan Chapter 2014 Winter Workshop
The Michigan Chapter, ACBS conducted a one day "Lofting Workshop" on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The purpose was to give members a better understanding of the lofting concept of wooden boat design and construction from an owner built/restorer's standpoint.
Some 35 members attended the presentation conducted by Tim O'Brien- great job Tim!
The Michigan Chapter ACBS Annual Meeting was held this year on Sunday November 10, 2013 at Gino's Surf North, 37400 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Twp, Mi.
At the meeting two new Directors, Larry Krabach and Rick Laenen were welcomed to the Board and three curren Directors John Adams, Alan Brenner and Allen Willey were re-elected. All five are elected to 3 year terms. In addition, Joe Kassmann and Don Brenner were elected by the Board as Honorary Board Members for Life.
As all of the Officer's terms were expiring, a new slate of Officers was elected by the Board. The new Officers elected to two year terms are:
Commodore- Ann Guldemond
Vice Commodore- Alan Brenner
Rear Commodore- John Adams
Treasurer- Roy Schoenherr
Secretary- Allen Willey
In addition the Annual Chapter Awards were presented:
Founders Award, presented in recognition of life time achievement in furthering the goals of the Chapter to John and Melinda Adams.
Don Orth Award, presented in recognition of a person who has been a driving force in making thing happen in the Chapter to Gerry Kowal.
Commodore's Cup, presented in recognition of and individual or couple who have demonstrated exemplary dedication to the aims of the Chapter to Mike Adam.
Harold Mistele Award, presented to an individual or couple who by their interest and actions contributed in a superior manner to the betterment of the Chapter to Alex and Pat Pawlychuk.
The Gas Can or Oops award ( I can't believe I did that ! ) , presented to an individual for something he or she would like to forget, to Gerry Kowal.
The Michigan Chapter is trying something new to keep up with the times. We have subscribed to a service to allow us to send out mass emails to all of our members that have an email address. We promise we won't bombard members with emails every day. We won't clog up your email in box. We do see an advantage in the service to allow the Board to advise members on upcoming events and on schedule changes due to weather or any other reason. All scheduled events are in the Channel Marker and on the website but we believe more current information could be of benefit to the membership. If your email address has changed recently or is not current, you can change your email address or other contact information by logging into the ACBS website www.acbs.org and going to my profile. Once you log in with your information, you can change your email address yourself. If you are uncomfortable doing this on line, you can phone HQ at 315-686-2628 and they will do it for you.
You may want to check out this new book by Bob Matson. It chronicles amazing stories of nautical archaeology and features a forward by Dennis Evinrude great newphew of Ole Evinrude. It has exclusive stories about what happened to the boats used in On Golden Pond. Books are $25 plus $2.95 shipping and can be ordered from the author by going to his website at www.matsonmotors.com.
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The Michigan Chapter Boat Show was held again this year at St Clair Michigan and was a great success. The weather cooperated and some great boats were on display. For a full report of the show there is a report on the home page. Next up are shows organized by groups in Port Sanilac and Port Huron and sanctioned by the Michigan Chapter. Dates for these are Port Sanilac August 1-3 and Port Huron September 5-6. For more details on these shows go to Events & Activities / Shows.
The Summer Cruise Schedule for the balance of 2014 is posted on the left. The first cruise was held on June 10. The cruise started at the DNR ramp at Algonac and proceeded down the Middle Channel to Brown's for dinner. Some 11 boats and 31 people participated. Pictures are shown in the Photo Albums.
The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.