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.
Again this year the Michigan Chapter is participating in Winter Boat shows to promote the club. Dates for these shows this year are:
Cobo Hall Boat Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, February 14 to 22.
Cottage and Lakefront Living Show at the Showcase Collection in Novi, February 26 to March 1.
click here for Cobo Hall
click here for Cottage and Lakefront Living Show
The first winter workshop for 2015 was held at the Algonac Maritime Museum, 1117 St Clair River Drive, Algonac, Mi 48001, across from the ferry terminal in Algonac. Director Pat Chaps organized a great program and just over 100 persons braved the cold weather to come out and start thinking about boating. Pat had organized 4 speakers but unfortunately, the speaker from L L Johnson Lumber Co. came down sick and had to cancel the night before.
The first speaker was Rob Lyons, from the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Oh. He spoke about buying and selling an Antique or Classic boat, market trends and what is hot and what is not. The Antique Boat Center has made available a book written by one of the owners of the Antique Boat Center, Lou Rauh, " So you want an old wood boat ". You can down load a pdf of the book by clicking here.
The second presenter was Bruce Niederer, Service Tech Adviser/Chemist with West System epoxy. He discussed the ways to use West System products on wooden boats and fielded many questions from the audience.
The third presentation was made by Dawn Pincombe. Dawn has worked on refinishing wooden boats for over 30 years and dicussed the methods and materials she uses to refinish wooden boats.
A second winter workshop will be held Saturday Mar 14 at the Algonac Maritime Museum. The program is under development and will be communicated when available.
The 2014 Michigan Chapter ACBS Annual Meeting and Brunch was held on November 9 at the MacRay Banquet Center on Lake St Clair, 30675 N River Rd, Harrison Twp, Mi.
Commodore Ann Guldemond addressed the meeting welcoming new Directors to the Club. New to the Board were Directors Craig Lamm and Dave Harper, both elected to 3 year terms. Also re-elected to a 3 year is Pat Chaps.
Ann presented Todd Eib, the Channel Marker editor, the award for the best Chapter publication for Chapters with over 300 members from ACBS International. Ann had previously accepted this award on Todd's behalf at the ACBS International meeting at Skaneatles, New York in September. Todd has retired as a Director and Carl Garmhaus is taking over as interim Channel Marker Editor. Ann thanked Todd for doing a great job as Editor.
Chapter Awards were presented by Ann as follows:
Presidents Cup - awarded to a Melinda Adams for service above and beyond with Club events.
Don Orth Award - awarded to Rick Laenen for being a driving force in Club activities.
Harold Mistele Award - presented to Todd Eib for a significant contribution to Club activities.
Founder Cup Award - is presented by the Founders of the Chapter in recognition of an outstanding life time achievement in support of the goals of the Chapter. The award was not presented this year.
Gas Can Award - presented to a member who had an embarrassing experience during the season. This year, presented to Al Herr for engine difficulties on Lake Orion.
Ann announced that the 2015 Annual Meeting would be held at Stahl's Automotive Museum. Details will be finalized and announced later in 2015.
At the International ACBS Boat Show Banquet held on Sept 20 in Skaneatles New York, Commodore Ann Guldemond received the annual award for the best publication within the 50 plus chapters of the ACBS. Ann accepted the award as Channel Marker editor Todd Eib was unable to attend. Todd has done a great job with the Channel Marker carrying on the great work done by previous editor John Gambill.
Port Huron Boat Show 2014
The Port Huron Boat Show was held September 5,6 , 2014. The Friday dinner cruise to St Clair was braved by only 3 boats. The South wind was fresh and there were big rollers on the St Clair River. The boats that did make the trip down, stayed overnight as the weather got really bad later in the evening. The weather did not affect attendance as some 40 people turned out at the Voyageur for dinner and to listen to speaker Bob Matson talk about his book, What's in Your Boat House?
Saturday weather was perfect Boat Show weather and about 40 boats turned out. Water levels were up considerably over last year and some docks were also lowered by the City of Port Huron making the venue even more attractive. Good attendance by the public kept the docks busy all day long. The Boat Show organizers added a new twist this year advertising free antique boat rides. About 200 persons took advantage of the opportunity, many for their first boat ride ever. These rides were provided by several Club members on a volunteer basis for no monetary compensation. It proved to be the highlight of the show and may quite possibly generate future Club members.
Following the show a reception was held for attendees and awards were presented as follows:
Port Huron Sail and Power Squadron award: Pat and Alex Pawluchyk - Canada Goose - Peterborough Seafarer Deluxe
City of Port Huron Mayor's Choice: Jim and Rose Sanders - No Name - Lyman -Biscayne
Michigan ACBS Commodore's Choice: Pete Paulis - No Name - Lyman
People's Choice: Craig Lamm -Shepsl VII -Chris Craft Conqueror
People's Choice 2nd Place: Gerry Kramer - Irish - Hacker Runabout
Check out the pictures on the Michigan ACBS website www.michacbs.com.
Toledo Boat Show
The Toledo Boat Show was held at the Skyway Marina on August 22-24 and was well attended by Michigan Chapter Members. This marina was an excellent venue for a boat show with modern floating docks. Registration for the boat show also allowed entry to the Great Lakes Museum and the Brig Niagara a tall ship that was berthed at the marina. The weather for the weekend was great.
The Michigan Chapter fared very well in the awards with the following results:
Best Runabout- Tim and Paula O'Brien
Best Raceboat- John and Melinda Adams
Best Fiberglass- John and Julia Gambill
People's Choice- Terrence and Nina Groesbeck
Best Non Powered Boat- Audrina Guldemond
Best of Show- Al and Margaret Herr
The show was very well done by the Ramsey Brothers and the Great Lakes Museum. Registration included a Friday reception and 2 lunches. A Saturday dinner and Sunday pancake breakfast were also included at extra cost.
Port Sanilac Boat Show August 1-3, 2014
And the Fog Rolled In, and the Fog Rolled Out, that is a fitting name for the 5th Annual Michigan Chapter / Port Sanilac Vintage Festival. It was like a June morning as the sun rose over Lake Huron.
The fog rolled in over the break wall, encompassing the village of Port Sanilac’s waterfront. It was a beautiful sight. The sleepy village slowly came alive as the fog rolled in and out over the marina and its boats nestled in the harbor. There were woodies and classic glass lining the docks for all in attendance to enjoy. Up on land, the Tin Can Tourists camped out with their classic trailers. The East Port Blues Festival added lots of music to the event.
Check out the pictures in the Photo Gallery
Sarnia Bay Boat Show July 19, 2014
A Boat Show in the Rain, Oh, a Boat Show in the Rain……
Well, the “Polar Vortex” arrived for the Blue water ACBS’s boat show at Sarnia Bay Marina. The rain and dark clouds kept the sun away, and the temperature never made 70. But, the people enjoyed the show despite the cold. Two 1967 Chris Craft cruisers had the opportunity to compare the fine Chris Craft craftsmanship as they parked stern to stern. On the left is a 1967 47’ Commander, and on the right, a 1967 48’ Constellation. A very unique sight, indeed.
Some pictures are in the Photo Gallery
Reports from the Summer Cruises 2014
June 10 - The first summer cruise was a big success. Boats launched at the DNR ramp in Algonac and cruised down the Middle Channel to Brown's restaurant. Some 11 boats and 31 people participated. Pictures are posted in the photo gallery.
July 16 - Grosse Isle -One boat braved the cold and rain that day only to find a great adventure awaiting in the inner canals of Grosse Isle. After cruising through the center of Grosse Isle in a 14' wood outboard turning heads as he cruised by, Bob Guldemond joined Bob and Bobbi Lang along with Jerry Kowal at the Grosse Isle Yacht Club . There they enjoyed a fabulous Whitefish dinner prepared just for our members. He reports there was room for 30 but sadly only four showed up. Their loss!
July 30 - Lake Orion- Seven or eight boats and 20 people enjoyed a pleasant cruise around Lake Orion. The weather was very pleasant. For a relatively small lake there are a large number of homes around its shores and one could easily get lost in the myriad canals and inlets. We were fortunate to have 2 guides, Joe Kassmann and Scott Campbell, owner of Lake Orion Marine from the lake in his gorgeous 1957 26'ChrisCraft Sports Express. After the cruise, boats were loaded on trailers and the group headed off to dinner in nearby Oxford. view pictures in the Photo Gallery
Club Island - August 16 No report , but pictures are in the photo gallery.
August 27 Cruise from Port Huron to St Clair, dinner at Pepper Joe's was well attended with 7 boats and 27 people. Check out the pictures in the photo gallery.
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.
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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Please note the Calendar for next year has been loaded on the website. Note especially 2 winter workshops Jan 10 and Mar 14. More details in the Calendar of Events.
Dates for the 2015 summer boat shows are as follows:
Michigan Chapter Boat Show- Algonac Harbour Club June 26-28
Port Sanilac - August 14-15
Port Huron - September 11-12
More detail on these boat shows is located under Events and Activities/Shows and registration forms will be posted on the website in late April, early May.
The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.