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.
Michigan Chapter, ACBS 29th Annual International Boat Show and Rendezvous
June 20 - 22, 2014
St. Clair Municipal Harbor
Due to continued low water levels and a very positive response to our 2013 show, we are again using the St. Clair Municipal Harbor as the venue for our Chapter show this year. It will be a three day event with a lunch cruise and welcome party on Friday, the judged show on Saturday, and our traditional cruise with brunch at the Old Club on Sunday Morning.
We have chosen "Classic Glass" as our Marque Boat for this year, and hope that this will result in large representation of these beautiful watercraft to be shown with the many wooden boats that have always participated in this event. Because of the wide range of fiberglass boats that will be included, there will be three separate Marque Boat awards, Outboards, Inboards, and Cruisers.
We have also revised the judging categories for the entire show by consolidating the classes from eighteen to eleven. This will somewhat simplify the judging task to allow the volunteer judges more time to enjoy the overall show. It will also make more budget available to have all of the registered boat owners receive a nice Captain's gift as a memento of the event.
A complete registration package is included in this Channel Marker. The same documentation is also available on the Michigan Chapter ACBS website.
We have once again put in our order for sunshine and warm temperatures for show weekend, so register early and I look forward to seeing you and your beautiful boats at the St. Clair Municipal Marina!
Greg LewandowskiSt. Clair Show Chairman
For more information, go to Events & Activities/Shows/Michigan Chapter Boat Show
Algonac Lions and Algonac/Clay Historical Society Pickerel Tournament Antique and Classic Boat Parade, July 4, 2014, 4pm. You are cordially invited to participate in this year's Antique and Classic Boat Parade which will include boats 35 years and older. Participation in the parade is free. We do ask participants to register their boats as we will be announcing the parade to the spectators.
Contact George and Paula Burgess for information and registration forms-
810-794-9641 or email
This year, the Board of the Michigan Chapter decided not to participate in the Cobo Hall Boat Show as we have in previous years. As a result with little activity in February, the Board will not have a meeting in February.
The March meeting location will be held at the Algonac Clay Maritime Museum, 11117 St Clair River Dr, Algonac across the road from the Walpole Island Ferry.At the meeting, in addition to regular business, Bill Avers will be speaking about his father's boat building business, Avers Boats. The meeting will start at 7pm. MEETING IS THURSDAY MARCH 13. There are no facilities for food at the Museum but there are a number of restaurants in the area for those interested.
The April meeting will be held at Logan's on Hall Road. Future meeting locations have not been determined.
The Michigan Chapter will again be participating in the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show at the Showcase Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, Mi 48347. The show runs in conjunction with the fishing show.
Show Times are:
Thursday Feb 27 3pm to 9:30pm
Friday Feb 28 12pm to 9:30pm
Saturday Mar 1 10am to 9:30pm
Sunday Mar 2 10am to 5pm
VOLUNTEERS TO WORK THE SHOW ARE NEEDED, IF YOU CAN WORK ANY OF THE TIME SLOTS ABOVE, contact Ann Guldemond 586-665-2202 or ANYONE THAT WORKS THE SHOW GETS FREE ADMISSION BUT HAS TO PAY PARKING WHICH IS $10.
Admission Cost is $10, children 6-14 $4, under 6, free. If you bring a boat, admission is free.
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!
Ron Ballantyne passed away Sept 20 at the age of 82. Ron has been a member of the ACBS since the early 80's. He was Commodore of the Michigan Chapter from 1985 to 1987. He was elected to the Board of Directors of ACBS International in 1988 and served as President in 1990-91.
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 E. James Mertaugh Family has announced the formation of a scholarship fund for the Great Lakes Boat Building School in special memory of their beloved son and brother, Thomas N Mertaugh, best known to the world of wooden boat enthusiasts as "Tommy". It is the family's preference that the monies be used to assist second year students who are truly dedicated to becoming highly skilled builders, restorers and finishers in the wooden boat trade. This is as it should be since no one set the bar any higher the Tommy when it came to perfection in the industry.
Tommy's death on October 8th at only 47 years of age, stunned the wooden boating world. His grandfather Eugene J. Mertaugh, founded the first Chris-Craft dealership in the country in 1924 in the town of Hessel,in Michigan's Les Cheneaux Islands, with the boat works operating within the family through the next two generations. In 2000, Tommy with his father Jim, and brother Dan, created Classic and Antique Boats, with Tommy administering the business. It became known as one of the finest restoration shops in the country, with its boats winning top prizes everywhere.
Tommy dedicated his life to saving the beauty and mystique of wooden boats for posterity; thus this scholarship is most appropriate. In the event that a substantial amount of contributions is received in his memory, an endowment fund will be established through the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation to guarantee the perpetuation of Tommy's dream and to retain the Mertaugh name in boating for generations to come.
Contributions may be paid to the order of Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, designating " The Thomas "Tommy" Metaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund at GLBBS" and mailed to :
Les Cheneaux Community Foundation
PO Box 249
Cedarville, Michigan 49719
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 summer boat show season for 2013 is history. We want to thank all the boaters for bringing their boats and also all members who volunteered their time to make the shows more successful. It is time to start thinking about winterizing the boats and planning for next year's events.
We want to thank the Fleet Captain for planning the summer cruises. These mid week, informal cruises were enjoyed by all who participated. While the participation level was not that great, it was evident that these events could generate some real interest within the membership. These cruises will continue next year, they can be a lot of fun, be sure to sign up.
The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.