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.
Congratulations to our 2016 Chapter Awards winners!
Founders Award: Carl & Sue Garmhaus
Harold Mistele Award: Roy & Judi Schoenherr
Don Orth Award: Don Kiddle
President's Cup: Andrew Laenen
Gas Can Award, otherwise known as "You did what?" Award: Ann Guldemond
A brief history of the Michigan Chapter Awards
Our chapter of the ACBS gives out a few awards every year at the Annual Meeting. These Club Awards recognize outstanding effort and leadership.
The President's Cup is supplied to the Chapter by ACBS International and is given to a person of the President's (Commodore's) choice.
The Harold Mistele Award is given to a person in the Chapter in recognition of significant contributions. Harold Mistele had this award made and presented it to founding father, Sandy Duffy, as the first recipient in 1981.
The Don Orth Award is also known as the "Driving Force" award. Big Don Orth was instrumental in the forming and growth of this chapter in the formative years. Don persuaded many people to join and enjoy our Chapter. He loved the club and all it meant. Therefore, this award is given to a person who is a "driving force" in our club now.
The Founder's Award commemorates long term service to the Chapter and is unique in the selection process. Only prior recipients vote on who is to receive the Founder's Award. If certain criteria cannot be met, the Founder's Award is not awarded every year.
The Gas Can Award, also known as the "You Did What?" Award is an opportunity to poke good clean fun at each other. It is awarded by the past recipient to someone who has done something foolish or forgetful. It originated when Mike Riharb ran out of gas on the St. Clair River after failing to make sure he had enough fuel for an event and was towed back in by Chuck and Althea Beattie.
Port Huron 2016 Award Winners
The Blue Water Antique and Classic Boat Show (soon to be officially titled the Port Huron Boat Show) is in the history books and was a great success thanks to the dedicated planning committee and volunteers! Free boat rides for over 200 people were a hit as was the live music. The excitement is building as this will be the location for the 2018 Annual Meeting and International Boat Show - we will be ready! See you next year!
Check out the post-show report by Greg Lewandowski with pictures by Chris and Criag Herbert on Woody Boater: Click here
Can't get enough of the Port Huron Boat show? They have their own website now! Click Here
Port Sanilac 2016 Award Winners
Big thanks and congratulations to Dave and Jeanne Harper, the Village of Port Sanilac, the Port Sanilac Marina, and all of the volunteers for their hard work and time spent planning and executing this great show! Congratulations to all the winners and to all who participated. The addition of classic trailers and cars made for a very special and unique event filled with lots to see and fun people too! See you next year!
Algonac 2016 Award Winners
We are excited to announce that the Michigan Chapter has been selected to host the 2018 ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show in Port Huron, Michigan! This week-long event will be called “Boat the Blue” with the theme “Bring Your Boats Home” referencing the Caribbean blue waters and rich boat building history along the banks of the St. Clair River and the surrounding areas.
This world class event will attract some of the finest boats from this area and from across the United States and Canada. We will have the opportunity to showcase our beautiful area and places us on the world stage demonstrating to everyone why we love living and boating here. In addition, our local classic cruiser population could make this one of the largest gatherings of cruisers at any International show in recent history. The timing is also ideal as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Chapter!
The festivities will kick-off with pre-events planned and hosted by the Michigan Chapter on Sunday, September 9th through Wednesday, September 12th. The ACBS Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, September 13th with the ACBS International Boat Show on Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th.
Port Huron will shine as a first class host for the boat show and the annual meeting activities. The newly opened Blue Water Convention Center will be the meeting venue and the adjacent DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel will house guests comfortably and affordably in over 225 rooms. Both facilities have beautiful views of the Blue Water Bridge and St. Clair River. The River Street Marina, within walking distance of downtown restaurants and located on the Black River, will be providing protected docking facilities for over 100 boats. The Black River flows into the St. Clair River which connects Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair – setting the perfect stage for three days of enjoyable boating and pre-events.
The enthusiasm and cooperation from the Blue Water Visitors Bureau, the chamber of commerce, the City of Port Huron, Desmond Marine, St. Clair Community College, EBW TV, The Community Foundation of St. Clair County and other individual volunteers throughout our County has been outstanding. We feel it is also important to thank the County Board and leadership for their vision in building the convention center. Without this facility this event and many like it could never happen. The ACBS Board who approved our site said the Convention Center was a key to the show being approved in Port Huron. During their visit of our area they witnessed firsthand the kind of community support that will make this show a fantastic week-long boating and spectator experience.
This honor for our chapter would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of Show Chairman Jack Warren and his committee, Greg Lewandowski, LeRoy Stevens and Mark Walker. This committee prepared the proposal which was presented by Jack and Mark at the 2015 ACBS annual meeting last September in Minnesota. Details about the venue were confirmed with ACBS over the last few months and final approval was granted in February.
Now that the show is approved, the committee is moving into planning mode. To celebrate our 40th anniversary and demonstrate that we are ready for the next 40 years, we will embrace all our time-tested traditions while being open to new ideas that will take our chapter into the future. Do you have ideas about the show? Do you have special knowledge or skills that could benefit the show? The committee would love to hear from you! They will be sorting out the sub-committees for “Boat the Blue” over the next few months, so please contact Jack Warren if you are interested in leading or helping with any aspect of the show or contributing in any way.
We are just kicking off the "Boat the Blue" Facebook page where you can find all the latest information specifically related to this event. "Like" it to get updates at: https://www.facebook.com/BoatTheBlue/.
Above all, mark your 2018 calendars for September 9th – 15th to participate as both a boater and chapter volunteer. We will show the boaters and spectators how the Michigan Chapter can pull together to welcome and impress them with a fun, well planned and well executed event!
If you haven't already, sign up to the Michigan Chapter Facebook page!
May 20-21, Joint Michigan and Water Wonderland Chapters Shakedown Cruise at Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa. Contact: Dennis Mykols 616-638-1692
June 7, Tentative Cruise to Browns. Launch at Algonac DNR ramp at 4PM. Contact: John Adams 586-531-0798
June 11, White Lake Rendezvous (new event!). Public Launch at 9AM. Contact: Scott Knight 734-657-8935
More cruises will be announced soon!
The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.