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.
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John Edward Godlewski
The ACBS and the Michigan Chapter lost one of its own this past May 29th. John Godlewski passed away suddenly at 57 years of age in his home in St. Clair Shores, MI.
By profession, he was a Project Engineer in the automotive industry. To the rest of us, he was a happy, full of life individual who loved family, friends, and the wonderful pleasures that the State of Michigan could offer.
Most of us knew John as part owner of the fabulous boat “Tight Lines” that he shared with his brother Jim. Together they restored this beautiful 17’ Sportsman that has won numerous awards on the show circuit.
John also had passions for all of the outdoors. He owned a cabin up north he liked to call “Backwoods Luxury”. He enjoyed fishing, 4 wheeling, snowmobiles, golf and his vegetable garden.
He leaves behind a large family of nieces, nephews, and friends. John also shared many years with his furry friend Yogi, a fun loving Golden Retriever that would melt your heart. They are now together once again.
John was an outgoing, caring person who always saw the glass half full. He truly enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.
The wishes of his brother Jim are that anyone who would like to make a donation in John’s memory do so to the National ACBS Scholarship Endowment Fund to encourage the everlasting love and appreciation of classic wooden boats.
Don't forget to register for this popular event June 21, 2015.
Dear Boat Owners:
You are invited to become part of the Annual Detroit Yacht Club Antique and Classic Boat Review on Sunday, June 21st.
The enclosed information has been assembled to help you enjoy your day with us. During the review, there will be an information table near the boat exhibit hosted by experienced people who will answer any DYC questions that you may have.
When you check in, you will be presented with a program, your exhibit sign, a dash plaque
commemorating the date and one Sunday meal ticket for each boat you are displaying. Additional tickets are available. In addition to the meal, other dining facilities are available at the outside snack bar near the pool and the inside bar and Grill. Bar patrons must be 21 years old. Outdoor pool and change area are available. Visa and MasterCard may be used to make your purchase at the Club.
If you wish to use the Grill Dining area, shorts, slacks and tops are appropriate; jeans, bathing suits and tank tops are not. Meal Ticket can not be used in any other area.
To make dinner reservations, purchase extra tickets, make overnight dockage arrangements or if you have any questions about our activities, please don't hesitate to contact me at
(313) 824-1200 ext. 232.
Thank you again for being part of our day, I am looking forward to seeing you at our beautiful Club.
Chairperson, DYC Antique & Classic Boat Review
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The Michigan Chapter held it's second well attended winter workshop on March 14, 2015. The two morning presentations were by Brian Cuthbetrson of Cuthbertson Marine, and Matt Pashby of L.L. Johnson.
Brian discussed all of the things we should check, lubricate, and regularly maintain on our classic watercraft to keep them running like we want them to. He also talked about the good, bad and the evil of fuel additives to avoid performance related issues I don't think there was anyone in attendance that did not learn something that will become a regular part of their boat maintenance in the future.
Matt reviewed the current market and availability of different types of mahogany, white oak, teak and other products used in the construction and restoration of wooden boats. He also gave a demonstration of the Saw Stop table saw that is available at L. L. Johnson. It incorporates a high tech safety brake that can completely stop the saw blade in 3 to 5 milliseconds if it contacts a finger or body part. It also has several user friendly features that make it a very attractive addition to any workshop.
After a great pizza and salad lunch with a good amount of member chatter on project status and prepping boats for spring launch, we continued the day with two afternoon presentations.
Frank Bauer talked about how he purchased and restored a 1955 21 ft. Chris Craft Cobra. It was one of the few built with the Cadillac V8 engine, and has one of the most unique histories you could imagine. The boat was shipped new to Austria. After many years of use and storage, it was next purchased by a second owner who moved the boat to Switzerland, restored the boat over several years with the addition of a European style maple inlaid deck. and several other unique features. The boat finally came back to the US in 2013 when Frank purchased it and had it shipped across the Atlantic. Additional restoration work was Done by Katz Marine in New Jersey, and after much trial and tribulation, the boat was shown at the Sunnyland Chapter Lake Dora show in 2014. He hopes to bring the boat to Algonac for our 2015 show for all of us to admire.
Sheila Davis was our last presenter that gave us a hands on demonstration of the art of "gold leaf" lettering. Her 25 years of experience in the business was very obvious with the knowledge and technique that she demonstrated. She also talked about the pros and cons of gold leaf vs. vinyl appliqués for transom names, and registration numbers. She does all of the lettering work for Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, and can be contacted through them for any member projects.
TNe Michigan Chapter and the ACBS have lost a long time supporter of the antique boat hobby. Joyce Neff passed away Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at her home on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. Joyce will be remembered as an extremely active member of our chapter and the ACBS. Joyce and husband, Tom, were the driving people behind the Port Huron boat show in the early years. She welcomed chapter members to her home in Port Huron and Tom's workshop for Tuesday night get-togethers and numerous club workshops. Tom built her an 18 foot Little Miss Canada replica so she could join him in the waterborne fun in her own racer. Joyce was the organizer for numerous boat trips in the US and Canada including the Muskokas, Ottawa, Rideau Ferry and Clayton New York. They pulled their boat to Michigan and Tennessee to take part in our chapter activities. Joyce was a fun-loving people person and liked nothing better than getting together with friends and will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions my be made to the Great Lakes Boat Building School, 485 South Meridian Road, Cedarville Michigan 49719.
Michigan members have been invited to attend the Toronto Chapter boat show on Lake Miuskoka this summer, Take a look at the letter below and make your plans accordingly. To access registration forms to take advantage of the reduced prices noted below, click on the following link http://acbs.ca/index.php?option=com_dtregister&Itemid=629&eventId=22&controller=event&task=individualRegister
Over the past several years, ACBS-Toronto members have had the pleasure of visiting your annual boat shows. Many of our members travel regularly to Buffalo each September, more than 30 of us attended the Skaneateles show connected with the International AGM, a small group enjoyed touring the waterways in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this summer, and who can forget our adventures in Clayton as the feature chapter at the ABM show.
The common feature of all these shows has been the overwhelming hospitality you and your members have extended to our club. And now, we’d like to return the favour.
Please join us as our special guests at the ACBS-Toronto 35th Annual Vintage Boat Show to be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Gravenhurst, Ontario. We are reaching out to the presidents and other key contacts of clubs with whom we’ve shared good times in the past - all are within a reasonable drive of the Muskoka area. Please share this invitation with your members.
As our guests, the captain of each registered boat will receive the following:
· free registration for our Poker Run to be held Friday, July 10
· half-price tickets for our welcome cocktail party and dinner on Friday evening at the Muskoka Bay Club (limit two tickets per registered boat)
· free boat show registration, including two admission tickets
· free tickets to our Saturday evening post-show cocktail party (cash bar)
· half-price tickets for our VIP lunch on Saturday, July 11 (limit two tickets per registered boat)
Additional full-price tickets can be pre-purchased for all of our events, including our very popular Sunday Brunch at Duke Boats in Port Carling.
In addition, we’d like to feature information about your chapter and your members’ boats in the summer issue of our award-winning magazine, Classicboat. We need to hear from you by April 15 in order to include this information.
We look forward to sharing more details with you soon – including pre-show activities for those who wish to enjoy a longer stay in the area. We know how quickly the summer boating calendar fills up, so we wanted to make sure you had this invitation in lots of time. When Boat Show registration opens in mid-February, we’ll send you the link.
Please be sure to pass this information along to your members. We look forward to seeing you and your club representatives in July!
Kathy Rhodes, President, ACBS-Toronto
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.
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.
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 schedule for summer cruises has been set, dates are June 17, July 11, July 25, August 1 and August 23.
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The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.