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 Michigan Chapter Annual Meeting for 2015 was held on Saturday, November 14 at the Stahl's Automotive Museum. We had a great turnout and thanks to John and Melinda Adams for organizing a great event.
Some current Directors were re-elected, Al Herr for a two year term and Carl Garmhaus, Gerry Kowal, Greg Lewandowski and Roy Schoenherr for 3 year terms. Also, the Club welcomed newly elected Director Gale Woods. The Club thanked retiring Director Alex Pawluchyk for his valuable service as Membership Chairman. Gale will be taking over this important job.
As the two year term for Officers was expiring, the Board of Directors met to elect a new slate of Officers for the next two years. Commodore Ann Guldemond, Vice Commodore Alan Brenner and Treasurer Roy Schoenherr were re-elected for two more years. Two new Officers were elected, Gerry Kowal as Rear Commodore and Pat Chaps as Secretary.
During the Brunch, the Annual Chaoter Awards were presented:
Don Orth Award- Larry Krabach
Commodore's Cup- Gale Woods
Harold Mistele Award - Jack Warren
Gas Can Award - Alex Pawluchyk
2015 Port Huron Show
The 2015 version of the Port Huron show began with a cruise down the St Clair River from Port Huron to St Clair for dinner at the Voyageur. As we were sitting in the Voyageur, we saw one of the boats in our group that had left later drifting down the river. The boat had engine trouble and was drifting with the current. You all know what a current there is in the river. Mark Walker ran to his Sea Skiff and was joined by several other members and motored out to take him in tow. Towing a boat in no easy matter and at times the towed boat has a mind of its own. In any event, they managed to get the boat back into the St Clair marina.
For the Saturday Show, the weather was great except for a short rain shower. Some 55 boats were registered. In the show last year, free boat rides were offered and over 200 rides were given. The practice was continued this year and 160 rides were given. The number was down due to the weather. The boat rides were a very popular item and for many of the riders it was not only their first time in a classic boat but the first time in a boat period.
The theme for this year's show was race boats and we had Miss America X in attendance along with 2 modern off shore race boats. The contrast between Miss America X and the modern boats was quite striking.
Award winners for the show are as follows:
Mahogany Outfitters Award for the best fiberglass boat - Gil Nichols
Power Squadron Award to Jon Weller - 1947 23' Hacker, Current Fling
Commodore's Award to Dave and Julie Schaitberger -1949 30' Hacker, Loup Garou
People's Choice was a tie, Pete and Leanne Wicken's, 35' John's Bay, Nicodemus and Mark and Gail Walker's 23' Chris Craft, Ya Ba Dee
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2015 International Boat Show
The 2015 International Boat Show was held in Brainerd, Minnesota during the third week in September. At this time of year, it is difficult to predict what kind of weather will happen. As it turned out, the weather was almost perfect. There were two rainy mornings, but the rest of the week was great, sunny days with temperatures in the mid 70's.
The week began with a reception Sunday evening for those registered for the pre-events. This was a great opportunity to meet other people and get ready for some great boating. On Monday and Tuesday, we cruised on the Whitefish chain of lakes and Wednesday, cruised on Gull Lake. We enjoyed some great boating and some great scenery.
The International Boat Show itself began with a welcome reception and dinner at the Bar Harbor supper club on Gull Lake. This was the venue for the actual boat show and the restaurant had enough dock space to accommodate more that 100 boats! Some additional docks were added to accommodate the 125 boats that were registered in the show.
On Thursday from 8 to 10 am, there was a Chapter Roundtable session to outline the new on-line directory system and allow feedback from the Chapters. The rest of the day was devoted to the Annual Board Meeting. At this meeting Mark Walker and Jack Warren from the Michigan Chapter made a presentation to the Board to propose hosting the 2018 International Boat Show in Port Huron. This proposal was well received and the International Board passed a motion approving the proposal subject to a site visit in the near future.
The Boat Show proper began Friday Morning and ended Saturday afternoon. More about the boat show later but first there were some social events that happened on Thursday and Friday evening. On Thursday evening, there was a dinner with entertainment, a comedian and a magician. On Friday evening, there was a charity auction held at Lee Anderson's private museum and boat house. This was the most spectacular event of the whole week. Lee Anderson is a wealthy industrialist who has acquired quite a collection of historic boats. In his collection, he has 38 boats and each one is a unique, one of a kind boat. The boat house itself was spectacular. Needless to say it was a jaw dropping experience!
At the boat show there was quite a collection of boats, some very unique like Lockpat II, one of Lee Anderson's boats. The docks were filled with spectators both Friday and Saturday and the weather was absolutely perfect.
The event concluded with a banquet Saturday evening where the boat show awards were presented. There were also some Chapter Awards presented and the Michigan Chapter received the award for the best website. The award recognizes not only the website activity but also the contribution of other social media activity. In the past year, there has been considerable Facebook activity for the Michigan Chapter site mainly due to input by Gale Woods.
On the Sunday morning, we hooked up the trailer and headed home, an 866 mile journey. It was a long haul but a worth while trip. For those of you interested in attending an International Show, in 2016 it will be in Lake Tahoe and 2017 in the Thousand Islands. If these are too far, you can wait for 2018 where it will be in your own backyard!
On behalf of the ACBS Michigan Chapter, thank you to the Village of Pot Sanilac, Port Sanilac Harbor and to everyone involved in making the Port Sanilac Antique Boat and Car Show a great place to be. Special thanks to Dave and Jeanne Harper for all your hard work and your warm welcome. Dinner was great last night at the Blue Water Sports Bar and Grill and I heard the Sock Hop was a big hit. In the midst of the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Yard Sale Trail excitement, Port Sanilac came shining through. A beautiful Michigan Summer Day in the Village of Port Sanilac, the 2015 Boat Show ROCKED! One more sweet memory for our album. Thank you all.
ACBS Bluewater Chapter - Sarnia Bay Boat Show
Just four weeks after our own ACBS Michigan Chapter “Where it all Began” Algonac Boat Show took place, our local ACBS Bluewater Chapter hosted their boat show at the other end of the St. Clair River in Sarnia Bay. The “Bluewater – Sarnia Bay Boat Show” kicked off with many of the boats coming in on Friday for the Captains Welcome Party. Afterwards, there were small gatherings of participants renewing friendships on the docks with perfect weather….a perfect evening.
Saturday started off well with a little over 30 boats in attendance. Cruisers predominated with a few Skiffs in attendance as well, Michigan Chapter was well represented with “Tiger Lily”, “Cracker Jack”, “Canada Goose”, “Ratis” and others participating. The weather was hot and humid with the threat of storms coming in the afternoon. Beautiful boats everywhere.
Voting went on throughout the day, 4 awards total were to be presented The winners were: Peoples Choice – Black Beauty owned by Rick & Diane Laenen, Kids Choice – Cracker Jack owned by Jack & Carrol Warren , Captains Choice – Tiger Lily owned by Greg & Marianne Lewandowksi and finally, the Presidents Choice Award presented by President of the Bluewater Chapter, Gerrit Dykhouse to – Tiger Lily. Congratulations to the winners. Congratulations to everyone.
A wonderful lunch was served including delicious pulled pork and all the fixin’s. Thank you.
After a nasty wind and rain storm that suddenly blew through with everybody getting drenched as they ran for cover and losing power, final words………..
It was a great and memorable show bringing together old friends, new friends and beautiful boats.
Thank you ACBS Bluewater Chapter and Sarnia Bay Marina for your hospitality.
See you next year!
Gale Woods & Don Kiddle
The Algonac Boat Show for 2015 is history. The Friday Picnic was well attended and the weather was great. On the other hand, the Saturday Boat Show was a real wash out with almost 3" of rain recorded during the day. A list of award winners is below but judging was carried out under less than favourable conditions. The judging team did the best possible job under really terrible conditions.
The Sunday cruise to the Old Club for brunch had better weather, even some sunshine later in the day.
The event was exceptionally well attended with over 100 boats registered. It is unfortunate that the weather did not fully cooperate but boaters do persevere under adverse conditions.
AWARD WINNERS 2015
CLASS DESCRIPTION WINNER RUNNER-UP
1 Wood Runabout UNCAS, Kermitt Sutton DARLA, Dana Wagnehals
2 Utility NIMROD II, Stuart Nunnely SEMI CRAZY, Murray Sandford
3 Wood Skiff or Launch No Name, Dana Richardson No Name, Carl Mount
4 Contemporary Wood 1976+ NICODEMUS, Peter Wickens
5 Modified Wood/Non Wood TOUCH OF GLASS, John Adams
6 Wood Outboard No Name, Tom Scally
7 Wood Cruiser BLACK BEAUTY, Rick Laenen CIAO MONDO, Don Leone
8 Youth LITTLE POINT, Audrina Guldemond
9 Classic Glass Runabout, O/B No Name, Bill Anderson BUMBLEBEE, James Tunison
10 Glass Cruiser KIITOS, Michael Feldman CHRIS' CRAFT, Chris Morisette
Owner Restored DARLA, Dana Wagenhals LENA ESTELLE, Jim Mathis
VALVETECH AWARD, FURTHEST TRAVELLED No Name, Dana Richardson
MARQUE CLASS, BLOND DECKED BOAT SPLINTERS, Dave Wrzesinski
BEST OF SHOW UNCAS, Kemit Sutton, shown by Dave Bortner of Freedom Boat Works
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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.
Boat shows are history for 2015 but hold on, planning has already started for next year's events. A Calendar of Events for 2016 should be posted on the website early in the New Year.
The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.