Next weekend is the 29th annual Michigan Chapter of the ACBS’s Antique and Classic Boat Show. Now, I know you are all saying, “is that the name of this show?” Well, no, not this year. Our show has had several names over its twenty nine year history, but one thing has remained the same, our dedication to the preservation of classic and antique boats. This chapter’s love of boating and enjoying their boats will never change, no matter where we hold our yearly show. That is because we all share the love of boating, in some of the most creatively built boats. I hope this never changes.
This year we honor “Classic Glass” boats. These are that “fiberglass” word boats that are also truly classics. They are both small in size, as in the outboards, up to the gentle cruisers, with their elegant designs. The details and some of the unusual designs of the early “glass” boats (that were considered ugly in their day) are truly show stoppers now. Please be sure to see our land display of some of these “show stoppers”. I know you will enjoy the workmanship and attention to details on these boats.
As many of us still love our “woodies” they will also be on display on land and in the water. Many of our boats are still used on a regular basis for recreation on the beautiful waterway we, Southeastern Michigan boaters, have grown to take for granted. This waterway is one of the most beautiful I have seen, and I am very happy our participants are able to use their boats on it, as well as show them at our boat show.
This year we are excited to have Bud McIntire, from the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School, in Cedarville, MI as our speaker at the Old Club Sunday Brunch. Bud will be bringing the schools’ sailboat, “Katie” with him for us to enjoy at the show, and on Sunday, will have a slide show on the program at the boatbuilding school.
I would like to thank all our sponsors for their donations to help make our show the great show that it is, and to all the participants; we couldn’t do it without you.
Thank you all for your support now, and over the last 29 years.
Ann Guldemond, Commodore
The Summer Cruise Schedule for the balance of 2014 is posted on the left. The first cruise was held on June 10. The cruise started at the DNR ramp at Algonac and proceeded down the Middle Channel to Brown's for dinner. Some 11 boats and 31 people participated. Pictures are shown in the Photo Albums.