Lakefront Living Show with Classic Boat Display @ Suburban Collection
Feb 23 – Feb 26 all-day
2017 Atlantic City Boat Show @ Atlantic City Convention Center
Mar 1 – Mar 5 all-day
2017 Atlantic City Boat Show @ Atlantic City Convention Center | Atlantic City | New Jersey | United States

Atlantic City Boat Show March 1-5, Atlantic City Convention Center


The Philadelphia Chapter will have Antique/Classic and Classic Glass boats on display at the upcoming Atlantic City Boat Show. 

Please be sure to visit us at booth D68 right next to Miss Geico.  Chapter members will be on hand throughout the show to raise awareness about our organization.

Allegheny Chapter First 2017 Spring Workshop @ Chuck Liberatore's Garage
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Allegheny Chapter First 2017 Spring Workshop @ Chuck Liberatore's Garage | Apollo | Pennsylvania | United States

Allegheny Chapter Spring Workshop # 1


Saturday March 11, 2017, Chuck Liberatore’s Garage – 126 Bakers Lane Apollo, PA 15613

Coffee & Donuts 9 a.m. workshop to follow.

We will be working on Chuck’s 1965 Century Resorter 17 fiberglass

Also working on Chuck’s 1963 Century Resorter. and maybe a 1960 Chris Craft 18′ Continental.


Michigan Chapter ACBS 2017 Spring Workshop @ Ike's Restaurant
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join the Michigan Chapter on March 11th for our late winter workshop. 

We have secured a new location which is more centrally located for our membership and offers full service catering.  You’ll be greeted with coffee when you arrive at 10AM.  After enjoying a number of interesting expert speakers (agenda forthcoming), you will be served a hot plated lunch.  All this for only $15 per person with cash bar available.  Contact: Gale Woods (Rear Commodore), 248-495-7473, [email protected]

ACBS 2017 Spring Meeting @ Mission Inn
Mar 23 all-day
ACBS 2017 Spring Meeting @ Mission Inn | Howey-in-the-Hills | Florida | United States

The ACBS 2017 Spring Meeting will be in conjunction with the Sunnyland Chapter’s annual boat show on Lake Dora.  

For so many, a trip to Dora is the start of the boating season.  The festivities begin on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Suggested lodging for the event is at Mission Inn Resort & Club, 800.874.9053 just a few miles away at Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

The official ACBS 2017 Spring Meeting will be on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The ACBS Board of Directors will hold their meeting at the Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

All members of ACBS are welcome at the meeting.  Each chapter president attending has one vote on decisions being made.

Click here for meeting details.                       Click here to register for the Quarterly Meeting and Lunch.

Sunnyland’s 2017 Annual Show @ Wooten Park
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

The Annual Sunnyland Boat Festival on Lake Dora is the largest Antique and Classic boating events on the East Coast with over 200 boats in the water and land.

Located at Wooten Waterfront Park in downtown Tavares, Florida – and directly on Lake Dora, the 3 day show offers fun for all members of your family.  Below is some key information to make your visit more enjoyable when you visit our show.

Register online on Sunnyland Chapter website.

 General Show Information

  • The show begins Friday at 9:00AM and ends on Sunday, at Noon – weather permitting. Ticket prices are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children. 
    • The show site address is 123 South Joanna Ave, Tavares Florida 32778.  GPS coordinates are 28.48.043N—–81.43.655W
    • Parking is available at the City of Tavares Parking Garage, located 2 blocks from the show site.
    • The City of Tavares welcomes leashed pets to events.
    • In addition to the Boat Show, there are Seaplane rides available, as well as train rides on the Orange Blossom Cannonball – a vintage steam train.  See the City of Tavares website for more information at www.tavares.org or www.tavareschamber.com
    • Food and beverages are available for purchase at the show.
    • Restaurants and shopping are within walking distance of the show.
    • Sea Tow Members!  Buy one ticket, get one FREE!  Just show your membership card at the gate.

Symposium on Saturday – free to all show guests and members

ACBS Symposium at Tavares @ Tavares City Hall
Mar 25 all-day


Sponsored by ACBS International and The Sunnyland Chapter

Date:     March 25, 2017        Saturday
Time:     9:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M.
Location:   Sunnyland Boat Show, Tavares, Florida.

To be held in the Tavares City Hall just a block away from the Boat Show Grounds.  There will be signs.

9:30-11:00:              Early Classic Fiberglass Boats. 
                                Speaker:  Bill Anderson

A continuation of last year’s talk by noted collector, Bill Anderson.  He will cover:  What is collectible in early fiberglass boats; how do you turn a fiberglass Hulk into a show winner.  Bill has many examples he will show as well as sharing some of his secrets on how he does it.

11:00-12:00:            Some of the historical events of the early gold cup Racing.                         
                                 Speaker:  Charles Mistele

Gar Wood:  His great influence and many contributions towards this early colorful racing era.  Charles Mistele is a very notable expert on this subject as well as the owner of Gar Woods:  Miss America IX.

12:00-1:00:              Post War Hydro Racing.
                                Speaker:  Larry Lauterbach

The Lauterbach Hydro’s and their outstanding place in Hydroplane racing.

1:00-2:30:               Marine Electrical Systems and Wiring including ignition systems. 
                                Speaker:  Dave Van Ness of Van Ness Engineering

Many times our engine problems are directly or indirectly related to malfunctioning, electrical issues, such as not starting, mis-firing etc.  Should we keep the distributor or replace it with a modern electrical ignition?

2:30-3:30:               Transmissions
                               Speaker:  Dave Van Ness of Van Ness Engineering

Dave will take you through the anatomy of a Peradyne transmission and then demonstrate how to adjust it.

Time will be allocated for questions, answers, and further discussions.

There is no additional charge for the symposium, just your boat show ticket.

Restoration on the Mayflower Workshop at Mystic Seaport @ Mystic Seaport
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Southern New England Chapter will be hosting a workshop on April 1, 2017, at the Seaport in Mystic, CT.   “Restoration discuss on the Mayflower”

The topic will be  “Restoration on the Mayflower”.

Vintage Boats Cruising Down Historic Bayou Teche, In The Heart Of Cajun Country @ Bayou Teche
Apr 3 – Apr 9 all-day
Vintage Boats Cruising Down Historic Bayou Teche, In The Heart Of Cajun Country @ Bayou Teche | Washington | Louisiana | United States


“Third year of classic boats on Bayou Teche.”

BREAUX BRIDGE, La – The Southwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society is sponsoring a cruise through the heart of Cajun Country. Organized by Breaux Bridge-based Bayou Teche Experience aka Cajun Paddle, the “Cajun Classique” event takes place from Monday, April 3rd, through Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Registration for classic wooden boat enthusiasts is now open. Registration and details of the cruise route and daily excursions can be found at CajunClassique.com. This excursion represents one of the classic boat cruises west of the Mississippi River.

“We’ve done this cruise twice now, and both were a stunning success not only for the participants but also the spectators along the route. Where else can you cruise down the bayou and enjoy a taste of Cajun culture,” says Cory Werk, tour co-director, local outfitter and advocate for the recreational use of Bayou Teche. “This year the Cajun Classique will touch all four parishes of Bayou Teche, with overnight stays in Berwick, New Iberia and Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.”

“It’s a perfect match,” says Wayne Elliott, tour co-director and wooden boat enthusiast. “From the time Cajuns settled the swamps and bayous of South Louisiana, boats were a necessity for trapping, hunting and fishing for subsistence. Water is everywhere, and the deep boat culture reflects that. Historically boats were made out of old growth cypress trees that were thousands of years old. Today the materials have changed, but the same DNA is still there.”

The “Cajun Classique” cruise down the oak-tree laden Bayou Teche will go over one hundred miles of Cajun beauty. Time out will be taken to experience the local culture including its indigenous music and food. The Bayou Teche’s historic and cultural significance will be highlighted. A remnant of the Mississippi River’s waters of 5,000 years ago, Bayou Teche welcomed the first Cajun settlements, has seen Civil War battles, and is home to Keystone, the oldest operating lock and dam structure in the Mississippi Delta area.

2017 Hot Springs Arkansas Classic @ Garvan Woodlawn Gardens
Apr 6 – Apr 9 all-day
2017 Hot Springs Arkansas Classic @ Garvan Woodlawn Gardens | Hot Springs | Arkansas | United States

Arkansas in the springtime is beautiful, and classic boats will add to the beauty.

Heartland Classic Chapter members always have lots of fun gathering to visit, to eat, and to enjoy boating.  Boating will be on Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00, the boats will be docked at Garvan Woodlawn Gardens for the public to admire.

More details will be posted on the Heartland Classics Chapter website.

2017 Pacific Sail and Boat Show @ Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor
Apr 6 – Apr 9 all-day
2017 Pacific Sail and Boat Show @ Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor | Richmond | California | United States

The 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show and Marine Sports Expo will cruise into the historic Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor for all things boating.

Both inside and outside on the water will be filled with vessels of every size and budget including sleek racers, multihulls, family cruisers and luxury yachts. New this year, dozens of powerboats will be featured in the in-water Motor Yacht Showcase.

This four-day event will feature hundreds of the latest boats, gear, accessories, free seminars, a Paddleboard Expo, radio controlled model yacht sailing, interactive activities for young aspiring boaters and more.

From nautical novices to serious yachtspersons, this is the place for people to immerse themselves in the marine sports lifestyle, talk to experts, participate in hands-on seminars, learn new techniques and check out the latest in boating products.


Thursday, April 6, from 10 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, April 7, from 10 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, from 10 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:    Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond, Calif. 94804

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta @ Antigua Classic Yacht Club
Apr 19 – Apr 25 all-day

Countdown is on for 30th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.
Preparations are in full swing for the 2017 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, which will hold its landmark 30th annual event next April. We invite you all to join us.

Scores of vintage vessels are set to descend on the international sailing hub for an extra special edition of what has become a highlight of the global classic sailing calendar.

This unique regatta – hosted by Antigua Yacht Club – will see a diverse range of competitors including the traditional island crafts, classic ketches, sloops, schooners and yawls together with the graceful Tall Ships, J Class and Spirit of Tradition yachts.
Together, these boats make a wonderful spectacle powered by the region’s trade winds and spectacular sailing conditions. The slew of races, combined with Antigua’s famous hospitality and sunshine, places the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in a class of its own and is a testament to keeping traditions alive – remembering the skills and passion of designers and shipwrights from years gone by.

The regatta evolved from the Caribbean’s longest running sailing event, Antigua Sailing Week, which itself dates back to 1967. Back then, all of the yachts were classics but as the years passed they were slowly outnumbered by modern racing yachts. In 1987, three veteran captains – Uli Pruesse, Tony Fincham and Kenny Coombs – joined forces to create a specialized race for classic boats. With a total of eight entries in the first year, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was born.

Over the years, the event has grown with the help of a faithful and long-standing committee, a host of enthusiastic volunteers and the passion of classic yacht owners and their crew. In 1996 a new class of yachts was allowed to enter for the first time, opening up the regatta to an even wider audience. This Spirit of Tradition Class, first developed in Antigua, has now been adopted by many other classic regattas across the world, giving new yachts, built along the lines of the old, a chance to sail alongside their grand older sisters. In 1999, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta hosted the first race between the J class yachts in 60 years.

One local competitor is Olympian Carlo Falcone who has lived in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua since sailing here with his family from Italy in 1984. Carlo’s son Shannon was a member of Team Oracle, winner of 2013 America’s Cup.

Carlo has taken part in Classics more than 20 times aboard his 24-metre 1936 vintage Fife classic, Mariella which he bought at auction in 1992. The Alfred Milne-designed ketch last competed in 2014, winning Vintage Class A and defeating the Francis Herreshoff-designed 72-foot ketch, Ticonderoga. But in October 2014 Mariella was badly damaged when Hurricane Gonzalo ripped through the Caribbean and she was shipped to Genoa, Italy, for a huge restoration project.

“Antigua is Mariella’s home, as it is for me and my family, so Antigua Classics is a very special regatta,” Carlo said.
He explained that Antigua Classics differs to its Mediterranean counterparts because practically every boat participating is an ocean-going vessel.

“Many boats at Mediterranean regattas are kept in a harbour or yard and brought out for a few months in the summer. In Antigua there is usually much more wind and bigger waves, and the classics just love those conditions,” Carlo added.
The repaired Mariella’s epic adventure continues with Carlo set to sail her back across the Atlantic with his family – just as he did three decades earlier – to once again compete at Classics in 2017.

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2017 Lake Hartwell Boat Festival @ Lake Hartwell Boat Festival
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day

The 2017 Lake Hartwell Boat Festival is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter.

149 Hartwell Marina Rd
Hartwell, Georgia

Oriental Boat Show, Oriental, NC April 21-23, 2017 @ Oriental Harbor Marina
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all-day


The Oriental Rotary Club presents the largest in-water boat show between Savannah and Annapolis. 

Expect to find 100  plus exhibitors showing new and used watercraft of all types – sail and power, yachts to kayaks, cruising and fishing – with many in the water for sea trials. 

A large array of maritime and nautical goods and services will also be presented.  2017’s show will feature a Wooden Boat Exhibit of hand made and restored craft.

Again this year there will be a Down East craftsman building a 17’ Core Sound Skimmer on-site.  The skimmer will be finished and raffled off at the show.

Visit us at www.orientalboatshow.com.  So join us in Oriental, NC April 21-23, “the Sailing Capital of NC” and also the “Inshore Fishing Capital of NC”.


Allegheny Chapter 2017 Second Workshop @ Jon Woodruff's Garage
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop # 2

April 22, 2017,  Jon Woodruff’s garage 1062 Highfield Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102.

Coffee & Donuts 9 a.m. workshop to follow.

We will again be working on Jon’s 1954 Chris Craft Riviera 20′.

For more information contact Jon [email protected] or (412)523-8842 or call Frank Miklos (724) 775-4849

2017 Spring Valley Lake California Boat Show
Apr 28 – Apr 30 all-day

The Southern California Chapter of ACBS invites you to Spring Valley Lake, Victorville California.

NC 42nd Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show @ North Carolina Maritime Museum
May 4 – May 6 all-day
NC 42nd Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show @ North Carolina Maritime Museum | Beaufort | North Carolina | United States

The 42nd Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages.

The show takes place at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Saturday, May 6, 2016.  It is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast.

This free event celebrates the art of boat building and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display and activities will be available for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Youngsters can take part in Maritime games and crafts in the Wooden Boat Kids area. Families can team up to test their skills in sailing radio-controlled model boats. And, kids can also make their own model sailboats.  Enjoy traditional skills demonstrations & displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races at 3 p.m., and sailboat rides from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
On Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5, free boat rides will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Watercraft Center (a $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the sailing program).   The Wooden Boat Show weekend opening event on Friday, May 5, includes a reception and live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com or call (252) 728-7317.
Photo by Mike Carraway

22nd Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’ Elegance @ Lakewood Yacht Club
May 6 – May 7 all-day
22nd Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d' Elegance @ Lakewood Yacht Club | Seabrook | Texas | United States

The 22nd Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’ Elegance will honor all Utilities in 2017.

This annual event is at Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, Texas.  

Honored boats are “Utilities” -Chris Craft, Century  and all other manufactures.  Event dinners both nights.

This classic car and boat show benefits the Boys and Girls Harbor.  The Boat Show event is sponsored by ACBS Southwest Chapter.

Contact: Bob Fuller (713) 521-0105 or [email protected] or visit www.keels-wheels.com.

2017 Lake Guntersville Antique and Classic Boat Show @ Lake Guntersville Yacht Club
May 18 – May 21 all-day

The 2017 Lake Guntersville Antique and Classic Boat Show is Dixieland’s spring event.

Arrivals are scheduled for on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Departures on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The show will be held at the Lake Guntersville Yacht Club 498 Yacht Club Road, Guntersville Al 35976 where Covered Slips and Trailer Parking will be available.

As last year, the number of boats participating will be limited to 50. Special Rates will be offered by our Local Area Hotels to those registering early.

Registration Packages for the 2017 Show will be available to all previous participants in February. Registration will be available to other members of the Antique and Classic Boat Society in March 2017. Questions should be sent to [email protected]

ACBS and ABM 2017 Symposium @ Antique Boat Museum
May 19 – May 21 all-day
ACBS and ABM 2017 Symposium @ Antique Boat Museum | Clayton | New York | United States

The annual ACBS/ABM Restoration Workshop Symposium is in Clayton, NY.

The May workshop at the Antique Boat Museum is in Clayton on May 19,20,21, 2017. Click here for complete details, including a link to online registration.
For your immediate information, the weekend program will be centered around bottom replacement.  Our plan is to offer lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on involving the cold molded plywood bottom replacement and the more traditional plank with 5200 replacement.
Even if you do not ever plan to do a bottom replacement yourself, it will teach you good wood working skills that can be applied to other areas of your boat.  It will also give you an appreciation and extensive knowledge on what goes into bottom replacements.
There is not a large selection of motels in Clayton.  Most participants stay at Bertrand’s which is far from a 5 star, but it is close to the Museum, clean and reasonably priced. There are other lodging possibilities in the Clayton area.
This will be a very worthwhile weekend and well worth your time attending this workshop in Clayton.
We look forward to seeing you in Clayton next spring.