Kansas City 2017 Boat Show @ H. Roe Bartle Hall
Jan 19 – Jan 22 all-day

Give Kansas City a chance to see your classic at the winter boat show.

Setup is Wednesday January 18th with the actual show times below.
Thursday, January 19        2:00pm–9:00pm  
Friday, January 20             12:00pm–9:00pm  
Saturday, January 21        10:00am–9:00pm
Sunday, January 22           10:00am–5:00pm
Heartland Classics Chapter show coordinator contact:
Forrest Bryant                      email:  [email protected]              Phone:  816-896-1818
Dead of the Winter 2017 Antique Outboard Swap Meet
Jan 21 all-day
2017 Upstate Boat Show, Greenville, SC @ TD Convention Center
Jan 26 – Jan 29 all-day

The 47th Annual Upstate SC Boat Show is coming to the TD Convention Center on January 26-29, 2017!

The show will host the latest models of boats including:

Fishing, Pontoon, Speed, Ski, Cruisers, and Personal Watercraft.  Additionally, you’ll find boating accessories and everything that you need to start the season off right!

Show Hours

Thursday & Friday: 12pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Admission & Parking

Adults $7 • Seniors (65+) $6 • Students (6-18) $6 • Children Under 6 FREE
Parking $5

For more information, call 864-233-2562
TD Convention Center • One Exposition Drive • Greenville, SC 29607

Oklahoma City 2017 Boat Show @ Oklahoma State Fair Park,
Jan 27 – Jan 29 all-day

Come see the Classics along with the new boats in Oklahoma City.

Setup is Wednesday, January 26th with the actual show times below.
Friday, January 27            11:00am-8:00pm
Saturday, January 28        10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, January 29          11:00am-5:00pm
Heartland Classics Chapter show coordinator contact:
Buddy Butler                   email: [email protected]                      Phone: 405-831-2001
2017 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show @ Portland Expo Center
Feb 8 – Feb 12 all-day

This February 8-12, the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show and Sport Fishing Boat Show®, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, returns to the Portland Expo Center in its 42nd year.

This is more than an event—it’s a true Northwest tradition where there’s always something new to see, to learn, and to pass on. If you hunt, fish or just love to play in the great outdoors, this is the big one, and it’s right here in your backyard for only five days.

Experience big names, big brands and a big selection, all in one big location at the Portland Expo Center. Check out the latest fishing, hunting and camping gear, guides and outfitters along with information on taxidermy, lodges and resorts, boats, campers and tent trailers. Plus, you’ll find ATVs, backpacking, optics, outdoor clothing, vacation packages and much more.

Features include Brutus, a live Montana Grizzly Bear weighing in at nearly 900 lbs returning to the show, the annual Head and Horns Competition, the much-loved free Kids’ Trout Pond, Outdoor Survival seminars, Camp Cooking demonstrations including three chefs new to the show, and the Million Dollar Ammo Sale.

WHAT:         The 42nd annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, sponsored by Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, offers a one-stop shopping and learning experience, with great values on fishing and hunting gear, clothing, camping equipment, sport fishing boats fun activities for the kids.

WHO: Hundreds of local and national vendors and top outdoor experts will be on hand to showcase the best in outdoor gear, tools, tips and gadgets. Enjoy free demonstrations, seminars and interactive displays, and the most up-to-date information for outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, connect with guides and outfitters from exciting locations throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

WHEN:         Wednesday, February 8 – Sunday, February 12, 2017

  •          Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, February 8, 9, 10      11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  •           Saturday, February 11                                                 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  •           Sunday, February 12                                                   10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

TICKETS:     Admission*             

  • Adults                          $12                                                           
  • Two-day Pass                        $18                                                         
  • Juniors (ages 6 to 16)             $5                                                   
  • Ages 5 and under                   FREE                                    

*Credit cards are welcome. A $1 fee will be charged per credit card transaction.

Stop by Baxter Auto Parts, Les Schwab or Bi-Mart for a $2 discount coupon for all weekday shows.

Parking at Portland Expo Center is $8 per space, per entry without in and out privileges. Carpools of three or more are $7. Off-site parking at Portland International Raceway and Portland Meadows is $6 and includes free shuttle service to the show.

2017 Mid-Atlantic Boat Show, Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Convention Center
Feb 9 – Feb 12 all-day

See the Classic Boat Display at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Boat Show, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thursday 12 noon – 9pm
Friday 12 noon – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Adults $9
Seniors 60+ & Military $8
Jr. Anglers (6-12) $5
Children 5 and under are FREE.


Buy your tickets now and save $1.00 off adult admission.
(Discount available until DAY BEFORE THE SHOW OPENS)

Admission good for all four days with return pass.

2017 MBIA Detroit Boat Show, COBO Hall @ COBO Hall
Feb 11 – Feb 19 all-day
2017 MBIA Detroit Boat Show, COBO Hall @ COBO Hall | Detroit | Michigan | United States


Michigan Chapter has been invited back to the 2017 Annual MBIA Detroit Boat Show at COBO Hall. 

The display will be different this year and we’re very excited about it.  MBIA has named it “The History of Boats and Bathing Suits”.  We will be displaying a variety of boats, one from each decade from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.  The show sponsors will be contributing other display items that represent boating culture and fashion through the decades.  Our boats combined with their items will make a really nice display and will attract lots of attention at the show.  

Our Ships Stores will also be on site so you can stock up on all your ACBS, Michigan Chapter and vintage boating related items. 

Contact Alan Brenner (Vice Commodore) for more information or to volunteer, [email protected].

Heartland Classics 2017 Restoration Workshop @ Howard's Classic Boats
Feb 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Heartland Classics 2017 Restoration Workshop @ Howard's Classic Boats | Vinita | Oklahoma | United States

Heartland Classics Chapter has a great annual Restoration Workshop.

What better winter thing to do than learn something new or share something that you have learned about restoration and maintenance of your vintage boat(s).

The Workshop is one of the best-attended Heartland events.  It is held in Brent Howard’s spacious, heated shop just south of Ketchum, Oklahoma.  Start the day with hot coffee and donuts and have pizza and salad for lunch, plus the interesting topics and lots of sharing of tools and techniques — all for just $20.


  • Trailer Maintenance
  • Fiberglass Techniques and Process
  • Woodworking topic
  • Youth Boat Building Presentation
  • Quick Follow up on Last Year’s Oil Discussion
  • and more…………!

More registration information will be available on the Heartland Classics Chapter website.

Lakefront Living Show with Classic Boat Display @ Suburban Collection
Feb 23 – Feb 26 all-day
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.

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.

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

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.