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.
Blue Water Antique and Classic Boat Show 2016
The Port Huron Boat Show for 2016 will be held September 9-10 the weekend after Labor Day at the River Street Marina on the Black River in Port Huron. Come get a sneak preview of the home of the 2018 International Show. This year's show will once again feature free boat rides, toy boats for kids to paint and play, knot tying lessons and an after glow party at our brand new pavilion. We are also pleased to announce that the ratio stations WPHM and SWAQ will be on site to broadcast our show to the public.
This should be an exciting event as the new pavilion will be ready, construction is scheduled to begin in April. This new facility will greatly enhance the boat show, providing a covered space for many activities during the show. Two members of the Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and Port Huron residents, LeRoy Stevens and Mark Walker are largely responsible for this terrific project. It will be a great asset to Port Huron for many years to come.
Activities for boaters kick off on Friday morning September 9th with a drone photo shoot featuring vintage boats and continue in the afternoon with a cruise down the St Clair River to Marine City for a presentation by Gary Kohs on his Titanic model and then to St Clair for dinner at the Voyageur.
The public boat show is Saturday, September 10 at the River Street Marina on the Black River between the 7th and 10th Street bridges. Again this year free antique boat rides will be offered from 11 am to 2 pm. This has been done for the last two years and has proved to be very popular with the public.
The feature boat for this year's show is the Chris Craft Commander. These are a range of fiberglass boats, mostly cruisers made by Chris Craft. The 38' Commander Express Cruiser was the pivotal boat in the development of fiberglass technology by Chris Craft. It was the first of all fiberglass cruisers made by Chris Craft. Its production bridged the gap from the past to the future. It proved to be a tremendous success for Chris Craft resulting in the production of subsequent sedan and sport fisherman models. Ultimately, many different models of Commanders were built some as small as 19' but most were cruisers all the way up to 47'.
The 38' Commander was built in 1963 and debuted at the 1964 New York Boat Show where it caused a sensation. At the time, none of the other main line motor yacht builders were building in fiberglass. The Commanders were known for having " bullet proof " hulls. They were probably over engineered as Chris Craft wanted to make sure that this new product innovation was successful. Many of these boats are still in service today, more than 50 years after they were built and the bottoms are still standing up.
Friday, September 9th pre-events schedule:
Drone Photo Shoot - Contact Chris Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-434-1525 to participate
7AM: Captains meeting at the pavilion at River St. Marina
7:30AM: Depart for the drone photo shoot
8AM - 10AM: Drone photo shoot will take place under the Bluewater Bridge
Pre-Event Titanic model presentation and dinner at the Voyageur - Contact Lee Stevens at 810-987-3755 or email@example.com
1PM: Captains Meeting for pre-event at the pavilion at the River St. Marina
1:30PM: Depart River St. Marina for cruise to Marine City. You may go by boat or car.
3PM: Titanic - building of an icon exhibit and presentation by Gary Kohs @ The Mariner Theater
4:30PM: Depart for St. Clair
5PM: Dinner at the Voyageur. Seating is limited to 60 people. Advanced reservations are required by completing the registration form on the website or by contacting Lee Stevens.
(Note that times listed on the registration form are not the latest. Refer here to the website for the latest information)Registration Form, Click here
Port Sanilac 2016 Award Winners
Big thanks and congratulations to Dave and Jeanne Harper, the Village of Port Sanilac, the Port Sanilac Marina, and all of the volunteers for their hard work and time spent planning and executing this great show! Congratulations to all the winners and to all who participated. The addition of classic trailers and cars made for a very special and unique event filled with lots to see and fun people too! See you next year!
We are excited to announce that the Michigan Chapter has been selected to host the 2018 ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show in Port Huron, Michigan! This week-long event will be called “Boat the Blue” with the theme “Bring Your Boats Home” referencing the Caribbean blue waters and rich boat building history along the banks of the St. Clair River and the surrounding areas.
This world class event will attract some of the finest boats from this area and from across the United States and Canada. We will have the opportunity to showcase our beautiful area and places us on the world stage demonstrating to everyone why we love living and boating here. In addition, our local classic cruiser population could make this one of the largest gatherings of cruisers at any International show in recent history. The timing is also ideal as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Chapter!
The festivities will kick-off with pre-events planned and hosted by the Michigan Chapter on Sunday, September 9th through Wednesday, September 12th. The ACBS Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, September 13th with the ACBS International Boat Show on Friday and Saturday, September 14th and 15th.
Port Huron will shine as a first class host for the boat show and the annual meeting activities. The newly opened Blue Water Convention Center will be the meeting venue and the adjacent DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel will house guests comfortably and affordably in over 225 rooms. Both facilities have beautiful views of the Blue Water Bridge and St. Clair River. The River Street Marina, within walking distance of downtown restaurants and located on the Black River, will be providing protected docking facilities for over 100 boats. The Black River flows into the St. Clair River which connects Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair – setting the perfect stage for three days of enjoyable boating and pre-events.
The enthusiasm and cooperation from the Blue Water Visitors Bureau, the chamber of commerce, the City of Port Huron, Desmond Marine, St. Clair Community College, EBW TV, The Community Foundation of St. Clair County and other individual volunteers throughout our County has been outstanding. We feel it is also important to thank the County Board and leadership for their vision in building the convention center. Without this facility this event and many like it could never happen. The ACBS Board who approved our site said the Convention Center was a key to the show being approved in Port Huron. During their visit of our area they witnessed firsthand the kind of community support that will make this show a fantastic week-long boating and spectator experience.
This honor for our chapter would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of Show Chairman Jack Warren and his committee, Greg Lewandowski, LeRoy Stevens and Mark Walker. This committee prepared the proposal which was presented by Jack and Mark at the 2015 ACBS annual meeting last September in Minnesota. Details about the venue were confirmed with ACBS over the last few months and final approval was granted in February.
Now that the show is approved, the committee is moving into planning mode. To celebrate our 40th anniversary and demonstrate that we are ready for the next 40 years, we will embrace all our time-tested traditions while being open to new ideas that will take our chapter into the future. Do you have ideas about the show? Do you have special knowledge or skills that could benefit the show? The committee would love to hear from you! They will be sorting out the sub-committees for “Boat the Blue” over the next few months, so please contact Jack Warren if you are interested in leading or helping with any aspect of the show or contributing in any way.
We are just kicking off the "Boat the Blue" Facebook page where you can find all the latest information specifically related to this event. "Like" it to get updates at: https://www.facebook.com/BoatTheBlue/.
Above all, mark your 2018 calendars for September 9th – 15th to participate as both a boater and chapter volunteer. We will show the boaters and spectators how the Michigan Chapter can pull together to welcome and impress them with a fun, well planned and well executed event!
If you haven't already, sign up to the Michigan Chapter Facebook page!
Wednesday June 15, launch at Algonac DNR ramp at 4PM. Cruise down Middle Channel to Brown's
Wednesday July 20, launch at Algonac DNR ramp at 4PM. Cruise up St Clair River to St Clair, to Pepper Joe's
Saturday August 13, launch at Algonac DNR ramp at 11AM. Cruise to "Club Island" for picnic. RSVP to John Adams.
Tuesday, September 13, Poker Run! launch at Algonac DNR ramp at 1:30. Five stops then a picnic from 4-6 PM. RSVP to John Adams.
For more information and to RSVP, contact John Adams 586-781-6492
The Channel Marker is the official quarterly newsletter of the Michigan ACBS. Click a link below to download an issue in PDF format.