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January 8, 2017
Whoa! It's 2017! And Spring is the next season. The Spring Channel Marker has hopefully arrived at everyone's house by now. Big thanks to Karen McLaren for volunteering for the important role of Editor and for doing such a nice job on her first issue.
Please note we have canceled the January 14th workshop, but we have a March Workshop in the making and it promises to be a great one.
We also have a few new and old events to get us up and running for the 2017 boating season. Our first ever President's Tour with the Water Wonderland Chapter is the weekend of April 8-9. In May, we will meet with Water Wonderland again for the "Two-Fer..." weekend, May 20-21. A big thanks goes out to our member, Dennis Mykols (also a member of Water Wonderland), for initiating and leading these joint events for us. We have also been invited to the Century Club / Water Wonderland boat show at the end of May.
In June we will be bringing in the season with three events BEFORE the big event of the 2017 Algonac Boat Show, June 23-25. John and Melinda Adams will once again lead our season shakedown run to Brown's Restaurant on Harsen's Island on Wednesday, June 7. Then Alan Brenner will host an impromptu Boat Rendezvous at Mac Ray Harbor on Saturday, June 10 that will have docking availble for cruisers as well as small boats. On Sunday, June 11, we have another new event. Scott and Shannon Knight along with some local White Lake residents will host a Small Boat Rendezvous on White Lake in Highland Township.
You have spoken, and we are listening. The input we received as a result of the membership survey asked for events in Oakland County and to join with other Chapters and do events with them. I am excited to have so many events to offer you, our members, this Spring. If you would like to lead an event in an area or lake that is familiar to you, please contact me. We are always looking for new boating experiences and fresh ideas from our members. Let's keep counting the cold days until Spring officially arrives, and I hope to see everyone at the Spring events.
Updated February 19, 2017
January 1 – Mail Date for Channel Marker
January 14 – CANCELLED: Michigan Chapter ACBS Workshop, Algonac Maritime Center in the old Fifth Third Bank building across from the Algonac-Walpole ferry dock. Program starts at 9:30 A.M. with coffee. Cost is $15, lunch included.
February 9 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Board Meeting, including final preparations for Cobo Hall event. Logan's Roadhouse, 86 West 14 Mile Road, Troy MI. Meeting starts at 7pm, room is available for dinner at 6pm. All members welcome.
February 11 - 19 - Annual MBIA Detroit Boat Show, Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI. Our Chapter will be displaying a variety of boats, one from each decade from the 1920s to the 1970s for the "History of Boats and Bathing Suits" special display. We'll also have Ship's Stores. We are asking for volunteers to help man our booth. Contact Alan Brenner firstname.lastname@example.org
February 23 - 26 - Lakefront Living Show, Suburban Collection (formerly Novi Expo Center), Novi, MI. Our Chapter will display a number of boats and be present to talk about or Club and activities. Contact Ann Guldemond Ann@UnitedBulb.com
March 11 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Workshop, Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Program starts at 10 A.M. with coffee. Cost is $15, plated lunch included. All members welcome.
April 1 – Deadline for material submissions to Channel Marker, Karen McLaren, email@example.com
April 8 - 9 – "President's Tour", combined event with Water Wonderland Chapter. Saturday: Tour of Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners ($11) and dinner at Gull Lake Country Club ($33). Sunday: Gull Lake boathouses and Mahogany Outfitters with lunch at Roger Pecina’s Lakeview Diner in Cassopolis. Rooms reserved at the Country Inn, Plainwell ($113). RSVP to Dennis Mykols, 616-638-1692, firstname.lastname@example.org. Include phone and e-mail when RSVP’ing. Click here for registration form
April 13 - Michigan Chapter ACBS Board Meeting, Harbour Club Bar and Grill, 1999 Pointe Tremble Rd, Algonac, MI 48001. Meeting starts at 7pm, room is available for dinner at 6pm. All members welcome.
May 1 – Mail Date for Channel Marker
May 6 - Spring Workshop - details to follow
May 11 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Board Meeting, Logan's Roadhouse, 86 West 14 Mile Road, Troy MI. Meeting starts at 7pm, room is available for dinner at 6pm. All members welcome.
May 20-21 – "Two-fer Weekend", combined event with Water Wonderland Chapter. Tentative agenda Saturday: Poker Run on Grand River and Spring Lake at noon, launch from the Grand Haven City Ramp, 101 N Harbor Drive. Lunch from Jimmy Johns. Dinner on your own in the area. Rooms are held at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn on the water. Tentative Agenda Sunday: 11AM drive to Holland, lunch at Boatwerks Restaurant, cruise Lake Macatawa. Haul out by 4PM. All cost on your own. RSVP to Dennis Mykols, 616-638-1692, email@example.com. Include phone and e-mail when RSVP’ing. Click here for registration form
June 2-3 – Combined event with Water Wonderland Chapter and Century Boat Club, Spring Lake, MI Contact Alan Brenner firstname.lastname@example.org
June 7 - Shakedown Cruise to Brown's Landing. Meet at DNR ramp in Algonac at 4PM. Rain Date 6/14. Call John Adams to verify. 586-531-0798
June 10 - MacRay Boat Show. Contact Alan Brenner. email@example.com
June 11 – White Lake Rendezvous, launch at public ramp at 9AM, 2543 Duck Lake Rd N, Highland Charter Twp, MI 48356. Recreation Passport required. Details to follow. RSVP to Scott Knight, 734-657-8935.
June 15 (Tentative) - Michigan Chapter ACBS Board Meeting, final preparations for Algonac Boat Show. Time and Location TBD.
June 23 – ACBS International Summer Board Meeting at DoubleTree in Port Huron. All ACBS members are welcome. Contact ACBS Headquarters, 315-686-2628
June 23 - 26 Algonac Boat Show, Algonac Harbour Club, Algonac, MI Contact Rick Laenen RDLaenen@ameritech.net
July 13 - Michigan Chapter ACBS Meeting, Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Plated dinner at 6PM, cost TBD. Cash bar. Meeting starts at 7pm. All members welcome.
July 15 - Lexington Boat Show, Public Harbor, Lexington, MI Contact Mark Edmonson firstname.lastname@example.org
August 1 - Deadline for material submissions to Channel Marker, Karen McLaren, email@example.com
August 2-4 - "Boats at the Barns" is a three day event, details below. Questions / Contact: Davide Irvine, firstname.lastname@example.org. Call / Text: (616) 915-1325. For more information, click here to download the flyer. Express your interest in attending by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQR9BPR
August 2 - (Wednesday): Visit the Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. (269) 671-5089. Hours 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch available at the diner / café. http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/. Cruise-in on the grounds, 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Diner will be open. Wednesday Evening, Gun Lake Live. Bay Pointe Inn, 11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville, MI 49344. (269) 672-8111. Music, food and fun between 6 and 10 PM. http://baypointeinn.com/. Bay Pointe is approximately 12 miles from the Gilmore Car Museum. Rooms available, but book early! Wednesday activities are on your own. Questions / Contact: Davide Irvine, email@example.com. Express your interest in attending by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQR9BPR
August 3 - (Thursday): Launch boats for cruise on Gun Lake, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Yankee Springs State Park, 2104 Briggs Rd. S., Middleville, MI 49333. (269) 795-9081. 3 hour cruise. Thursday evening, Dinner @ Terrace Grill at Bay Pointe Inn. Boat slips and tables for dinner will need to be reserved. Order off of their menu / on your own, a count of people and slips for boats needed in advance. http://baypointeinn.com/eat/. Questions / Contact: Davide Irvine, firstname.lastname@example.org. Call / Text: (616) 915-1325. Express your interest in attending by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQR9BPR
August 4 - (Friday): Cruise on Gull Lake. Gull Lake Country Club, 9725 W Gull Lake Dr., Richland, MI 49083. (269) 629-9714. http://www.gulllakecc.com/. Launch 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Lunch: 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM. Lunch includes burgers, potato salad, soft drinks for $15/person. Tax/tip included. Afternoon cruise / haul out by 5:00 PM. Decide if you are driving north to Traverse City to the "Boats on the Boardwalk" or stay for "Boats at the Barns". Questions / Contact: Davide Irvine, email@example.com. Call / Text: (616) 915-1325. Express your interest in attending by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQR9BPR
August 5 - You can continue your western Michigan adventure by staying for the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club event, "Boats at the Barns" in conjunction with their long running "Red Barns Spectacular". click here to download the flyer for registration information.
August 17 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Meeting, Logan's Roadhouse, 86 West 14 Mile Road, Troy MI. Meeting starts at 7pm, room is available for dinner at 6pm. All members welcome.
August 19 – Port Sanilac Boat Show, Public Harbor, Port Sanilac, MI Contact Dave Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
September 1 – Mail Date for Channel Marker
September 3 – 9 – ACBS International Pre-events, Annual Meeting and Boat Show hosted by Glacier Lakes Chapter in various Wisconsin locations, Boat Show in Racine at Reefpoint Marina. Contact ACBS Headquarters, 315-686-2628
September 12 - Poker Run. Launch at 11AM at Algonac Public Boat Ramp. Lunch at Browns. Early dinner at final stop, Belvedere's on the North Channel. Cost is $10 per person. Contact / RSVP John Adams. 586-531-0798.
September 14 - Michigan Chapter ACBS Meeting, Time and Port Huron Location TBD
September 16 - Port Huron Boat Show, Public Harbor, Port Huron, MI Contact Leroy Stevens LJSTEVENS@stevensarchitects.com, cell: 810-650-8372, office: 810-987-3755
October 15 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Meeting and Swap Meet, Time and Location TBD
November 5 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Annual Meeting, Time and Location TBD
December 1 - Deadline for material submissions to Channel Marker, Karen McLaren, email@example.com
The 2017 Port Sanilac Boat Show will be held on August 19th, 2017. Contact: Dave Harper @ firstname.lastname@example.org. More information to follow.
ARCHIVE: 2016 PORT SANILAC BOAT SHOW INFORMATION
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!
The 2017 Port Huron Boat Show will be held on September 16, 2017. Note that this date is pushed back one week from our typical date the weekend after Labor Day. This was done to accommodate the timing of the 2017 ACBS International Boat Show in Racine. More info to follow.
ARCHIVE: 2016 PORT HURON BOAT SHOW INFORMATION
Port Huron 2016 Award Winners
The Blue Water Antique and Classic Boat Show (soon to be officially titled the Port Huron Boat Show) is in the history books and was a great success thanks to the dedicated planning committee and volunteers! Free boat rides for over 200 people were a hit as was the live music. The excitement is building as this will be the location for the 2018 Annual Meeting and International Boat Show - we will be ready! See you next year!
Check out the post-show report by Greg Lewandowski with pictures by Chris and Criag Herbert on Woody Boater: Click here
Can't get enough of the Port Huron Boat show? They have their own website now! Click Here
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Online registration also available here: www.bwacbs.org
The 2017 Algonac Boat Show will be held on June 23-26, 2017. Contact: Rick Laenen, email@example.com. More details to follow.
ARCHIVE: 2016 ALGONAC BOAT SHOW INFORMATION
The Michigan Chapter Boat show for 2016 in Algonac was a great success with over 100 beautiful boats and three straight days of gorgeous summer weather!
Many great pictures are posted on our Instagram site - check out #MichiganACBS
We also got some nice coverage from a Pro-Detroit blog called DetroitDvotion. Check it out here.
Algonac 2016 Award Winners
Friday, June 24th, 2016
Tour of Algonac Cast Products:
Location: 9300 Stone Rd., Algonac, MI
Members can meet at Algonac Cast Products at 9:45 or meet at the Harbour Club Harbor Master’s Building at 9:30 to car pool. We will return to the Harbour Club at 11:30
Departure from Algonac Harbour Club at 12:00 PM. Cruise as a group to the lunch location (private island).
The dinner is casual and starts at 6:30 P.M.
Location: The old Chris Craft factory building at the Algonac Harbour Club
Enter through the large bay doors on the canal / gas dock side of the building.
Saturday , June 25th, 2016:
Shuttle of the Algonac Area:
Throughout the day on Saturday a shuttle will leave the Harbour Club and travel to the Algonac Historical Society downtown Algonac. The shuttle will stop at restaurants on the way. It will also pass by numerous historically significant locations, including Gar Woods house, Chris and Jay Smith’s houses and the Algonac Cemetery where Gar Wood and Chris Smith are buried. Anyone can get off the shuttle for lunch or view the museum, then catch the next shuttle back. Shuttle will travel between 10:00 and 3:00.
Anyone interested in participating in a boat parade check the box on the registration form. The Algonac Historical Society will coordinate the Parade. Representatives from the Society will contact you during the day to explain the procedure for the parade and gather information on your boat.
At approximately 3:30 boats will depart the Harbour Club and head up river to the Algonac State Park. Boats will then proceed back down river at a slow speed past the park in downtown Algonac. When passing the park, someone on shore from the Historical Society will announce the boat and provide any interesting details on the boat to people gathered in the park to watch the parade.
After passing downtown the boats can proceed back to the Harbour Club or boat ramp.
The dinner starts at 6:00 P.M.
A dinner will be served Saturday evening at the Algonac Harbour Club in the old Chris Craft factory building. Enter through the large bay doors on the canal / gas dock side of the building.
Sunday, June 26th, 2016:
Brunch at the Old Club (9900 S Channel Dr., Harsens Island, MI):
Reminder: No denim is allowed in the dining room at the Old Club. Shirts must have collars.
Access to the Old Club for the Sunday brunch can be via land or water. There will be a group departing the Harbour Club by boat at 8:00 A.M. to make the run to the Old Club via water. For those wishing to go by car, you can take the ferry to Harsens Island and reach the Club via land. Please stop by the Boat Show Registration Desk at the Harbour Club on Friday or Saturday and ask for the access code to raise the gate at the Old Club entrance. Breakfast will be served at the Old Club at 9:00 A.M. The guest speaker will speak after brunch, from 10:00 - 10:30 A.M.
Algonac Registration Form, Click here
Volunteer Registration Form, Click here
The 1st Annual Lexington Boat Show will be held on July 15, 2017. Contact: Mark Edmonson, firstname.lastname@example.org. More details to follow.