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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 April 24, 2017
** Events noted with ** are not Michigan Chapter sponsored events but are provided here for the benefit of our members as they support our mission to promote and sponsor activities designed to generate an interest in and educate the public at large about antique and classic boats and boating.
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 email@example.com
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. Speakers: Ron Jacobs from Wolverine Propeller, Norm Witte from Affordable Fuel Injection and Bill Graham, a Michigan Chapter member speaking about his experience as the Captain of the Motor Yacht Helene, a 105' luxury yacht crafted at Defoe Shipbuilding in 1927. Contact: Gale Woods (Rear Commodore), 248-495-7473, gale_woods@Comcast.net
April 1 – Deadline for material submissions to Channel Marker, Karen McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Mahogany Outfitters Museum 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, email@example.com by March 15th. Include phone and e-mail when RSVP’ing. Click here for registration form
April 13 - Michigan Chapter ACBS Board Meeting, UPDATED LOCATION: Club Capri, 6343 Dyke Rd., Clay, MI. Meeting starts at 7pm, room is available for dinner at 6pm. Pizza, Salad and Breadsticks are available for $12.50 per person. Cash Bar. All members welcome.
May 1 – Mail Date for Channel Marker
May 6 - Spring Workshop. Brian Cuthbertson will have hands-on projects for all to enjoy. Location: 807 Degurse, Marine City, MI 48039. Time: 10:00 A.M. for coffee, 10:30 - 12 presentation, Lunch at noon. After lunch we will go to the Algonac Clay Maritime Museum in Algonac to visit on its first day open in 2017. Address: 1240 St. Clair River Dr., Algonac, MI 48001. Cost: $5.00
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 18** - Lecture at the Wills Sainte Claire Museum. "Building Boats in Marysville - The History of the Gar Wood Boat Factory". The Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum is proud to present an entertaining and interesting lecture by Terry Ernest about the Gar Wood Boat Factory on Thursday evening, May 18th, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Wills Auto Museum located at 2408 Wills Street (Marysville Industrial Park South) in Marysville. $5.00 admission charge covers the presentation and admission to the Museum. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please contact Terry Ernest: 810-987-2854 Proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum (501c3)
May 20-21 – "Two-fer Weekend", combined event with Water Wonderland Chapter. Saturday: Poker Run on Grand River and Spring Lake. Launch at noon 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. Sunday: Morning on your own. 11AM drive to Holland for lunch at Boatwerks Restaurant. Launch at Kollen Park Ramp for a cruise on Lake Macatawa. Haul out by 4PM. All cost on your own. RSVP to Dennis Mykols, 616-638-1692, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Dennis Mykols, 616-638-1692 or email@example.com.
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 at MacRay Harbor, Harrison Township. Contact Ann Guldemond 586-665-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11 – White Lake Rendezvous CANCELLED due to repair scheduled for the DNR Launch which will make it unavailable mid-May through late-August. Stay tuned - we are looking for another inland lake cruise location. If you live on an inland lake or are familiar enough with one to feel confident leading a cruise please contact Ann Guldemond.
June 19 - Michigan Chapter ACBS Board Meeting, final preparations for Algonac Boat Show. Time TBD. Location: Roy and Judi Schoenherr's house. 8530 Anchor Bay Dr., Clay, MI 48001
June 22 - ACBS International Board of Directors welcome reception in Port Huron at the DoubleTree. 6PM. All ACBS members welcome but must register with International by June 14th by calling HQ at 315-686-2628 or email to email@example.com.
June 23 – ACBS International Summer Board Meeting at DoubleTree in Port Huron. All ACBS members are welcome. Contact ACBS Headquarters to register, 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 - "Commodore's Cruise" 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 - "Boats at the Barns" 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 6 - Belle Isle Boat Show at the historic 1902 Detroit Boat Club which is currently under restoration. 10AM - 4PM. Antique and classic boats, rowing race between Detroit and Canada teams, Field of Dreams. Contact: Tim O'Brien 586-978-7105
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 2 - NEW EVENT for the Michigan Chapter! Not a new event though... The historic Peter Henkel Antique and Classic Boat Parade, 10am. Sans Souci, Harsens Island. To register and for more information contact Mike Feldman, email@example.com
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. Info: www.greatlakefunhappenshere.com
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, Location: The Vintage Tavern, 103 Michigan St., Port Huron, MI 48060. Meeting starts at 7PM, room is available for dinner at 6PM. All members welcome.
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 12 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Meeting, Time and Location TBD
November 12 – Michigan Chapter ACBS Annual Meeting, Time and Location TBD
December 1 - Deadline for material submissions to Channel Marker, Karen McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2017 Port Sanilac Boat Show will be held on August 19th, 2017. Contact: Dave Harper @ email@example.com. 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 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
Online registration also available here: www.bwacbs.org
The 2017 Algonac Boat Show will be held on June 23-26, 2017. Registration will open the first week of May. Michigan Chapter members will find registration material in the Channel Marker which will mail on May 1st. Online registration will be available here at the Michigan Chapter website shortly after that with the launch of our new site. Contact: Rick Laenen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Tour of Henry H. Smith Propeller Co., 1880 Fruit St., Algonac, MI 48001 Members can meet at Henry H. Smith Co. at 9:30 A.M. or meet at the Harbour Club Harbor Master’s Building at 9:15 A.M. to car pool. We will return to the Harbour Club at 11:15 A.M. for a departure for the Friday lunch cruise.
Cruise / Picnic Lunch: Boats will depart from the Algonac Harbour Club at approximately 11:30 A.M. for a cruise down the Middle Channel to a private island for a BBQ lunch. We will announce a “Captain’s Meeting” prior to departure to review the route. You can travel with the group or on your own. Directions will be available at registration if you would like to travel on your own and are not familiar with the area. Some seats are available on boats if you would like to attend and do not have a boat. If riding as a guest, please be courteous and wear soft soled shoes. Docking is sheltered but limited, so please bring docking lines and fenders. Return from the BBQ is expected at about 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Friday Welcome Party: The dinner is casual and starts at 6:30 P.M. at 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 24th, 2017
Boat Show at the Algonac Harbour Club, 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Assistance will be available at the public ramp just downstream (South) from the Harbour Club from approximately 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. DNR ramp fees will be charged.
Coffee and donuts will be available while supplies last on Saturday morning on the show grounds.
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 make numerous stops along the way and will pass by 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.
Saturday Dinner: A dinner will be served on Saturday evening starting at 6:00 P.M. at 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.
Sunday, June 25th, 2017:
Brunch at the Old Club, 9900 S Channel Dr., Harsens Island, MI • Activities will begin at the Old Club at 9:30 A.M. For those traveling by water we will leave from the Harbour Club at approximately 8:30 A.M. For those wishing to go by car, you can take the ferry to Harsens Island and reach the Club via land. If you are not familiar with the area and not traveling with the group please ask at registration for a map. The guest speakers will speak prior to brunch. Seating will be limited to the first 110 who register. No denim is allowed in the dining room at the Old Club. Shirts must have collars.
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.
The 1st Annual Lexington Boat Show will be held on July 15, 2017. Contact: Mark Edmonson, email@example.com. More details to follow.