The Michigan Chapter is honored to be the Featured Chapter on ACBS.org this week! If you are visiting us for the first time please "click around" to see all the Michigan Chapter has been up to. Our CALENDAR is the place to see our plans for 2017 and in NEWS you can view all we have been doing. On the right side of your screen you can also download copies of our award winning "Channel Marker".
Thanks and Welcome!
Thanks to WoodyBoater.com and "Rabbit" Bruce Bildsten for this interesting perspective on the cost of vintage boat ownership.
The members of ACBS and the Michigan Chapter are ready to talk more about this subject so join now and embark on your own classic boat ownership adventure!
For over 39 years, the Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society is proud to have partnered with numerous individuals and companies that are committed to the classic and vintage boating hobby. Our Membership of over 400 vintage boaters know these companies provide valuable products, services and knowledge to them as classic boat owners.
Sponsorship packages for the 2017 boating season are available now and offer advertising opportunities associated with our Algonac Boat Show as well as our award winning publication, the Channel Marker, which recently moved to full color. We offer sponsors many different options to best utilize their sponsorship and advertising dollars to maximize the return to their business.
This year our advertisers will enjoy an increased geographical reach as the International ACBS will be holding their Summer Board Meeting in conjunction with the Algonac Boat Show. We will also be getting increased attention since the 2018 ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show will be hosted by the Michigan Chapter.
Your sponsorship not only helps us succeed in our mission of preserving, restoring and educating the public about classic and vintage boating but gives you recognition for your business and provides valuable business referrals.
Contact Greg Lewandowski for more information about advertising and sponsorship opportunities with the Michigan Chapter of ACBS. By email: GregLewand@aol.com or by phone: 248-391-1826
December 6, 2016
In an email to all members, ACBS International announced today that they have hired a new Executive Director - Dan Gyoerkoe.
Dan has been Executive Director or Operations Manager for several non-profit organizations during his over 20 year career. His hiring is the result of a comprehensive search conducted by the Society. The search committee is confident Dan will effectively lead ACBS into the future.
More details about Dan can be found in the official release to members on the ACBS web site, http://www.acbs.org/blog/2016/12/06/new-executive-director-acbs/
Congratulations to our 2016 Chapter Awards winners!
Founders Award: Carl & Sue Garmhaus
Harold Mistele Award: Roy & Judi Schoenherr
Don Orth Award: Don Kiddle
President's Cup: Andrew Laenen
Gas Can Award, otherwise known as "You did what?" Award: Ann Guldemond
A brief history of the Michigan Chapter Awards
Our chapter of the ACBS gives out a few awards every year at the Annual Meeting. These Club Awards recognize outstanding effort and leadership.
The President's Cup is supplied to the Chapter by ACBS International and is given to a person of the President's (Commodore's) choice.
The Harold Mistele Award is given to a person in the Chapter in recognition of significant contributions. Harold Mistele had this award made and presented it to founding father, Sandy Duffy, as the first recipient in 1981.
The Don Orth Award is also known as the "Driving Force" award. Big Don Orth was instrumental in the forming and growth of this chapter in the formative years. Don persuaded many people to join and enjoy our Chapter. He loved the club and all it meant. Therefore, this award is given to a person who is a "driving force" in our club now.
The Founder's Award commemorates long term service to the Chapter and is unique in the selection process. Only prior recipients vote on who is to receive the Founder's Award. If certain criteria cannot be met, the Founder's Award is not awarded every year.
The Gas Can Award, also known as the "You Did What?" Award is an opportunity to poke good clean fun at each other. It is awarded by the past recipient to someone who has done something foolish or forgetful. It originated when Mike Riharb ran out of gas on the St. Clair River after failing to make sure he had enough fuel for an event and was towed back in by Chuck and Althea Beattie.
The 2016 Fall Workshop will occur on Saturday, October 8th and will feature a presentation on "Installing Vinyl Flooring with Welded Seams" as well as a swap meet. We will meet at 10AM at Wayne Eversole's shop - Everso Marine Restorations at 1623 Mill St. in Algonac. Bring your extra boat treasures to sell or swap. There will be light refreshments on site. RSVP by October 3rd to Jerry Kowal at 248-709-9981
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
The show is getting some great "press"! Check out the nice coverage from Woody Boater here: Click on this Link to WoodyBoater.com
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The parade starts at 10AM at St. Mark's Catholic Church on Harsens Island and finishes at the Sans Souci Bar. Immediately following the parade is a rendezvous at the Idle Hour Yacht Club located on the South Channel where hot dogs and hamburgers are available for a nominal price as well as a cash bar. To register and receive a parade number and for additional information, contact Mike Feldman: email@example.com or 586-201-8792
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!
On August 27th, the Detroit Boat Club antique boat show will be held at the historic Boat Club building on Belle Isle. The building is a white building you see on your left as you cross the bridge to Belle Isle. There will be other boats including the tender for the Delphine Dodge and hydroplanes on display in the parking lot of the club house.
This Classic Wooden Boat Show is intended to commemorate the art of wooden boat building in this historic Boathouse and develops a fundraising mechanism for its renovation. You can read about the history of this 114 year old building and the efforts of Friends of Detroit Rowing to save it here.
This will be a one day event. You can display your boat in the water or on your trailer. The "in the water" display will be in the canal adjacent to the parking lot. The launch ramp is located at 150 St. Jean in Detroit adjacent to Riverside Marina. It is a large, well maintained facility. This is the weekend of the Gold Cup hydroplane races so the river will be closed from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. That means the boats must be launched between 6:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. The trip from the launch to the boat club must avoid the Scott Middle Ground, a large shoal in the middle of the river. Charts and instructions will be available at the launch site.
If you wish to bring your boat on a trailer to the island, please bear left over the bridge to the parking lot of the Boat Club building. You should plan to arrive no later than 10:00 A.M.
Two perks of this show are the tour of the historic Detroit Boat Club building with its ongoing renovations and the best seats in the house for the Belle Isle Bridge turn of the hydroplane races.
For further information and to participate in the show, contact Jim Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-949-8036.
(Please note, Jim Rodgers is a fellow Michigan Chapter member and we provide this info because the event is of interest to our membership. The event itself is not officially sanctioned by the Michigan Chapter or ACBS.)
Photo: Graeme Beattie, used with permission.
August 2, 2016
Follow along with fellow members of our chapter as their recent trip on the Rideau Canal is described by Graeme Beattie of Classic Vintage Boats. Graeme also takes some beautiful photos! Your Channel Marker (in the mail next month) will include Jack's very own trip report!
Stars of the show:
Leroy & Brenda Stevens: Wave Trotter, a 1928 24' Chris-Craft Triple Cockpit R/A
Hale & Anne Walker: Reminisce, a 1950 20' Chris-Craft Riviera
Mark & Gayle Walker: Miss Chris, a 1960 27' Chris-Craft Sea Skiff
Jack & Carole Warren: Cracker Jack, a 1947 22' Chris-Craft Sportsman
Click on this link for Graeme's story --> The Rideau Canal: A Boating Trip to the Past
Algonac 2016 Award Winners
In a continuing attempt to compile complete records of our Chapter, Don Kiddle is digitizing our history. He is missing these issues of the Channel Marker.
Before Issue Numbers were assigned: Summer Issue for 1981
Issue #8 Winter 1986
Issue #22 Summer 1990
Issue #23 1990
Issue #86 2006 - FOUND!
If anyone has any of these issues and wishes to donate them it would be appreciated. If anyone has these issues and doesn’t wish to donate them, Don would appreciate being able to borrow them to scan and digitize them.
He can be contacted at email@example.com or 586-292-0114
Gold Cup Races 100th Anniversary
Call for Classics Woodies
August 25 through Sunday August 28, 2016, will be the 100th running of the Gold Cup Races on the Detroit River. A major effort is being made to mark this occasion to be one to be remembered.
The head of the Gold Cup Race Program on the Detroit River, Mark Weber, has reached out to the A.C.B.S. to see if we would like to provide a land display of Classic Wooden boats, one or two, from each decade (1916 to 1966).
Due to the history of the boat builders of the Detroit river area, Mark would like to see Chris Craft, Hacker Crafts and Gar Woods in the displays. These need NOT be of the Gentleman Racer model, but ANY runabout from the era. The grass display area would be near the Grandstands by the pits.
They also would like to see if we could provide five woodies, in the water, for the weekend, to use as parade boats, and to carry the Hydroplane Drivers around the course on Sunday during “Driver Introductions”. The slips would be at the Roosertail Restaurant next to the pits, etc.
All exhibitors would receive “full access” badges, including close up parking and invites to the private and open events, parties, and pit grandstand seating, etc.
The event kicks off at 4 pm Thursday August 25th and ALL boats must be staged by that time, no exceptions. No one can retrieve their vessels until AFTER the Awards presentations on LATE Sunday afternoon/evening.
So if you are interested in being part of this major event with all the media coverage and opportunity to promote A.C.B.S. and our hobby, let us know.
Pre-Registration will be required.
The Michigan Chapter has offered to take the lead on this project, and several meetings have taken place. Contact Committee members; Ann Guldemond, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 586-665-2202. And/or Dennis Mykols email@example.com or call 616-638-1692 for more information.
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!
2015 Port Huron Show
The 2015 version of the Port Huron show began with a cruise down the St Clair River from Port Huron to St Clair for dinner at the Voyageur. As we were sitting in the Voyageur, we saw one of the boats in our group that had left later drifting down the river. The boat had engine trouble and was drifting with the current. You all know what a current there is in the river. Mark Walker ran to his Sea Skiff and was joined by several other members and motored out to take him in tow. Towing a boat in no easy matter and at times the towed boat has a mind of its own. In any event, they managed to get the boat back into the St Clair marina.
For the Saturday Show, the weather was great except for a short rain shower. Some 55 boats were registered. In the show last year, free boat rides were offered and over 200 rides were given. The practice was continued this year and 160 rides were given. The number was down due to the weather. The boat rides were a very popular item and for many of the riders it was not only their first time in a classic boat but the first time in a boat period.
The theme for this year's show was race boats and we had Miss America X in attendance along with 2 modern off shore race boats. The contrast between Miss America X and the modern boats was quite striking.
Award winners for the show are as follows:
Mahogany Outfitters Award for the best fiberglass boat - Gil Nichols
Power Squadron Award to Jon Weller - 1947 23' Hacker, Current Fling
Commodore's Award to Dave and Julie Schaitberger -1949 30' Hacker, Loup Garou
People's Choice was a tie, Pete and Leanne Wicken's, 35' John's Bay, Nicodemus and Mark and Gail Walker's 23' Chris Craft, Ya Ba Dee
2015 International Boat Show
The 2015 International Boat Show was held in Brainerd, Minnesota during the third week in September. At this time of year, it is difficult to predict what kind of weather will happen. As it turned out, the weather was almost perfect. There were two rainy mornings, but the rest of the week was great, sunny days with temperatures in the mid 70's.
The week began with a reception Sunday evening for those registered for the pre-events. This was a great opportunity to meet other people and get ready for some great boating. On Monday and Tuesday, we cruised on the Whitefish chain of lakes and Wednesday, cruised on Gull Lake. We enjoyed some great boating and some great scenery.
The International Boat Show itself began with a welcome reception and dinner at the Bar Harbor supper club on Gull Lake. This was the venue for the actual boat show and the restaurant had enough dock space to accommodate more that 100 boats! Some additional docks were added to accommodate the 125 boats that were registered in the show.
On Thursday from 8 to 10 am, there was a Chapter Roundtable session to outline the new on-line directory system and allow feedback from the Chapters. The rest of the day was devoted to the Annual Board Meeting. At this meeting Mark Walker and Jack Warren from the Michigan Chapter made a presentation to the Board to propose hosting the 2018 International Boat Show in Port Huron. This proposal was well received and the International Board passed a motion approving the proposal subject to a site visit in the near future.
The Boat Show proper began Friday Morning and ended Saturday afternoon. More about the boat show later but first there were some social events that happened on Thursday and Friday evening. On Thursday evening, there was a dinner with entertainment, a comedian and a magician. On Friday evening, there was a charity auction held at Lee Anderson's private museum and boat house. This was the most spectacular event of the whole week. Lee Anderson is a wealthy industrialist who has acquired quite a collection of historic boats. In his collection, he has 38 boats and each one is a unique, one of a kind boat. The boat house itself was spectacular. Needless to say it was a jaw dropping experience!
At the boat show there was quite a collection of boats, some very unique like Lockpat II, one of Lee Anderson's boats. The docks were filled with spectators both Friday and Saturday and the weather was absolutely perfect.
The event concluded with a banquet Saturday evening where the boat show awards were presented. There were also some Chapter Awards presented and the Michigan Chapter received the award for the best website. The award recognizes not only the website activity but also the contribution of other social media activity. In the past year, there has been considerable Facebook activity for the Michigan Chapter site mainly due to input by Gale Woods.
On the Sunday morning, we hooked up the trailer and headed home, an 866 mile journey. It was a long haul but a worth while trip. For those of you interested in attending an International Show, in 2016 it will be in Lake Tahoe and 2017 in the Thousand Islands. If these are too far, you can wait for 2018 where it will be in your own backyard!
If you haven't already, sign up to the Michigan Chapter Facebook page!
The Michigan Chapter Annual Meeting for 2015 was held on Saturday, November 14 at the Stahl's Automotive Museum. We had a great turnout and thanks to John and Melinda Adams for organizing a great event.
Some current Directors were re-elected, Al Herr for a two year term and Carl Garmhaus, Gerry Kowal, Greg Lewandowski and Roy Schoenherr for 3 year terms. Also, the Club welcomed newly elected Director Gale Woods. The Club thanked retiring Director Alex Pawluchyk for his valuable service as Membership Chairman. Gale will be taking over this important job.
As the two year term for Officers was expiring, the Board of Directors met to elect a new slate of Officers for the next two years. Commodore Ann Guldemond, Vice Commodore Alan Brenner and Treasurer Roy Schoenherr were re-elected for two more years. Two new Officers were elected, Gerry Kowal as Rear Commodore and Pat Chaps as Secretary.
During the Brunch, the Annual Chaoter Awards were presented:
Don Orth Award- Larry Krabach
Commodore's Cup- Gale Woods
Harold Mistele Award - Jack Warren
Gas Can Award - Alex Pawluchyk
On behalf of the ACBS Michigan Chapter, thank you to the Village of Pot Sanilac, Port Sanilac Harbor and to everyone involved in making the Port Sanilac Antique Boat and Car Show a great place to be. Special thanks to Dave and Jeanne Harper for all your hard work and your warm welcome. Dinner was great last night at the Blue Water Sports Bar and Grill and I heard the Sock Hop was a big hit. In the midst of the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Yard Sale Trail excitement, Port Sanilac came shining through. A beautiful Michigan Summer Day in the Village of Port Sanilac, the 2015 Boat Show ROCKED! One more sweet memory for our album. Thank you all.
The Algonac Boat Show for 2015 is history. The Friday Picnic was well attended and the weather was great. On the other hand, the Saturday Boat Show was a real wash out with almost 3" of rain recorded during the day. A list of award winners is below but judging was carried out under less than favourable conditions. The judging team did the best possible job under really terrible conditions.
The Sunday cruise to the Old Club for brunch had better weather, even some sunshine later in the day.
The event was exceptionally well attended with over 100 boats registered. It is unfortunate that the weather did not fully cooperate but boaters do persevere under adverse conditions.
AWARD WINNERS 2015
CLASS DESCRIPTION WINNER RUNNER-UP
1 Wood Runabout UNCAS, Kermitt Sutton DARLA, Dana Wagnehals
2 Utility NIMROD II, Stuart Nunnely SEMI CRAZY, Murray Sandford
3 Wood Skiff or Launch No Name, Dana Richardson No Name, Carl Mount
4 Contemporary Wood 1976+ NICODEMUS, Peter Wickens
5 Modified Wood/Non Wood TOUCH OF GLASS, John Adams
6 Wood Outboard No Name, Tom Scally
7 Wood Cruiser BLACK BEAUTY, Rick Laenen CIAO MONDO, Don Leone
8 Youth LITTLE POINT, Audrina Guldemond
9 Classic Glass Runabout, O/B No Name, Bill Anderson BUMBLEBEE, James Tunison
10 Glass Cruiser KIITOS, Michael Feldman CHRIS' CRAFT, Chris Morisette
Owner Restored DARLA, Dana Wagenhals LENA ESTELLE, Jim Mathis
VALVETECH AWARD, FURTHEST TRAVELLED No Name, Dana Richardson
MARQUE CLASS, BLOND DECKED BOAT SPLINTERS, Dave Wrzesinski
BEST OF SHOW UNCAS, Kemit Sutton, shown by Dave Bortner of Freedom Boat Works