Information about ongoing shows including show details, forms, directions, and more.
Port Sanilac Boat Show will be held August 12, 13
Registration Form, Click here
Activities and Schedule, 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!
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 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
May 20-21, Joint Michigan and Water Wonderland Chapters Shakedown Cruise at Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa. Contact: Dennis Mykols 616-638-1692
June 7, Tentative Cruise to Browns. Launch at Algonac DNR ramp at 4PM. Contact: John Adams 586-531-0798
June 11, White Lake Rendezvous (new event!). Public Launch at 9AM. Contact: Scott Knight 734-657-8935
More cruises will be announced soon!