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
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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