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Here is a list of the 2017 Show award winners:

Best Lapstrake - Joe Peacos, Barbour Vacationer
Best Outboard - Joe Ludgate, Larson 17, Huntyjo
Best Runabout - Chip Paradis, 1933 Chris Craft runabout, DonnaJean
Best Utility - Bruce Harvey, Whirlwind, Less Golf
Best Continental - Jon Homeister, 1958 18', Cure All
Most Original - Danny & Paula Wolf, 65 Owens 34', Hope Lee
Best Contemporary, Gerald Hurst, Legend Has It
Best Non-Wood, Harry Warren, 1973 Chris Craft Jet Boat, Faster
Peoples Choice - Gerald Hurst,Glen-L, Legend Has It
Captains Choice - Richard Charles, Trojan outboard runabout, Less Golf


NC Coastal & Piedmont Chapter Sponsors Boat Building Scholarship

Beginning in November 2015 the NC Coastal & Piedmont Chapter has made a yearly donation of $1,000 to the Cape Fear Community College to provide financial assistance to a student there enrolled in the wooden boat building program. Show proceeds in excess of expenses are used to provide this type of assistance. A photo of the student awardee can be seen below. Click on the link that follows for the letter from CFCC. Click Here


Many of you take your antique or classic boat to shows.  ACBS shows are wonderful venues to display your handiwork and to have others admire your favorite work of art—your boat.  In preparation for the show, you spiff her up, tune her up and make sure you have her in tip-top shape.  The men will appreciate the fact that you can eat off the engine and that the boat has a throaty sound unique to that genre of vessel.  However, women who attend the show view things a little differently.  What pleases the crowd?  In order to attract the viewing public to the show we need to go the extra distance.  Here are some dos and don’ts regarding putting your best foot forward at the ACBS shows when displaying your boat in the water.  These suggestions are not related to the formal ACBS judging which gets into the authenticity of the boat and its accessories.  We have attended a lot of boat shows around the country and these are the things we have noted that improved the experience—made the visitors go “Wow!” versus “That’s nice”.  This article is about how to “wow” them.


  1. Make your dock space an extension of your boat.  Space may determine just what can be accommodated on the dock.
    1. Mat or rug
    2. Display telling the history or story of the restoration of your boat.  Before and after photos are great.  Books are OK, but posters are better.
    3. A nautical chair for you to sit in (if space allows)
    4. A display with nautical or other associated items of the period.
  2. If it is a windy day, be certain that your displays are anchored in some way.
  3. The owner (and first mate or guest) should dress in apparel of the time period of the boat’s hey-day.  This not only shows well, it looks great when running your boat on the water. 
  4. Add items to your boat that were unique to the time.  Examples include cookers, bottles, towels, skis, hats, fire extinguishers, etc. 
  5. Use fenders and lines that look nice with the boat.
  6. Flemish your dock lines neatly to prevent trips and falls.  Besides they just look more nautical (shipshape) than a pile of line.
  7. Display the ensign and your vessel’s flag (if there is a place to do so) at all times during the show.
  8. Ensure that the surfaces and the upholstery of your boat are as clean as possible. 
  9. Wipe dew and water off the varnished surfaces—at least off the bow, deck and transom.
  10. Shine the chrome pieces and keep them shiny during the show. 
  11. Accessorize with items that have the name of your boat.
  12. As much as possible have someone in or near the boat to answer questions.  Be pleasant.  Smile. 

Greet the visitors.  Take your nose out of that book or e-reader and talk to them.


  1. Display any “for sale” or “for hire” signs.  Most shows won’t let you do that anyway.  If you are selling your boat—have a brochure made up that you can discretely hand out to those interested.
  2. Make the dock look too cluttered by the displays.
  3. Place your displays in an area where visitors might trip over them. 
  4. Overdo the number of items displayed on the boat.  One or two tastefully displayed items will show better than a plethora of mismatched ones.
  5. Display items on the boat that are not germane to the boat.  For example, if your boat was never used for skiing, don’t display water skis.
  6. Let lines and fenders hang over the side when running the boat during the show.
  7. Leave items lying around where they can be seen that are not of the period (whenever possible).  Yes, your fire extinguisher may need to be left in place, but that plastic box with your cleaning supplies and that big plastic bag with your neatly folded PFD’s do not.  If you cannot store them where they cannot be seen, then remove them from the boat if you can.

If you’re a guy reading this and you just can’t be bothered, enlist the help of your significant other or a good friend (or a decorator for that matter!).  Perhaps this is a way to get them more involved in the experience.  And when you get tired of the same display, change it up. Swap display items with other ACBS members.  Go on a treasure hunt online or in stores for items desired.
If we want to attract people to preserving these beautiful vessels, we need to draw them in.  While a nice looking, good running boat is a necessity, accessorizing the vessel with period displays will put the viewing experience over the top and attract more lookers. And lest we forget, the best way to hook ‘em is to take them for a ride.  "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Here are links to  photo albums of pictures taken at the last two shows.

2016 Show:

2015 Show: 



The NC Coastal & Piedmont Chapter is off to a great start for 2019. Our first meeting of the year was held Jan 29 and we had an excellent turnout to hear our new president outline his plans for the chapter.

For details and pictures of previous Vintage Boat and Splash Ins please click here




Want to see the chapter’s beautiful boats? Click here to visit the photo gallery.