Chapter News

New Venue once more for 2017 Show - Galley Store Marina, New Bern NC (on the Neuse River). Saturday/Sunday May 20/21, 2017

Click Here  for the 2017 Boat Show Registration Form

Click Here  for the 2017 Boat Show Information Sheet.

Click Here for the 2017 Boat Show Poster.
(under development, coming soon)

Click Here for the 2017 Boat Information Sheet. Attendees are asked to fill out and return this information sheet about your boat so that the information can be featured in the show program. (under development, coming soon)

RDC Triangle Chapter Sponsors Boat Building Scholarship

Beginning in November 2015 the RDC Triangle 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: 

Award winners for the 2016 Show, presented by  John Justice, the chief judge:

Best Contemporary—Too Red 1969 Chris Craft Ski Boat owned by Rita & Harry Warren

Best Utility—1961 Chris Craft Continental owned by Bob & Molly Banta

Best Runabout—Legend Has It… owned by Gerald Hurst

Best Lapstrake—La De Dah—Barbour Silver Clipper owned by Phil & Linda Holland

Best Outboard—Barbour Vacationer—owned by Joe Peacos

Broken Cable award—Jeff Gelm for backing his trailer off the end of the ramp

ACBS Most Original—Isabella—Century Resorter—shown by Jim Moores

Best Barbour— La De Dah—Barbour Silver Clipper owned by Phil & Linda Holland

Captain’s Choice-- La De Dah—Barbour Silver Clipper owned by Phil & Linda Holland

Peoples’ Choice—Blue Tango—owned by Bill & Sharon Conley

The following awards were also presented :

By immediate past President, Jim Alexander, Special Recognition to Treasurer Bob Banta for his long and faithful service to the club as treasurer, webmaster and membership coordinator.

By Chapter President Bill Conley:
President’s award—We’ll See -- a Chris Craft Holiday owned by Alice and Jeff Martinson
Cal Jordan Spirit award went to new club member Garfield Karpiak for his display of Zip Zip Hooray.

A ship’s bell mounted on a board with a plaque was given to Alan and Judy Hills this year's show co-chairs, “in appreciation for taking the ACBS RDC Boat Show to a wonderful new level in 2016"

Award winners from the 2015 show:
Best Utility Jeff Gelm, 1955 Chris Craft Sportsman 'Sweet Pea'

Best Runabout      John Barringer, 1931 Chris Craft Model 203 'Fool's Gold'

Cal Jordan Spirit Award  Cindy Jordan, 1952 Chris Craft Kit 'Admiral Alexander'

President's Choice  Bill Conley, 1952 Chris Craft Special Runabout (under construction)

People's Choice Jim Alexander, 1941 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout 'Summer of '41'

Judges' Choice  Alan & Judy Hills and Leif Erikson 1957 Chris Craft Sea Skiff Open 18 'Li'l Rascal'

Best Contemporary  Daniel Michalak, 1983 Grand Craft Triple Cockpit 'Paulie Girl'

Best Lapstrake  Lewis Little, 1958 Chris Craft Sea Skiff Ranger 'Loon Ranger'

Best Outboard  Jeff Martinson, 1959 (?) Thompson Sea Lancer 'Wet Paint'

Best Chris Craft  (CCABC sponsored) Harry Warren, 1950 Chris Craft Riviera 'Le Soleil'

Best Non-Wood   (ACBS sponsored) Richard Charles, 1959 MFG Celeron






Saturday & Sunday May 20/21, 2017
at Galley Store Marina,  New Bern, NC
(on the Neuse River)
This year's show is the second year at a new venue in New Bern NC on Saturday/Sunday May 20/21, 2017 - the weekend before Memorial Day. Don't miss this great event at a new venue where there are many hotels, restaurants and shopping. Excellent boating on the Neuse and Trent Rivers. 
The 2016 show was a huge success with lots of interesting boats both on land and in the water. Our featured boat, the Barbour, was very well represented in the town were it was built. Plan on participating in cruises on Saturday and Sunday More information will be available in the Spring.




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