Welcome to the North Carolina Coastal and Piedmont Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society

April 1, 2024

Hello Mates!

March has been quite a month for our chapter. We started out with the trailer maintenance/safety workshop at the Piglet, a dry run test of our April cruise route, the Sunnyland pre-show cruise, the Sunnyland show and a trip to the Mariner’s Museum Park in Newport News, VA. Throw in some boat maintenance and a whole lot of pollen, and I’d call that a pretty busy month!

The trailer workshop featured lots of good maintenance and safety tips, along with some hair-raising tales of mishaps and malfunctions. There was also several boxes of various used trailer parts and some giveaways. Of course, no Piglet outing would be complete without a lunch. In this case, John prepared a Low Country boil for us that we all enjoyed.

The following Wednesday saw members Jim Hartman, Neal Keeter, John Justice, Larry Lettick and myself embark on a trial run for our chapter overnight cruise next month. We launched Hunky Dory in the Pamlico River at Washington, NC and proceeded to the Tar River to check out what was there. We were very fortunate to have Larry with us because he volunteers at The Estuarium as a tour boat captain and knows the area quite well. After reaching Bear Creek, we headed back to the city docks in Washington and had lunch at one of the local eateries. Following that, we steamed on down to Bath Creek to Cindy Jordan’s family retreat. We were greeted by Cindy’s cousin Bubbs, a very interesting fellow, who lives next door and showed us where the good water was and places we could dock for the night. This outing is going to be a lot of fun, so sign up!

As most of you know, the Sunnyland show is a bucket list event that un-officially kicks off the new boat show season. I was fortunate enough to secure a crew position on John Justice’s Chris Craft Continental “Fins” for the four day pre-show cruise on the St. John’s River. Neal Keeter, Nate Justice and Jim Hartman rounded out the crew. The cruise started out in Palatka, FL and moved on to Astor FL, visiting places in between. There were about a dozen boats participating and we were treated to the beauty and wildlife of the area. We also had some good food….lots of it. The joke among us became “We are an eating club with a boating problem"  There was also a post-show cruise offered. I would highly recommend attending this for the fun and fellowship that that it provides. Of course, there’s a very cool boat show too.

We had a very nice turnout for the Maritime Museum event on March 30th, but since this edition is already packed, we’ll save the article and pictures for the May newsletter.

Alan Hills, President



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Hot off the Press:  NC C&P 2023 Annual Report.  Read all about our 2023 adventures and achievements!  Click here to read.

Member Leif Eriksson has a set of Chris Craft gauges for sale. Click here to view.

Friends of the NC Maritime Museum are selling a 1911 22' Torpedo Transom Fay & Bowen Launch.  Click here to view.

Member Jim Dean has a 43-foot Chris Craft Commander for sale.  Click here to view details. 

Member Tom Hamilton has an 18' 1942 Chris Craft Utility for sale.  Click here to view details.

Upcoming events
Watch the website and the newsletter for events that our chapter is either sponsoring or encouraging you to participate in.  Here are a few key dates:

  • 4/24  Chapter Business Meeting via Zoom  Members click here to participate.
  • 4/27-28 Overnight Cruise from Washington to Bath on Sat and return on Sun Click here to sign up.
  • 5/4 NC Maritime Museum Boat Show in Beaufort Click here for info.
  • 5/17-18 Lake Lure Boat and Auto Show (Blue Ridge Chapter) Click here for info.

Organizing a Pop-Up Event
In addition to the events scheduled on our calendar, we invite members to create a “last-minute” gathering and notify chapter members of the opportunity to participate. This could be a workshop, an “I need help with…”, a run on the lake, or something else special that you have run across or want to do.  Here is how it works:

  1. You identify the opportunity
  2. You email the details to President Alan Hills
  3. Alan will forward the information to all chapter members ASAP
  4. You take pictures, write up the event, and submit a them to the newsletter editor

2024 Chapter Board:  (Below L to R):
Bill Conley (Dir). John Dougherty (Dir), Jim Alexander (Dir), Alan Hills (Pres), Judy Hills (Sec), Jeff Martinson (VP), Kevin Leiner (Treas), and John Justice (Dir).  Not shown:  Jim Hartman (Dir).

2024 Chapter Board


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