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

December 1, 2023

Seasons greetings fellow boat enthusiasts!

 I hope everyone’s holiday season has gotten off to a successful start.  Thanksgiving weekend was beautiful in my part of the state, but it also heralded much colder weather.  That and the incredibly low water levels at the nearby lakes have meant boat sightings have been few and far between as I drive by them. That said, I can usually spot one or two out and about.  How are things in your neck of the woods?  Maybe you’re even one of the brave souls who enjoys the water all year round, droughts and cold snaps be damned?

Many of our members have been out and about over the month of November, as you can read in the following pages.  Looking ahead to this last month of the year, things quiet down a little, with just one event scheduled so far.  But it’s a good one: our annual Christmas Holiday Party!  We’re fortunate to have Sharon and Bill Conley hosting the club at their home in North Raleigh once again.  If you haven’t joined us for this occasion before, please consider it.  Extensive information (including an FAQ) is included in this newsletter.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their efforts on behalf of the chapter over this past year.  We are only as successful as the combined contributions of the membership, and with that, you’ve made us a success again.  I want to give a special thanks to our officers and directors, the hosts of the various events - including the Blackbeard Sailing Club - and especially to Judy Hills, who writes this newsletter, maintains our website, and generally keeps the chapter shipshape.  Bravo all y’all!

Hope to see you at an event soon!



Santa Ark
Merry Christmas!


2023: What's New or News?

December 2023 Messing About in Boats
Click here to view the latest newsletter.

Member Keith Colonna is selling off his boat collection.  Check it out here.

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:

  • 12/9 Chapter Christmas party  Raleigh  Bill & Sharon Conley See Nov newsletter for invitation and FAQs.  Email Bill Conley by 12/3 if attending.

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 VP 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

2023 Chapter Board:  (Below L to R):
Alan Hills (VP), Judy Hills (Sec), John Justice (Director), Jeff Martinson (Pres), Jim Alexander (Director), John Dougherty (Director), Bill Conley (Director), and Kevin Leiner (Treas).


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