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

July 1, 2024

Ahoy Mateys,

I don’t know about y’all, but time seems to be whizzing by for me. I feel like I have been busy every day, and yet I don’t seem to see much progress on my projects. Perhaps there is some cosmic power at work to keep me moving along, or maybe something akin to the saying “it’s about the journey and not the destination”? I don’t know…as long as there is some fun thrown in there, it’s all good.

One event that stands out was the Chesapeake Bay Chapter’s boat show in St. Michaels, MD. They had fantastic weather and lots of boats of all types. Besides Judy and myself, chapter members Jim & Anne Marie Hartman, Robert & Patsy Blanchard, and John and Beth Coffman attended. John showed his beautiful 22’ Chris Craft sedan, “Made In The Shade” and she was well received. The Blanchard’s brought Lil’ Rascal, their 18-foot Chris Craft Sea Skiff.  We also met up with friends from other chapters who we have come to know and enjoy over the years and had a great time. I highly recommend this show to all of you who have never been there; the venue is incredible (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus) and you can get all the crabs you ever imagined at the on-site restaurant.

As is often the case, there have been numerous instances of one of our chapter’s most valuable perks: members helping members. There are many tasks in boat repair and maintenance that require an extra set of hands, an extra brain, or a special tool, to name a few. Many of us find use of these “assets” difference makers in our pursuit of our boat goals. Thanks to all of you (you know who you are!) for sharing what you have to benefit the hobby. If you feel that you need help or guidance with something regarding your boat, reach out and help will come!

Coming up next month, we will have a fun run/meeting/picnic at Jordan Lake on the 17th. See the newsletter for details. Also, take note that Cindy Jordan has made available to us her family’s house on Bath Creek for an event similar to the one we had in April. This was a fun filled and memorable event for those who attended, so check out the dates available and secure a “berth” before they are all spoken for!  Email Judy to reserve.

Heard there was a pop-up event at the Piglet, John Justice’s workshop in Pittsboro.  John and Jim Alexander helped Jeff Gelm and his son Oliver work on their boat.

Lastly, I wish all of you a happy and safe 4th of July, and please use precautions in dealing with hot temperatures and sun exposure.

Yours in classic boating,

Alan Hills, President



2024 What's New or News?

July 2024 Messing About in Boats
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Member Trading Dock
New boat for sale published on Member Trading Dock page.  Tidewater ACBS Chapter member Eric Zellman is selling a 1961 Whirlwind Sea Lion.  Click here to check it out and view other things for sale.

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:

    • 7/17 Chapter meeting and run on Jordan Lake 4 PM. Bring your own food and drinks.  Run on lake after meeting.
    • 8/17 International Vintage Boating Day—get her wet!
      Possible Marina Day in Wilmington—watch the Aug newsletter
    • 9/5-15 ACBS International Show in Brainerd, MN
    • 9/7 Reedville, VA Classic Boat Show https://rfmuseum.org/classic-boat-show
    • 9/14 Smith Mountain Lake Show at Crazy Horse Marina in VA https://www.woodenboats.net/boatshow.html


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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