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

Welcome antique and classic boat enthusiasts!

You are on this website because you are either a member of the NC Coastal & Piedmont Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) or because you are interested in the hobby of restoring/maintaining vintage watercraft.

To members we say “Thanks for using the website and let us know what we can add to make it more helpful. This is your chapter and we want to hear from you!”

To visitors we say, “Check out our website and consider joining ACBS and our Chapter.”  You don’t need a boat to enjoy the fellowship and events, but if you do have an antique or classic boat, you will find our members knowledgeable, helpful, and welcoming.  We invite you to join!

We have only been an ACBS Chapter since 2005, so we are younger than many other chapters.  We do cover a lot of territory (coastal and piedmont NC) so we move our events, and outings around.  We also do not have a “home lake” for boats shows like many ACBS chapters, so we encourage our members to participate in shows sponsored by other chapters and organizations.  Our meetings are held at various locations and are noted on our events calendar.  We encourage our members to attend when possible to get the most out of their membership.  The biggest benefit we offer those members owning antique and classic boats is the help and encouragement received with restoration and preservation. Our members have a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained over many years of doing this work themselves.

Chris-Craft. Hacker Craft. Century, Lyman, Cruisers Inc....whatever your preference, the NC Coastal, and Piedmont Chapter was created for you in an effort to advance the classic and wooden boat movement in North Carolina! We are here to promote and encourage a love and enjoyment of antique and classic boating at its highest level in all aspects.

We love our boats and use them on a regular basis. We can help you think about what boat is best for you, how to go about procuring one and provide assistance/guidance in maintaining your boat.  We’re also here to promote and sponsor classic boating events as well as to educate our membership and the general public on these great crafts.

If you enjoy the beauty of a wooden or classic glass boat and like to have a good time then we’re the club for you!  Check out our calendar of events and join us at our next get together.

Again, thanks for visiting our site and if you are not a member of our ACBS Chapter, we invite you to join us.

Happy Antique & Classic Boating!

Alan Hills
Chapter President

What's New or News?

Just added--Boats for Sale
Check out Member Trading Dock for fleet that member Keith Colonna (Norfolk, VA) is selling. Click here to view.

St. Michael's 2021 Boat Show Cancelled
Another one bites the dust due to COVID.

NCMM 2021 Boat Show Cancelled
On 11 February 2021, the NC Maritime Museum at Beaufort officially cancelled its annual May boat show due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Their website indicates that they will not reschedule this year, but will focus on the May 2022 show.

February 2021 Chapter Newsletter
Here is the link to the chapter newsletter Feb 2021 ACBS newsletter

2020 Annual Report
Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Read all about it!  Our Chapter's 2020 Annual Report is now available.  Click here to read.

Cape Fear Community College Cancels the March 27, 2021 Boat Show
We had an email from Mark Bayne, show organizer, on January 26th,  telling us that they are cancelling the show. They have not yet discussed an alternative date.

President Alans Hills' 1967 Carl Alberg Designed 26' Pearson Commander Sloop on ACBS Website
While we are very accustomed to seeing powerboats on the ACBS website, it is very rare that we see a sailboat featured, even though it might meet the qualifications to be classified as historic, antique, classic or late classic.  All those definitions only start with "A boat..."  Click here to read the article.  We encourage our members to submit articles and photos directly to ACBS in addition to submitting material for our newsletter and website.

Director Bill Conley's 14-foot Penobscot Sailboat Story on ACBS Website
There is a wonderful photo essay submitted by Bill about his journey building this Arch Davis designed small craft.  We encourage our members to submit material both to our newsletter, our website and to ACBS.  Nice article, Bill!  Click here to read.

Sunnyland Chapter Cancels 2021 Show
Held in Tavares, FL, this is one of the major ACBS boating show events.  They had just announced the dates for the show and St. Johns River cruise and then issued a cancellation due to the predicted COVID-19 impacts for 2021.  They plan to re-group and hopefully hold the show in 2022.

Chapter President Alan Hills gives the 2020 President's Award to wife Judy
Well it may seem like nepotism, but the Board and active chapter members know how much Judy contributes to welfare of the organization. Whether it's updating the website, drafting the monthly chapter newsletter, assisting the President with organizing the meetings and outings, or filling the position of Secretary, Judy steps up when help is needed.  As Alan put it when he presented the award at the chapter's Zoom Christmas party, "I can't think of anyone who deserves it more this year."  In accepting the award, Judy acknowledged the contributions of the members in helping to make this an award-winning chapter.

Chapter Wins Two ACBS International Awards!
Our chapter was selected by ACBS for the "highest number of new members gained" and the "highest percentage of increase" awards.  Read all about it in the Nov newsletter.

Chapter President Alan Hills Wins ACBS Broken Gunwale Award
Given in the spirit of fun and good humor, this award is presented for "distinguishing" oneself in a memorable way while participating in an ACBS cruise or boat show.  Read the details in the Nov newsletter.


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