Chris Craft’s Through the Ages at the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic

photo of Godfather courtesy of Lew Dobbins

Christopher Columbus Smith is credited for being one of the first to bring pleasure craft to our boating world.  His earliest boats in the late 1800s were actually small Punts and Lap Strake row boats used for duck hunting.  At the turn of the new century, internal combustion engines were making their way into small boats.  Chris Smith was building one-off power boats and in the teens, boats for racing.  This attracted a lot of big names and big money, Garfield A. Wood being one of the more famous names.  There would be several financial partners to come and go with Smith building racing boats and the Smith name was making news with the wins in the racing world.  But Chris knew that racing boats would never pay the bills and thus looked toward building pleasure boats for the common man.


Get Ready for Wood & Glory XIX

photo courtesy of Groody River Media

Wood & Glory XIX is right around the corner.  It’s our second boating event of 2017 and it is expected to be as good as or better than all the other 18 years!  This year’s four day weekend starts on June 1st.  A gathering of classic boating activities with families and friends promises lots of fun!  This year the “sprint boat” races will be going on in Lakeport while you’re there and we’ve left lots of free time for you to check it out.


Happy New Year!

2017 is here and President Debra Dobbins announces she’s ready for the new year to begin!  Starting with the annual Board of Directors Planning meeting and ending with the Annual Membership Meeting, Debra and her Board have an exciting year of events in the planning stages.  Watch the website for details on events as the year unfolds.  Our first event will be Spring Fling which will be held in the Grass Valley / Nevada City area of California’s spectacular Gold Country.  Information is available now regarding lodging and sign-up will be available soon.

Start your engines!  It’s going to be another great ACBS Northern CA / Lake Tahoe Chapter year!!!


Can you believe it?  2016 is almost over and gosh, some of you haven’t completed that restoration but, you’re in luck!  There’s 2017 coming right up and there’s lots of time for you to finish up that work on your mahogany or fiberglass baby.  So, take a couple of weeks off and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.  There’s lots of time before our first boating event in 2017.

Merry Christmas • Happy Hanukkah • Happy Newtonmas • Happy New Year