For the Love of Mahogany….September 23-24

photo courtesy of the Boehm family

There’s a unique love story behind each unique watercraft  . . . for the Love of Mahogany . . . coming to Tahoe September 23rd and 24th.  Don’t miss the tantalizing tales (no pun intended) of the  41st Annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Boat Show Friday & Saturday, September 23rdand 24th, from 9am – 4pm at Sierra Boat Company, Carnelian Bay, CA.  Gate admission is only $10 per person, and kids under 12 free.  Tickets are sold at the gate the day of show.

For the Love of Mahogany . . . be immersed in naugahyde, chrome and varnish vapor rapture:  In Her Dreams becomes a 50th Birthday present for a very lucky lady!  It was love at first sight for Ain’t She Sweet.    Hear the voluptuous V-12 roar of Mountain Lyon.  Get into trouble with Miss De Meaner and Rascal.  And, who can’t resist the swagger of Miss Puddle Duck?  Two’s better than one with Twin Finn.   And keepin’ it classy, hear about fun family fete behind Kid’s First (see below) and be enlightened with Pastor Schneider’s Eagles Wings.

Not to be missed are three symposiums (ie therapy sessions – I’m just sayin’) on Saturday September 24th:

*9:30am – 11:00am:

Subject:  Vintage Maritime Engines:  Preventive maintenance and how to keep them running well.

Speaker:  Herb Hall


*11:00am – 12:00 noon:

Subject:  How to improve your boat’s performance with the proper rudder and prop

Speaker:  Doug Mehring


*12:00 noon – 1:30pm:

Subject:  Different varnishing techniques will be discussed and there will be demonstrations.

Speakers:  Sierra Boat Company Specialist

Time will be allocated for questions for all sessions!

Sponsored by the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS), this passionate, exciting and UNIQUE show only happens in Tahoe every 10 years and will feature more than 66 UNIQUE vintage and classic watercraft from North America.  “We are honored to have been asked by the International ACBS board of directors to host this unique and incredible boat show,” comments Barbara Foster, President of the Northern California/Tahoe ACBS chapter,  “With another fabulous year of boating coming to a close, we celebrate the season with a tremendous event memorializing the shear glory, beauty and passion of our mahogany icons.”

The NEW Tahoe Maritime Museum, located in the heart of Tahoe City, will be on deck with one of their award winning classic crafts AND love stories as well.

Double Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and double glasses of wine are a guys best friend.  Double Diamond Jewelry will be at the show and will make sure your partner is well taken care of.  Not only do they specialize in boat transom necklaces, cufflinks and tie tacks, they also have custom works from local artists.  Boatique Winery will be displaying their award winning wines and offering free shipping to show attendees.  Boatique Winery doubles up on their two passions:  fine wine and classic boating.

ACBS,, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic, antique and classic boats and providing education about their heritage.  The mission of the ACBS is to promote the love and enjoyment of all aspects of vintage boating.  The ACBS, a 501-C3 non-profit organization, gives $20,000 annually to 4 scholarship winners who are in classic boating related college curriculum.  Scholarship info:

Donald F. and Jennifer Boehm of Truckee, CA enter Kids First, a 1993, 21′ Philbrick Utility with a Ford-460  300HP  8 cylinder engine. Don & Jennifer are the original owners. In 1986 with much excitement and anticipation they placed the order with their specifications to Don Philbrick to have their boat built to order.  After multiple visits Mr. Philbrick agreed to make this his last complete boat order as he planned to retire due to multiple health issues. Construction took eight years because his health slowed progress and his shop (as well as the boat) was vandalized. Unfortunately Don Philbrick did not complete the boat as he passed away prior to the final stage of completion. The new business owner finished the boat by installing the final hardware, upholstery and wiring. “Kids First” finally was completed in 1994 and documented as the last boat built by Don Philbrick.  She initially resided in Santa Cruz, but only once did she enjoy the “salty” experience. Kids First now calls Truckee home and spends most of her time on Lake Tahoe’s crystalline waters. The Utility configuration design and large 460 cubic inch Ford motor were chosen for maximum Family Fun and more than enough power to pull multiple skiers at speed at Lake Tahoe’s 6,000 ft. elevation. She was refinished in the winter of 2008 by Mr. Gary Minnis at Classic Craft of Sacramento and still maintains ALL of her natural wood. Can you guess how she got her name?

Come to the ACBS International Boat Show on September 23 and 24 to see Big Boy and 65 other amazing mahogany beauties. See you there!