By Wes and Gail Van Dine

Our week began Saturday, September 14 with our arrival at Casa Bella in Clayton, NY, our home for the next nine days. This was a combined ACBS International Boat Show and Wine Country Classic Boats (WCCB) Fall Trip event.

We boated for five days and enjoyed sunshine, 80 degree weather and calm waters. Wine Country’s reputation for providing beautiful and unseasonal weather for mid-September was retained.

Sunday we provided dock support at the town docks in Alexandria Bay. This was the only day the weather did not sparkle. It was a good day to volunteer. We went to lunch in Kingston, ONT on Monday, cruising the islands both going and returning. Tuesday we participated in the ACBS pre-show cruise around Wellesley Island. Check out the ACBS website for aerial shots of this massive boat tour event. We are in the boat with the green decks—BLITHE SPIRIT. Tuesday night the Thousand Islands Chapter held the Welcome Reception at Bonnie Castle. Many food stations and plenty of hors d’oeuvres were passed. A good time to meet participants and old friends. Wednesday the WCCB crew crossed the river to Gananoque, ONT and visited the 1000 Island Boat Museum and the Wooden Boat Shop. Knowledge about the design and construction of Canadian boats was shared by a young woman who knew her stuff. The museum staff was gracious and arranged for a delicious lunch. We were also becoming quite used to the customs check-in process. We returned and walked from Casa Bella to the Antique Boat Museum for the ACBS Reception. More food and more socializing.

Thursday and Friday Wes was involved with judging boats. He was off to Alex Bay. On Thursday, Gail was on RAZZLE DAZZLE for a tour of the Admiralty Islands, Half Moon Bay, and other islands led by Captain George Ronson of the ABM. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Wellesley Island State Park. That night WCCB held their dinner at Casa Bella. It was Party Time! Friday several boats went to Cape Vincent for lunch.

Saturday we drove to Alex Bay to view the gorgeous boats—over 130 of them—at the two docking sites. In the afternoon we relaxed at the Tiki Bar at Riveredge and enjoyed that final day’s spectacular weather, visiting with many of our Canadian friends. Saturday night several WCCB members went to the ACBS Awards Dinner and the rest went to Channelside in Clayton. Wine Country did very well with “bringing home the gold.”

There was so much to see and enjoy at each event that, well, we didn’t take many pictures but have great memories of a spectacular week on the Saint Lawrence. You can check out Woody Boater and ACBS for pictures.



Southern New England Chapter Celebrates Their 35th Anniversary Show

 Boats started arriving around 1:00 p.m. on Friday July 12th. Mike Sorensen and Dan Ross helped our participants launch their boats and directed the captain of Valentine into her assigned slip.  Needless to say, the “birthday girl” was a sight to behold and had lots of people looking at her!

To say it was “hot and humid” would be an understatement. There wasn’t even a breath of air stirring and everyone had to be careful not to get overheated.  We got the tables and umbrellas set up on the new museum deck for our evening “Welcome Reception” and the rain pour down in torrents!  Thank goodness things dried quickly!  It did cool down a little after the rain.

To begin our reception, we had a moment of silence for Chris Johnson and Cliff McGuire and a small toast of Pusser’s Rum” (from Cliff’s “stash”) in their honor. Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille provided both passed and placed Hors d’oeuvres and everything was exceptional.  Having the reception up on the deck provided everyone the opportunity to mingle and socialize to their heart’s content.  We had a small raffle and Good Medicine Rx provided background music again this year.

Saturday July 13th saw the arrival of the Mystic Model Makers.  As we had the large version of Valentine at the dock, model maker Jim Delaney brought the model of Valentine he had done for Herb Clark a number of years ago.  The model makers are always a draw and this year was no exception.

The Tea Kettle from Old Saybrook provided breakfast and lunch (home-made muffins, lobster rolls, clam chowder, hot dogs and hamburgers) and we thank them for their participation.

We set up the Ship’s Store and Raffle and the day began a little cooler than Friday. Our count for boat participation was down, but we still had a good variety of boats and the docks and museum grounds always appeared full with spectators.

The Big Green Truck Pizza arrived around 5:30 and it was quite interesting how they set everything up for serve over 100 people for dinner!  They would make any kind of pizza you wanted, and one of my personal favorites was the mashed potato and bacon!  The variety of pizza was phenomenal, salad was good and the gelato topped off the evening. Good Medicine Rx again played during dinner and they were joined by Lakeside to round out the entertainment.

The 2018 President’s Cup was presented to Rob Sutton and Kim Deren just prior to the judging announcements.  Kim and Rob were unable to attend the 2018 November Annual Dinner so it was great that they were both in attendance.

Judging went smoothly and we thank Stan Struble, ACBS International President (and Lake Hoptacong member) for his participation in our show by presenting the Most Original Award, which is the ACBS Award.  Judging produced a couple of first-time award winners and the chapter presented the Chris Johnson Touchstone Award and the Cliff McGuire Fellowship Award. The Chris Johnson Touchstone Award was given to Valentine and Brandon Reid (Valentine’s captain) accepted for Herb and Sherry Clark and Pastime owned by Ed Dombroskas received the Cliff McGuire Fellowship Award. Both Corrine Johnson and the McGuire family were in attendance for the special presentation.

I would like to thank our show participants, our volunteers and all those who contributed to our raffle. Without them, the show would not be the success that it is.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the boating season – please watch for information on our Annual Dinner on Saturday November 16th.

Lynn McFarlin, SNEC Chapter President

35th Annual Vintage Treasures Boat Show Awards-2019

First Place Awards

Boat Name Year Make Owner
Wood Chips 1947 Chris-Craft Paul Mertz
Old Timer 1959 Chris-Craft Rich Haupt
Sancerre 1956 Chris-Craft Richard Hendee
Falcon 2018 Home Built Nick Behlman
Cast Off 1963 Grady White Rich Rosselli
JAZZ 1946 GarWood Wes Van Dine

Second Place Awards

Excellent Day 1957 Thompson Stephen Logobardi
Andrae Veloce 1969 Formula Aspen & Brooke Enger
C* Glass 1973 Chris-Craft XK 22 John Bakke
  1958 Wagemaker Wolverine Joe D’Amioco
Sweet Jane 1957 Hiliner Brian Carey
Pastime 1967 Lyman Cruisette Ed Domroskas

Special Awards

Award Boat Name Year Make Owner
Best Restored Wood Chips 1947 Chris-Craft Paul Mertz
Best Preserved Sancerre 1956 Chris-Craft Richard Hendee
Judges Choice Cast Off 1963 Grady White Rich Rosselli

People’s Choice





Elco Flat Top Yacht  

Herb & Sherry Clark

Best Chris Craft Wood Chips 1947 Chris-Craft Paul Mertz
Best GarWood JAZZ 1946 GarWood Wes Van Dine
Best Non-Wood Andrae Veloce 1969 Formula Aspen & Brook Enger
Most Original (ACBS Award)  

Sweet Jane






Brian Carey

Chris Johnson Touchstone Award  




Elco Flat Top



Herb & Sherry Clark

Cliff McGuire Fellowship Award  





Lyman Cruisette


Ed Dombroskas

Best Owner Built/Restored  





Home Built


Nick Behlman

Traveled the Farest Sedgewick 1931 Chris-Craft Rob Bamberg

Chief Judge:    David McFarlin

Judges:            Hank Conkey

Wes Van Dine

Boyd Mefferd

35th Anniversary “Vintage Treasures”

We are just about ready to send out the show packets for the 35th Anniversary “Vintage Treasures” show to be held at the CT River Museum the weekend of July 12-14, 2019. Packets will be mailed the week of May 6th.  We will also be posting the packet to the SNEC website which is: southernnewenglandchapter-acbs.org in the near future.

We are also pleased to announce that Valentine, a 1929 Elco Flat Top Yacht will be joining the show after completion of her restoration.  The last time she was at our show was in 2010!

We are still looking for a few raffle items for the Saturday raffle as well as nautical books, hardware, nautical posters, etc.  which we can sell at the ship’s store. All donations will be acknowledged by a tax donation form!  Check out your book shelves – you might have a couple of great books to donate or look in your garage, you never know what you might find.

If you have any questions once you receive your show packet, please do not hesitate to contact Lynn or myself. Lynn’s cell is 860-966-7189 and my phone is 203-264-5823.  If you have a friend that has a boat and would like to participate in the show, we will be more than happy to send a show packet to them.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in July – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary

Vintage Treasures 2019 Boat Show Weekend Show Schedule

Please note: The CT River Museum is a non-smoking venue; no smoking allowed on grounds, buildings or docks.


Dedicated to the lives of Chris Johnson and Cliff McGuire


Friday July 12, 2019 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Boat launching and docking at the CT River Museum; assistance will be available. Registration packages can be picked up under the big tent; boats being displayed on the lawn will be allowed after 1:00 p.m. A chapter member will be available to help with placement of boats.
  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. “Welcome Reception”. Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille will be providing the hors d’Oeuvres for the reception which will be held on the beautiful deck of the CT River Museum. Good Medicine Rx will be performing for our listening pleasure both Friday and Saturday evenings. A cash bar will also be located on the deck. No liquor allowed other than that purchased from bartenders. Bar open to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday July 13,2019 Breakfast from 8:30 a.m.  

Provided by The Tea Kettle-Old Saybrook

  8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Boat launching and docking at the CT River Museum; assistance will be available. Registration packages can be picked up under the big tent.   A chapter member will be available to help with placement of boats.
  9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Show open to the public for boat viewing and judging; SNEC/ACBS merchandise sales; Mystic Seaport Ship Modelers; raffle and silent auction open to general public; drawing at 3:30 p.m.; activities on the Museum Lawn
  Lunch at Noon Provided by The Tea Kettle-Old Saybrook
  5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Big Green Truck Pizza; cash bar; No liquor allowed other than that purchased from bartenders; music by Good Medicine Rx
  7:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony; bar open to 8:00 p.m.


ACBS Annual Meeting in September

March 25, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire ABM Staff and Volunteer Teams, we are excited to welcome you to Clayton, NY and the Thousand Islands region during the ACBS Annual Meeting in September.

If you are unable to attend the ACBS Annual Meeting & Boat Show in September, we encourage you to come and visit our beautiful waterfront campus for 55th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction – Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th. All boats, from small craft to gentleman racers, are welcome!  Come and see the two Baby Gars, Snail and Cicada, from the museum’s permanent collection.

We look forward to seeing you at either event!  Please don’t hesitate to contact our offices if you have any questions.

Happy Boating!


Caitlin Playle

Events and Communications Coordinator

Antique Boat Museum

750 Mary Street

Clayton, NY 13624


35th Annual Vintage Treasures Antique and Classic Boat Show

To:       All SNEC Chapter Members

FR:       Executive Board-SNEC

Plans are well underway for the 35th Annual Vintage Treasures Antique and Classic Boat Show on the grounds of the CT River Museum in Essex, CT.  The show will take place the weekend of July 12-14, 2019.

Our show this year will be dedicated to the lives of Chapter Members Chris Johnson and Cliff McGuire!

We decided to” kick-off” our 35th Anniversary Show by having “Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille” serve a variety of passed and placed hors d’Oeuvres and dessert.  We have arranged for the hors d’Oeuvres to be served on the beautiful new deck at the museum. A cash bar will also be located on the deck as well as tables and umbrellas!

Saturday night’s meal will again be The Big Green Truck Pizza”! Everyone loved our pizza night in 2018 so we thought it would be fun to do it again for 2019! This is a great opportunity to have a good time after the show and we hope all chapter members will be able to join us for one or more of the dinners!

Good Medicine Rx will be playing music for both nights.

As we did in 2018, we are reaching out to chapter members, by asking for all members to participate in the show. If you are unable to participate with a boat, please consider making a donation of a gift card, gift basket to be used for our raffle. Boating books or parts are great things to donate for the ship’s store as well! Your name will be listed in the show program as a donator to the show.  Please contact Lynn (860-966-7189) or Bette (203) 264-5823 if you wish to contribute something.

Please note: We need to know about all donations NO LATER than Friday June 28th as we have a deadline for printing! You can bring your donations to the show on Friday, but it is imperative that we know about the items being donated by the timeframe listed.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bette.


The chapter will give you a donation form for tax purposes.

We look forward to seeing you in July!

Executive Board




Clifford William McGuire Jr.

McGuire, Clifford William, Jr.
Clifford (Kip) McGuire, Jr., of Guilford, CT, passed away peacefully December 20, 2018 at the age of 76. Husband of Patricia (Gildea) McGuire. Father of Megan Dunphey and her husband Paul of Ridgewood, NJ and Sean McGuire and his wife Kimberly Geeslin of Bloomington, IN. Brother of Philip McGuire. Predeceased by his sister Cindy Scagliotti. Also survived by five grandchildren: Molly, John, Emme, Logan, and Hayden.
Born in Hartford, CT, son of late Clifford and Rita McGuire. Cliff graduated from Conard High School in West Hartford and Providence College, and later received an MBA from the University of Hartford. He served his country as an officer in the Navy and later retired from the Coast Guard Reserves after 24 years with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Cliff was a longtime employee of Unisource (Rourke Eno) Paper and Packaging Company as a sales representative. He was a member of Guilford’s Marina and Harbor Management Commissions, drove the senior community bus, and served as a defensive driving instructor for AARP. His favorite pastime was boating on the Connecticut River and spending time with friends from the Southern New England Chapter of the Antique Classic Boat Society. Cliff relished time spent with high school and college friends and those he was fortunate enough to meet later in life. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.
The McGuire family would like to thank Dr. Zaheer and his staff for all their compassionate care.
Friends may call Friday, January 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, 753 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, or Guilford Volunteer Fire Dept., 390 Church St., Guilford, CT 06437. To share a memory or leave condolences, visit www.guilfordfuneralhome.com

Patty’s address is as follows: 241 Barnshed Ln Guilford CT 06437-1138



 The Southern New England Chapter Will Cruise the Connecticut River!


 The Southern New England Chapter Will Cruise the Connecticut River!

 Chapter Member Charlie Hand will be organizing a fall cruise on the CT River on Saturday September 29, 2018!

Launch will be at the Salmon River, 117 E. Haddam Moodus Road, East Haddam, CT 06423.  The launch is located at the mouth of the Salmon River, off Route 149, 1.5 miles North of the junction with Route 82. Launch will be between 9:00-10:00 a.m.Reminder – make sure your boat is fueled up!

The tide will allow getting behind Seldens Island on the return trip and a visit to Hamburg Cove.

A lunch stop will be at Essex Island MarinaLunch is on your ownPlease bring your own beverage.

 River cruise will include a poker run.

The cruise will then meander back up the river to Haddam Meadows where we will take the boats out and head home.

Please contact Charlie Hand no later than September 24th if you are interested in participating. Charlie’s cell is 860-575-0571 or email: chand67@comcast.net .

 Let’s hope that the weather will be beautiful!

Lynn McFarlin, SNEC Chapter President


Bay State Classic Boat Club invites you to: The 2018 Lake Quinsigamond Classic Boat Show Saturday Sept. 8th, 9 am – 2 pm

Join us for our annual classic boats show and boating social at Regatta Point Sailing
Center on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Display your classic boat to a new
crowd, ride your boat and have a great time!
The boat show will be held in conjunction with the Lake Association’s annual boat
parade on the lake, with a 2 PM start.
After the parade we will meet again at the sailing center for a dock party, with food,
beer and wine for purchase from 2 – 5 PM. Live music and good friends!
More info and your registration package at http://www.baystatewoodies.org or call
508 450 7602. Valid boat registration and insurance is required

54th Annual 1000 Island Antique Boat Show – Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY

August 3-5, 2018

Southern New England Chapter Members Danny and Eileen Ross, Chris and Corrine Johnson, Wes and Gail Van Dine, Charlie and Kathy Hand, Paul and Betty Reisbeck as well as Bette and Lee Heinzman attended the 54th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY the weekend of August 3-5, 2018.  Other than being hot and slightly humid, the weather was perfect for a boat show!

A very nice evening reception was held on Thursday, August 2nd which was sponsored by The Thousand Island Chapter of ACBS.  This was a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones and to watch some of the boats for the show arriving.  The sunset on the St. Lawrence River was spectacular!

The show opened to the general public on Friday and even though the crowd was small for a weekday, the grounds were busy as was the flea market across the street and the vendors that were set up on the street (i.e., several wineries, food trucks, artists, etc.).  It was great to just walk around and look at everything and eat!  There were no formal activities planned for Friday evening so you were on your own for dinner or sight-seeing, going out for a boat ride or walking through the town of Clayton as many of the shops stayed open.

The show opened at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and even with a slight breeze, it was still HOT!  I believe there were 82 boats registered on both land and water and of those 82 approximately 60 were being judged – so the judges had their work cut out for them.  Wes and Chris were part of the judging team. There was also “Hagerty Youth” judging and it was great to see the kids participating.   The crowd was steady throughout the day and the flea market and the concession stands on the street continued to draw crowds. There was also a number of speaker forums that you could attend.

The boat auction conducted by Antique Boat America began at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and even though the number of boats being auctioned was smaller than in past years, there was still a goodly number that were “hammered down” by the auctioneer!  The Clipper Inn in Clayton provided the “heavy nibbles” on Saturday evening.

Brunch on Sunday was catered again by the Clipper Inn and as usual was very good.  Once brunch was finished, Rebecca Hopfinger, Executive Director of the Antique Boat Museum welcomed the crowd to the awards ceremony and then turned the program over to Chief Judge, Brian Gagnon.  Brian explained the judging procedure to the audience and introduced the judges that were still in attendance – then it was on to the awards!

Southern New England Chapter Members did very well in the awards presentation! Congratulations to Chris Johnson, who was named the Fred Thompson Boater of the Year.  Chris received a standing ovation from the assembly; Wes and Gail Van Dine also won a 1st place award – Preserved Classic Utility.  Their boat was a 1946 Gar Wood Ensign named JAZZ.  Following the awards ceremony, the boat parade began – it was a great end to a perfect show!

If you have never been to the Thousand Islands, be sure to put Clayton, NY and the Thousand Islands on your “bucket list”! – Bette Heinzman, SNEC Chapter Secretary