36th SNEC Vintage Treasures 2022

Vintage Treasures” is hosted by the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). The show features some of the finest examples of wooden boats by builders such as Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Century, Lyman, Elco, Penn Yan, Fay & Bowen and other distinguished non-wood builders. We hope that you will enjoy looking at these magnificent mahogany boats and that they bring back memories of earlier days when wooden pleasure boats were a common sight on the water.

The Southern New England Chapter of ACBS would like to thank the Chapter members and the many volunteers, without whose help this boat show could not take place. The Chapter also would like to thank the Connecticut River Museum for its ongoing support of our annual boat show.


Lynn McFarlin-President-Boat Show Chair, Registration

Ed Dombroskas-Vice President
Hank Conkey-TreasurerBette Heinzman-Secretary/Raffle Chairperson
David McFarlin-DirectorMike Sorensen-Director
Dan Ross-DirectorRich Rosselli-Director
Patty McGuire-DirectorWes Van Dine-Director
Gail Van Dine-Director


Connecticut River MuseumCorinne Johnson-In Memory of Chris Johnson
Cooper Capital Specialty Salvage-LLCSPC Ink
McGuire Family-In Memory of Cliff McGuireCAS of New England, Inc.
Essex Savings BankBette Heinzman-In Memory of Lee Heinzman
Inland Boat Works-in Memory of Lee Heinzman
Antique and Classic Boat Society

We are happy to welcome The Classic Yacht Association to our 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show

In 1969, a group of enthusiasts of vintage wooden power boats formed an association for the purpose of fostering interest in these yachts. The Classic Yacht Association was organized with the dedication to promote and encourage the restoration, preservation and maintenance of fine old power-driven pleasure craft. Since that time, Classic Yacht Association has become a major influence across the country and beyond, in the growing awareness and appreciation of the classic yacht.

This year, joining forces with the Southern New England Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society for the Essex Antique & Classic Boat Show, we hope to help reinvigorate interest in classic boating. The welcoming, historic waterfront of Essex is a wonderful place to gather. CYA vessels will be primarily located on the docks at Essex Island Marina. For more information, please email: commodore@classicyacht.org

Accommodations in the Essex Area

Please NOTE: The Griswold Inn has limited rooms-call as soon as possible

The Griswold Inn 36 Main Street Essex, CT 06426 (860) 767-1776 www.griswoldinn.comCopper Beech Inn 46 Main Street Ivoryton, CT 06442 (888) 809-2056 www.copperbeechinn.com

Quality Inn (formerly Comfort Inn) 100 Essex Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 395-1414 Fax: (860) 388-9578Days Inn 1430 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 388-3453 Fax: (860) 395-0209 Reservations: 1-800-Days Inn

The Deacon Timothy Pratt House 325 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 395-1229Heritage Motor Inn 1500 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 388-3743

Liberty Inn 55 Springbrook Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 388-1777 Fax: (860) 395-4705Sandpiper Inn 1750 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 399-7973 Fax: (860) 399-7387 Reservations: (800) 323-7973

Saybrook Motor Inn 1575 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 399-5926 Fax: (860) 399-8510Cliffside Guest House 5 Grove Avenue Mystic, CT 06533 (860) 213-0183

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Two Bridge Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 395-2000 (800) 243-0212 Fax: (860) 388-1504Captain Stannard House B&B 138 South Main Street Westbrook, CT 06498 (860) 399-4634 Fax: (860) 399-0072

The Admiral House Spencer Plains Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 399-6273Days Inn 375 East Main Street Branford, CT (203) 488-8314


Mohegan Sun 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard Uncasville, CT 06382 (888-226-7711)Riverwind Inn 209 Main Street Deep River, CT 06417 (860) 526-2014 (866) 52602014 (toll free

Additional accommodations can be found at http://www.ctrivervalley.com

Participant’s Information:

Captain First Mate


Day Phone Evening Phone Fax

Email Address-important

ACBS Chapter

Boat Information:

Boat Name Boat Registration # (if known)

Make Model Year Length

Engine Manufacturer No. of Cylinders HP

If you are displaying more than one boat, provide the boat information on a separate sheet.

Participant Name(s): _______________________________________________________________

Guest Name(s): ____________________________________________________________________

Participant’s Summary:

Number of Boats entered _____ x $25.00 = ________


Total Number of People attending Friday Night “Pizza Buffet” __________

Cost: $28.00 per person

The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society

Proudly Presents: Vintage Treasures Our 36th Annual Show

July 22-23, 2022 – Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT

Please Note that this is a NON-Judged Show

Children: $10.00 for ages 8 to 12 Under 8 No Charge

Total Amount Due (include boat registration and dinner amount) ______________




Insurance and Foreign Matter Wavier for All Boat Entrants:

This statement certifies that I am the owner of the above listed boat and that if the boat is launched in the water that the boat and the operator conforms to all state and federal laws and regulations. I am entering it in the 2022 Vintage Treasures Boat Show sponsored by the Southern New England Chapter, Inc of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. This event will take place at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, 2022. Pre and post dockage will be available from noon on July 22, 2022 until 4:00 P.M. and on July 23, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. It is required that the drivers of any launched boat, participating in our boat show, obey all local speed limits and safety ordinances while operating the craft in and around the docking area.

Further, I certify that I currently have effective insurance to cover any damage to my boat and to cover my liability for any damages to others, or their property, arising from any use of my boat, car, truck and trailer during this event.

I hold harmless the officers and volunteers of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc., the Southern New England Chapter Inc., the officers and staff of the Connecticut River Museum, any sponsors and or advertisers from any and all actions, claims, liabilities, assertions of liability which in any manner arise or are alleged to arise from any and all activities connected directly or indirectly or proximately with the boat show listed above. The Chapter reserves the right to use any photos taken during the show of your boat for their use.

Participant’s Signature: (Required)__________________________________________ Date: _______________________

This form must be signed and on file before a boat is launched or displayed. For show information call:

Lynn McFarlin 860-966-7189 (cell).

For registration information call or email: Lynn McFarlin 860-966-7189 (cell phone) Email address: lynn.mcfarlin2@gmail.com

Submit completed form and check made payable to: SNEC/ACBS

Mail to: Lynn McFarlin, 25 Sunset Road, Unit D20, Old Saybrook, CT 06475


We look forward to your participation in our 36th Annual Vintage Treasures Antique and Classic Boat Show!

Register early – don’t wait until the last minute!

REMEMBER You can join us for the pizza buffet even if you dont bring a boat!



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