The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Proudly Presents: Vintage Treasures – our 34th Annual Show! Saturday July 14, 2018

Vintage Treasures Registration Form:

Vintage Treasures 2018 Boat Show Weekend Show Schedule


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


Friday July 13, 2018 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.
  4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley.  3rd Floor of CT River Museum – Hogo Rum Bar; see flyer in registration packet
  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Friday night dinner (Big Green Truck Pizza) on the Museum lawn; cash bar; no liquor allowed other than that purchased from bartenders; raffle; bar open to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday July 14, 2018 8:00 a.m.-9:30 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. Activities on the Lay House Lawn
  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; “tea-cup” auction open to general public; drawing at 3:30 p.m.
  5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres catered by Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille; cash bar; No liquor allowed other than that purchased from bartenders; music by Good Medicine Rx
  6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner and Awards Ceremony; bar open to 8:30 p.m.  Catered by Donahue’s Madison Beach Grille.


Boat Information for Display

(Please Print Clearly)

Name of Boat: __________________________________________________________

Owner(s): _____________________________________________________________

*Phone: _______________________________________________________________

Email Address (important)_______________________________________

Year Built: ____________________________          ACBS Classification: __________

Make/Builder: __________________________________________________________

Model/Type: ___________________________________________________________

Length: _______________________________________________________________

Engine(s)/HP: __________________________________________________________

*This will only be used if it is necessary to obtain follow-up information; it is not for publication.

Below, or on a separate sheet of paper, please include information about your boat that you would like to share with the public: background/history of your boat, its unique features, how/where/when you got it, where you run it, fun experiences you’ve had with the boat, recent awards, etc.  Complete the information (50-100 words) for each boat you plan to bring to the show.  The information will be displayed at the Essex Boat Show.

If you are exhibiting the same boat that you exhibited at the 2017 show and would like to keep the same description used in 2017, please indicate below.

             Yes I would like to use the 2017 description

             New description enclosed

We expect the show will be crowded so please send in your information just as soon as possible.

Return this form and the information about your boat(s) to Bette Heinzman at: email:, or mail to: Bette Heinzman, 155 Lakemere Drive, Southbury, CT 06488.  Please forward this information just as soon as possible, but no later than Friday June 29, 2018 so printing deadlines can be met.  If the information is not received by the above date, we cannot guarantee that the information you wish to pass on to our visitors about your boat(s) will be displayed.

Accommodations in the Essex Area

The Griswold Inn

36 Main Street

Essex, CT 06426

(860) 767-1776

Copper Beech Inn

46 Main Street

Ivoryton, CT 06442

(888) 809-2056

Quality Inn (formerly Comfort Inn)

100 Essex Road

Old Saybrook, CT 06475

(860) 395-1414

Fax: (860) 388-9578

Days 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) 395-1229

Heritage 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) 395-4705

Sandpiper 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) 399-8510

Cliffside 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) 388-1504

Captain 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) 399-6273

Days Inn

375 East Main Street

Branford, CT

(203) 488-8314


Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard

Uncasville, CT 06382


Riverwind Inn

209 Main Street

Deep River, CT 06417

(860) 526-2014

(866) 52602014 (toll free

Additional accommodations can be found at

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

34th Annual Vintage Treasures Antique and Classic Boat Show

July 13-15, 2018

Directions to the Connecticut River Museum

 From I-95 North or South

Take Exit 66 to Route 9 North to Exit 3 Westbrook/Essex.  Turn left at the end of the ramp and then right to the light on West Ave.  Follow West Ave. to Prospect Street on the left to Methodist Hill.  Take the first right to Essex Square onto Main Street.  Follow Main Street to the ramp at the end of the road.

From Hartford

Take Route 9 South to Exit 3 Westbrook/Essex.  At the end of the ramp turn left under the overpass to the traffic light.  Turn left at the light onto West Avenue.  Follow West Ave. to Prospect Street on the left to Methodist Hill.  Take the first right to Essex Square onto Main Street.  Follow Main Street to the ramp at the end of the road.

Launching at the Essex Town Ramp

 The Essex town launch ramp is at the end of Main Street alongside the lawn of the Connecticut River Museum.  There is room for several boats to stage without blocking traffic; but we must launch in a manner so that the local law enforcement establishment is not irritated.  We ask that all participating boat owners drive up to the ramp and prepare your boat for launching while you are waiting for the boats ahead of you to launch; once your boat is launched have someone move your vehicle and trailer to the trailer parking area.  Do not leave your boat or vehicle and trailer unattended at or near the ramp.  There will be a launch team available to assist you.

Launching at Haddam Meadows State Park

 If you want to enjoy a ride on the River and launch and retrieve your boat in fresh water, you can use the State launch ramp at Haddam Meadows State Park (approximately 10 miles up river from Essex).  There is no fee, and you can leave your vehicles.  This is a concrete ramp with docks on both sides.  Be aware that the ramp may be busy during the weekend.  If you will need your vehicle during the weekend, you will have to make your own arrangements.

Directions to Haddam Meadows State Park

 From the South

Take Route 9 North to Exit 7 (Route 82).  At the “T” with Route 154, turn left (North) and stay on Route 154 until you see the sign for Haddam Meadows State Park on the right (approximately 3-4 miles).  Enter the Park, turn right and follow the road to the launch ramp.

From the North

Take Route 9 South to Exit 10.  Turn right (South) onto Route 154.  Stay on Route 154 until you see the sign for Haddam Meadows State Park on the left (approximately 6 miles).  Enter the Park, turn right and follow the road to the launch ramp.                                                                          

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

34th Annual Vintage Treasures Antique and Classic Boat Show

July 13-15, 2018

Directions to the Connecticut River Museum

Parking in Essex

Unfortunately, there is no parking available at the Connecticut River Museum.  The limited parking is reserved for handicapped access and the area is needed to park and arrange for displays that will be on the lawn.  To ensure a safe and enjoyable visitor experience, please do not leave unattended vehicles blocking the main gate or walkways into the museum.

 Boat Trailer Parking

 From the Museum

 Make a right hand turn onto Ferry Street

Follow around to Pratt Street

Pratt Street takes you to the center of town

Take a left onto West Avenue

Address is 50 West Avenue which is approximately 2+ miles from the museum

Will be on left hand side behind the industrial park and next to the pond

 Important Rules and Regulations for the

“Vintage Treasures”

 34th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show

And All Future Shows at the CT River Museum

 To follow are some very important “rules and regulations” concerning our 32nd Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and subsequent shows at the CT River Museum:

  • The Connecticut River Museum is a “non-smoking” venue and as such, no smoking is permitted on the grounds, the docks or any buildings within the museum proper.
  • For those individuals bringing a boat in on Friday July 13th and placing it on the lawn, the museum has requested that boats being displayed on the lawn not arrive any earlier than 1:00 p.m.  SNEC will have a designated chapter member available to ensure that the placing of the boats on the lawn goes smoothly.  Boats may be brought in on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Someone will be available to assist with the placement of boats on the lawn.
  • Please be cognizant of the fact that the museum has just had their entrance and lawn redone, so we must be careful of sprinkler heads, plantings, etc.
  • The Connecticut River Museum is the Permittee on any liquor served during our event and as such, no liquor may be brought in by individuals.  There will be a cash bar at the Friday night dinner as well as before, during and after the dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday.  Any additional liquor consumed must be purchased through the CT River Museum bartenders.
  • No overnight sleeping will be allowed on participant’s boats.

SNEC Spring Workshop – Saturday April 21, 2018 CT River Museum

Saturday April 21st dawned bright and sunny with a slight wind and NO RAIN! By the end of the day the temperature was in the low 60’s and the sun had come out.

Approximately 40 Chapter members gathered at the Lay House on the grounds of the CT River Museum in Essex, CT around 9:00 a.m. for a meet and greet “coffee and”.  Chapter President Lynn McFarlin welcomed everyone and gave a quick overview of what would occur during the workshop day.

We all went down to the Museum Boat house for David McFarlin’s presentation on “Why Boats Sink”.

David is an Accredited Marine Surveyor and works for a large insurance company doing boat/yacht marine claims.  David’s presentation was definitely an eye-opener!  One won’t think there would be so many ways or issues that would cause a boat to sink. Great questions were asked and everyone came away with a better understanding of “Why Boats Sink”.

Next up was Schuyler Thomson’s demonstration on Rib Bending. Schuyler had fired up the steamer earlier in the day so he was all ready to show the group the fine art of bending ribs.  He had a canoe that he had started bending ribs for and the group was able to almost complete attaching the ribs to the strong-back. This was a great “hands on” activity and everyone had great fun participating.

Cliff McGuire joined us back at the Lay House and passed out information regarding Boating Safety.   We all enjoyed seeing Cliff as he has been feeling a little “under the weather” and he definitely enjoyed being with the group.

Pizza, salad and homemade cookies were served for lunch and it all disappeared very quickly.  DaVinci’s Pizza in Deep River was the provider of the delicious food.

Back to the Museum Boat House we went to listen to Brenda Milkofsy (CT River Museum Trustee) give a talk on Boat Designer Erie Way.  Again, a very informative session and we thank Brenda for her time.

Kathy Muller (Muller Boat Works, Sunapee, NH) was next up on the agenda and gave a very informative session on Varnishing.  Kathy is one of the foremost varnishers in the country and she is often asked to give demonstrations during the Antique Boat Show in Clayton, NY.  Great questions were asked and everyone came away with tips on how to varnish their boats – small things that you wouldn’t even think of.

Chapter member Chris Johnson brought his beautiful Shepherd and explained to the group on “How to Properly Set up a Trailer”.  Again, a very informative session.  Unfortunately for Chris, he got hung up in traffic and 3-1/2 hours travel time.

On behalf of the Officers and Directors, we thank all of the members who attended as well as our presenters for making our Spring Workshop the success that it was. – Bette Heinzman-Chapter Secretary



SNEC Workshop April 21,2018

Please find the schedule for the April 21, 2018 Spring Workshop that will be held on Saturday April 21, 2018at the CT River Museum – it will be here before we know it!

For those who have already advised me that they will be attending, Thank You!  Since we have to order food, and you are interested in attending, please let me know NO LATER THAN THURSDAY APRIL 12, 2018.  You can either contact me by phone (203) 264-5823 or email at

It will be an informative workshop, with something for everyone!

Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary

SNEC Spring Workshop at CT River Museum

Saturday April 21, 2018

 9:00-9:30 a.m.                         “Coffee And” – Lay House

9:45 a.m. – 10:15                    Art Andrea/Cliff McGuire-Safe Boating– Museum Boat House

10:30 a.m.–11:15                    Schuyler Thomson-Rib Bending – Lay House Lawn

11:15 a.m. – 11:45                  David McFarlin-Why Boats Sink-Museum Boat House

12:00 noon-12:30 p.m.            Lunch (Pizza and Salad)-Lay House

 12:30-1:15 p.m.                       Brenda Milkofsky-Boat Designer Erie Way-Museum Boat House

1:30-2:15 p.m.                         Chris Johnson-How to Properly Set up a Trailer-Lay House Lawn

 2:15-2:30 p.m.                         Kathy Muller-Varnishing-Lay House



Antique and Classic Boat Society

The Antique and Classic Boat Society is proud to support five boat building schools with an annual contribution of $5,000 each.  With the ACBS financial support, the boat building schools provide scholarships to deserving students enrolled in a boat building program.

The five schools are:

  • International Yacht Restoration School
  • Seattle Central College
  • Great Lakes Boat Building School
  • The Landing School
  • Cape Fear Community College

Each year ACBS organizes a cash raffle.  The first-place winner will receive $4,000.  More importantly, proceeds from the raffle are deposited into the Scholarship Endowment Fund which will allow the ACBS to continue its support of students enrolled in a boat building program.  Proceeds also support ACBS Education Programs.

We have (3) tickets to sell in our Chapter.  The tickets are $100 each and only 300 tickets are availableThe deadline date to sell the raffle tickets is August 14, 2018.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for $100.00, please contact Bette Heinzman, as she has the tickets.

I hope you are able to support this worthy cause.

Lynn McFarlin, SNEC President

36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

March 1, 2018


CONTACT:  Pat Wells,

Frank Conahan, 978-448-6757,

PHOTOS available upon request:


36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

August 25-26, 2018  (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massachusetts

$5, children under 12 free

Info & Boat Entry:, 978-448-6757,

You don’t get to see boats like this every day!  See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s.  Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats.  Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones.  Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!

Boats don’t have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress (aren’t they all!).  The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.

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 Antique & Classic Boat Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit association.



Southern New England Chapter Annual Dinner – November 11, 2017

Southern New England Chapter Annual Dinner – November 11, 2017

 On Saturday November 11, 2017, the Southern New England Chapter held their Annual Dinner at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main in Wallingford, CT.

A total of 44 Chapter members were in attendance and we were fortunate to have Dan Gyoerkoe, ACBS Executive Director as our guest speaker.

After everyone arrived, we indulged in delicious appetizers before being treated to a lovely buffet.  Then it was down to Chapter business.  Chapter President Lynn McFarlin thanked everyone for attending and requested that we observe a moment of silence to remember Anne Marie Dombroskas who recently passed.  Ed Dombroskas is our Chapter Vice President.

The proposed Officers and Directors for 2018 were introduced, including our newest board member, Dan Ross. The assembly unanimously voted in the Officers and Board for 2018.  She thanked everyone for their continued support of the Chapter and asked that we all try to solicit new members for 2018.  Lynn advised that there would be Spring Workshop in April 2018 with additional information forthcoming.

Dan Gyoerkoe was introduced to the attendees and Dan gave us an overview of the new programs and ideas that he and the ACBS Committees will be implementing in the coming years.  Dan also gave us the dates for the ACBS International meetings for the next 5 years.  The 2018 International Meeting will be held in Port Huron, MI.  We enjoyed Dan’s Power Point presentation as well as the new video that was developed by ACBS.

Lynn advised there was a special award to be presented at the dinner. She explained that she had submitted Bette Heinzman’s name to the ACBS Committee for the Founders Award. After Committee Review, Lynn was advised that the Committee felt Bette would better qualify for the Mary Herwig Award.  Dan and Lynn called Bette up to the podium and Dan presented her with the Mary Herwig Award.  This award, donated by the Manotick Classic Boat Club is awarded for the purpose of honoring an individual who, through activities at the chapter level, has contributed broadly and in an outstanding manner to enhance and further the aims and objectives of the society.  Needless to say, Bette was very surprised!

Lynn presented the President’s Cup to Chris Johnson for his support and contribution to the Southern New England Chapter and boating over the years.  Chris was surprised and delighted with the award.

Lynn then called the entire Board up to the front of the room where Bette was presented a beautiful painting of her two dogs – Dakota and Cheyenne, done by a portrait artist in Guilford, CT as a special “thank you” for all of her assistance and work with the boat show and the other things that go along with making our show and the Chapter run seamlessly.  Needless to say – Bette was speechless!

The evening ended on a high note and we all look forward to Spring and Boating Season!  Thanks to all that were involved with the coordination of the dinner! – Lynn McFarlin, Chapter President



2017 SNEC Annual Dinner

2017 SNEC Annual Dinner

Gaetano’s Tavern on Main

38-40 North Main Street

Wallingford, CT 06492

NOTE: The directions will be in the information you will receive in the mail

The Southern New England Chapter’s Annual Dinner will take place on Saturday November 11, 2017 at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main in Wallingford, CT – Directions and Map Included

 Gaetano’s Tavern on Main opened in February 2003 and features Italian/American pub cuisine.

Agenda:           Election of Officers and Board of Directors for 2018

Talk by Dan Gyoerkoe, Executive Director-ACBS

Presentation of President’s Cup


2018 Proposed Officers and Board of Directors


Lynn McFarlin-President/Boat Show Chair & Registration      Ed Dombroskas-Vice President

Bette Heinzman-Secretary/Raffle Chairperson                        Rob Bamberg-Treasurer

Board of Directors

Cliff McGuire-Logistics Liaison                                              Gail Van Dine

Wes Van Dine                                                                            Chris Enger

Dan Ross (new for 2018)                                                      David McFarlin

Mike Sorensen                                                                       Chris Johnson

Rob Sutton                                                                               Lee Heinzman

Rich Rosselli                                                                           Andrew Robb


Time:               6:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Appetizers (hot and cold)

Cash Bar


Dinner:            7:00 p.m.

Buffet consisting of:

Chicken Parmigiana-topped with marinara & melted mozzarella.

Sole Almondine-with lemon, Chablis & slivered almonds

Rolled Roast Sirloin-served in au jus with horseradish cream sauce on side

Garden Salad

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans Almondine

Penne Prima Vera

Dessert:  Ice Cream Cake Roll with Chocolate Sauce & Whipped Cream

Cost:                $38.50 per person including gratuity


RSVP:                        By Friday November 3, 2017

                        Looking forward to seeing everyone on November 11th









Southern New England Chapter

Antique and Classic Boat Society

P.O. Box 1966

Wallingford, CT 06492




Attending will be:      _______________________________________________


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