Ten antique and classic boats from the 1920’s to the 1960’s will be on display behind the Bridgewater Condominiums, near the Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Visitors can see the boats up close and find out more about them by talking to the owners.
These antique and classic boats represent an era when life was simpler, and craftsmanship and pride in work was an everyday commitment. The members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society have shown a similar commitment, by restoring and preserving these wonderful boats from an earlier time. Approximately half of the 80+ members of the local Chapter live on or near Smith Mountain Lake.
This spring event will be a preview of the annual September Antique and Classic Boat Festival Weekend, which will take place at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center on September 15, 2018. In addition to the normal number of wooden boat, this year will also include approximately 30 Century Boats from the International Century Boat organization.
During the week before the Spring Show, the Antique and Classic Boat Society will hold their quarterly board of directors meeting at Mariners Landing. This is the first time in recorded history that the parent organization to the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter has held their board of directors meeting at our lake. While several of their meetings are “closed sessions” the all-day meeting on Friday September 8 at Mariners Landing will be open to ACBS members. Times for this event are 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society welcomes the public to visit the Spring Boat Show at Bridgewater Plaza, and will be on hand to describe and demonstrate these unique survivors of an earlier era of boating.