It’s with great excitement that we announce the huge news that the ACBS has voted to create a new classification “Late classic” (formerly early contemporary) is 1976 until the year 25 years prior to the current year- in this years case 1989. Next year it would move to 1990, and so on…..it will always be 25 years prior to the current time, and by doing this hopefully it eliminates ever having to take this issue on again.
We could not be more jazzed here at Woody Boater about this. It invites new boats and people into the ACBS and boat shows. This past Lake Dora show was very fun and different because of the huge variety of boats that were there. Going to classic boat…late classic boat” shows should be inspirational and expose folks to new cool stuff. This also opens up your ebay and broker search. You can now start to drool over those odd early 80’s boats.
Here is the official release from the ACBS.. Its all spelled right to boot!
The Board of Directors of The Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) announced today that it has approved a change in its boat classification structure and show eligibility criteria to include certain boats of a more recent vintage under the definition of classic boats. According to Teresa Hoffman, President of ACBS, “The classic boating hobby has evolved and changed considerably since the ACBS last changed these parameters in 2002”. In keeping with the original vision of the founders of ACBS, many boats constructed between 1975 and the year 25 years prior to the current year will be considered as “late-classic”. This new designation applies to both wood and non-wood boats. The new category excludes boats of a certain hull type such as pontoons, inflatables and small personal watercraft.
This change has no effect upon the current designation of “Historic” (any boat built up to and including 1918), “Antique” (any boat built between 1919 and 1942, inclusive) or “classic” (any boat built between 1943 and 1975).
ACBS recognizes the popularity of these “late-classic” boats and the growing crowd appeal at ACBS sanctioned boat shows for these boats with their distinctive styling and design. Peter Stephens, Executive Director of ACBS, said “As a result of our recent Strategic Planning session, it was clear that our membership felt it was time to revisit our definition of a contemporary classic boat. As the recognized leader in the antique and classic boating hobby, it was an appropriate time to formally update our designations and definitions.”
In addition, a comprehensive survey of ACBS chapter executives revealed resounding support throughout the organization for these initiatives, with an overwhelming percentage of respondents in favor of the change, and agreeing that non-wood boats had an important place in the ACBS. It is clear that our grassroots-members appreciate and respect vintage boats of all types and welcome anyone who shares this passion to their shows and events.
For more information of the ACBS read below or just click here.
ACBS is the world’s largest vintage boating society with nearly 14,000 members and 56 chapters. Based in Clayton, NY, its mission is the preservation, restoration and education related to antique and classic boating by bringing together its members and numerous other stakeholders, such as museums, suppliers and restorers & builders of boats. ACBS also provides scholarships to students, who are learning boatbuilding and restoration skills and who attend approved boatbuilding schools.