Heartland Classics Chapter of the ACBS
Member Boats: 1919-1942
“Member Boats” will display boats that presently or previously have belonged to members of the Heartland Classics Chapter.
The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) has designated age classifications which include boats of all hull material and purposes. Although well known for wooden pleasure craft of the mid 20th century, the members’ appreciation of historic craftsmanship and styling blended with the purposeful utilitarian use of all vessels leads our members to be guardians of all types and ages of watercraft.
ACBS recognizes these age classifications:
- Historic: A boat built up to and including 1918.
- Antique: A boat built between 1919 and 1942, inclusive.
- Classic: A boat built between 1943 and 1975, inclusive.
- Late Classic: A boat built after 1975 through the year 25 years prior to the current year. (In 2019, the Late Classic period ends with boats built in 1994.)
- Contemporary: A wooden boat built within the last 25 years.
Judging classes within those age classifications are fully described on the ACBS website.
Click here to learn more about the ACBS judging system.
1930 20 ft. Model 100 Chris Craft
Type: 1930 20 ft. Model 100 Chris Craft
Engine: 130 Chrysler flathead
Owner: David Wysong
Name: Diamond Lil
Twice a winner at the Heartland Boat Show
1930 Chris Craft 100 “Moxie” owned by Jim Frechette
This is a 20′ triple cockpit that I have owned for over 15 years. It is re-powered with a small V-8 engine that pushes it along very nicely. It has cruised lakes and rivers in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. This boat was named after an old soft drink that claimed to build up your strength and stamina. An old boxer might say of a young fighter “The kid has a lot of Moxie!”. With it’s powerful engine, the boat has a lot of “Moxie”.
I bought the boat in rough condition from a vintage car dealer in Oklahoma City. The day I went to pick it up was about two weeks after the Federal Building there was bombed. The force of the explosion had blown out the windows of the dealership and damaged a few cars. My boat, which was stored in a back garage, was not damaged but it really would not have mattered as it needed a total restoration.
1930 Chris Craft, 26′ runabout named Three Wishes owned by Clay and Patty Thompson.
In 1930, Chris Craft built the runabouts in several lengths, and this one, at 26’ is one of the largest. It has the latest in styling features with its double up swept decks. It has seating for 8, and with the big six cylinder Scripps engine of 667 c.i., it can achieve a speed of 45 mph. Lovingly restored by its owner in 2006, it is in pristine condition today, and a pleasure to drive. It also sports a rare Kroh convertible top, an option in 1930.
1940 Chris-Craft 25′ Express (Red and White) “Old Paint”
I have owned this boat for nearly 25 years. It still has it’s original Chris-Craft “M” engine (130 HP) which has been rebuilt twice. The boat received a new bottom in 2000 and has been featured on the cover of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club magazine, The Brass Bell. I was going to name the boat “No Varnish” because there is none but my wife came up with “Old Paint”. That is a reference to the faithful horse in an old cowboy movie that always brought it’s rider home safely. “Old Paint” has cruised several times on the Tennessee River, lakes in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri and Lake Dora in Florida.
This boat was delivered new to Austin in 1940 and I am the second owner.
Blue Moon II
1942 Chris Craft Deluxe Utility 18′ “Blue Moon II” owned by Jim Frechette
1942 Chris-Craft Deluxe Utility “Blue Moon II”
This is an 18′ model that I found in Massachusetts and shipped to Austin to restore. I have owned it about 4 years. The unique feature of this model is the ventilating windshield. Most boats have solid windshields to keep you out of the wind but in Texas heat, it is nice to have a breeze. The front windows push open as much or as little as desired. I also added a bimini top to add shade or keep you dry in a sudden rainfall.
I previously owned an identical model of this boat but I found that the front seat did not have as much room as I wanted so I sold it. It was named “Blue Moon” because of the rarity of the model. After I sold it, I was relating the story to one of our club members and he asked why I didn’t just move the seat back. I set out on a search for another boat and during restoration, I moved the seat back several inches. Now I have “Blue Moon II”.
This boat is powered by the original “K” engine (95 HP).