Member Boats: Contemporary

Boats presently or previously owned by 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.

Fifty Plus

Fifty Plus was built in 2000 by Ron Lyon from a Hacker design.  She is a 20′ boat with a Mercruiser 315 hp for power.  Home port is Wichita, Kansas.

Liberty

2001 Chris Craft Constellation 26 (hull number of 42 of 84) owned by Kerry and Bobbie Jensen.  Home port is Beaver Lake, Arkansas.

Bobbie and I have enjoyed years of spending nights on the hook in our Hunter 36 sailboat on Beaver Lake.  As we reached retirement, we decided to transition from sail to power and we wanted a legally trailer-able cruiser that would allow us to go explore other bodies of water.  This started a long search for a legally trailer-able live aboard with windows large enough for a bright cabin. After months of searching, I spotted this Chris Craft Constellation 26 named Liberty. This boat is a limited edition as only 84 were made from 2000-2003. Liberty was in Connecticut and it was the height of Covid. We contacted the owners and following a couple of conversations, we decided to purchase Liberty.  Then work on how to get her back to Arkansas began. Those logistics included purchasing a truck found in Nashville, TN that could pull Liberty. Then working with a travel agent that could figure out what states we could stay in overnight. We arrived in Shelton, CT in August 2020 to see Liberty quietly resting in her slip on the Housatonic River. We took a test drive the next day and closed the deal. Liberty was lifted on her trailer and we started the marathon trip back to Arkansas – a little over 3,500 miles in 7 days.

We have since installed an inverter for on-the-go electric power, connected the hot water tank to the engine, and added a BBQ grill so we are truly self-contained and can enjoy extended trips and nights on the hook cruising new bodies of water. Liberty’s home is a slip in the family boat dock located in front of our home on Beaver Lake. 

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Volt

2001 Home Built Electric 1902 Launch replica 16′ “Volt Launcher” owned by Dick & Janet Baner

2001 Home Built Electric 1902 Launch replica 16′ “Volt Launcher” owned by Dick & Janet Baner

Name: VOLT

Owner: Dick Baner, Eureak, IL

Last year (2014) I finished the wooden picnic launch that is a 50% version of a picnic launch operated by my Grandfather in the early 1900’s at New Boston, IL. The name of this boat is “VOLT” as it is electric powered.

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Sweet Mary

2007 Grand Craft Luxury Sport 24 “Sweet Mary” owned by John and Mary Schurman.

Sweet Mary is located around point marker 18 on Table Rock Lake. This boat gets used as a “daily driver”.
Great boat with classic design, modern technology, and wood boat sound.

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2010 Glen-L Tugboat

This Glen-L design Tugboat was built in 2010 at Lake of the Ozarks.  It is now owned by Julie and Mel Davis of Gravois Mills, MO.

Bullet

This 2013 Chris Craft 20′ Silver Bullet is almost a Late Classic boat with its Chris Craft styling and wood accents.  Bullet is owned by Forrest & Kally Bryant of Kansas City, MO.

 

Thunderbolt

In 2015 John Hoff completed building this Chris Craft 19′ replica.  She is powered with a Thunderbolt 383 Stroker.

Lady In Blue

Patrick Mace built this wooden sailboat named Lady in Blue in 2023

 

Pat Mace built this Contempory Classic Weekender “Lady in Blue”. Fun to add a sail boat!

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