Free Boat Rides

Saturday, September 15

11AM – 2PM

Cruiser Open House

Friday and Saturday

11AM – 2PM

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 ACBS International Boat Show! This week-long event includes on-water pre-events, the ACBS annual meeting and the ACBS International Boat Show.

The boat show is on the Black River between 7th and 10th streets and is open to the public on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15.  It is FREE for spectators and will feature FREE BOAT RIDES on Saturday from 11AM – 2PM!  Cruiser Open House is Friday and Saturday from 11AM – 2PM.  Events for children including toy boat painting, face painting, tootsie the clown, minnow races, knot tying, and much more are available on Saturday from 11AM-2PM.  Free Parking is located at the St. Clair Community College.  A vendor area featuring boat related art, crafts, parts as well as food and drinks will also be available. 

This site is your place to find all there is to know about BOAT the BLUE.  You can also follow us on Instagram or  “Like” our Facebook Page below to be notified of all the latest information about the event. 

Video, Photography and Editing by Chris Herbert. Titles by Shannon Knight.




Monday Poker Run is in the books!

150 people and 40 boats registered for the Poker Run on Monday, September 10th.  The weather was not what we had hoped but the intrepid boaters gathered at the Algonac Harbour Club for the captains meeting and set out to get their winning poker hand. The...

Sunday! Live Jazz at Lynch’s Irish Tavern for BOAT the BLUE!

Coming to Port Huron on Sunday, September 9th? The "Nauti Jazz Band" will be performing at Lynch's Irish Tavern from 1:30PM to 4:30PM.  This event is being promoted by Lynch's to welcome all the pre-event participants to Port Huron! From the promoter,...

Classics Cruising the St. Clair River (Everything Blue Water) provided these nice shots of some Michigan Chapter boats cruising the St. Clair River.  We had hoped some of this video would be pulled into the TV-12 spot but since it didn't, you can enjoy it here instead!  The beginning of...


Michigan Chapter Members Greg Lewandowski and Shannon Knight were featured on the "Explore Michigan" segment during the Flint ABC TV12 evening news on August 31st!  This promotional spot helps get information for our show out to the public to encourage...

The next generation of classic boaters want YOU to register for BOAT the BLUE!

How can you resist this enthusiastic invitation? These future-captains want YOU to register and attend BOAT the BLUE in September!  The Michigan Chapter planning committee will be out in force this Friday for the annual "Boat Night" parade celebrating the...

Cruiser Cruise SOLD OUT! Sign up for the wait list!

We are overwhelmed by the positive response to our pre-events!  The Cruiser Cruise has reached the capacity we have on confirmed cruisers.  We are taking names in order of receipt of registration for a wait list and actively recruiting more captains to...

What’s the SCUTTLEBUTT?!

We are thankful for a great partnership with Great Lakes Scuttlebutt! This FREE publication has a TEN PAGE feature on Great Lakes Vintage Boating including BOAT the BLUE and is distributed to 1500 businesses in the Great Lakes region. See for yourself...

Cool Opportunity! A PRE-pre event!

Are you interested in a pre-event to the Boat the Blue pre-events? Your boat will already be looking its best for the big International Show, why not extend your trip by a day and check out another boat show!  The Niagra Frontier Chapter of ACBS is holding...

Registration is OPEN!

Registration for ACBS Boat the Blue Pre-Events, Annual Meeting and International Boat Show is now OPEN! Registration Deadlines are as follows: August 12, 2018: Pre-Event Registration Deadline August 31, 2018: Registration Deadline for Judged Boats (No...

See the “Pride of Michigan” On Friday Night

Here is a sneak preview of one of the attractions that will be available for you to enjoy if you attend the Scholarship Auction and Dinner at the Bean Dock on Friday, September 14th. The Great Lakes Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will be on...

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