About BOAT the BLUE, The 2018 ACBS International Boat Show and Pre-Events

The Michigan Chapter of ACBS is proud to have been chosen as host for the 2018 ACBS International Boat Show and Pre-Events.  The week-long classic boating event will be based in Port Huron, Michigan on September 9-15, 2018.

Port Huron is located about an hour northeast of Detroit. It lies at the southern end of Lake Huron and is the easternmost point on land in Michigan. Stretching for seven miles along the shore of the St. Clair River and Lake Huron, Port Huron is an international border crossing between the United States and Canada marked by the spectacular Blue Water Bridge. The city features a historic downtown area, boardwalk, marina, museum, lighthouse, and the McMorran Place arena and entertainment complex.  Visitors will enjoy boutique shopping and unique dining experiences in addition to the activities related to the boat show.

For more information about Port Huron, visit Discover The Blue, the Port Huron Visitors Bureau website.

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CLICK HERE to download the BOAT the BLUE Information Guide, all you need to know about the Pre-Events and ACBS International Boat Show.

Pre –Events

The ACBS Michigan Chapter will be your host for the Pre-Events. We will guide you along the clear blue waters of the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair along our favorite cruising routes to destinations we know you’ll enjoy.  This schedule is still under development.  Dates and times are subject to change as we work through all the details. Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pre-Events Welcome Party

Join us to kick off the celebration at the Boat the Blue Welcome Party!  Registered guests will enjoy an evening on the patio of our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton beside the St. Clair River overlooking the magnificent Blue Water Bridge.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Poker Run: Algonac to The Old Club – SOLD OUT!

Open up those engines for a Poker Run on the turquoise waters of the St.Clair Flats waterway, where Christopher Smith and Gar Wood designed and developed their boats, tested their engines and raced for Gold Cup glory.  Registered guests launch in Port Huron or Algonac and run the scenic channels to lunch at The Old Club, a historic private club at the southernmost tip of Harsen’s Island on the South Channel of the St. Clair River.  The best poker hands will win prizes made in Michigan to remind you of your boating experience “Where it All Began”!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

St. Clair River Run – SOLD OUT!

Launch from the River Street Marina in Port Huron and cruise down the St. Clair River to protected dockage at the municipal marina. Enjoy lunch and a guest speaker at a river front restaurant as you watch the freighters and pleasure craft making way on the river. After lunch, additional cruising of the area waterways or a direct run back to Port Huron will be an option for each captain.

Boat the Blue Happy Hour – Free for Registrants

Guests registered for the Pre-Events will gather for Happy Hour at The Vintage Tavern Rooftop Bar and Restaurant.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Cruiser Cruise – SOLD OUT!


We are taking names in order of receipt of registration for a wait list and actively recruiting more captains to increase our capacity.

If you are a cruiser captain able to accept passengers and would like to give rides on Wednesday, please contact Greg Lewandowski,  248-391-1826 or greglewand@aol.com.

Register for the opportunity to enjoy being a guest on a large classic cruiser for a “big water” run from the Port Huron River Street Marina up into Lake Huron to the delightful lakefront town of Lexington. There, you will enjoy the downtown attractions and a catered lunch at the marina. The cruiser captains will depart Lexington in time for their guests to return to Port Huron in plenty of time for the reception later that day at the Port Huron Lighthouse.


ACBS Fort Gratiot Light Station Reception Dinner

Enjoy an evening reception at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron.  The lighthouse is located at the base of Lake Huron where the water flows into the St. Clair River on its way south to Lake St. Clair.  It is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Michigan and guests are invited to climb to the top for the best views of the international bridges and freighter traffic. You will enjoy great entertainment while watching the busy waterway as majestic freighters and local pleasure craft pass by.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ACBS Annual Meeting

All ACBS members are welcome to participate in the Chapter Roundtable and Annual Meeting which will begin at 8:00 A.M. at the Host Hotel, The DoubleTree by Hilton in Port Huron.

Historic Land Tour

Tours of historic Algonac landmarks will also be available during the day. Registrants will enjoy a day long motor coach trip that will depart in the morning from the Double Tree hotel in Port Huron and tour the historic St. Clair River down to a lunch at the Harbour Club Marina, which is the site of the original Chris Craft plant in Algonac.  The trip will include stops at multiple historic sites and museums that will provide an education about the vast maritime and classic boat history of this area.

See “Where it All Began”… the family homes of Christopher Smith and Gar Wood, Algonac Cast Products, the original Chris Craft boat building facility and more!

Ladies Day Out

Participants will be transported by a trolley enjoy a tour of Studio 1219 and the Carnegie Center Museum.  Studio 1219 is a local art studio featuring six art galleries full of local handmade art. A second option during the tour time would be a drop off for a Nature Walk along the St. Clair River, or a third drop off point for shopping and enjoying downtown cafe’s and a bit of local flavor. This fabulous day will continue with a luncheon and fashion show by Suzanne’s Boutique at the Port Huron Golf Club.  If time permits, a stop at the Boutique will be made for shopping.

ACBS Local Dinner Experience

The City of Port Huron welcomes you!  Tonight is a special “choose your own adventure” night on the town with discounts for registered guests. 

Click HERE to view the Port Huron Dining Guide



Friday, September 14, 2018

ACBS International Boat Show – FREE! Open to Public!

9AM – 4PM.  Friday is the first day of the two-day ACBS International Boat Show at the River Street Marina.  Judging of boats will begin on Friday.  There will be an area for vendors, a Field of Dreams display, Ship’s Store, kids activities and ACBS Symposiums.  Cruisers with an “Open House” sign will be available to tour from 11AM – 2PM. 

ACBS Scholarship Auction

Celebrate and support The ACBS Scholarship Endowment Fund and Eductational outreach activities by attending the Scholarship Auction and Dinner.

About the Venue: Tour the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps training ship, Pride of Michigan, while you dine in the historic Bean Dock.  Situated on the bank of the St. Clair River, the Seaway Terminal Bean Dock has a picturesque view of the bustling waterway that separates us from our friends to the North in Canada.  The Bean Dock was used to export many materials but most common was the export of Navy Beans to England.  It was an international port for great lakes freighters as well as ocean-going freighters.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

ACBS International Boat Show – FREE! Open to Public!

9AM – 4PM. Saturday is the second day of the two-day ACBS International Boat Show at the River Street Marina. Free boat rides will be offered.  There will be an area for vendors, a Field of Dreams display, Ship’s Store, kids activities and ACBS Symposiums.

The Michigan Chapter will be offering FREE CLASSIC BOAT RIDES for the public from 11AM – 2PM.  

Cruisers with an “Open House” sign will be available to tour from 11AM – 2PM. 


ACBS Awards Banquet

Michigan’s premier waterfront convention center will be the setting for the ACBS Awards Banquet.   Registered guests will enjoy views of the Blue Water Bridge and passing freighters while toasting our award winners.  It is conveniently attached to the headquarters hotel.


The Port Huron DoubleTree by Hilton will be the host hotel for the ACBS Pre-Events, Annual Meeting, and International Boat Show.  We invite you to stay there or at one of the other hotels in the area where we have set aside blocks of rooms.  Ask for the ACBS or Boat Show rates for a discount. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron

The DoubleTree is the host hotel for the ACBS Pre-Events, Annual Meeting, and International Boat Show.  Registration and informational booths will be open during scheduled hours and short-term truck+trailer parking is available in their parking lot.

800 Harker St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Call for Reservations: 810-984-8000

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Port Huron

1635 Yeager St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Call for Reservations: 810-982-8500

Quality Inn and Suites Port Huron

1720 Hancock St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Call for Reservations: 810-987-5999

Comfort Inn Port Huron

1700 Yeager St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Call for Reservations: 810-982-5500

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