The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show is held each year
in Hessel, Michigan.
Hessel is in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and can be reached by car, plane or boat. The Albert Lindberg Airport has a paved 3,700 foot runway. If traveling via highway, take Exit 359 off I-75 and drive east on M-134 just 16 miles.
Some of the country's finest boats call the beautiful
Les Cheneaux Islands home.
Entries arrive each August from as far away as
California and Florida.
Vessels include dinghies, rowboats, canoes, launches, sailboats, utilities, runabouts, large cruisers, racers and classic glass.
This year for the first time we will be showcasing a specific marque and/or model. In keeping with our Les Cheneaux history of having the first Chris-Craft dealership and also being an early fishing resort community; the Chris-Craft Sportsman will be featured.
Chris-Craft built their first Sportsman models in 1937 and 1938 when the 15.5 foot Deluxe Runabout and the 24 foot Utility could be ordered without a stern seat for improved movement around the engine box when fishing. This model designation was eventually used with over 40 different boats in the Chris-Craft fleet. Three Sportsman models: a 14 foot Kit Boat, the 17 foot and 22 foot Post War Utilities had production figures in excess of 2000 each.
We will have a special award for these boats; so if you have a Chris-craft Sportsman, please consider bringing it to Hessel this year.
"2014 Showcasing the Chris-Craft Sportsman Models"
Photo courtesy of Hagerty Insurance Co.
The Les Cheneaux Historical Association sponsors the Antique Wooden Boat Show.
Proceeeds from the event go to maintain and enhance the Historical Museum and the Maritime Museum,
which are located in nearby Cedarville.
Boat Show Registration Form
Click here for Boat Show Registration Form
and Brochure (pdf)