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.
The 2015 Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show will be showcasing the Hacker Craft. John Hacker, a Detroit native, founded the Hacker Boat Company in 1914 and in 1923 moved the company from Detroit to Mt. Clemens, Michigan where in 1925 he partnered with S.D. McCready who became treasurer of the company.
Although no longer associated with the Hacker Boat Company, John continued to design boats including patrol boats, air sea rescue boats, race boats, runabouts and cruisers. His designs have led to many advances that today’s boat owners take for granted.
We will have a special award for these boats; so if you have a Hackercraft, please consider bringing it to Hessel this year.
“2015 Showcasing The Hackercraft Model”
Mt. Clemens Public Library, Local History Sketches, 2008
John Hacker – the designer by Tom Flood, 2008.
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)