The Higgins Classic Boats Association welcomes you to our website providing information about Higgins pleasure craft from the 1940's to the 1960's. We are a private not for profit group dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Higgins Classic Wood Boats throughout the world.
Founded in 1998 by David Thomas and Bill Foy as a simple newsletter group, we have grown in size and experience over the past 18 years providing Higgins Pleasure Craft owners a venue of a community family while carrying on the American legacy of Higgins Industries and the stories behind the boats. Every two years our group has an biennial meeting. In the past years we have come together a number of times displaying our beautiful Higgins pleasure craft.
Higgins Industries, known for producing the largest number of PT boats and landing craft during WWII, employing over 30,000 people with seven plants in New Orleans, was one of the largest contributors for this countries overall success during WWII and other military conflicts. While producing military items, Higgins Industries also produced beautiful pleasure craft, furniture, camping trailers, helicopters, airplanes, and many other items that we use today. Through the members of our organization, the spirit of Andrew Jackson Higgins and Higgins Industries continues to live on, sharing this great American legacy by restoring and displaying our Higgins boats at shows across the country.
Higgins Classic Boats Association� is a Marque Club of the Antique and Classic Boat Association.
The Andrew J
- 1948 26' Higgins Deluxe Sedan Cruiser
Below Paul and Marge Morris of Des Moines, Iowa.
She will be on tour this summer at a boat show near you... she is gorgeous!!
It seems every now and then another Higgins pleasure boat is saved, rescued or discovered. First of all.... THANK YOU! There are not very many of these rare and fine craft left out there. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Even if you do not want to join our club, please go to the CLUB APPLICATION page and print it off and send it to us. We are in the process of collecting as much information as we can. Once assembled, we will share it with everyone. Thank You Again.
Marge Morris - Pres. Higgins Classic Boats
"The Andrew J" - 1948 26' Higgins Deluxe Sedan Cruiser
Awarded Best Cruiser - 2014 ACBS International Show
I was priviledged to attend the Antique and Classic Boat Society Annual Meeting and Boat Show on Lake Skaneateles, NY. The Finger Lakes Chapter did an outstanding job hosting the event at The Skaneateles Country Club. What a grand event! I met a lot of great people and was honored to receive the Best Cruiser Award for The Andrew J. Thanks to all who stopped by and visited about these historic and Classic Higgins Boats. See you next time! Jeff Oppenheimer - VP HCBA and owner of "The Andrew J"
Picture above compliments of Matt from Woody Boater. THX Matt!
Go to Woodyboater.com to read multiple articles on Higgins Classic Boats. They love to write stories about these rare and fun boats. Thanks Matt and Texx!
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Go see Miss Piggy..... CLICK HERE
1945 14' Higgins Rowboat - Owner Jeff Oppenheimer
Full restoration completed last fall by Jeff to her original color profile. She has a rebuilt keel and a new deck. The transom, sides and bottom are all original. The solid mahagony seats were pretty beat up so new ones were made. The original oars were saved as well! She is currently powered by a 1947 10 HP Johnson Sea Horse. Her original Elgin outboard is being restored as we speak. See her soon at a boat show near you.
FREEDOM - 19' 1948 Deluxe Runabout
Recently Purchased by Bob Germany - ACBS Houston, TX
Restored by Cedar Tree Boat Shop - Paul and Marge Morris
Eric Petry from Rochelle, IL and Jeff Davey from Wisconsin proudly dispaying their boats at last year's Higgins gathering in Madison, WI where Higgins Boats were featured. Both have done a masterful job of restoring their Higgins.
Jeff is currently undertaking the restoration of his recently purchased 23' Convertible purchased from Keith Lingwall.... GO Jeff!!
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T-Shirts Shipping = $5.00
Shipping Wine Tumbler and T-Shirts = $8.00
Free Wine Tumbler Offer
Greetings from Marge! Another summer of shows and fun upon us! Check out the NEW T-Shirts and the special FREE Wine Tumbler OFFER. Also, we need pictures for the 2017 Calendar! Sorry, we did not have enough material to publish this year's calendar. Please please... we are compiling a database of all the Higgins Boats to post here. We need 4 pictures, model, year, name, owners, engine HP and contact information. Thank you!! Have a good summer!!
Captain Ed Higgins and Paul Morris cruising in Miss Higgy. Ed is the Grand Nephew of Andrew Jackson Higgins and lives in New Orleans.
Published by Jeff Oppenheimer - VP/Amatuer Webmaster - Higgins Classic Boats Association. All Content the sole property of Higgins Classic Boats unless otherwise noted. If you have feedback, please send to Marge Morris listed in the Contact Page. Ideas and feature articles are very much welcome.