The Big Sky Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society presented the 4th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show on the shores of Flathead Lake in Lakeside, Montana last weekend. The Big Sky Chapter is proud of the fact that after only 3 full years of operation, the club continues to be one of the fastest growing ACBS Chapters, with over 50 members from around Montana, Idaho, Washington, California and Alberta, Canada. Chapter President Alex Berry and his team of volunteers put on a first class event this year – congratulations to everyone!
The Flathead Lake area of Montana has a long history when in comes to wooden pleasure boating. In the 1930’s two local Flathead boating enthusiast’s, Ole Lee and Stan Young started their respective wooden boat building companies, Lee Craft and Stan-Craft. From 1938 thru the mid 1950’s, Lee Craft turned out a variety of wooden boats… ranging in size from 13-20 feet and built some 3,000 plus wooden boats. Stan-Craft was launched in 1933 at Flathead Lake, near Lakeside and built wooden boats at this location until World War II broke out. After the war, the Stan-Craft Boat Company resumed business in the Flathead Lake area until the wooden boat popularity gave way to fiberglass in the mid-1960’s, when Stan-Craft adapted and changed to modern materials. In 1981 Stan-Craft relocated from Montana to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where they continue to build modern versions of the “Classic Wooden Boat.”
(Pull Start) Sea-Horse.
“KNOCK ON WOOD” is a great example of a 1964 Chris-Craft Custom Ski 17′ and is owned by Mark & Janice Buck from Missoula, Montana.
Here’s one of Matt’s favorites – An awsome 1954 Chris-Craft Utility 22′ from down the lake in Polson, Montana, MIMI’s owners Bob and Betty Moore keep her ship shape.
Larry Shroeder heading out to take Dick Werner for a ride in his 1946 Stan-Craft 25′ Day Cruiser “THE BARB”.
Dick was impressed with the Day Cruiser. This is Dick Werner’s 12th boat show of the 15 he is planning to attend during his term a President.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dean Sackett at the Big Sky show, the owner of this 1929 Chris-Craft 3 24′ Runabout that up until 2007 spent the last 75 years of her life in the same boat house on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. Stay tuned for the full story of Dean and his retirement project.
(p.s. Sorry no Lyman’s at this show, but I will keep looking!)