Image Courtesy - The Coeur d'Alene Resort

The Inland Empire Chapter ACBS has received the news that once again, they will be hosting the 38th Annual Meeting and International Boat Show in September 2013 which will be held at the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort in Northern Idaho. “With idyllic landscape, year-round activities, and its spectacular setting at the shore of one of America’s most beautiful lakes, it is no wonder that Coeur d’Alene has been christened the Playground of the Northwest– CDA Resort.”

Coeur d'Alene Boat Show Image Courtesy - Wes Yandt

This week the Inland Empire Chapter is also representing the antique & classic boating hobby with a big indoor display in Spokane, Washington – about 30 minutes from Coeur d’Alene. Here’s the story from chapter member and Inland Scuttlebutt newsletter editor Wes Yandt.

57th Annual Spokane National Boat Show – Spokane, WA
January 28th through Feb 4th marks the 57th Annual Spokane National Boat Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Scott Thompson the Spokane Boat Show Manager has once again invited the Inland Empire ACBS chapter to participate by bringing our classics down and talking them up with anybody that will stand still. Steve and Linda Zwarg have done an outstanding job organizing our efforts at the show and convinced the owners of 17 classics that rain, sleet nor snow will hurt our precious babies. After all they are boats and meant to get wet.


Bruce and Gloria Reynolds’ 1950 20’ Chris-Craft Riviera “Rebellious” alongside BK Powell and Julie Olsen’s 1955 17 ½’ Chris-Craft Sportsman “Bon Bois”.


“Doug and Roberta Brooke’s 2010 Alan Thomle built Bruce Crandall 1930s design Outboard Utility “Flyer” and impressive display of vintage outboard motors.”


Steve and Linda Zwarg’s beautifully preserved 1942 19′ Chris-Craft Custom “Killer”.


Terry Jefferson and Deanna Gude’s 1956 14 ½’ Monterrey Deluxe Yellow Jacket. Terry’s mother purchased this boat new and Terry and his family continue to enjoy this beautiful little survivor today by tubing and skiing behind her every year.


Ron, Jane, Wes and Sue Yandt’s 1963 20’ Yandt Utility “the Uncle Bob”. Ron’s uncle Bob built this boat at the Yandt Boat works in nearby Coeur d’Alene Idaho. This is one of 6 known survivors of the approximately 75 boats Bob Yandt built.


Bob and Anne Henshaw’s 1946 20’ Chris-Craft Custom Runabout “Lizzy”.  Bob has been working on the restoration of this boat since he brought it home in 2009 and plans on having it in the water this summer. It is great for the public to see a project in process to give them a perspective of the work that goes into them.


Bill and Loralee Silverthorne’s 1963 17’ Century Resorter “Tinker Toy II”.


Scott and Kathy Thompson’s 19’ Chris Craft Cavalier, 1972 Johnson “Y Knot III” and the coolest little 1978 Mini Craft. A boat that every little kid should have.


The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum of Seattle was also represented by this vintage Limited Hydro.


Here’s John and Jan Keener along with Steve and Linda Zwarg manning the Inland Empire ACBS information booth breaking some very exciting local news – that the Inland Empire Chapter will be hosting the 38th Annual Meeting and International Boat Show in September 2013 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.


The Spokane National Boat Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center offers over 140,000 sq ft of brand new Fiberglass and Aluminum boats. It is quite a contrast to the old “Woodies” that we all love.

Wes Yandt – Editor Inland Scuttlebutt

Thanks for sharing this story with Woody Boater Wes, nice work – Texx

You can click here to go to the Spokane National Boat Show website and click here to go to the Inland Empire Chapter ACBS website. To learn more about the spectacular Coeur d’Alene Resort in Northern Idaho, you can click here to go their website and also check out the extensive photo gallery under the pull down menu – Accomodations. Trees on the docks – only in CDA.

CDA Wooden Boat Festival - Image Courtesy Hagadone Marine Group

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16 Responses to “ACBS International Meeting and Boat Show Returns To The Coeur d’Alene Resort In 2013”
  1. RiverRat

    Love that last shot with the trees in big containers out on the dock. You cannot get that everywhere.

  2. don vogt

    for those of you who haven’t had the chance to visit northern Idaho, the acbs show will be a great excuse to come out and enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of the US.

  3. Alex

    Trees on the docks? Dang! I’m replacing my crib docks this winter. Gotta get me some of that look. Hmmmm. How would palms look in Hessel? And would seeing that create the illusion of a longer boating season?

    • ARRRGH!

      Naw. Palm trees won’t help. We’ve got ’em down here in Florida, and still only get 12 months of boating a year.

    • Rick

      It works but it takes a winter jacket with Hawaiian print and a LOT of Pina Coladas to pull it off in January.

  4. Alex

    ARRRGH! Now that was cruel! (After I figured it out.).

    Just for that, may all your TV channels fill with old people and advertising of old people products. Oops. I forgot. Florida’s already in that curse.

    • ARRRGH!

      Yup. And now we’ve got Mitt and Newt to boot. We feel reeeeel special!

    • ARRRGH!

      Yup, just saw an ad for little blue pills that do do wonders for your love life . . .

    • ARRRGH!

      Oops. Sorry, Jack. Us ole fokes only read one blob at a time, and have to respond before our megamyte mouths out run our kilobyte brains.

  5. RiverRat

    Alex, You have to build containers that have a large soil mass so they do not freeze too quickly. Then try poplar or birch or some white or black spruce which would be better for boat building.

  6. Ron Stevenson

    Wow! What a beautiful display! Well done! We here in Seattle in the Pacific Northwest Chapter were finally able to get a spot for ONE boat in a booth, first time in 10 years! And we think WE are lucky!

  7. really love

    Nice post! ACBS International Meeting and Boat Show Returns To The Coeur d’Alene Resort In 2013 | Classic Boat News / Woody Boater really makes my morning a little bit happier 😀 Continue on with the outstanding posts! Regards, really love

  8. 'Bone Daddy' Deems

    Yes Sir! This years Internats’ Show at the fablous Coeur d Alene Resort (walking distance for me) should be something to see. Another fun filled week of Pre-events are planned starting way up near the Canadian Border on stunning Priest Lake, and ending up on 26 mile long Lake Coeur d Alene. Previous International Shows there had 120 show winning woodies packing the docks all over the place! The weather in Sept. is usually awesome too…..So come early, stay late…See Ya Out There…’Bone Daddy’