As we know, the one thing that all antique & classic boats seem to have in common, is that they almost always have a story. And the story stays with the boat (or follows the boat) throughout it’s life as it’s passed on to it’s various owners (or caretakers). And even today, through the power of the Internet, many owners continue to uncover new information about their boats and past owners. It’s often amazing to hear some of these stories, the remarkable history of an old boat and the where it’s spent it’s life. Mostly good stories, and a few not-so-good stories too, but that’s just part of the story.
And as we know, one thing that all antique boat shows have in common is that the boat owners are usually happy to share their stories with you at the dock, providing you are in the right place at the right time. So with that in mind, the creative folks at the Inland Empire Chapter ACBS thought this would make a great theme for their 11th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Fellow Woody Boaters Paul & Karen Harrison were on hand for this years big show in Sandpoint, and between spending their time presenting their freshly preserved Chris-Craft Barrelback and manning the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club desk, and collecting some winning hardware, they were able to snap some great photos of the show and send us this timely report from Sandpoint. – Texx
The theme for the 2013 Antique & Classic Boat Show at Sandpoint, Idaho was “Boat Stories”. Along with each boat registration the owners were asked to submit a short story (90 words or less) about their boat. The verbiage was added to the boat placards and generated much interest and conversation on the docks.
It was one of the most interactive and evocative themes noted in any recent boat shows, and it clearly touched a chord with participants and spectators alike. Boat show chairperson Mike Moen noted a common theme amongst the 45-odd stories submitted – the genesis of many were childhood memories and early family experiences involving many different kinds of boats. That said, there were numerous different stories presented on the placards and expounded upon during conversations on the docks.
One of the most moving was one written from the perspective of a boat – “Bull Moose Junior”. The boat was ordered new by Lyman dealer Jim McGoldrick in 1965 and has been in the family ever since. Last year, Jim went for a ride in “Bull Moose Jr.” with his friends and returned home after a nice excursion on the river. Later on that day, Jim went down to the boat to check on things and was later found passed away aboard his favorite boat.
Sandpoint is located on beautiful Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced: pond-o-ray) in Northern Idaho and is home to a very active and thriving ACBS chapter. Apart from the beautiful topography of the area and the lake itself, one of the most noteworthy things is the variety of boats – just wonderful.
Of the 45 boats entered, there were no two of anything – no duplicates at all. This variety, and the fantastic boardwalk and harbor, which is home to the show, make this a very unique and interesting event. From a great welcome banquet on Friday to the dock show and parade on Saturday to a poker run and day full of on-water activities on Sunday, this show has something for everyone.
It is an extremely spectator-friendly location which enjoys great support from the town and the local Chamber of Commerce – a big plus for any boat show!
Awards were handed out, stories told, acquaintances renewed. This lovely low-key and wonderfully successful event seems to embody what the spirit of our hobby is about – variety, nice boats but most of all – fun and friendship.
From small outboards to large cruisers, this show had it all. Thanks to the Inland Empire Chapter of the ACBS and it’s President Michael Boge and Boat Show Chairman Michael Moen for this unique and most enjoyable show.
Paul & Karen Harrison
List of Award Winners with a few “Boat Stories”
Most Unique Name:
Rob-Your-Dough-4 a 1958 21ft Century owned by Tom & Betty Robideaux
One Particular Harbour a 1953 22ft Shepherd – 1105 owned by Mike & Carol Wilson
Bull Moose Jr. a 1965 25ft Lyman Sleeper owned by Mikki McGoldrick & John Rovtar
Wildwood 1964 17ft Century Resorter owned by Don & Emily Robson
Most Original (ACBS Award):
Swift a 1958 Penn Yan Swift owned by Phil & Linda Currie
Best Chris Craft:
Shady Lady a 1955 22ft Chris Craft Continental Hardtop owned by Tim & Deb Salt
Endeavour a 2010 15ft Endeavor owned by Andrew & Sheena Kerfoot
Flyer owned by Doug Brooke, which is a recreation of a 1930’s Bruce Crandall designed Flyer outboard utility runabout.
Best Non-Professional Restoration:
Andante a 1948 33ft Chris Craft owned by Bill & Suzanne Brooks
Tutta Bella a 1992 28ft Stancraft owned by Murray & Alice Danzig
Best Pre-war Utility:
Baldwin’s Barnacle a 1930 18′ Launch in the care of Dick & Louise Werner
Best Post-war Utility:
Coeur D’Legacy a 1960 17ft Chris Craft owned by Mike & Barbara Moen
Best Pre-war Runabout:
Best of Show:
Satin Doll a 1940 19ft Chris Craft Custom Barrelback owned by Paul & Karen Harrison
Best Post-war Runabout:
Lady Silkforth a 1951 20′ Chris Craft Riviera owned by Gary Hammond
No Hurry a 1969 32ft American Marine owned by Ron & Rita Mickelson
Thanks to Paul & Karen for sharing this story with us today, and also a “Big Woody Boater WooHoo” to them for their triple win with “Satin Doll”. And congratulations to all the winners at this years event.
And a special thanks to the folks from the Inland Empire Chapter ACBS and their many volunteers for staging another impressive boat show in Sandpoint.
We need to point out that the Inland Empire Chapter ACBS is directly involved as the host Chapter for this years big ACBS International Meetings and Boat Show just down the road in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and the special pre-events in Priest Lake, Idaho which is just a “Hoot and a Holler” from Sandpoint. So you know that these events planned for September 15th to 21st are in good hands.
For more information on the 2013 ACBS International Meetings and Boat Show you can Click Here to go to the ACBS HQ website in Clayton, NY or to the Inland Empire Chapter website noted above.