Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater and great guy Wes Yandt for sending us in a Live-ish report from Idaho, now today we thought we would try something a little different. Ya see lately these sorts of reports are also being published on the ACBS webiste as well. That’s great, glad to see the ACBS amping up the social game. So we are going to publish the report as sent in from Wes, which should end up being the same as the report on the ACBS site, and then, we went into the files Wes sent and made up our own version of events. Ya, we went there. Only we didn’t really go there, but lets just keep that between us. This way you get the ACBS report and the Woody Boater report in one whopper/with cheese report. Does this even makes sense? Not really, but I am sure gonna have fun with it. OK, lets start with the official report. Take it away Mr Yandt! For this report he will be Mr Yandt. He’s Wes in ours.
More than fifty classic boats lined the world’s longest floating boardwalk, nearly ¾ of a mile in length, at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort this week-end for the Coeur d’ Alene Classic Boat Festival. The show was sponsored by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. The combination of perfect summer weather–upper 80’s to low 90’s, with low humidity and mild breezes, clear blue skies and forested mountains framing the scene on Lake Coeur d’Alene, and an impressive display of well-shined boats of various types and ages, made for another great boat show. This event, held at the resort annually for more than 25 years, is one of the top west coast shows, and is immensely popular, drawing thousands of visitors from eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southern British Columbia and points beyond.
Although the show largely consisted of wood boats, there were boats of other materials as well, such as an example of the first fiberglass Cobalt manufactured in 1972.
Lake Coeur d’ Alene is large enough to support a fleet of cruisers, and there were a number on display in addition to the familiar runabouts and utilities. A collection of woody station wagons was also located on the resort grounds, which added another popular feature to the show.
Boats ranged from professional concourse quality restorations
to boats lovingly restored by their owners. Although the show is not a judged event, awards were given for people’s choice and skipper’s choice. Skipper’s choice went to “Endless Summer” Jim and Cathy Nelson’s beautiful 1955 30’ Chris Craft Captain. The Coveted People’s choice went to “Althea” 1929 38′ Chris-Craft Commuting Cruiser
Special guests of the event were ACBS executive director Dan Gyoerkoe and his lovely wife Tracy, who were making their first trip to the area. The resort, which has hosted several ACBS national shows, has been selected for another show in 2022.
Coeur d’Alene is also the center of modern wood boat building in the region, and both the Coeur d’ Alene Custom Wood Boats (a division of the Hagadone Marine Group), and the Stan Craft Boat company, displayed some of their most recently made custom launches and runabouts.
Okay and now the story from “Wes” Sons of Varnish Idaho Chapter! There official Motto, Don’t touch my Fries!
Thanks again Wes and Mr Yandt for a fun report from an amazing area! Now, it’s Friday and you all get out there. never mind the rain here on the East Coast.