Never Too Late Live – ish -Two Coeur d’ Alene Stories in One!


GREYHOUND heading out for a sunset cruise

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!

Sometimes its more fun to be the Pirates, than the navy! It’s always important when you are pillaging the other boats to have your legal registration numbers.

Yes, Dan was there, but was forced to sing “Feelings” to the crowd.

The crowd was moved… to eating more.

And you think I obsess over a zipper. This guy wins the award for what ever award is handed out for guys that go over the top on cool stuff. WOW

Not sure whats going on here. But its different

Is that a golf hole in the middle of the lake? Are they all looking for a ball? And no Hole In One jokes please


I found the ball! Right here.

Out having fun. That’s what its all about

That is one kick ass Fireball!

Fireballs boat!

Cool setting.

More zipping around the lake

Beautiful Sedan

Touring around

Riva magic

Wow, stunning cruiser

Oh that masterpiece of an engine

Crafty Lady

Great name.

It looks like Casterly Rock. Watch out for the Dragons.. Anyone? Anyone? Too obscure? Game of Thrones? Anyone.

Stunning sunset dock shot. Or Sunrise?

Perfection. Great light on the lake.

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.

11 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Getting read to head for that great state of Wisconsin for the Racine pre events and a Spotted Cow brew. We will be pushing off on the Badger Sunday morning. See you all there!

  2. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Beautiful boating lake. Hauled “Lucky 7” the 1700 miles out there for an International show. It was worth it!

  3. Texx
    Texx says:

    The unique “floating green” (the 14th hole) was built when the Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort was developed by owner / developer Dwaine Hagadone in 1990.

    Renouned course architect Scott Miller did an outstanding job designing the facility. The floating green was built for around 2 million dollars (in 1990), and is operated via a computer controlled cable system to adjust the length of play on any given day. An electric shuttle boat transfers the player to the green from the main land. – Texx

    • Kentucky Wonder
      Kentucky Wonder says:

      The golf course is a lot of fun to play, and is kept in EXCELLENT condition, especially given the amount of play it gets. Honestly, one of the best experiences in golf I have had. If you score a par or better on the island green, they hand-calligraphy a certificate for you. Par scored, certificate in hand.

  4. Wes, Wess, and Mr Yandt
    Wes, Wess, and Mr Yandt says:

    Thanks Texx
    The 14th Green really is spectacular and if you are a golfer you need to put it on your bucket list. No matter how many times you hit the green on a normal fairway from 170 yrds out I guarantee you this will mess with your mind. Mr Hagadone did it right as he does everything he touches.
    Kudos to the staff out at the golf course for allowing us to be in the restricted area around the green for our photo shoot that morning. And kudos to the entire staff at the CDA resort. Job well done, and the ACBS appreciates it.

  5. Richard Brooke
    Richard Brooke says:

    What a great show and venue for the beautiful boats on display. Well done story and very nice pictures.

  6. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    The resort is beautiful, especially with the see thru pool in the penthouse but perhaps as much fun was during the first ACBS annual meet when the Florida gang all stayed at the B&B at the old Roosevelt School house where “Breakfast” was the operative word when prepared by a gourmet chef..

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