Report by Don Vogt and photography by Wes Yandt, members of the Inland Empire Chapter of ACBS.
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 last weekend 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 several 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.
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 proposed 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.
More pictures from the show weekend:
Thank you, Wes Yandt and Don Vogt for this colorful report on this year’s Inland Empire Couer d’ Alene Show.