About Big Sky

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History lives on in this unique, fast growing club of wooden boat enthusiasts. From the casual recreationalists to the professional craftsman, the Big Sky Chapter ACBS offers serious fun as we showcase the best watercraft the Northwest has to offer.Owners of these classic beauties take great pride in being able to play a part in the Flathead Valley’s rich and historic boat building past. Whether you own an armada or a model boat collection, we welcome your membership.
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Come join the fun events hosted by the Big Sky Chapter including the Annual Whitefish Woody Weekend on Whitefish Lake and the Annual Big Sky Antique and Classic Boat Show on Flathead Lake.These popular events consist of floating and static displays, commercial exhibits, vendor tents, demonstrations, awards and the show highlight — a boat parade!
 

Boats of all sizes and makes are welcome and encouraged from kayaks and canoes, to runabouts, cruisers, and yachts. Manufacturers include; Chris-Craft, Hacker-Craft, Garwood, Century, Stan-Craft, Indian Lake, Lee Craft, Tolly-Craft, Riva, Peterbourgh, Shephard, and others.

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Chapter News

What a piece of work

By Jeff & Char Appel members of the Big Sky chapter We found the boat in a field in an abandon farm in eastern Montana. Took almost 3 years to finalize the sale. Almost 5 years to restore it. The boat was originally built for Yellowstone Park, for rides on Yellowstone Lake. That is why…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.16.19

Magie Mae is a 1968 Lyman 26-foot Cruisette.  She is owned by Ike and Deb Dilkes who sent this picture and report while on the following journey: Last summer we left St. Michaels, MD on July 1st to start our journey to Clayton, NY for the ABM Boat Show and then onto Canada.  We had…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.9.19

Double D’s, pictured above, is a 1959 22-foot Shepard Runabout 110 owned by David and Dolores Little, Norfolk, VA. She is powered by a 440 Chrysler. She lives on Glaston Lake (North Carolina) during the summer months. Buttercup is a 1957 18-foot Lyman outboard runabout. She was purchased from the second owner in 2017 who…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.29.19

Sea Lyon is a 1929 Sea Lyon 28 ft Triple Cockpit antique boat. She runs on a 6 cylinder Scripps 202 engine. Sea Lyon is owned by Don and Teresa Kehr, members of the Sunnyland Chapter.  Will we see Sea Lyon at the Sunnyland Festival at Tavares in March? (picture from ACBS membership files)   Swing was ordered…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.17.18

Magie Mae is a 1968 Lyman 26 ft Cruisette.  She is owned by Ike and Deb Dilkes who sent this picture and report while on the following journey: We left St. Michaels, MD on July 1st to start our journey to Clayton, NY for the ABM Boat Show and then onto Canada.  We will have…

Big Sky is the ACBS Featured Chapter of the Week

Just imagine … Mountains, endless sky, and clear water lakes as the setting for this Chapter’s events! Big Sky Chapter of ACBS is located in Montana but draws members from all over the northwest for their two main events of the year. Their first event held in June is titled Whitefish Woody Weekend.  This was the seventh…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.10.18

“My 1972 Correct Craft Skier, MacSkier, is a great boat for towing its 82-year-old owner — me!”  That’s the quote that came with this picture of a Classic 1972 Correct Craft 17′ Skier with a Crusader 220 engine owned by Grant and Phyllis MacLaren who are members of the Blackhawk and Sunnyland Chapters.  Here’s another view…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 1.30.18

Sea Lyon is a 1929 Sea Lyon 28 ft Triple Cockpit antique boat. She runs on a 6 cylinder Scripps 202 engine. Sea Lyon is owned by Don and Teresa Kehr, members of the Sunnyland Chapter.  Will we see Sea Lyon at the Sunnyland Festival at Tavares in March? (picture from ACBS membership files)   Swing was ordered…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.12.17

The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats’ headline picture is of In the Mood at the 2017 ACBS International Boat Show just held in Racine, Wisconsin. In the Mood is owned by Wil and Mary Vidal of Pewaukee, WI. Notice the trombone on display with this “Antique Boat” and imagine the WW II hit song “In…