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.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

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…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.8.17

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats again has a variety of ages and styles of antique and classic boats.  Enjoy the tour. Four years, The Lady Gay had been in the shop being restored by Phil and Gay Hennage.  This is her coming out announcement.  The Lady Gay is a 1964 Chris Craft 36′ Constellation. Home port is…

B.K. Powell/OfficeTECH is the ACBS Associate Member of the Week

B.K. Powell has been a member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society since 2001.  He not only has an antique boat and two classic boats of his own, but he represents his business as an Associate Member of ACBS.  ACBS recognizes him with gratitude for his continuing support of our organization. B.K. is also…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.18.17

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats begins this week with an antique boat named ’36.   ’36  is owned by Charles and Cindy Still who are members of the Southwest Chapter of ACBS.  This 1936 19′ Chris-Craft  Custom Runabout won Best in Class at this year’s Keels ‘n Wheels in Seabrook, Texas. The engine is a Chrysler M-I…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.04.17

Enjoy this Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats! Then send your boat’s picture in for one of the next Tuesday Tours. (directions below) The boat featured above is a Classic 1967 42′ Owens Aruba named Lake Affect owned by Jerry & Becky Caddell. The home port for this boat is at Shell Knob, Missouri on Table Rock Lake.…