By Bjorn Bakken, Bay State Chapter

Indoor boat show season is upon us and Baystate Classic Boat Club was invited back to the New England Boat show for the first time since the pandemic. The promoter offered us a 60’ x 40’ booth at no cost and donated the carpeting as well. So we had a great location this year, with all the big boat brands around us and great exposure to the public.

Owner Gil Nevin, 1974 21’ Glastron Carlson


Owner Andy Pollock, 1969 12’ Impala Craft Avenger

With the spacious booth given, the club decided to showcase the entire spectrum of boats in the ACBS. We exhibited a 1910 Old Town canoe, a 8’ outboard hydro racer, 1969 12’ Impala Craft Avenger, 1965 18’ White outboard lapstrake, 10’ Saling Dingy Dorade built by the students at IYRS, 1955 Riva Ariston, 1948 Chris Craft Deluxe and a 1974 21′ Glastron Carlson with a 455ci Oldsmobile-Berkley jet drive. This turned out to be a great strategy as we observed the spectators over the length of the show being drawn in by different boats. The homebuilt outboard Hydro racer got as much attention as the flawlessly restored Glastron and Riva.


Owner Greg Messier, 1910 Old Town canoe.


Owner Jeff Cramton, 10’ Outboard Hydro Racer.

Baystate Chapter wants to thank the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Discover Boating Boat Shows for the space and for the flexibility in setting up ahead of allotted time, before the arrival of a Nor’easter winter storm on our scheduled move in time.

Owner Bjorn Bakken, 1955 21’ Riva Ariston 


Owner Rick Storer, 1965 18’ White lapstrake runabout.



  1. The Chris*Craft was spectacular! THANKS!!…Sorry I didn’t know to round the corner and chat!…Please call em at (617) CHA-RTER (242-7837), as I’d love to get acquainted ASAP.

    Fair winds,
    Ann Hesenius /BYC Founding Principal (1989)

  2. What a great show!. Thanks to all the people involved.
    This was certainly a team effort.
    Thanks again to all.
    Bob Wallace

  3. Looks like you made phenomenal use of the space provided for you. What a variety of watercraft! And, each a unique and beautiful example. Congratulations on creating such a great representation of our hobby!

  4. Beautiful Glastron.. I have a CV 16 that I entered in the Lake George show this past summer. We had a great time and all the boats there were spectacular

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