Inland Empire Chapter is at home in northern Idaho but draws its memberships from all over the Northwest.

Our Mission

To bring people together with a common interest in historic, antique and classic boats, sharing fellowship, information, experience and exchange of ideas.

To protect the heritage of boating by promoting, first the preservation and, secondly, the restoration of historic antique and classic boats.

To promote, further and encourage a love and enjoyment of all aspects of historic, antique and classic boating.

To serve as a communication channel for our membership, the public, and any other entities regarding information relating to historic, antique and classic boating. This includes serving as a clearing house and referral service for all information relating to historic, antique, and classic boating.

To serve as the governing body and parent organization for such chapters as shall be formed and created under our auspices; this includes providing support for and communicating with these chapters.

To inspire and support quality boat shows and related events among our chapters; to establish and maintain standards for classifying boats and conducting boat shows.

To educate our membership and the general public concerning safety and protocol as it relates to historic, antique and classic boating.

Upcoming Events

Chapter News

Robusto

By Ken Gimble member of Inland Empire chapter ROBUSTO – Name is a series of Cigar shape related boat names owned by a group of us here in North Idaho. 1960 Chris Craft 23’ Sea Skiff Ranger – One of 51 Sea Skiff Hulls for 1960 and a fewer number of Range finished craft. This…

Cadillac Power

By John Tyler member of Columbia Willamette and Inland Empire chapters. In the early to mid-1950’s the pleasure boating industry was rocked by the introduction of a light weight marine engine producing remarkable power. This engine was based on the 331 cu in Cadillac V8 and produced in racing trim 285hp. which made it the…

Installing a Bilge Blower Makes Vintage Boats Safer

Safe Boating week is May 18th through May 24th. For more information, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com By Dick Werner & Brent Howard. As we are all well aware, we have that highly explosive liquid on board many of our old boats call gasoline. That liquid is very capable of vaporizing and releasing fumes. These fumes are heavier…

Like Father Like Son

By Nevin Bryant member of Inland Empire chapter Perhaps twenty years ago I was looking into buying a wooden boat to have at our cabin at Priest Lake, and decided I should check with my mother about the kind my father owned when they had a cabin on Murray Isle in the Thousand Islands just…

Andante – The Building of a Dream

by Craig Brooks, Son of Bill & Suzanne Brooks members of Inland Empire chapter Boats have been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of being on the lake in Montana at Gates of the Mountains. My brothers and I grew up on boats,…

Installing a Bilge Blower Makes Vintage Boats Safer

By Dick Werner & Brent Howard. As we are all well aware, we have that highly explosive liquid on board many of our old boats call gasoline. That liquid is very capable of vaporizing and releasing fumes. These fumes are heavier than air and will settle down in the bilge. Opening the hatch cover prior…

2018 Dry Rot Show at Priest Lake, Idaho

Note: Article submitted by Kathy Fair. Photos by Wes Yandt and Kathy Fair. Drone photo by Pecky Cox. Always a fun, wonderful time at the “Dry Rot” at Priest Lake, Idaho over the Labor Day weekend. This year’s event attracted the largest number of participants and 44 boats that enjoyed four beautiful sunny days “using”…

SkillsUSA Group Restores Classic Watercraft

Reprinted with permission from Central Valley High School, Spokane Valley, Washington. Introduction Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington’s SkillsUSA group takes on the restoration of a 1959 Chris Craft 17’ ski boat for the 2018-19 school year. According to Alan Wardsworth and Ron Beard who are SkillsUSA advisors at CVHS, “SkillsUSA is one…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 10.2.18

This week’s Tuesday of Tour of Vintage Boat is led by a boat that doesn’t float. The pattern for the boat bench above is the bow of a 1951 Chris Craft Riviera owned by Steven Schmidt, member of the Inland Empire Chapter.    Bob Williams, member of the Long Island Chapter, is currently fabricating a new…