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

Floating Piece of Furniture

by Tom & Kris Bassett members of Inland Empire chapter Our love of wooden boats started off by going to area wooden boat shows where we photographed every boat! Little did we know then that we had photos of a boat we would come to own. Growing up, summers were spent at Coeur d’Alene and…

For The Love Of A Boat

by Jim McGrath member of Inland Empire & Big Sky chapters In the much-fabled “summer of 69” and at 14 years old, I first saw her and fell in love. It was in a neighbor’s barn near our family’s summer home on Swan Lake in northwest Montana. She was beautiful, stunning, and a lot older…

“Morganna”

by Ron Spencer Green member of the Inland Empire chatper Rechristened on August 13th 2019 on Lake Pend Oreille Bayview, ID. “Morganna” is an antique cruiser, w/classic tender, built in 1931 by; Schertzer Bros. Boat & Machine located North Lake Union, Seattle, WA. She is a Trunk Cabin design Mahogany, oak, cedar. from the “Lake…

Taxi!

by Ron Yandt member of the Inland Empire chapter I grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho about three blocks from the City Park and beach. I spent a lot of time at the beach swimming and watching wooden taxi boats taking people on rides. Several of the taxis were built by my Uncle Bob and…

Miss Hayden, A Lifetime Love Story

Miss Hayden, A Lifetime Love Story by James Rand member of the Inland Empire chapter My childhood in the 50s and early 60s was spent on Long Island sound where we belonged to a yacht club. My father had Chris-Craft cruisers beginning with wooden ones and later fiberglass. I bought my first boat at age…

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…