Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter

The first Wood Boat Show was held in 1982 with 23 Wood Boats and Canoes on the docks of the Central Emporium in Arnold’s Park on Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

The Wood Boat Show has grown from 1,000 onlookers at the first Show to current show boasting over 7,000 onlookers.

In 2001, the Great Lakes Area and the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter lost Jerry Dyhrkopp, a.k.a. “Dr. Chris-Craft”. To maintain his presence in the club, the chapters’ name was changed to the Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter. Jerry learned to work on wooden boats at Wilson Boat Works while he was in high school.

The customer base that Jerry developed while working at Wilson’s followed him when he and his son, Steven opened Blue Water Restoration in 1991 in Milford, Iowa. His enjoyment of and superior restoration of wood boats lives on through the Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter.

The annual Wood Boat Show is held each summer in July and welcomes owners of all Classic Boats, whether Wood, Aluminum, Steel or Fiberglass.

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Jerry Dyhrkopp/Iowa Great Lakes ACBS Chapter

Featured ACBS Chapter this week is Jerry Dyhrkopp/Iowa Great Lakes. The state of Iowa has its own set of “great lakes” in the northwest part of the state.  Lake Okoboji is a clear water, spring fed lake that is at the center of these lakes.  It is the home port or vacation destination for many antique…

Can you say “O-ko-bo-ji”?

Lake Okoboji is the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes located in northwest Iowa. It’s also the home of the annual boat rendezvous for the Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.  The chapter’s president Dean Alexander Kent sent this message with pictures from the show: “There was a…

2015 Silver Classic Utility Restored

“Duchess II” received a 2015 Silver Classic Utility Restored Award. “Duchess II” is a 1949 25 ft Chris Craft Sportsman powered by a Hercules W with 160 hp.  She is owned by Dean Kent who is a member of the Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter. Silver Awards are presented to boats that are judged…

2015 Silver Classic Utility Preserved

“Legacy” received a 2015 Silver Classic Utility Preserved Award at the ACBS International Boat Show. “Legacy” is a 1947 16 ft Chris Craft Rocket powered by a Chrysler   Ace M-26R with 92 hp.  She is owned by Wiley Mayne who is a member of the Jerry Dyhrkopp/Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of ACBS. Silver Awards are…