Pacific Northwest Chapter ACBS Boat show is on track for July 22nd

Why is this a headline?  Well, for various reasons, The Pacific Northwest Chapter of ACBS has not had a “boat show” for 12 years.  And though they continued to meet and have interesting mini events, they missed having an annual show. So this year’s event is a cause to celebrate.

Here is part of the announcement to chapter members:

“The Boat Show committee has been hard at work organizing our Pacific Northwest Chapter Show in conjunction with Renton River Days on Saturday July 22nd. This is our first PNW ACBS show in 12 years and we will be returning to Gene Coulan Park in Renton Wa. The Show hours are 10 AM until 6 P.M. with an awards banquet at the conclusion of the show in the north pavilion. We have obtained a monetary sponsorship from Nothwest Marine Trade Association to help defray our cost and not impact our clubs finances.”

Enthusiasm for Boat Shows is growing.  

Chapters are finding that adding boating activities to the agenda has made a big difference.  Having cruises or parades to places to eat, giving boat rides to guests, having hands-on construction of a boat and/or rebuilding an engine all add intrigue and interest. Getting other community groups and sponsors involved will add people and a variety of things to do.

Here’s another quote from the Pacific Northwest Chapter’s news:

“One of show goals is to introduce the public to Antique and Classic boating and to that end we will be offering free rides to all spectators with the first 40 children receiving life jackets courtesy of Fisheries supply. Four Awards will be given which include Peoples choice, Skippers Choice, Kids Choice and Women’s Choice.”

Boat show attendees are fascinated by the large variety of boats that are part of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, with each era and style eliciting its own unique qualities and sets of memories.  Boats in all of the following age classifications, regardless of type, are welcome to be part of a show:

  • Historic: A boat built up to and including 1918.
  • Antique: A boat built between 1919 and 1942, inclusive.
  • Classic: A boat built between 1943 and 1975, inclusive.
  • Late Classic: A boat built after 1975 through the year 25 years prior to the current year.
    (In 2017, the Late Classic period ends with boats built in 1992.)
  • Contemporary: A wooden boat built within the last 25 years.

Thanks to Karl Hoffman for sending this Pacific Norwest Chapter information.  Congratulations to the chapter.

Keep checking the Events Calendar on this website for upcoming Boat Shows and Boating Events which you might join.

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