This week really kicks off the winter boat show season, where now through April, at regional event centers and fairgrounds across North America the latest models of watercraft are on display for you to check out and buy. They’ll be showing everything from PWCs, fishing boats, pontoons, and wake boats, up to large cruisiers and yachts. When you go, be sure to look for our local ACBS chapter’s booth, as they will also be in attendance at many of these boat shows. Their boats might not be for sale, but it is fun to compare the antique and classic boats that first made their debut at a winter boat show some 25, 50, or 100 years ago to the ones being offered today. It is amazing to see what technological changes have been made over time, and what aspects of good boat design have remained the same for so long.

Here are some of the shows and ACBS Chapters you can visit this weekend:

The Bob Speltz Land-o-Lakes Chapter of ACBS is at the Minneapolis Boat Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center, running January 19-22, 2023.

The Glacier Lakes Chapter of ACBS has a collection of beautiful vintage boats and outboard motors being  displayed at The Milwaukee Boat Show, State Fair Park, 8200 W Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI., January 20-29, 2023.

Many of the shows have fun interactives for the family, boater safety classes, live music and food. Milwaukee also has Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel!

The Toronto ACBS Chapter will be in Booth # 437 at the Toronto International Boat Show at the EncareCenter, Exhibition Place January 20-29.

Upcoming Shows:

The Rocky Mountain Classics Boat Club will be at the Denver Boat Show  (Booth #C6) at the Denver Convention Center January 27-29, where they will “add a classic nostalgia to this show with a tasteful presentation of classic boats and historic maritime artifacts.”


ACBS Inland Empire Chapter will be at the Spokane, WA, Boat Show in a 4000 sq foot room at the Spokane Fairgrounds…January 26-30, 2023…Come one come all for a fun time!


  1. Please add to the list the inland empire acbs display at the spokane boat show at the spokane fair grounds starting Thursday, jan. 26.

  2. We will have our ACBS Inland Empire Chapter at the Spokane Wa. Boat Show in a 4000 sq foot room at the Spokane Fairgrounds…Jan. 26-Jan. 30 2023…Come one come all for a fun time! Terry “Bone Daddy” Deems

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