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Issue 2024, updated April 22, 2024

Big Sky Chapter Newletter

Masthead Photo by: Steve Lapkin



by Steve Lapkin compliments of Lapkin Photography


The boat in the masthead is owned by Richard and Kristen Winn named Decked Out which is a  1957 17' Chris Craft Runabout Custom. Decked Out has a 185 HP V8. Richard and Kristen Winn are from Lake Oswego, Oregon.

          Message from the President

Our Chapter is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of antique and classic boats. You are on this website because you are either a member of the Big Sky Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) or because you are interested in the hobby of vintage watercraft. To members we say “Thanks for using the website and let us know what we can add to make it more helpful. This is your chapter and we want to hear from you!” To visitors we say, “Check out our website and consider joining the ACBS and our Chapter.” You don’t need a boat to enjoy the fellowship and events, but if you do have an antique or classic boat, you will find our members knowledgeable, helpful, and welcoming. We invite you to join! We are a diverse group of people who have a common love of antique and classic boats including vintage wooden boats, classic fiberglass boats of the past, and the contemporary classic woodies. We believe that roaring around in a beautifully restored mahogany or classic fiberglass runabout is among the greatest pleasures of life. Based in Northwest Montana the chapter hosts 2 annual Boat Shows. The first opening up the northwest boating season, on the last weekend in June is the Whitefish Woody Weekend held on Whitefish Lake. The second show, held on the first weekend in August on Flathead Lake is the Annual Big Sky Antique and Classic Boat Show. So check out our website and we invite you to join us at one of our shows.

Dean Sacket


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.


Boat Show Chairs

Whitefish Woody Weekend - Tim Salt

Sandpoint - Don Robson


Coeur D’ Alene - Kodie Woodhead


Dry Rot Priest Lake - Brian Fair


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