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Welcome to the Big Sky ACBS website

History lives on in this unique, fast growing club of wooden boat enthusiasts. From the casual recreational user to the professional craftsman, the Big Sky Chapter ACBS offers serious fun as we showcase the best water-craft the Northwest has to offer.

Owners of these classic beauties take great pride in being able to play a part in the Flathead Valley’s rich and historic boat building past. Whether you own an armada or a model boat collection, we welcome your membership.


Date: August 3rd
Time: 3:00pm until 7:00pm
Place: Bob and Betty Moore's lake home
30463 DeVoe Lane
Polson, MT 59860
Purpose: This is just a club get-together to visit with one another and share stories about the hobby of antique boating
Food: The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts. We will also provide soft drinks, water and ice cream. If anyone would like to provide additional food items like salads, beans, brownies, etc, they would be most appreciated. Wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages must be provided by attendees.
Docking Accommodations: There are seven docking spaces ...two are covered and the others open. I have two concrete buoys with chains.We have a jet ski for those that anchor using either the concrete anchors or your own. If you anchor, You would drop off your crew at the dock and proceed to anchor where you would be picked up by the jet ski. Hope you can all make it.
Register: By July 30
Event type: This is member only event. To become a member please register here.

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Whitefish Woody Weekend VIII

Thank You, Whitefish, for helping to make Whitefish Woody Weekend VIII a huge success. It was a great show with 42 beautiful classic boats from all over the Pacific Northwest, California, and Florida, 13 of which were new to Whitefish Woody Weekend. These boats represented 18 different manufacturers and 9 different chapters of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Thirty-one of the 42 participants came to the show from outside the Flathead Valley.

On behalf of the all of the boat Captains, thank you to the over 1400 dock-walkers who came out and supported the event. It means a lot to the boat owners to see the tremendous turnout. Over 600 people cast a vote for the "People's Choice Award" on Saturday. It was the closest race ever with a very slime margin separating the top two boats. People's Choice was awarded to "Twin Finn", a 1959 Chris Craft Continental owned by Jim and Cyndi Atkinson of Chatsworth, CA. The Captain's Choice Award, voted on by the boat owners, went to "Patience", a 1930 Dodge Model 25A, owned by Mike and Stephanie Magruder of Green Cove Springs FL. The Commodore's Award was given to Bob and Anne Henshaw of Spokane, WA with their 1946 Chris Craft runabout, "For me and My Gal".

We would also like to thank those who volunteered their time and docks for card stops on the poker run. It is great to see all the smiling faces so early on a Sunday morning. The poker run best hand was held by the crew of "Red Dog" a 1946 Gar Wood Deluxe Runabout owned by Scott and Maryly Suiter of Whitefish. The best poker run time went to "The Barb" owned by Larry and Barbara Schroeder of Kalispell.

Finally, we would like to thank The Lodge at Whitefish Lake and their wonderful staff for being great hosts of the event. The Lodge treated the boat owners to that great Whitefish hospitality and once again demonstrated their commitment to community events.

Hope to see you all again at next year's event on June 26-28, 2020 for Whitefish Woody Weekend IX. Registration materials will be available shortly after the new year. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Tim Salt
Whitefish Woody Weekend VIII
Event Director
Big Sky Chapter
Antique and Classic Boat Society