Jerry Dyhrkopp
Iowa Great Lakes Chapter
Antique & Classic Boats S
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The Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boats Society was founded in 1981 and the Chapter hosted the First Annual Boat Show in the summer of 1982.  In 2013, the 33rd Annual Boat Rendezvous will be held July 26-28 on beautiful Lake Okoboji.

The Mission of the Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter is to:

  • Provide a means through which individuals sharing a common interest in antique and classic boating can meet, share experience and information, exchange ideas and generate enthusiasm for all aspects of their interest.
  • Serve as the governing body and parent organization for such chapters as shall be formed and created under its auspices.
  • Serve as a repository and clearing house for all information relating to antique and classic boating.
  • Establish and monitor protocol as it relates to antique and classic boating.
  • Communicate with and report to the membership, the public, and government at all levels regarding its activities, purposes and goals.
  • Promote, further and encourage a love and enjoyment of antique and classic boating at its highest level in all its aspects.
  • Establish chapters throughout the world for a complete representation of interest.

The Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boats Society was chartered in September 1981 as the 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 Arnolds Park.  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 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.