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This site is about boating in upstate NY. From the western part of the state to the Hudson River it’s all about the locations where we boat. We want to hear from you about your favorite boating destinations. Is it a town, or a great place to raft up? We want you to share your stories or ideas. Do you know of an event that we should report on, let us know.

Jul 30 2012

skaneateles-boat-showToday we took a ride to visit the 34th annual antique boat show sponsored by the Finger Lakes chapter of the antique and classic boat society.  This is also the 18th annual show held in Skaneateles.

If you have never spent  time in Skaneateles you need to. Skaneateles is a beautiful village at the north end of the lake. When you stroll down the main street of the village, you can't help but notice the quality of the shops and restaurants that line the road.  They have a beautiful park at the lake shore and that's where the boat show is held each year.  The weather happened to be perfect as far as I was concerned, not too hot, a little breeze and partly cloudy.

The in the water portion of the show is held at the town docks, which if you are boating on the lake is a great place to tie up to and have lunch or dinner.  I saw the suggested docking fee was $3, with a drop box at the end of the dock.  The show was not only well attended by spectators, but there were over 40 boats in the water as well as 30 or more on shore.  I don't care what type of boater you are, you can't help but appreciate not only the history represented at the show, but the appreciation these owners have for their boats.  Consider that most of these boats only had expected life spans of as much as a decade when they were built, to see some of these which dated back to as early as 1910 is really impressive.  There were two boats displayed that were used in the movie On Golden Pond, both the Thayer IV and the Mariah were used in the movie and been wonderfully restored by a couple from New Jersey.  As boaters we all need to take the time and appreciate the history that is associated with the hobby.

The displays on shore were equally impressive.  One that caught my attention was the presentation of antique outboard motors, one I saw displayed was described as being the only one known to be left in existance, what a contrast to the outboards of today.

Skaneateles is a lake I plan on visiting again, next time by water.  Over time we will be visiting and highlighting other boating locations and activities associated with Skaneateles.  You can visit for more information on the town and lake and visit our antique and classic page to view additional information and links about the classic boating hobby and watch our events page to see upcoming events dealing with antique boats.

As always this site is about you the boater, if you have something to share, we want to hear from you.

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