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Antique and classic boat show returns

The 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival will return Aug. 25-26 to Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass.

The fleet of more than 40 vintage vessels to be showcased ranges from elegant cabin cruisers from the 1920s to a variety of sleek mahogany runabouts and sailboats — sloops, yawls, schooners and more.

Many proud owners invite the public aboard to share stories of how they acquired their boat, her history, voyages, and the joys and woes of restoration.

“Although many of these vintage vessels are museum quality, they are real boats, in the water, and in use by their owners today,” said festival coordinator Pat Wells in a press release. “It’s magical strolling amongst the wooden masts and elegant varnished hulls. One feels transported to another more aesthetic, gracious era.”

The festival is more than boats. Other highlights include a crafts market, exhibits, children’s activities and the Blessing of the Fleet. Traditional music will be performed live throughout the show.

One of the biggest boats on display will be a 1958 Matthews power cruiser. Piggybacked on the boat, named Hardy Boy, will be the smallest boat Madeline Claire, a 4-foot dinghy built by the owner for his 5-year-old granddaughter, who qualifies as the show’s youngest classic boat owner.