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Antique and classic boats on display in Massachusetts

The public will have a rare opportunity to view privately owned antique and classic yachts Aug. 27-28 at the 29th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass.

The vintage fleet ranges from elegant cabin cruisers from the 1920s to sleek mahogany runabouts and sailboats of many types sloops, yawls and schooners. Many owners invite the public aboard to regale them with stories of how they acquired their boat, her history, voyages, and the joys and woes of restoring her.

"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.

Highlights of the festival include, among others:

• Golden Years, a 1913 Matthews launch thought to be the oldest original Matthews in existence.

• The 50-year-old custom Crocker sailboat, Gabriel, built by Sturgis Crocker of Manchester, Mass., for Fred Johnson, curator of the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, renowned for its extensive maritime collection.

• Chautauqua, a handsome 1926 cabin cruiser, is being brought by owners.

A fun way to go to the festival is to take the ferry from downtown Boston, (978) 741-0220, There is no parking at the festival. There is free festival parking at the Dominion Power Plant, 24 Fort Ave., about 1/3 mile away, if street parking can’t be found.