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Antique boat festival brings out the classics

A fleet of antique and classic boats will be on display to the public at Brewer Hawthorn Cove Marina in Salem, Mass., on Aug. 24-25, for one of the rites of summer in New England — the 31st Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival.

Drawing boats from around the region, the event features elegant, privately owned vessels range from eye-catching cabin cruisers from the 1920s and ’30s, to sleek mahogany runabouts, to 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,” says to festival coordinator Pat Wells.

Now in its 31st year, the festival is known for drawing a first-class fleet of classics.

Among those expected this year are:

• Victor — a 1916 Crosby catboat owned by William Kornblum of Long Beach, N.Y., who has written a book about sailing her in New York Harbor.

• Odyssey — a 42-foot 1933 Elco cabin cruiser owned by Donald Stevens of Rye, N.H. Her original purchaser was given an extra – the choice between a tender or Cleopatra’s couch. Her current owner still has the couch, which will be displayed at the Festival.

• Seraffyn of Victoria — the famous wooden cutter that authors Larry and Lin Pardey sailed around the world without power, will be sailed a shorter distance to the Festival by current owner George Dow of Marshfield, Mass.

• Speedwell — a 1921 cabin cruiser, is being brought from Gloucester, Mass., by her owner, Laura Ritchie. Her handsome silhouette will adorn this year’s festival burgee.