Rare vintage boats set for display in Massachusetts port

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A variety of rare, eye-catching vintage sailboats and motoryachts will be on display at the 33rd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass., over the Aug. 22-23 weekend. 

These beautiful craft of yesteryear range from sleek 1920s-1940s mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies and yawls. 

“You don’t get to see boats like this every day,” says festival coordinator, Pat Wells. “They are works of art. Yet, they are not museum pieces, but are used and enjoyed by their owners.”

A hallmark of the festival is the friendliness of the boat owners, a number of whom invite the public aboard their vessels.

“Old favorites will be returning to the Festival as well as a number of different boats we haven’t seen before,” says Wells. 

Expected among the new are Crafty, a 1941 Chris Craft Sedan; Gadabout, a 1925 Elco cabin cruiser, and Whirl-A-Way, a 1940 Chris Craft Deluxe runabout. Perhaps the most unusual is G.D. Tug, a catboat converted to Harbor Tug.

For information, call (781) 690-9707 or visit boatfestival.org.