Skaneateles boat show endures poor weather

Visitor check out the competitors at the 35th Annual Antique and Classic Boat show held in Skaneateles July 26-28.

Visitor check out the competitors at the 35th Annual Antique and Classic Boat show held in Skaneateles July 26-28.

Boats, boat culture and boat enthusiasts were all present at the 35th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show held in Skaneateles last weekend.


The North Wind, a wooden canoe built in 1900 and owned by Karen Marsden.

Though the event advertised itself as “rain or shine,” windy weather created choppy waters on Skaneateles Lake Saturday afternoon forcing the show to cancel some of the traditional festivities. The boat parade and “fly by” that usually takes place Saturday afternoon was cancelled due to what the show organizers deemed to be “unsafe conditions” on the lake.

Despite the weather not fully cooperating, the rest of the show proceeded as planned. The boats were judged Saturday morning with the awards being announced at a banquet that evening, and the People’s Choice Award was presented Sunday afternoon.

The show also welcomed musical performances from the 42nd Infantry Division Band, Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni Drum and Bugle Corp and The Soda Ash Six.

The show is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, and has been held in Skaneateles for the past 19 years.

The show has become a staple of summer time in Skaneateles according to some.

Skaneateles resident Dan Scaia said he has every Antique and Classic Boat poster, since 1995 when the show came to Skaneateles, framed and hanging in his house. “It’s the only artwork we have hanging in the whole house,” he said.

Though he doesn’t own a classic boat himself, Scaia said he always visits the show to look at the boats and appreciate the “immense amount of work” that goes into making and maintaining them.

And though many of the attendees and exhibitors were from Central New York, some come from further away.

Steve Kaulback, founder of Adirondack Guide Boat based in Vermont, said he has exhibited his works at boat shows across the country, but appreciates the Skaneateles show for the people and the atmosphere.

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