Join Us August 23 and 24, 2014

32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival!


SATURDAY, 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.; SUNDAY, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Located at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina
Visitor Entrance on Turner Street, Salem, MA

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Festival Highlights
40 plus vintage boats
Fun for the whole family! Kids get on board some boats
Vote for your favorite boat
Blessing of the Fleet
New Orleans jazz band
Crafts fair
And more!

The flash of polished bronze and gleam of varnished wood across the water will be the order of the day as elegant antique and classic yachts sail into the host city of Salem, Massachusetts for the 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 23-24. Mostly wood, primarily private yachts and aesthetically stunning, the vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina. A hallmark of the Festival is the great variety of craft exhibited. "Where else," says Pat Wells, Coordinator, "can one see 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe! Although many of these craft are museum quality, they are real boats in the water and in use by their owners today."

To the delight of the public, some skippers sport vintage garb; others display period décor, table settings and captivating floral arrangements aboard their boat. Welcome mats are in evidence and children, pets and parrots have been known to enliven the scene. Many hospitable owners invite the public aboard for a personal tour, regaling visitors with tales of their boat's history, memorable voyages and the joys and woes of restoring their classic.

A crafts fair, artists, old-time band music, children's activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and boat parade round out this popular event.

The purpose of the Festival, according to Pat Wells, is to encourage owners of the grand old craft to restore and keep up their boats. "This is important as their vessels are our maritime heritage. If they don't bother, we lose it!"

The Festival is grateful for our Flagship Sponsors ­ Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Silent Maid, Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, Russo Marine, Marine Society of Salem, Hagerty Classic Boat Insurance, Salem Witch Museum, Jonathan J. Margolis, Boston Private Bank and Trust Company ­ Without their help and that of other contributors there would be no show!

Cruiser           Dockside           cruiser

Come and see a diverse display of beautiful antique and classic sailboats, power boats, and hand-powered craft ranging from the 1890's through the 1960s. Expand your appreciation of our nation's maritime heritage and salute those who are preserving a piece of it! Join the fun, and have a great day with the whole family at the waterfront. EVERYONE IS INVITED!


Antique and classic powerboats, sailboats and hand powered craft are welcome! Your boat doesn't have to be "show" condition. Dockage is available with registration. We even have room for trailered craft. A launch site is nearby. Use our on-line Registration Form. Just download and fill out the form and send it along with your check to: Ann Campbell, 156 Everett Street, East Boston, MA 02128-2267.

For more information call Pat at (617) 666-8530 or email her at: for boat entry information.

Nautical Bazaar & Crafts Market

In addition to the boats, the Festival features a landside crafts market. Visit ship modelers, artists, photographersand many more. Exhibitors included:.

AddaSue Designs                              
Hand forged and beaded jewelry
R&W Traditional Rigging & Outfitting
Rigging, rope and hardware
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main Street
Essex, MA 01919

Robert Hahn

Lowell's Boat Shop
A National Historic Landmark and Working
Museum - Custom Built Dories and Skiffs
Since 1793
Hagerty Classic Boat Insurance
RFT Insurance Agency

Stockless Oars and Paddles
Custom oars and paddles

Jewelry by Danielle Renee
Sea Glass Jewelry

Schooner Adventure
4 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01931

U.S.S. Constitution Model Shipwright Guild     

PHYLLIS A Marine Association
Restoration of a 1925 wooden gillnetter

Pascale's Books
Books ­ new,  used and  rare

Heritage Buoys
Hand painted, customized buoys

United States Lightship Museum
Gardner H. Winchester II
U.S.C.G. Auxiliary display with knot tying

Gloucester Soap
Nautical themed soaps

Previous Festival "stars" have included among others:


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History of the Festival

The Festival was launched in 1983 under the auspices of the Boston Educational Marine Exchange, a non-profit, membership association founded by visionary architect/mariner Carl Koch in 1976 to revitalize Boston Harbor.

The idea for the festival was hatched by Pat Wells of BEME as a vehicle for bringing the public back to the Harbors of Massachusetts, celebrating and preserving maritime heritage and promoting the need for boating facilities and public landings on our coastline. The Festival has been held in Boston, Charlestown, Quincy, and Salem.

For additional information about the Antique & Classic Boat Festival and to learn about ways in which you can become a Friend or Sponsor and support the Festival, please contact: Pat Wells at 617-666-8530. We can always use volunteers!

The Cause

Peter Vermilya, Curator at Mystic Seaport Museum, has cited the (Boston) Antique & Classic Boat Festival as an important force in preserving maritime history. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine has called it the best of its kind.

The inventory of antique boats is dwindling as more and more fall into disrepair and abandonment. It is imperative to save the few we have left!

Through its judging and awards program, the Festival provides incentives and standards for restoring and maintaining antique and classic vessels - our maritime heritage! It also inspires and rewards owners by providing them with a venue to show off their unique craft to the public. Participants are buoyed by picking up tips and encouragement from kindred boat owners and Festival judges. Last, but not least, participants are gaining converts among the public, inspiring others to rescue and restore a classic of their own.

The Festival educates the public about our nation's maritime heritage. Attendees get the rare opportunity to see a variety of vintage boats up close, talk with the owners, get the below-deck tour and learn about the restoration process through before and after pictures. This intimate, person-to-person contact is what makes the event so special and differentiates it from the Tall Ships experience.

Important, too, the Festival passes an appreciation of boating and maritime heritage on to a new generation. Children are especially thrilled to be able to board a boat and are instilled with the romance of the sea and the dream of owning a boat of their own.

Help the Festival preserve maritime heritage! Please call Pat if you would like to be a Flagship Sponsor, Friend or Volunteer. 617-666-8530.

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Friday,  August 23

3 pm - 6 pm                Boat Registration and Check-in                                      Marina Deck - under tent

6 pm - 8 pm                Reception with buffet and music  by Fo’c’s’le Trio    House of the Seven Gables  

Saturday,  August 24

9 am - 11 am              Boat Registration and Check-in                                         Marina Deck - under tent

10 am - 5 pm              Exhibits and Crafts Market                                                Exhibits Tent

                                   Children’s activities                                                          Marina Deck
10 am - 11 am            Opening Ceremony heralded by bagpipes                          Marina Deck

                                    Welcome by Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and others

                                    Presentation of the Edgar B. Caffrey Award

                                    Introduction of  Judges                                                         

11 am - 5 pm               Judging of Boats                                                              C Dock

                                    Vessels on Public Display                                              C Dock 

12 noon - 5 pm           Build your own wee boat                                                 Marina Deck
12 - 1:30 pm               New New Orleans Jazz Band                                          Marina Deck            

2 - 3 pm                     Stellwagon Trio                                                               Marina Deck

3:30 - 5 pm               Amy Spillert, The Dory Mates                                         Marina Deck
  6 pm                     Social Hour and Auction (participants)                               Marina Deck

  7 pm                           Dinner and Awards Presentation (ticket holders)           Exhibits Tent

Sunday, August 25

8 am - 10 am               Continental Breakfast  (skippers & crews)                       Marina Deck

9:00 am                       Skippers' Meeting                                                             Marina Deck

9:30 am                       Boaters' Worship Service                                                 Marina Deck

10 am – 3 pm              Vessels on Public Display at dock                                    C  Dock

10 am – 3 pm              Exhibits and Crafts Market                                                Exhibits Tent

12 – 1 pm                  Adventure Chantey Singers                                                Marina Deck

12 noon - 3 pm           Build your own wee boat                                                   Marina Deck

1:30 - 3 pm                New Liberty Jazz Band                                                      Marina Deck
3 pm                           Announcement of Spectators' Choice winners
3 pm                           Blessing of the Fleet with “Amen” response

3:15 pm                     Grand Parade of Boats in Salem Harbor, boats announced at the
                                  end of Derby Wharf

Vote for your favorite sailboat and powerboat!
Ballots can be picked up at the Admission tent. 
Don’t forget to cast your ballot on the way out.

Glad Tidings     

More Information




Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina entrance is on Turner Street, Salem, MA 01970, Tel: 978-740-9890, VHF Channel 8.

By Sea: Check coordinates on Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina for the Marina. Call Channel 8 as you approach for docking assistance.

By car: The Marina entrance for visitors on Turner Street opposite the House of Seven Gables [visitor drop off at the corner of Derby and Turner Streets]. There is no public parking at the marina.  If you can't find on street parking, there is free Festival Parking at the Dominion Station Parking lot on Fort Avenue (10 minute walk).  Trailered craft and other landside exhibitors can turn right on White Street to unload at the marina before parking where designated.

By boat ramp: Continue down Derby Street past Turner Street about a mile. Derby Street turns into Fort Avenue. Turn right at sign to Winter Island Park and follow the signs to the ramp.

By ferry from Boston: Take the Salem Ferry directly to the Festival! This is a 50 minute trip from Boston. Six round trips daily. Tel: 978-741-0220 or visit its web site at

By public transportation: There is MBTA train and bus service from Boston to Salem. Rail service is on the Gloucester/Newburyport line out of North Station, Boston. Buses 450 and 455/459 run between Haymarket Square, Boston, and Salem Depot on weekends. The Festival is about three-quarters mile walk from the station or take a pedicab. MBTA information and schedules are available on


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