Antique and Classic Wooden Boat and Car Show

Something my husband and I look forward to each year is the Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show. This is an annual event now in its 18th year. It is held along the Naples Causeway that divides Long Lake from Brandy Pond in August of each year.

Antique and Classic Wooden Boat and Car Show

It was a lovely warm summer day with a breeze blowing across the lake. Warm sun, blue skies, glowing mahogany and shiny chrome awaited us as we walked around the show. If you watched the movie “On Golden Pond”, you would know the feeling you get looking at boats and cars from a time gone by. The fine craftsmanship of the beautiful vintage wooden boats is truly amazing.

Mr. Benny 1926 Rochester 28′ Runabout

It was a free event and owners were there to share information with the public. Whether you wanted to know about the history of a boat or just wanted to say how much you admired the beauty of the craft, owners spent a lot of time chatting with you. It was nice to see how many young people own these boats that will probably by passed down to others in their families.

Back of the Moon 1953 Chris Craft 17′ Rocket

I think you will agree that the boats are beautiful.

Mayor’s Office 1967 Lyman 22′ Sleeper

Umpah Reproduction 1903 Danish Seine Boat 21′

Moose Jaw Lodge 1954 Mahone Bay 14′

A few of the cars that were in the show.

Austin Healey


1956 Ford Country Squire Wagon

Antique Race Car

After enjoying the show, we walked across the street to Rick’s Cafe.

Rick’s Cafe

Don’t be surprised when you first walk through to the hostess stand.

Is that Rick?

We sat outside under the awning and looked across the lake towards the mountains. We both enjoyed a nice salad.

Long Lake Salad

On our walk home, we stopped at the Lakeside Dairy Bar that serves the best all natural ice cream in town. Strawberries and Cream and Pirate’s Treasure (rum based ice cream with soaked rum raisin and tropical fruit) were what we chose.

Ice Cream

As we walked home, we said what a lovely day it had been. A summer day on a lake in Maine… like it had been for so many years in the past.

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67 Responses to Antique and Classic Wooden Boat and Car Show

  1. Leo Cotnoir says:

    Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Charles says:

    Oh to have a boat and spend the day messing about on a lake – one day, one day! Looks like a wonderful day ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Susan says:

    I like that the boats all had a “natural” finish on them, instead of being painted. Looks like a fun day. (and ice cream is the perfect ending!!)

  4. Stepping My Way to Bliss says:

    What a fun event! I adore vintage wooden boats–especially Chris Craft as many of these were made in Western Michigan. A wooden Chris Craft, a vintage Airstream trailer and that Ford Squire Wagon would be a dream combination! xxBliss

  5. Candace says:

    We got to see a few boats like this in Sunapee Harbor recently and snagged some photos. My husband and I are huge old boat lovers. I wish we had gotten to go to this event. We would have had a blast. What a fun day you had, huh? Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    • Karen says:

      New Hampshire has several antique wooden boat shows. “On Golden Pond” in real life is easy to find in New England. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos, Candace.

      • We got to attend the Antique Boat Parade in Sunapee this weekend. So fun! My son left for college yesterday and there’s still a bit of summer left to enjoy. My hubby and I will be out scouting around going forward. We have all winter to hibernate. Thanks again!

  6. I love wooden boats and vintage cars – to look at. I’m just glad that someone else is keen enough to do all the work that makes them so beautiful for me to enjoy. There is a wonderful show of antique and reproduction wooden sailing craft on the island of Noirmoutier, on the Atlantic coast of the Vendee, this weekend.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Roger, Those lovely old boats do need so much upkeep and it is wonderful that so many are restored. I know the incredible amount of work involved is the reason that my husband hasn’t bought one.

  7. Love the Danish Seine boat, the Austin Healey and the salad!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosemary, My husband spent so much time with the owner of the Danish Seine boat. It was the most unique of all the boats at the show. That sporty little Austin Healey was lovely.

  8. What a wonderful day out – I love classic cars but have never really thought about old wooden boats. Theyยดre stunning…am having a Grace Kelly moment from High Society here right now!! Maine is on my wish list to visit, it looks so beautiful.

  9. Tandy says:

    I like the antique race car the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. lvaletutto says:

    I love the movie “On Golden Pond”, what a tearjerker! Thanks for reminding me I should watch that again. And that ice cream looks divine. It’s making me want to go get some “Eis” from one of the Italian run ice cream shops around here right now!

  11. I would love to attend an event like that. Those beautiful old boats are so much fun to see. Old Chris Crafts are works of art. Very nice post, Karen. Thanks for sharing your excellent photos.

  12. This looks like such a fun event!! Love the beautiful antique boats. Rick’s cafe also looks like a really fun place to grab a bite! This is in Maine, right?

  13. leaf says:

    Beautiful! Looks like a great event…

  14. lulu says:

    Aren’t we lucky to spend time in a place where there are so many simple and enjoyable things to do! Boat show is in Rockland this weekend so there will be a crowd there.

  15. Very timely post: We’re right in the middle of Hot August Nights in my hometown right now, which is the biggest celebration of classic cars in the nation. I think some of those beauties pictured are right here now!

    Great pix…thank you for sharing!

  16. Beautiful boats and cars. Rick’s sounds like an interesting place to eat too.

  17. I’m not much for cars, but the boats are indeed beautiful. Great photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Thanks for posting the photos and the story. You are right, those wooden boats are magnificently well restored. Representatives of a heritage that’s nearly slipped away: the building of functional objects that are also beautiful. Thanks again for letting the rest of us visit the show with you.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for stopping by and your compliment. Thank goodness that there are people who are caretakers of these wonderful boats. They will be around for another generation. I have been involved with the restoration of historic buildings and admire anyone who makes sure objects are not left to deteriorate.

  19. pezcita says:

    Some of those vintage cars remind me of the first James Bond movie. Beautiful boats too!

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  21. Those are some very attractive boats, I love the retro look.

  22. Sounds like a wonderful day! The boats are gorgeous!

  23. Beautiful old boats and old cars on a great summer day. It’s almost as if I was there. Out in Colorado there are times when I seriously miss the coast. Thank you for this post.

  24. Congratulations on being freshly pressed! I didn’t realize you were until just now! Earlier (and I think I was logged in as Kentucky Kindred) when I read your blog I just clicked on my blogroll to see what you had written today! Again, a wonderful blog!

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  26. I like the 1956 Ford Country Squire Wagon the best, and the statue of Rick ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  27. How fun! I love antique boats. Just last week there was an estate sale here with an antique wooden boat. I didn’t get to see who bought it but it was a beauty!

    A friend of mine owns a restored ’52 MG. We went to a car show together a few years back. We drove about 4 hours in it. It took some getting used to a car with no seatbelts, no radio, no air, etc. We lost second gear as we were nearing our destination. No one could fix it so we had to get a push start each time we stopped on the way home. It was the first “big” trip following the restoration, and it was quite the adventure.

  28. What a delightful combination! I love boats and classic cars, too! Now, if I could have joined a dinghy regatta… :>

  29. Photos look great!
    One of these days we will have a house with an orchard. So far, we keep planting fruit tree in our yard ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very inspiring decision to leave urban setting and just enjoy the beauty of rural life.

  30. sidhu89 says:

    these images specially of cars are precious to me thanks v much for sharing
    n the finishing of wood is amazing
    n one more thing u r inspiring me to travel more but i think i my country i will not get these type of sights ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. bsbeital says:

    oh wow these photos are so beauteful because i love travel and visit places so much and i love boats and cars good luck.

  32. James says:

    woow .. amazing photos !! I like it..

  33. gaycarboys says:

    The boats are magnificent. Such glorious exxaamples deserve to be seen! Thaanks for sharing.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Some, no, all of those boats are works of art. Lovely to see the love put back into them.

  35. lutfi Afifah says:

    pretty!!! I love it.. i never see unique boat like that in my country..
    thanks for sharing…

  36. zoega59 says:

    Thanks for sharing these nice and cool pics

  37. flatland57 says:

    Man, those were the days! All those beautiful wooden boats followed by three classic cars. That Austin Healy was fine. Heck, even that Woody had more character then almost anything on the road today. Really enjoyed your post & wish I could have been there.

  38. Gorgeous wooden boats! Always a treat to see. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Kimby says:

    What a wonderful post — thanks for taking us along on an obviously relaxing outing! Congratulations, too, on your Freshly Pressed honor — well deserved, Karen. I’m bookmarking this post to show my hubby when he gets home — we love classic boats (and cars, and motorcycles, and airplanes, and…) Really an enjoyable read — a highlight to my weekend.

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  41. Congrats on your “freshly pressed” blog. I have followed you and your blogs are great! Have a great August!

  42. dianewrites says:

    Congratulations for making it in the freshly pressed. I love the pictures. The first pictures by the way reminded me of the movie “message in a bottle.” I love the place where it was taken.

  43. I somehow missed that you were on Freshly Pressed, that’s just awesome. Congrats.

  44. We love classic car shows and the Austin-Healey – unbelievable – the British sports car was extensively raced Europe.

    Did you see any races that day or was it just a show? Sounds like a fun event! Thank you for sharing.

  45. ambrosiana says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are on freshly pressed!!! Congratulations and well deserved honor!!!

  46. John J. Rigo says:

    The more and more that I am getting into the “Freshly Pressed” authors of WordPress, I am realizing truly that the WordPress family is a greatly talented group of individuals. Sorry….. but within this family, there is nothing like this group on “Facebook.” Congrads on making FP, and thank you for sharing this wonderful experience in words and pictures.

  47. Looks like you had a wonderful day. Two things my family and I are crazy about….classic boats and British sports cars. Your pictures make New England a beautiful place to be.

  48. Randy says:

    That 26 Rochester 28′ Runabout is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing such great images!

  49. breathingpowderedgold says:

    Congrats on being FP! What a lovely blog you have! I’ve never been to a boat show before (living in the Midwest, I’m a bit landlocked), and I’m always excited to learn about interesting events going on in other parts of the country. I’ve never seen boats with such beautiful wood! And that ice cream left me salivating:)

  50. ava812 says:

    I definitely agree that the the boats are beautiful, the long lake salad sumptuous and the ice cream to die for. *wipes drool*

  51. Katelyn Bow says:

    Nice shots! Neat to see some other cars as well. I too recently took photographs at a car show, on my blog, and I must say it’s always neat to see the old cars. I like the boats!

  52. gullringstorpgoatgal says:

    Hej from Sweden,
    What a great blog post! I enjoyed the beautiful photos. My husband is a wooden boat enthusiast as well as a car enthusiast. So I have sent him the link to your blog. He will love it as well.

  53. trialsinfood says:

    what a great event! love the mg and the ice cream!

  54. Jenny liu says:

    Lovely pictures! i really enjoy them! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Jon March says:

    This years Causeway Classic Boat&Car show is this Saturday, Aug 2nd – 10a-3p in Naples Maine (Rain: Sunday). Antique boat parade under the new bridge and mini-race starts at Fri Aug 1 at 430 – Be There!

  59. Jon March says:

    Show is this Friday & Sat! Boat parade at 700pm Friday, Show 10-3 Sat!

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