Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show canceled

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The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society has planned a special boat parade for Saturday. (STEVE WEXLER/THE OCEAN STAR).

POINT PLEASANT — The 37th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show scheduled to take place at the Johnson Brothers Boat Works this month has been canceled.

According to officials, the show, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society [ACBS] and the New Jersey Museum of Boating, was scheduled to take place Sept. 19, but concerns surrounding the coronavirus have put a halt on plans for this year.

“Our boat show for this year is canceled. We are hopefully planning a Barnegat Bay cruise for any of the boats that might be interested in coming but I don’t have any details on that right now,” Joyce Turner, who has helped organize the event for years told The Ocean Star.

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“Hopefully things will settle down or they’ll find a vaccine or something will happen and we can have the show next year but it is just too chancy this year.”

According to Ms. Turner, this is not the first year the show has had to be canceled.

“The year after [Superstorm] Sandy it was canceled because the boatyard was still pretty much a mess and I think somewhere back in the early 1980s, around the time the show was still kind of new and over at the yacht club, I think it might have been canceled because the day was extremely hot,” she said.

“It was not a September date, it might have been sometime in July, and I vaguely remember only one or two boats showing up and I think the then-president canceled the show because of the heat … so otherwise we’re pretty consistent with the show.”

Hundreds of boat owners and nautical enthusiasts of all ages from across the state and beyond come out each year to enjoy the dozens of antique, classic and wooden vessels on display as part of the show. The event typically showcases the creme de la creme in polished, restored and homebuilt vessels that come into the area by land and sea.

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