Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show returns Sept. 18

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[DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — After being cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic the annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will return to town this month and boat owners and nautical enthusiasts of all ages are being encouraged to come out and enjoy dozens of antique, classic and wooden vessels that will be on display. 

The 37th annual show, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, the merged Barnegat Bay and Philadelphia chapters, in conjunction with the New Jersey Museum of Boating, will take place Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Johnson Brothers Boat Works, 1800 Bay Ave. The event will showcase the creme de la creme in polished, restored and homebuilt vessels coming into the area by land and sea.

“I honestly don’t know what to expect this year for the show. It could be a few boats because people are still hesitant to go out or it could be absolutely overwhelming because they are sick and tired of being inside and want to go out,” chair Joyce Turner told The Ocean Star.

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“It is all contingent on whatever the state and local mandates are for large outdoor gatherings because with this delta variant going around we don’t know what is going to happen but right now we are going forward with it.”

“We are very happy to have the show resume. Because of COVID last year we couldn’t have the show and … we are very pleased to be co-sponsors of the show this year again,” added Ken Motz, president of the New Jersey Museum of Boating.

“We are hoping for over 40 to 45 boats this year. Two years ago we had 48 boats entered and displayed in and we have different categories that people can become involved in with their boats. So again we are very happy to have this this year and hoping for lovely weather and big crowds. Some of the crowds we have had over the years get to 300, 400 people. There’ll be something for everyone and we are looking forward to a very successful day.”

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