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Congratulations, Skippers!

Here are the boats recognized by the public, the skippers, and crews as this year’s favorites.  Watch this site for more pictures from this year’s event.

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2019  DCMM Classic and Wooden Boat Festival Awards

Skippers’ Choice 2019 – Classic Inboard

Jeff and Renee Davey, Berlin, WI. 1949 23’ Higgins Convertible “Jeffery Dave”

Skippers’ Choice 2019 – Classic Outboard

Jane Larson & Gary Berg, Mequon, WI  1959 17Cruisers, Inc Commander “Buster”

Skippers’ Choice 2019 – Sailboat

Rich and Sandra Dirks, Egg Harbor, WI 2013 15’ Home Built Marsh Cat “Li’l Boat”

Skippers’ Choice 2019 –Classic Fiberglass

Mark and Kimberly Porlier, Weston WI 1965 15’ Powercat 15T

Skippers’ Choice 2019 – Non-Powered

Lois and Bob Snyder, Green Bay, WI  2009 10’ Home Built Lawton Tender

Skippers’ Choice 2019– Model Boat

Michael and Julia Cosgrove, Sturgeon Bay, WI  26” Model Expo Skipjack S.S. Rhodes

Skippers’ Choice 2019 –Unique Craft

Paul and Janet Smith, Rapid River, MI 1941 Home Modified 22’ Lifeboat/Pocket Tug “Good News”

Skippers’ Choice 2019 – Best of Show

Jeff and Renee Davey, Berlin, WI. 1949 23’ Higgins Convertible “Jeffery Dave”

People’s Choice 2019 – Boat of the Year

Lew and Judy Juadis, Sturgeon Bay, WI 1957 19’ Cruisers Inc. 502 Vacationer Connie

The Weather will be Perfect!

It’s official, the weather for our Festival will be perfect.  Here’s the data from the National Weather Service.   Clearly, you should plan to attend either as a registered participant or a boating enthusiast.  Nothing beats a glorious Door County summer day especially when it’s paired with an exciting public event.  We’ll see you this weekend!

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Lots To See

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When you visit our festival this year, you’ll be treated to a fantastic variety of boats to explore.  They range from 9 inches to 25 feet long.  Some are models, others completely sea-worthy.  You’ll find classic fiberglass, cedar strip, plywood lapstrake, and classic varnished mahogany boats.  The oldest was launched in 1895 and others reflect the glorious 1950’s and 60’s.  With right around 50 hulls, this is going to be one of our best festivals yet.  So plan your visit now.

It’s not too late to register either.  If you have a boat or display to add, register on-line, or in person.  Check out our registration links here.

 

One Week To Go!

 

 

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Tall ships visited Sturgeon Bay last weekend.

Beautiful Sturgeon Bay is waiting to greet classic boating enthusiasts for the 29th annual Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.  If you have a boat and want to join the fun, you can register right up to the festival opening on Saturday morning.  It’s better to register earlier, of course, but last-minute registrations are welcome.  It looks like the weather will be great!

We’ve got 13 teams set to go for our Sikaflex boatbuilding competition and race and over 40 boats for you to enjoy including model boats.  You can take a ride on a classic, pedal a Swan Boat, try your hand at the Damage Control Simulator, watch a Kahlenberg engine fire up, tour a Coast Guard vessel, and much more.  Kids, on Saturday, can build their own sailboats or race miniature tugs.  There are fresh Whitefish sandwiches, cool beverages, the Maritime on Madison street fair, and all of downtown Sturgeon Bay’s merchants and restaurants to experience.  And don’t forget to visit the Museum itself and our 100-year-old tug, the John Purves.

We’ll see you in a week!

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Check It Out!

Every year, our Boathouse Sale offers unique marine treasures for your boat or home, with all the proceeds supporting the Museum.  This year is no exception.  Check out this terrific offering, just one of many wonderful items you’ll have a chance to own.

A 50 inch ship’s wheel and sundial!

 

Wood and brass 50 inch wheel with sundial on a cast aluminum stand – unique!  The pictures show it makes quite a statement!  The wheel will be at the Boathouse sale in August, or if you can’t wait, you can call Jerry at 920 746 0516 to see before.  (no history available  of the wheel)

Don’t Forget!

If you are bringing your boat to our festival and plan to join our special pre-event Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise on Friday, don’t forget to register for the event prior to August 1st.  (If you’re not cruising, you can register right up to the festival opening on Saturday.)   We have a nice fleet already assembled but have plenty of room for more boats and crews.  There is nothing more fun than running our classics along Door County’s shores from Green Bay to Lake Michigan.  See you then!

For cruise information, click here.

For pictures of the cruise click here.

To register, click here.

Countdown to August!

We hope you’ve set course for Sturgeon Bay to enjoy the city’s Maritime Week, it’s salute to the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard, and of course our Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.

There is plenty to see and do while you’re here.  You can visit real active-service Coast Guard vessels, browse Sturgeon Bay’s shops, eat and drink in the town’s restaurants and enjoy Maritime on Madison, Saturday’s street festival.  Then, too, stop in and tour the Door County Maritime Museum and its 100 year-old tug the John Purves, stroll through the beautiful and historic boats present at our Classic and Wooden Boat Show and cheer on the exciting Sikaflex Challenge our fast and dirty boat building contest.  You can even enjoy a short free ride on a classic motorboat.  (You’ll have to wear a life preserver!)  Experience the firing of a real Kahlenberg engine or try your hand in the Damage Control Simulator.  On Saturday, there are kids’ activities galore and best of all, the festival grounds are open to the public without charge.

If you want to display a boat, you can register on-line through this website or by mail if you prefer.  Just download a registration form, print it, and mail it in.

Take a quick peek below at just a sample of the great boats you’ll see this year.

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Time to Join the Fleet

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Elsa Dee on Little Tomahawk Lake.

Here’s the latest news from our Festival!

It looks like we’re off to a great start with registrations for this August’s Festival and the variety of boats to enjoy is already outstanding.  So far, we have manufacturers Lyman, Powercat, Century, Thompson, Sunflower, Tomahawk, Chris Craft, and Higgins represented.  In addition, there is an award-winning home-built Glen-L Torpedo on it’s way to Sturgeon Bay, as well as a beautiful owner-built Laughing Loon Mystic Star Kayak.  There’s even an historic 1941 22′ lifeboat for you to discover.  The Museum’s own boat building class will have its new lapstrake pulling boat on display, and you might be the lucky enthusiast who wins the boat if you take part in the annual raffle in support of the Museum.  So plan to be part of the fun. If you haven’t yet registered, now’s the time.  Don’t forget you can register on-line if you’d like.

 Click here to register on-line.

Will You Join the Friday Pre-Event Cruise?

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Our Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise is shaping up to be a winner this year.  We already have seven boats and crews planning to be part of the fleet.  Let’s hope for great weather.  It would be terrific to complete the entire journey for the second year in a row.  Will Mother Nature be cooperative?

Click here for Cruise Information

How about fresh Whitefish and a tasty Beverage.

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Yes, our famous Whitefish sandwiches return again this year on Saturday only.  These freshly-caught fried fish sandwiches are the best boat show fare sold in Wisconsin.  New this year, and a perfect companion for the fish, is Door County Brewing Company’s special craft beer, Cana Island Pale Ale.  Local fish supplied by local fishermen and local beer by a local brewery.  Perfect!

Register On-Line and More!

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Our boats may be old, but it is the 21st Century after all, and that means you can now register for the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on-line!  Registering is simple, quick, and secure.  So don’t wait.  Register now!

Click here to register on line!

On-line registration is great news, but there is more to share. Registered boaters will soon have a chance to purchase beautiful Classic and Wooden Boat Festival hats and burgees.  The hats will feature embroidered logos and the burgees will be suitable to fly from the masthead or flagstaff of your classic boat.  Registered boaters will benefit from a substantially discounted price and will be able to pick up their treasures when they arrive at the festival.  The hats and burgees will also be available for registered boaters who don’t purchase them on-line at the festival for the same discounted price.

Watch this site and the on-line registration portal for photos and ordering instructions.

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See you this August!

Registration for 2019 is Open!

OK… so Lake Michigan might look not quite ready for a classic and wooden boat festival, but that shouldn’t stop you from preparing for another terrific boating season.  We’re gearing up for this year’s fun weekend in beautiful Sturgeon Bay and registrations have already begun to arrive.  Don’t wait!  The best Door County Hotel, B&B, and Inn accommodations are available now.  So download our 2019 Registration Form, or watch this site for our new on-line reservation system which will be available, soon.

See you this August!

Two Days To Go!

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Well here we are, just about ready to begin a fun weekend.  The weather forecast indicates perfect weather for both our Friday cruise and the entire weekend.  Make your plans now to stop by.

Thank You U.S. Coast Guard!

Maritime Week activities are underway honoring the US Coast Guard.  One of the highlights so far was the visit of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter, Escanaba. Launched on the Great Lakes in the mid 1980’s, she’s only been back twice and she was here in Sturgeon Bay this weekend. She was open for tours and they were terrific. Normally she’s patrolling the South American coastline involved in drug interdiction activities, and it was clear that this mission visiting Great Lakes ports was a lot more pleasant.  You missed seeing her, but don’t despair because the Coast Guard will have a 45 footer docked at the Festival on Saturday for you to visit. She’ll be just behind our tug, the John Purves.

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Where Are All The Boats?

Here’s some interesting information to help make your visit to the Festival more fun.  Check out this photo which shows where all the boats will be.  Don’t miss the in-water displays next door to the museum in Skipper Bud’s Harbor Club Marina.  Skipper Bud’s volunteers to host the display, so give them an attaboy when you have the chance.  Without their support our Festival wouldn’t be the same.  You’ll find the boats clustered together in the first few basins.

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Maritime Week Fireworks!

After the first day of our Festival closes on Saturday, there is still plenty to do and enjoy in downtown Sturgeon Bay.  The city offers a number of fine restaurants from pub food to up-scale dining.  The waterfront is beautiful in the late afternoon, perfect for a walk and an evening’s cocktail.

Don’t forget!  On Saturday night there are the fireworks over the inner harbor sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and the Sail Training Foundation.  Take your boat out onto the water for the view, take a fireworks cruise aboard the Chicago Fireboat, dine at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, or find a spot along the shore.  Fireworks are a great way to end Day One of our Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.

Did you know that the week prior to our festival is Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay?  There are activities for you to enjoy all week long.  Click on this link to learn more about what’s happening!

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Take a Peek

I couldn’t pass up posting another couple of pictures of Providence, the 1960 teak ketch that will be gracing our docks during the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.  She’s a real beauty. Wait until you see her in person!

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Another beauty, although altogether different, is this 1958 Lone Star Meteor complete with her classic Gator trailer.  She’s a perfect example of the automotive styling so popular with the early fiberglass motor boating public.  She’ll be at the Festival for you to enjoy.  Until then, enjoy these pictures.  Incredible, isn’t she?

 

 

Click on a picture to view it full size.

Big Water Big Boats

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One of the advantages our Classic and Wooden Boat Festival enjoys is being located on the Great Lakes with the possibility of attracting large boats.  This year we are thrilled to host Providence, a 1960 Mayflower Ketch designed by Angelman and Davies and built by American Marine at Junk Bay, Hong Kong.  She’s 40′ on deck and 52′ overall, built of 1 7/8″ teak and powered by a Detroit 3-53 50 horsepower diesel.   Her restoration is not  yet complete, but she’ll be at the dock for our Festival.  Here’s a chance to visit a truly terrific classic wooden sailing vessel right here in Sturgeon Bay.

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Remember, admission to the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is free.  It’s really great for family fun.  Food, beautiful boats, kids’ activities and the Sikaflex Challenge!

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Maritime History Alive

One of the great advantages the Door County Maritime Museum brings to the Door County community is its ability to preserve the maritime history of the peninsula.  Our Classic and Wooden Boat Festival does its best to add to that effort.  This year we are honored to host a boat traveling from Minnesota to Sturgeon Bay- a boat with Door County connections and some real history behind it.   Here is Swan, an 18′ US Lighthouse Establishment launch from 1920.  She’s powered by a dual-cylinder 12 horsepower engine.  Her current owner purchased her from a fisherman in Door County in 1975.  She hasn’t been home in quite some time, so stop by the festival to see her in person.

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And while this boat doesn’t have a true Door County connection, it’s likely the oldest boat you’ll see at the Festival.   Here is a Warren Cole Adirondack Guideboat from 1895!  She 16 beautiful feet long.  Think of it.  Grover Cleveland was President of the United States when she first hit the water.  This is a boat you’ve got to visit.

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Here’s a fun fact.  The Museum’s boatbuilding class constructed an Adirondack Guideboat this last winter and it is currently being raffled off through the Museum.  So if you would like a Guideboat of your own and you’d like to help support the Museum, buy your raffle tickets at the Festival or at one of the many events taking place around the peninsula this summer.  The drawing will take place at the Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor this fall.  The winner does not need to be present.  For information about the raffle, click here. 

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Registration is underway!

We are looking forward to a great Festival again this year and it looks like we’re going to have a terrific collection of boats for everyone to enjoy.  Whether you enjoy kayaks and canoes, sailboats, classic fiberglass, historic craft, or varnished mahogany, we’re going to have it all this August.  Now is the time to register if you want to join the fun!

Here’s a sneak peek at a bit of what’s in store for 2018.  There’s much more.

Here’s a link to our 2018 Registration Form

See you in August in Sturgeon Bay!

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Only a couple of days to go!

Are you ready for the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival?  We are.  Nearly 40 boats will be on display on the museum grounds and next door in the water at Skipper Bud’s Harbor Club Marina.  We will accept boats right up to the festival opening at 9am Saturday morning, so if you want to be part of the festival, join in.  The weather forecast is still great.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend.

Remember there is something at the show for everyone- classic wooden motorboats, beautiful sailboats, canoes, fiberglass classics and more.  Even the kids can have fun.  The Coast Guard’s Coastie will be there along with a damage control interactive trailer, toy boat painting, and the fun along Madison Avenue.

Admission to the grounds of the festival is free.  The museum and our tug, the John Purves, are open with low boat-show special entrance fees.  The always entertaining Sikaflex Challenge Boat Building Competition and time trials on Sunday won’t cost you a dime to watch.

So bring the family.  It’s fun, the displays are terrific, and the food is the best of any boat show in Wisconsin.

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Great Weather- Great Boats

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Thanks to Chris Miller Photography for the romantic Door County photo!

The long-range forecast for our festival weekend is calling for great weather, so now’s the time to register your boat and visit beautiful Door County, Wisconsin.  It looks like we’re going to have a nice variety of classics attending this year.   Take a look at this list of boat builders whose handiwork will be on display.  And there are more to come…

Cruisers Inc.

Thompson

Chris Craft

Lyman

Amphicar

Crestliner

T&T

Allmand

Shell Lake

Burger

Streblow

Correct Craft

Superior Plastics/Marlin

Lone Star