Mark your calendars now for next year’s festival, August 11 through 13, 2017!
We enjoyed great weather and big crowds at this year’s Classic and Wooden Boat Festival. 43 vessels were on hand for boating enthusiasts to enjoy. Everything was here, from classic wooden fishing boats to canoes, kayaks, sailing vessels, to beautiful mahogany wooden runabouts. The Coast Guard offered tours of the museum’s 41 foot Coast Guard Cutter and encouraged kids of all ages to “save their ships” in the Damage Control Simulator. Art lovers marveled at the original paintings and prints displayed in the museum- works by talented regional artists. The Kahlenberg Engine fired up providing a rarely experienced opportunity for fans of marine engines. The Chicago Fireboat and our tall ship, The Edith Becker offered cruises. Visitors enjoyed delicious locally caught Whitefish sandwiches expertly fried and drank refreshingly cool beverages. The Boathouse Sale offered “veteran” pieces of equipment for sale and anyone interested could buy a raffle ticket to win the museum’s newly built Whitehall pulling boat. Visitors toured the museum amazed at Door County’s maritime history, and of course, spectators enjoyed watching the building, racing, and eventual destruction of entries in the Sikaflex Challenge Boatbuilding Contest.
Check out the galleries of photos from this year’s festival.
Sportsmen and women all across Wisconsin will find some interesting craft at our festival this year. Classic and wooden boating isn’t just about glorious varnished mahogany runabouts, it’s also about fishing and rowing and small boat sailing. Take a look at this beautiful Dunphy. It makes you want to spend some quiet lake time, doesn’t it? See more like her this weekend in Sturgeon Bay.
Click here to learn more about this boat.
So how old is the oldest boat registered for this year’s festival? Is it 35, or 50, or 75 years old? Or is it none of the above.
The answer is 121 years old! Yes, that’s right. The year was 1895 and Teddy Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy. The Spanish-American War had not yet been fought. That year, Warren Cole of Long Lake, NY built this beautiful Adirondack Guideboat.
Built to take wealthy guests hunting and fishing in the wilderness, the Guideboats were hand-built of thin pine planking and spruce ribs. Held together by 3,000 screws and 5,000 tacks, these lightweight craft were known for superior workmanship and performance. She weighs only 63 pounds and is driven by 8 foot oars. Visit our festival to see and learn more about this historical treasure.
Wooden boatbuilding is not a dead skill. Amateur boatbuilders are a work across the country and Wisconsin building kayaks, canoes, pulling boats, motor boats and sailboats. This year we have a number of terrific home-builds, from canoes and kayaks, to the terrific Glen L Torpedo, to these great sailboats. These are not kits- they are boats built by hand from a set of plans and a pile of material. Take a look at some of the latest registrants in our sailboat category.
Pictured above is Li’l Boat whose home port is Egg Harbor, WI. A 15′ gaff-rigged cat boat designed by Joel White, the boat is strip built with 7/16 inch Atlantic White Cedar sheathed with epoxy and finished with mahogany brightwork. The owners modified the plans somewhat, changing the outer stem, after deck, the wrap-around coaming, seats, and rudder. They even cut all of the cedar strips themselves! 10 years in the building, she’s a beauty!
This is a Olsever Faering built from plans by Selway-Fisher, England. It’s a traditional craft often seen along the west coast of Norway. With two rowing stations allowing for four oars, the Faering (faer=four) carries a spritsail to make life easier.
A boatbuilder’s workshop. This is a Penobscot 17 in the early stages of construction. You see her here on a strongback assuring a fair and straight hull. The Penobscot 17 was designed by Arch Davis and she’s a plywood lapstrake sailboat. 17′ long she weighs only 350 pounds. Her owner completed her in July 2015 after working for roughly 18 months. She’s built of Douglas fir, ash, Sitka spruce, mahogany, pine, okoume plywood and cherry. The cherry, ash, and fir were harvested in east central Wisconsin. Very pretty.
The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club has invited boat festival registered participants to join their Venetian Night Parade, Saturday evening following the close of our festival. The parade takes place just off the yacht club’s dock prior to the evening’s fireworks display. Anyone interested should know the following:
Is pre-registration required? If so, by when? Yes, 7:00PM August 13th. Anyone interested should contact SBYC directly via email or phone. Call Terry Kortbein at 920 743-5503. Email: email@example.com
Is there a fee to participate? No
What time is the parade, and what time must the participants be ready to go? 8:30PM start (sunset is at 8:30) should be out front at 8:15. Subject to weather. Fireworks at 9:30.
Is there a theme? Not really, but feel free to dress as Neptune , Nemo, or Sponge Bob if you like.
Don’t forget that many of the show participants will gather informally at the yacht club following the festival’s close to have a bite to eat, enjoy a cool beverage, and watch the parade and fireworks. The SBYC is open to the public that evening.
How about these? Do you know anything about a Kahlenberg engine? Or how about a 1912 Leyare? If you’re interested, visit us this August.
Kahlenberg is still in business, although no longer producing marine engines. Built in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, these engines qualify as native Northeast Wisconsin products! If you’ve never seen or heard one run, this is your chance.
And then there is the 1912 Leyare, a gorgeous boat with a racing heritage that reaches back to the beginning of the 20th century. Built in upper New York state, Soo Long will be in the water and running this August. Read more about Joseph Leyare’s boats here.
Global warming and rising seas will be no problem if you own a 1963 classic Amphicar. We are thrilled to announce that a regular favorite of our festival, Surf and Turf will be back again this year. You can not only look her over up close on shore, but she’ll be out on the water, too. What fun! The Amphicar has an interesting history that you can read about here.
Our boat festival should celebrate Wisconsin’s boatbuilding heritage, so it’s good to know that Streblow Custom Boats will be represented. Streblow has been building boats in Delavan, Wisconsin since 1954 and we’re lucky enough to have one of the earliest inboards coming to Sturgeon Bay this August. Here’s Rebel and she’s a beauty. For more information about the boat, click here. For a link to Streblow Custom Boats, click here.
Wooden boat enthusiasts know that maintaining a boat is a labor of love. Our tall ship, the Edith M. Becker, is getting a lot of love this spring. Here are a few shots of her spring refit. The Captain and crew are busy caulking the decks in the traditional manner and boy, are they having fun. For more about this process, click here. Don’t forget to visit the Becker at our show this August!
Registrations are beginning to arrive, so we can start to take a look at some of the boats that will be here in August. Looks like we’ll have some really nice boats to visit!
The Glen L!
For more information about this terrific award-winning home built boat click here: The Torpedo. Come and see her at the show!
Do you enjoy cedar strip built canoes and kayaks? We have them, too. Come and meet the builders.
Chris Craft lovers will really enjoy Chrysalis, a 1951 Super Deluxe Semi-enclosed Cruiser. She’s 27 feet long and a real beauty.
Small boat lovers will enjoy our Thompsons and Lymans. Small outboards were very popular in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Check back again to see what else awaits you at this year’s show.
The great folks at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club have extended an invitation to our show’s participants to take part in the Venetian Night parade Saturday evening at the end of our festival. Anyone interested should contact SBYC directly via email or phone. Call Terry Kortbein at 920 743-5503. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org