Thanks to fellow Woody Boater by Rich Marschner and photographer Carri Marschner for reporting in better late than never from last weeks Skaneateles show. This show is always the week before this weekends huge Clayton Show. Stay tuned for that big report coming in. Kent O. Smith Jr is our trusty reporter this weekend! Woohoo. Great photos!
Last weekend’s show on Skaneateles (say “Skinny-AT-less) Lake, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Chapter of ACBS and the town’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation, seemed likely to be a warm-up for the big ACBS National event in mid-September just across the lake at Skaneateles Country Club.
But this 36th annual show turned out to be a full-sized, all-out event, running from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, with the docks open all evening.
The length of the show was matched by plenty of on-shore activity in the adjacent city park, including lots of live music. Land displays matched up nicely with the in-water boat entries — about 40 of each on land and afloat.
Saturday offered a boat parade and “fly-by,” with more than two hundred attentive and applauding onlookers in the park. Sunday featured a photo-shoot, with a passenger ferry taking camera-happy guests out into the bay to shoot the various boats as they zoomed around.
One amazing fact about this show: there were 14 early boats in the water — about twice the ratio of pre-war to classic boats you might typically expect among 40 boats. And they weren’t just any pre-war boats, as you can see from the photos. There were not just one or two but three 1941 and ’42 Chris-Craft barrel-backs — two identical 19s and one 17-footer which took Best Restored Antique Runabout.
Not to minimize the modern boats here: there were classy new interpretations of antique and classic runabouts built in 2000, 2011 and 2013 — and one little hot-rod of a pocket racer called “Mighty Mouse” that flew across the lake at the speed of a jet-ski…but with ever-so-much-more cool!