Reedville Classic Boat Show Breaks Record!


Andy Cockrell’s of Cockrell’s Marine Railway. amazing Matthews, It’s a very original nice running boat. We spent Sunday out on the bay. Never been up on a roof control.. Fun stuff for sure

Here in tiny little charming quiet Reedville Virginia, 45 Antique and Classic boats filled the docks behind folks homes for a spectacular day of sunshine, wind and great conversation. The live music at the end of the day had to be canceled due to a nasty storm that came in. But overall, an incredible day. This show has been the dream of one man, Clif Ames, who had led the charge for 9 years. Turning the town into a fun day of celebrating antique water craft at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. He is a task master and works his patootie off.

With a cast of over 20 volunteers from the museum, they seamlessly pull off a wonderful weekend. The mix of boats and historic homes is fantastic, from old by boats, a skip jack, cruisers and .. well, anything cool that floats.

The show centered at the Reedville Fishermens Museum is a mix of vintage boats, cars and buildings. Even a very very nice steam launch, hydro’s

This year was the largest and most entertaining. The parade is always crazy, and a ton of fun.. It’s more like 40 or so old boats all floating around missing each other and breaking down..Then somehow miraculously getting in a line as they pass by the dock, and then it’s chaos again.

A nice mixture of funness!

This little Elco is a dream boat. 2 owner boat, new volvo motor.. Very very nice cocktail cruiser for the lake

Al the rooms at the Gables Band B were filled up..

The Gales Band B is a fixture here in Reedville , rich in history and fun just to tour. The up stairs is built like a ship. Center mast and all. Each gable is a part of a compass. It goes on and on.. You can see more right here. Click

Now of course, its not a boat show until someone gets towed.. And yes, thats Clif Ames being towed by Jim Schafer.. Jim of course can tow with his teeth. Apparently he had eaten his spinach in the morning.

What more can one say.. Hope he has a good dental plan!

After the parade, Jim towing Clif to get some fuel

As the weekend came to a sad end, folks were motoring home. Here is the Elco with her Whaler dingy heading out to the bay

My day ended out on that wonderful Matthews. Spectacular weather! Thanks Andy for the ride..


20 replies
  1. Alex
    Alex says:

    Just another Matthews Monday. A seriously beautiful boat is that.

    Also love that Elco. Perfect for cocktails, but fun to sleep aboard I’ll bet.

    Re the “man tows boat with teeth,” I believe those photos capture an even more remarkable feat: “man lets wife drive boat.” Sorry Ranger, Gal, Boatress, et al, but for some of us, surrendering the helm is like a tooth extraction.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Maybe I’ll let my wife drive me around in the car 1st and then maybe give let her take the TV remote out for a spin before I relinquish the wheel to the sportsman. As for that two rope it looks like a commercial for Denture Polygrip. “STRONG ENOUGH TO TOW A BOAT!”

  2. Alex
    Alex says:

    Oops. Forgot one. Sorry Karen.

    BTW, no gender disrespect implied.

    It’s part control thing, part simply-love-to-drive thing.

  3. rabbit
    rabbit says:

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Matt, you could make the best woody coffee table book ever just using your header shots. Of course, the book would need to have the same proportions. It wouldn’t make you rich but it would make a lot of people happy.

  4. Tommyholm
    Tommyholm says:

    Looks like a fun VA time.
    Gotta luv those boat parades, the one in Manistee was like rounding up wild horses (or dumb donkeys!).

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      My bucket list overflowed the bucket long ago, I’m working on my second vat now. I’ve got so much I want to do I figure I need to stay active until I’m at least 150 years old. Just not checking things off as fast as shows like this and Mathews in the header are added on.

      • Carl Garmhaus
        Carl Garmhaus says:

        I know the feeling Rick, shooting for 125 but might have to live longer to even finish all the boat projects in my garage

  5. Jim Schafer
    Jim Schafer says:

    I never gave up the helm, I was still controlling the boat with my knee. I think the that the 14 foot “Wirlwind” with an 18 horse Johnson towing a 17 foot Chris is the real statement being made here. Just glad my bench seat didn’t pull out or I would have been in the water – teeth or no teeth.

  6. John Stolte
    John Stolte says:

    It was indeed a spectacular day with so many great boats. I was really impressed by the number and diversity of the cruisers in attendance!

    The high point however was going for a ride with Matt aboard his Chris-Craft “Suzy” with my wife Cindy and our friends Mike & Michael!

    Thanks for a great day Matt!

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