33rd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at St Michaels


Moby Dick” was the party vessel of the weekend. The 1966 Marinette 28’ aluminum cruiser is owned by Bob and Alicia Boardman.

A huge thanks to Kent O. Smith Jr for the amazing images and story by Bob Hamilton, Exec VP of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Never quite sure what an exec VP is? If the P dies or is ousted for some sort of Cancel Culture Fopa, does the Exec VP step in? Or is the exec VP an exec of the VP? And in boating? Do I want to even hear the term Exec?  or VP? Maybe we should change the titles to, Person that steps up to the plate and words tirelessly for free, managing bitch sessions and dumb requests? Gets no thanks, and a plastic trophy at the end of it all. Wow, that just wondered into a deep dark area. Maybe we just use the term Vice of Vices? Anyway, below is the official report.

Sunrise at the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

It’s all spelled right, makes sense, and actually tells us something. Mmmmm? Maybe we need an exec VP after all.

A line of Lymans beside a pirate ship.

The 33rd Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival was held June 18-20, 2021 with Cruising the Chesapeake the theme and cruisers the featured boats.  Boats were displayed on both water and land spread over 18 acres at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.  We had a Higgins!  A 1953 65’ tugboat manufactured by Higgins named the Mi T Mo.

Crabby guys from the “Mi-T-Mo,” a 1953 65’ Navy tug boat build by Higgins.

The People’s Choice Award was presented to Cygnus II a 1930 56’ Jacobson & Peterson Motor Yacht and Best of Show was awarded to Adonia a 1947 60’ John Trumpy and Sons cruiser.

Best of Show: Ed Tillet’s 1947 Trumpy Motor Yacht 60’ named “Adonia.”

Sailboats were included with a 1969 60’ Sparkman Stephens Ketch.  Centurys, Chris Crafts, Lyman’s, Whirlwinds, and a Larson Falls Flyer showed up. Eric Zelman’s immaculate Lake N Sea Caribbean made the trek up from Virginia’s Northern Neck.

A Montgomery Ward Sea King powered by an Evinrude Lark.

Ray Glenn’s 1959 Lyman 23’ leads the Friday afternoon Wye River cruise.

A Century utility at speed.

Ebby duPont’s 1931 Chris Craft 20’, “Pappy.”

Stanley Boardman running his Boston Whaler Mischief. Stanley served as Chief Judge and may be the youngest chief judge in the history of ACBS.

Boat rides were a big hit with Lymans and Jersey Skiffs delivering on both ends of the speed spectrum and divers with vintage diving equipment had demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

Smiles and thumbs up on board “Donna Jean,” a 1933 Chris Craft 18’ owned by Chip Paradis.

Jeff Beard organized ten seminars over Friday and Saturday on a variety of topics about cruisers and the origin of Old Bay.

Talented shipwrights perform restorations on various bay craft.

“Southerly”, a 42’ Grand Banks trawler and the pirate ship “Vagrant Gypsy.”

A plethora of boats for sale in the Field of Dreams – mahogany, fiberglass, plywood and aluminum craft offered plenty of choices for one wanting to get into the hobby or expand their collection.

The entire 33rd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in a single shot.

16 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Looks like a cool place to visit, even without the boat show. What a variety of wonderful watercraft. They put together a first class event that had to be enjoyed by all that participated. Thank you Kent and Bob for the great report!

  2. Frank@Falmouth
    Frank@Falmouth says:

    Great shots. Was great seeing people and boats in person again. Was nice to see the docks full with boats in the water and shore crowding the CBMM campus! Im sorry I missed the early morning lighting! And I didnt buy any more boats!

  3. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    went there…done that….and great pix by kent.

    John in Va…. been boating and going again today!

    Weather in Va spectacular this week!

    John in Va

  4. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Another great show! Thanks for the coverage Kent. I now have a lot of neat WB destinatins to see in this beautiful land!

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    “Mi-T-Mo,” a 1953 65’ Navy tug boat sounds very interesting. Sounds like a couple of stories on this boat would be welcome. I don’t why I’m so intrigued by them. Maybe it was because my dad had built a tug boat model when I was about 5 and the detail he put into was amazing. Sure wish I had that on my shelf. Maybe its the graceful lines and the work boat function of a tug that’s so interesting. And the fact that its probably running a pair of Detroit diesels that would be music to my ears.

  6. peter j woods
    peter j woods says:

    Maggie and I went and had a great time! took a spin on Ray Glenn’s Lyman! what a gentleman!

  7. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    Thanks for the great pictures and write up! I’m looking forward to the Algonac show this weekend, but it could be a rainy affair.

    I also love the picture with the sunrise. How can I get a higher resolution version? Great screen background.

  8. Kent O
    Kent O says:

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone! It’s a fun show, plan on going sometime if you haven’t.

    If anyone is interested in prints please contact me through http://www.kaosimagery.com

    Kindly don’t copy and use the photos without permission. Yes, this applies to you, Troy, unless you finally take me on the Boothbay Harbor cruise lol.

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