More than 50 beautiful wood and vintage fiberglass boats - both on water and on land - will again be displayed at the On Tap at the Harbor restaurant and docks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the 42nd annual Antique and Classic Boat show.
Members of the North Coast Ohio Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, an international organization devoted on the preservation and recognition of all types of personal watercraft with more than 55 chapters throughout North American and Europe, will have their boats on display during the show.
There also will also be a "Field of Dreams Sale Lot" with boats for sale.
In recent years, there has been growing interest in the original fiberglass boats which became popular in the late 1960s as wood boat production was phased out due to shortages of mahogany, production costs and a desire to own boats that were easier to maintain. Those earlier model fiberglass boats had unique designs influenced by the finned automobiles of the late 50s and 60s.
Examples of some of those boats will be on display, including a fiberglass boat from manufacturer Chris Craft called the "Silver Arrow," which was one of the company's early attempts to make a fiberglass boat. The hull material is spruce wood covered with an outer layer of fiberglass. Made for two years - in 1958 and 1959 - the 19-foot boat only came in one hull color - silver, hence the name.
"At the time, no one would have guessed these boats would earn a cult following and become so popular," Boat Show Publicty Chairman Walt Stashkiw said in a news release.
There were only 92 built and they all came with the same tango red and white interiors. There were three engines offered: Chris-Craft KFL 6-Cylinder; GM 185 Hp, 283 c.i.d. V-8; and the Dearborn Interceptor 215 made by Ford.
On display will be the 50th boat in this series made by Chris Craft which is owned by Aaron LeDonne, of Ynot Yachts in Pittsburgh. His restoration and boat building company has lovingly restored this boat to a state of perfection, according to Stashkiw.
There will also be some award-winning boats from all around Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.
On top of seeing classic boats of yesteryear, visitors can enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet and dockside dining next to the gleaming chrome and sparkling, varnished, floating works of art. The always popular collectable show posters and t-shirts will be for sale. More than 50 local businesses and organizations have sponsored this event that is one of the longest running antique boat shows in the U.S. Along with the North Coast Ohio Chapter, the co-sponsor of the show is the Portage Lakes Historical Society.