Lee and I journeyed up to the 52nd Annual Boat Show held in Clayton, NY the weekend of August 5-7. If you have never been up to the Thousand Islands, this is a must to put on your “bucket list”!
The show opened on Friday August 5th to heat, sun and humidity and lots of boats! This year’s Marquee boat was the “Dispro” (i.e., the disappearing propeller boat) and they were well represented with approximately 21 boats of various lengths and manufacturers and years. Chapter members Gail and Wes Van Dine had their 1950 Greavette Dispro named “Bounty” displayed on land with a great collection of period memorabilia, seat cushions, etc. All the Dispro’s exhibited, be it on the docks or on land, always had people milling about, taking pictures and speaking with the owners. Ian Dickerson, an authority on Dispro boats, gave a very interesting talk and used the boats on land to show visitors the various differences between the manufacturers.
Saturday again dawned hot and sunny and despite that, there was a very good crowd throughout the day. Judging started early and it was nice to see that there were exhibitors there who were experiencing their “first” Antique Boat Museum Show. The “Youth Judging”, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance drew a large number of kids and it was great to see the next generation of boating enthusiasts!
Antique Boat America started the boat auction right on time and although it was hot, bidding was spirited and all but 3 boats sold. The highlight of the auction was a 57 foot, 1924 Smith and Williams Motor Yacht named Kensington – a very large boat!
Sunday brought the awards ceremony and the Marquee was recognized throughout the ceremony. I am pleased to say that Wes and Gail’s boat “Bounty” won for Best Canadian Boat Other Than A Shepherd – congratulations! Our trip home was somewhat uneventful (with the exception of the 2 hour traffic delay) and Lee and I look forward to the 53rd annual show in 2017. – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary