Boat Show Posters

BIG NEWS FOR 2014!    There will be 2 Boat Shows in Skaneateles in 2014!  Our regular boat show, offically sponsored by M&T Bank,  the last weekend in July (July 25, 26, and 27, 2014).  The details for this show will be updated in spring of 2014.

And then.....the International Antique and Classic Boat Show and Annual Meeting will be held at the Skaneateles Country Club on September 16-20, 2014.  This event will be open to the public on September 19-20, 2014.  Stay tuned to this website for more information!!

 2014 Boat Show Invitation for Exhibitors

Sparkling clean water, gleaming classic mahogany boats, beautifully restored antique wooden boats, live music filling the air, a feeling of yesteryear....join us for the Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show's 19th year in Skaneateles on July 25, 26, and 27,  2014.

The Elizabeth Ellen, (seen below)owned by Dick and Cynthia Sherwood of Webster, NY  was the 2013 People's Choice Award Winner at the 2013 Antique and Classic Boat Show!

Boat Show 2013

The Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show is brought to you by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.


Each summer during the last weekend in July, the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society invites wooden boaters from across the United States and Canada to gather at the north end of Skaneateles Lake. Skaneateles Lake is the eastern most of the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York and provides an elegant backdrop for this annual antique wooden boat show. Skaneateles Lake has also been named the one of the cleanest lakes in the United States. Come enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and over 80 antique and classic boats, both on land and in the water.

Antique & Classic boats are on display both in the water and on land. Activities include: 3 concerts, boat parade (3 p.m. Saturday), kids activities on Saturday, shopping, huge raffle, and more. The Syracuse Model Boat Club will have boats on display, and the Skaneateles Historical Society will be hosting historic tours of the Village on Saturday and Sunday. Fun for the whole family. 

Boat owners begin arriving in Skaneateles on Friday morning. Many boats are mahogany runabouts manufactured by Chris Craft, Hacker, and Garwood during the early 20th century. Other eye-catching boats in the show will include launches, sailboats, canoes, rowing craft, and race boats - many restored to their original condition. Antique inboard and outboard engines are also frequently displayed by collectors.

Enjoy live music:

  • Friday Night at 7:30 by the Skaneateles Community Band,
  • Saturday from Noon to 3 pm TBA
  • Sunday Noon to 3 pm by the Soda Ash Six.

Also returning this year, the 2014 Boat Show Raffle features the following prizes:

  • $750 Mirbeau Inn and Spa Gift Certificate
  • $250 cash
  • $250 Mirbeau Inn and Spa Gift Certificate
  • Dinner Tickets for 2 aboard the Judge Ben Wiles
  • A toy wooden boat filled with lottery tickets
  • $50 gift certificate from White and White Antiques & Interior
  • 2014 framed Boat Show print

The drawing will be held July 27, 2014 at 3pm in Clift Park - you need not be present to win, so get your tickets ($5/each, 3/$10, or 10/$10) today!!

Also, on Saturday and Sunday the Skaneateles Historical Society will be giving guided tours of historic sites around Skaneateles. The tours will be one hour long and be leaving from the Gazebo at 11:00 am, and 12:30 pm. Cost is $10.00 per person and will benefit the Historical Society. 

PHOTO SHOOT! Capture that perfect action shot of your favorite boat from a spot so close you can read ner name as she flies past!  Or just enjoy the spectacle.  Board the tour boat, The Judge Ben Wiles, at 9:00 am on Sunday morning for a one-hour cruise for photographers and spectators.  The Judge will leave from the Mid-Lakes dock in Clift Park and make a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake while exhibitors boats are invited to make random passes close abeam for action photo opportunities.  The fare is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 13, must be accompanied by an adult.  No reservations are necessary and you can pay on board.  Coffee and pastries will be available.  Mid-Lakes requires a minimum of 20 passengers to cruise.

Half of the boats in the show are docked in the water along the beautiful Skaneateles Village Pier. Placards conveniently mounted on the pier's railing provide visitors with information about each boat. The remaining boats are displayed in Clift Park along the water's edge, next to the Gazebo and park benches, where visitors can touch and appreciate the boats first hand.

Judging of boats takes place on Saturday morning with exhibitors entering their craft in 20 different categories. Visitors to the show also have the opportunity to vote for highly coveted, "People's Choice Award," sponsored by our own Doug’s Fish Fry.  Look for the permanent People Choice Award on display at Doug's Fish Fry at 8 Jordan Street.

The Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show is truly a family event. An activity designed just for the children takes place in the park between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy looking at the antique model boats provided by the Syracuse Model Club. On Saturday afternoon at 3 pm the boats get underway for a parade along the pier and sea wall, and then head out into the lake for a tour of the north end.

The Finger Lakes Chapter is one of 41 chapters in the Antique and Classic Boat Society, an international organization with over 5000 members who are dedicated to the preservation of our wooden boat heritage. The Antique and Classic Boat Show once again has a commemorative poster. It is on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce office at 22 Jordan Street, and First National Gifts at 2 E. Genesee St.  The cost of this year's poster is $10.  

The Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Skaneateles, lodging, dining, and our activities contact Susan Dove at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552. For exhibitor information contact Jack Gifford, boat show chaiperson at 315-382-2831. For sponsor information contact Sarah Wiles, boat show co-chair at 315-685-8500.  Reproductions of the photos seen here may be used by the media, and more photos are available upon request from the Chamber of Commerce.

Want to see some photos of boat show's past?  Click here http://smu.gs/NXk8dp

The 2014 Antique & Classic Boat Show is Officially Sponsored by: M&T Bank (315.554.2220)

M&T Bank
Admiral Level Sponsor:
Katz's Marina (973.663.3214), Summit Auto (315.258.2000)

Commodore Level Sponsors:
Mirbeau Inn and Spa (315.685.5006), The Sherwood Inn (315.685.3405);

Captain Level Sponsors: Delmonico Insurance (315.685.8921), Doug's Fish Fry "People's Choice Sponsor" (315.685.3288); Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance (800.762.2628); The Sailboat Shop (315.685.7558)

Commander Level Sponsors: Adams and Son Insurance; Bluewater Grill; Byrne Dairy/Subway; cate&sally; Bill and Bobbi Dean; Johnny Angels Heavenly Burgers; Jordan Street Properties; Mid-Lakes Navigation; Realty USA; Smiles of Skaneateles; The Scotsman Press; Wirth's Automotive

Media Sponsors:
Group M Communications; Skaneateles Journal; WRVO Public Media

Friends of the Boat Show: CVS & Kinney Drugs; Long Lake Gallery; Maresella Gallery; NYS Parks & Rec Boat Patrol; Onondaga Beverage; Onondaga County Sheriff's Dept.; Sea Scouts; Skaneateles Country Club; Skaneateles Historical Society; Skaneateles Police, Fire, DPW and Rec Departments; the Village and Town of Skaneateles