Floating their boats: After hiatus, Bayport’s Antique and Wooden Boat show returns

Gazette photo by Erik Sandin
A visitor at the Bayport Marina Antique and Wooden Boat Show Saturday looks over a 1956 Falls Flyer boat shown by Alex Johnson and Pete Johnson. The fourth edition of the show returned to the marina after a 3-year hiatus.

BAYPORT — The “beauty queens” were here Saturday, sitting on trailers and drawing admiring glances.
But so were the workhorses, docked at Bayport Marina slips, their owners proudly showing their labors of love.
After a three-year hiatus, the Bayport Marina’s Wooden and Antique Boat Show returned for a fourth show. For six hours Saturday, boaters and boat-lovers checked out restored antique wooden boats in and out of the water.
Besides the boats, vendors at the show sold boating-related merchandise and food.
Show organizer Michelle Lemanski of Stillwater said 40 boats were in the show this year. Saturday morning clouds and light showers kept the show crowd down, but she expected more people to visit once skies cleared..
“I think it’s OK. I want more people,” she said.
“It was a slow start but it’s building,” added marina manager Cliff Lewis.
Lemanski, a past Bayport Marina commodore, said the 2012 antique boat show came three years after a run of three straight shows. She attributed the break in shows to issues at the marina.
Lemanski said there are two kinds of boat owners displaying watercraft at the show.
“It depends on the type of person restoring a boat,” she said. “If a person is going for a 100-point win, they’re the trailer queens.”
The other owners, she added, are those who restore their boats to use on the water
“Most folks have thousands of hours of labor in these boats and they want to show them off,” Lewis said. “Most of these people are do-it-yourselfers.”
Along with the restored boats, several amphibious cars were expected to join the show, Lemanski said.
“Stillwater has one of the largest amphi-car groups in the United States,” she said.
While Lemanski and her husband, Joel, helped organize the show, their 1982 boat docked at the marina is not an antique, she said. Instead, it’s the couple’s home-away-from-home.
“This is our cabin. We dock it at the marina,” she said.