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Classic boats presented during show Saturday in Alexandria Bay


ALEXANDRIA BAY — Historic boats had their day on the water Saturday as a part of the 35th annual Vintage Boat Show in Alexandria Bay.

About 45 boats, some from as far back as the 1920s, were docked off James Street. The event is designated as a user boat show, which means the crafts are not merely show boats.

Among the owners showing off their boats were Camille J. Tisdel and her husband, Douglas J. Reicher, on the Spindrift II, which was specially made in 1929 to be 46 feet long. The Syracuse couple has taken part in the Vintage Boat Show since 2005 with other vessels, but this year was the first for the Spindrift II, which the pair bought two years ago from a foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Since then, the two have worked together to repair the boat to get it ready to show.

“We love this show,” Ms. Tisdel said. “We love the feel; we love that these are boats used all the time.”

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the show drew visitors from around the region and from outside the state.

Frank J. Bock, a Charlotte, N.C., resident who has vacationed at Grass Point State Park for decades, said he has attended the boat show about 10 times.

“Where else can you see them, other than a museum?” he said.

Mr. Bock said he was drawn to the Kara Louise, which was made in 1954, the year he was born. “That’s old,” he joked.

Bruce R. Bidwell, Narrowsburg, said he liked the chance to network with other boat owners and get tips on maintenance.

Mr. Bidwell said he and his wife, April, have participated in the show about five times in the 12 years they have owned the cruiser Phoebe. The boat was built in 1936, and Mr. Bidwell said they have made several repairs to it in the past decade.

“Since we do the work ourselves, we get a lot of information from people,” he said.

Randy L. Fletcher, who co-chaired the event with his wife, Heidi Szonn, said the challenge for the future is getting young people excited about boats.

“It’s trying to bring the younger people into the classic boats and preserve our heritage,” Mr. Fletcher said. “We have to get more involved.”

The two said money raised during the event went to support local charities. The show was organized by the Thousand Islands Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Inc.

The event started Friday with a cocktail party at the Boldt Yacht House. Results of Saturday’s boat competition will be announced today.

Video of the boat show Saturday can be found at

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