Antique & Classic Boat Festival

2022 Festival

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival 2022

We know this time of year that many of you are starting to think of the boating season and of course, that includes the Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Due to numerous challenges and changes at Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove Marina, we regret that we will not be able to hold the Festival in 2022. The possibility of future Festivals elsewhere is still to be determined. We appreciate the incredible support we have received from the marina and their staff over the years and of course we have enormous gratitude to you, the festival participants and supporters.


Pat Wells Smiling

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Pat Wells, one of the founders of the Antique and Classic Boat Festival. Her love of “the grand old craft” began while growing up sailing around Boston. Later on, through various maritime related endeavors of Pat’s, this festival was born 39 years ago. She has been the guiding force of the festival since then.

For more details on the life of this extraordinary woman, please click here.

The flash of polished bronze and gleam of varnished wood across the water will be the order of the day as elegant antique and classic yachts sail into the host city of Salem, Massachusetts for the 38th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 29-30, 2020. Mostly wood, primarily private yachts and aesthetically stunning, the vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove Marina. A hallmark of the Festival is the great variety of craft exhibited. “Where else,” says Pat Wells, Coordinator, “can one see 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners and traditional hand-powered craft! Although many of these vessels are museum quality, they are real boats in the water and in use by their owners today.”

Our star from the 2016 Festival!

missasia2Miss Asia, a 1923, 62-foot Consolidated Speedway luxury commuter, “fast, smart and modern in every respect,” as Motor Boating magazine put it 1924, “these sleek and sexy power boats, capable of speeds of up to 40 mph, were popular with tycoons for zipping back and forth between their country estates and business offices in waterfront cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and New York”. (Photo courtesy of McMillan Yachts, Inc.)

To the delight of the public, some skippers sport vintage garb; others display period décor or play a few tunes. Table settings and captivating floral arrangements might be found aboard a boat. Welcome mats are in evidence and children, pets and parrots have been known to enliven the scene. Many hospitable owners invite the public aboard for a personal tour, regaling visitors with tales of their boat’s history, memorable voyages and the joys and woes of restoring their classic. A crafts fair, artists, old-time band music, children’s activities and a Blessing of the Fleet round out this popular event.

Want to hear a little more about it? Here’s the radio spot we ran the week of a previous festival –

Our Flagship Sponsors for the 2019 Festival

Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove Marina
MarineMax Russo
Massachusetts Marine Trades Association
Silent Maid
Salem Five Charitable Foundation
Salem Witch Museum
Jonathan J. Margolis
Thomas & Leslie Sullivan
WoodenBoat Publications
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.