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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic back at Tahoe Keys Marina

Wooden boats will be on display at the South Shore this weekend.
Courtesy of South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic |

Dozens of classic, wooden boats will be on display at the Tahoe Keys Marina this weekend.

The 8th annual South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic will highlight the 1950s and finned vintage boats as part of this year’s theme. More than 50 wooden boats are expected to be displayed at this year’s show.

“Boats manufactured in the 1950s and any boats with fins, which are not exclusive to the 1950s as many first generation fiberglass boats as well as some metal race boats had fins, will be featured,” according to organizers. “These beauties will be joined by all classic, vintage or antique boats.”



Jess Horning with Liquid Blue Events said between 3,500 and 4,500 people attend the Wooden Boat Classic every year.

“It’s a cool sight to see and every year we do something different as to what boat we feature.”



Horning called the 1950s a change in how boats were designed with widespread use of fiberglass.

“The ’50s is when the fiberglass boats were introduced,” Horning said. “Boats were getting really unique in designs. While the front was classic, in the back they had different types of fins, like a shark style.”

Another icon of the 1950s — Elvis Presley — will get his due at this weekend’s show.

Elvis would have turned 80 this year, and there will be Elvis-themed festivities during the festivities, which include wine, food, vendors and live music. For an additional $15, attendees can also sample more than 30 craft beers in the show’s Beer Village.

The show also will celebrate the 75th year of George Whittell Jr.’s Hacker Craft Commuter, The Thunderbird.

Produced by the Antique and Classic Boat Society Northern CA/Lake Tahoe chapter, the show features boats originally owned by prominent Lake Tahoe families who played a significant part in Tahoe’s rich maritime history. The mission of the organization is to bring together people with a common interest in historic, antique and classic boats for the purpose of sharing information, experiences and ideas.

“The whole purpose is to educate people on the historic significance of wooden boats,” Horning said. “It’s a museum on water.”

He added that the Antique and Classic Boat Society donates funds raised at the event to local and regional nonprofits.

The show’s awards presentation will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at Sugar Pine Point State Park.


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