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Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

July 27 - July 28

Join us for the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous, a dazzling display of high-quality antique and classic vessels including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. An award-competition recognizes excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship. Approximate 35 classic vessels create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

Sunday afternoon, the vessels make their way down the Mystic River in a jubilant, three-mile parade.

This year, we honor vessels designed by Elco, founded in 1893 as the Electric Launch Company. In its years of boatbuilding, Elco produced more than 3,000 pleasure boats and more than 1,500 military vessels, including 399 PT boats during World War II. Today, the Elco legacy continues with the company building launches and motors with quiet beauty and sound innovation. Valentine, hull number 1 of the 50’ Cruisette, built in Bayonne, NJ in 1929, is the featured boat. She is currently cared for in Essex, CT.

Photo courtesy of Jody Dole.