Classic Boat Fair

301 Bluff Road
Amagansett, New York 11930
631 324-2490

Vintage wooden sailboats and rowing boats, some decades old, will be on display and for sale Saturday July 19 at the Amagansett headquarters of the East End Classic Boat Society.
The annual Classic Boat Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. takes place on the grounds of and inside the Society’s Community Boat Shop at 301 Bluff Road where volunteers build reproductions and restore classic watercraft.
Among the boats that are up for sale include one by classic designer Joel White, a 16- foot shearwater double-ended rowboat with a lug rig for sailing, a 15-foot Six-Hour canoe, a 12-foot Bevins skiff, a Bahama dinghy and a 16-foot Old Town canoe.
Besides the boats on view outdoors, visitors can come inside to the Society’s workshop next to the Maritime Museum to view the equipment and look at the extensive restoration underway on a 1921 Herreshoff 12 ½ sloop, a boat first designed in 1914. The project includes replacing the transom and stem, putting in new ribs and refinishing floor boards, seats and spars.
Members are also at work constructing a 14-foot East End Sharpie. The sharpie a flat bottomed boat designed for rowing and sailing first built at the end of the 19th century. It was used for fishing and oystering work. “It’s a traditional waterman’s workboat for working in shoal waters off the East End and the Chesapeake,” explained Ray Hartjen, the society’s president.
Hartjen said the club, which meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday of the year and is open to anyone of any skill level and is “all about mastering the skills of traditional boat building.”
The Sharpie, when completed will be the prize of the society’s annual raffle drawing, which raises funds to pay the non-profit group’s costs.