Fans bundle up for classic boat show

Justine’s Dream, a 12’ 6” mini-tugboat with pilothouse won the “People’s Choice” award for boats. Photo available for purchase

Justine’s Dream, a 12’ 6” mini-tugboat with pilothouse won the “People’s Choice” award for boats.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

Chilly weather didn’t daunt classic boat and automobile fans last Saturday.

Organizer Anita Grove said, with over 50 entries, and booths featuring local artists, this was perhaps the best turnout ever for the 16thannual Apalachicola Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Grove said there were entries from as far away as California.

One of the most popular boats, appearing for the first time in the boat show was the “Justine’s Dream,” a mini-tugboat with pilothouse created by Justin Julian of Port St. Joe for his daughter Justine.

Julian said he built the boat from scratch and it is the sixth he has constructed. He said he began work on the little red tugboat after he purchased jet skies for himself and his son. He asked daughter Justine if she wanted a jet ski and, to his surprise, she said she was more interested in tugboats.

Julian said he began searching the internet for plans and when he came on a hull design that appealed to him, he set to work. The tug took a year to construct and includes details like hand-tied rope bumpers.

In the face of chilly weather, participants bundled up and crowded local restaurants and shops.



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