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.
In addition to many private entries, the Apalachicola Maritime Museum brought the L. Francis Herreshoff-designed 58-foot wooden ketch, Heritage, which took the ribbon for Best in Show among large sailing vessels. The museum also brought two classic wooden steam-powered vessels, and a group of model skiffs which were constructed by the students of Project Impact, an after-school program run through the city of Apalachicola.
Boat show winners
· Best In Show Overall: James Doherty, Oxford, Ga. for a 14’ 6” sailboat built in 2011.
· Best In Show Antique Boat: David Soule, Roseland for Carib II, a 1924 sailboat 52’ designed by Ralph Monroe.
· Best In Show Classic Boat: Charles and Lisa Savage, Fairhope Ala. for a 1946 Garwood Ensign.
· Best In Show Locally Built Boat: Gary Reynolds for a 16” Glen L design skiff built in 2012.
· Best in Show Restoration: Gerald Dake, Jacksonville for a 1947 22’ Chris Craft Odyssey.
· Best in Show Runabout: Bill Hancock, Jacksonville for a 1959 19’ Sebino from Italy.
· Best In Show Skiff: Mark Mize, Santa Rosa, 18’ a Flats Boat built in 2014.
· Best In Show Sailboat: J. Brian Bryson, Monticello for a 19’6” Sharpie Sailboat, an Ohio Pond Net Boat built in 2007.
· Best In Show Home Built Boat: Jody Walthall, Tallahassee for a home built sailing dinghy.
· Best in Show Steam Powered Boat: Apalachicola Maritime Museum, The Eagle, a 26’ vessel built of walnut, ash and mahogany.
· Best In Show Paddlecraft: Martin BenBaruch of Martin Marine Wooden Boatworks, Carrabelle for a 20’ Kayak.
· Best In Show Aluminum Classic: Bud Harris, Talbottom, Ga. for a 1949 12’ Feathercraft.
· Best In Show Fiberglass Classic: John Chille, California for a 1969 Poher sailboat.
· Best In Show Antique Motors: Ray and Steve Maloney, Tallahassee.
· Best In Show Antique Boat and Car: Cletus and Peg Heaps, Port St Joe, 1956 Studebaker Power Hawk with 1946 Thompson with a 1955 18-hp Mercury motor.
· Best In Show Antique Car: Dale Boyette, Gulf Port, Miss. for 1946 Chevrolet Truck.
· Best In Show Classic Car: Glenn and Jackie Hayes, 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk.
· Best In Show Modified Car: Dan Ostman for an Avanti.
· People’s Choice Antique Car: Earl and Sally Ice, Foley AL for a 1937 Cadillac LaSalle.
· Peoples Choice Boat: Justine Julian, Port St Joe for a 12’ 6” mini tug boat with pilot house built in 2010.