Boats Come from All Over to Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club

Overcast skies and intermittent mist greeted the antique boat show at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club on Saturday, June 23 – but boat owners and visitors were undeterred.

Most of the boats are wooden, though a few early fiberglass models qualify as antiques. The Boston Whalers combine a fiberglass body with mahogany seats.

Some of the antique boats on display at the yacht club. (Photo: Jane Primerano)

Vendors on the yacht club lawn sold mostly boat accessories or craft items with a nautical theme. Inside the clubhouse, Boy Scouts demonstrated knot tying and the club auxiliary sold items and ran a silent auction.

Tom Gibbons of Bloomingdale told the not-very-long story of his boat Long Story, a 1957 Shepherd wooden vessel he has owned for 35 years. He fully restored it twice.

Tom Gibbons’s boat, which has a not-very-long story attached. (Photo: Jane Primerano)

Genie Wiss uses her 1958 Lyman to shoot over to the yacht club from her nearby house. She watches her husband, Tom, as he races his sailboat, or she might take their grandchildren for a ride or join friends at the club for lunch. “It’s a mom’s boat,” said Wiss. “I’d been looking for a small boat for a long time.” She bought it from a man who restored it and had it two years, but never took it into the water.

Genie Wiss’s boat with the yacht club in the background. (Photo: Jane Primerano)

One of the more interesting boats in the show was Happy Days, a pink 1958 Century that gives off a rock and roll vibe like a ’57 Chevy. Katelin Marsden and her father restored the boat, which she has owned for three years.

Katelin Marsden in her boat, Happy Days, with ’50s-themed cushions made by her aunt. (Photo: Jane Primerano)

Other vessels on display included big Chris-Crafts and a restored Boston Whaler.

At the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum table, Marty and Laurie Kane sold copies of Jacob’s War, a historical novel about the Revolutionary War by Alex Perriello. He is selling it to benefit Easter Seals Military and Veteran Services.

Marty Kane tells lake stories from the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum table at the yacht club. (Photo: Jane Primerano)
Alex Perriello takes a break from selling his book to eat some ice cream. (Photo: Jane Primerano)

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