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37th Antique Boat Show in Clayton

The hot sun and blue skies of recent weeks may not be welcome sights for farmers and gardeners, but they're perfect for area boaters. Last weekend's weather provided a glistening backdrop for the 37th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction in Clayton. Thousands of people came to gawk at slip after slip of antique skiffs, launches, and classic runabouts. David Sommerstein joined them and has this report.
Listen (Real 4:16)

Tony Mollica, founder of the Gar Wood Society, describes some of the boats on display made by the Gar Wood Company, recognized as being among the finest builders of the era. Listen (Real 0:46)

Left: We Three owner W.D. Shelly (pictured center) talks about his classic Gar Wood boat. Listen (Real 0:38)

Antique Boat Museum curator Rebecca Hopfinger, wearing sunglasses, explains the classic "lap strake" construction typical of boats made for the St. Lawrence River. Listen (Real 1:16)

Some of the boats at the Antique Boat Show are a little more modest. Pam Watson, Cape Vincent, recalls her first boatbuilding project, the extra-light canoe Emily, a reproduction of a classic Rushton model Wee Lassie. Listen (Real 2:25)

Mike Thompson, Toronto, with his boat, Thunder. Thompson talks about Thunder and fires the powerful engine for which she was named. Listen (Real 1:57)

Antique Boat Museum co-founder Bob Cox, Clayton, with his boat Garform. Cox tells the history of this pioneering fiberglass design. Listen (Real 1:27)

Visit the Antique Boat Museum Web site.