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    Default Antique Boat show - which boat??

    So, I typically take a boat or 2 to a local (Akron OH area) Antique + Classic Boat Show - typically held in June - last years was cancelled due to pandemic, and this year it will be Sept 11

    I have taken the following boats in years past....
    1913 Morris canoe (always the oldest boat there, and a crowd pleaser)
    1923 Old Town CR canoe
    1973 Bolger / Payson 31 ft Folding Schooner (no longer have - was a trip!)
    1967 Circraft saucer boat (also a real trip and crowd pleaser - it's weird!)
    unknown age - sailing canoe - plywood

    The Show is in 2 weeks, and I am not sure what boat / boats to enter....
    I bought a 1956 Gibbs Rocket molded runabout - but due to work issues, have not had time to work on re-finishing it....
    The 1960 Norsk Nutshell (Peanut boat) also needs some serious resto work, and I will not have time to get it done before 9/11
    I could enter the 1970 Mirror dinghy I bought 2 years ago - just needs a quick clean up and re-varnishing some bits - which will not take long....
    I also have a "vintage" late 1980's Conner C-Ski 20' long surfski that was built in Hawaii....would be kind of cool to take, as it is pretty unusual!
    So....what would you take to this Boat Show?? Some pics below of various boats..
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    Default Re: Antique Boat show - which boat??

    I'd vote for the Morris & the saucer.
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    Default Re: Antique Boat show - which boat??

    If it was me I'd love to see the Mirror as I learnt to sail in one.

    That being said I agree with Garret. Go for the crowd-pleasers. After the last year or so folks could do with a bit of cheering up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I'd vote for the Morris & the saucer.
    I am leaning this way - for ease more than anything - and have taken these 2 before to the Show

    The Mirror dinghy would be fun to take as well - as there are always zero sailboats at this show, and I like to stir things up with the Chris Craft / Lyman guys who predominate

    We shall see.......

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    Default Re: Antique Boat show - which boat??

    VB: Do you have the provenance of the Morris ? My Morris project, with no name plate, once lived in Ohio, and I believe it is a Molitor from Belle Isle, Detroit. Mine has a 36 inch forward deck and a 24 inch deck aft.

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    This: is beautiful, it needs a little Persian carpet to go with it

    (A year or so ago I had a most bizarre dream about finding one of these abandoned out behind a barn and trying to restore it. But I have never even seen one!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Scheuer View Post
    VB: Do you have the provenance of the Morris ? My Morris project, with no name plate, once lived in Ohio, and I believe it is a Molitor from Belle Isle, Detroit. Mine has a 36 inch forward deck and a 24 inch deck aft.
    This Morris was originally owned by Donna Cooper - whose father - Pop Cooper - owned the Anchor Canoe Livery here in Akron - on the Ohio + Erie Canal - my Dad used to rent this canoe from Donna back in the late 40's and 50's - my parents lived in a housing project area only a mile or so away from where the livery once stood - my Dad talked Donna into selling us her canoe - in 1969 - for the sum of $85
    From what I can tell - Morris made 4 models - "A-B-C-D" - wasn't the Molitor made by Old Town?
    Some pics of the Anchor livery in Akron....
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    Some more shots of the Morris....she is indeed a beauty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBViking View Post
    From what I can tell - Morris made 4 models - "A-B-C-D" - wasn't the Molitor made by Old Town.
    This is a nice collection of pictures and history. See https://woodencanoemuseum.org/builde...ory/b-n-morris for more details about Morris. Yes, the Molitor model was made by both Morris and Old Town. See https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.ph...38/#post-88151 for more on this topic. Have fun at the show.

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    Soooo, I ended up taking my 1970 Mirror dinghy to the Boat Show last Saturday - beautiful day and I was the only sailboat there (most of the boats are Chris Crafts, Lymans etc)----lots of fun!

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    Nice! Sounds like fun.
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