Monday, July 1, 2013


The Finger Lakes Boating Museum 2013 Boating Festival will take place in a historic Cayuga Lake boat manufacturing building on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14.

The annual Festival will be at the Museum Morehouse Center on Lower Lake Road at the north end of Cayuga Lake State Park at the boat launch site.  The Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. 

Admission is free.

The Morehouse Center is the building in which Morehouse boats were built. The building houses a display of Morehouse boats, boat construction and fabrication displays and memorabilia of Finger Lakes boating. Cayuga Lake State Park is at 2678 Lower Lake Road,Seneca Falls.

The Festival will feature displays of Finger Lakes wooden boats as well as programs on boat building and safety.

The Festival will open Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. with Morehouse boats on display in the old Morehouse Boat Factory as well as boats from the Museum collection of boats made in the Finger Lakes. The Marine Services Bureau of the New York State Parks will have a boating safety display and Don Pilgrim will show Pilgrim built boats and memorabilia.

Three workshops are planned Saturday. Red Presher will conduct a Canoe Canvassing Workshop at 10:30 a.m. followed by Dennis Karalow on steam bending wood for ribs and gunwales at 11:30 a.m. and Fred Mayer on refinishing wooden boats at 1 p.m. Boat parts and supplies will be on sale both days.

The Museum Ship Store will be open both days and will have soft drinks and water available. Museum members and Admirals Club members attending should register at the Ship Store. Museum members and others are invited to bring their Finger Lakes built boats for on-shore or in-water display. More than 40 wooden boat 
manufacturers have been identified in the Finger Lakes.

The Morehouse, Museum and Pilgrim boat exhibits and the safety display will continue on Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Check the FLBM web site at for information on restoration workshops and other activities during the Festival.

Contact Bill Smith 585-739-4728 to display a boat or for any other questions about the Festival.

The Boating Museum has assembled a collection of more than 100 wooden boats built in the Finger Lakes over the past 100 years, as well as numerous related artifacts and extensive reference material. Education, restoration and preservation are the key elements of the museum.

The boating museum is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation and was chartered by the New York State Department of Education in 1997 to research, document, preserve and share the boating history of the Finger Lakes region.

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