Looking to buy a boat, motor, or some interesting nautical and camp-related antiques? Then make plans to attend the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s New England Vintage Boat Auction on Saturday, July 11th. The auction begins at 10:00 a.m., but potential bidders are encouraged to come as early as 8:00 to preview the items and register to bid.
The auction is held rain or shine under a large tent on the Museum property at 399 Center Street (Route 28/109 North) in Wolfeboro, NH. Among the items up for auction are a wide variety of boats, including vintage, classic and new wooden and fiberglass motorboats, canoes, sailboats, and kayaks.
Although boats are continuing to be added to the auction up to the deadline of July 6th, currently the auction has examples of vintage and classic Chris Crafts, GarWoods, Centurys, Elgins, Penn Yans and Speedicrafts in conditions ranging from excellent to good. All items in the auction can be viewed at the Museum’s website, http://www.nhbm.org with updates of new items occurring daily.
Among the highlights of this year’s auction are a mint condition 2015 22′ Duffy Cuddy electric launch still under warranty. For those seeking a vintage wooden motorboat there is a 16′ 1947 Garwood Ensign being auctioned. There are a number of vintage canoes in the auction including beautifully restored Old Town canoes. There is also an excellent selection of like-new kayaks, as well as an Adirondack Guideboat up for auction. And for those wishing for a newer fiberglass boat, the auction will feature a 23′ 1973 Chris Craft Lancer in excellent condition among other boats.
In addition to boats, consignments and donations on the auction block include an excellent selection of antique and vintage engines. Also being auctioned are a wide variety of rustic camp furnishings and nautical items perfect for decorating your home or camp. Other small items typically sold are antique lamps, duck decoys, mermaids, lake prints and watercolors, rustic camp furnishings and lake memorabilia. There will be something for everyone to purchase.
The auction is the Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year. All auction items are either consigned to the Museum for sale, or donated to the Museum for the express purpose of being auctioned. Proceeds from the auction go to help with the general operating support for the Museum.
Auctioneer Peter Coccoluto (NH License No. 3080) will conduct the auction again this year. Peter has worked for a variety of New England auction houses over the past 20 years. After completing his formal training at the Yankee School of Auctioneering in 1997, he began
organizing auctions of his own. For the past 8 years, he has served as assistant auctioneer to Ron
Bourgeault of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, NH and is the principal auctioneer at Landry Auctions, Essex, MA. Peter is known for his clear, congenial auctioning style as well as his consistent tendency to blaze through more than 100 lots in an hour. Auction regulars appreciate his meticulous approach and his ability to retain bidder numbers and information.
There are a number of ways to physically preview the auction items. Boats and items may be previewed the day before the auction on Friday, July 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or the morning of the auction from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Those attending the auction to bid are encouraged to pre-register to alleviate lines at check in. To pre-register you can either go to http://www.nhbm.org and look for the pre-registration link, or you may call the Museum at 569-4554. If you are unable to pre-register, we encourage bidders to come early to assist the staff with processing in a timely manner.
All proceeds benefit the New Hampshire Boat Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization, and its programs and services. For further information, call the Museum at 603-569-4554 or visit the website at http://www.nhbm.org.
The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open to the public for the 2015 season and will remain open daily through Monday, October 12, 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12noon-4pm. The Museum is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating and fresh water heritage. It is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.nhbm.org or via Facebook. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a member of the “Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail.” To learn more about the Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.