The New England Vintage Boat Auction – Boats, Engines, and More!

For years, the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s New England Vintage Boat Auction has been known as one of the best auctions for acquiring or selling boats of all kinds, but especially vintage wooden boats. This year’s auction will be no exception for the breadth and quality of items up for sale. Held on Saturday, July 12, this auction is a great place for people who wish to sell or buy vintage boats, as well as nautical and camp-related antiques for the home.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. 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 wooden, vintage, classic, fiberglass, canoes, sailboats, and kayaks. Among the boats up for sale this year are vintage Chris Crafts, GarWoods, Centurys, and Lymans in conditions ranging from excellent to good. In addition, there will be plenty of used fiberglass boats, canoes, sailboats and auction boats and peoplekayaks.

Among the highlights of this year’s auction are a stupendous fully-restored 21′ Chris Craft Capri from 1955. This amazing boat is a rare beauty that anyone would be proud to own. Among the more unusual boats in the auction will be a 14′ Hooten Racer from 1927 also in excellent condition. You can preview all auction items by going to the Museum’s website,

In addition to boats, consignments and donations on the auction block include a wide variety of rustic camp furnishings and nautical items perfect for decorating your home or camp. Other small items sold are antique outboard motors, lamps, duck decoys, mirmaids, 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 auctions 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 19 years. After completing his formal training at the Yankee School of Auctioneering in 1997, he began organizing auctions of his own. For the past 7 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 12, 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 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

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open for the 2014 season through Monday, October 13, 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12noon-4pm. The Museum which is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating heritage is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall/theater building. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, or via Facebook.


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