Restored classic and vintage yachts will be on display at the 31st annual Old Fashioned Day in the Park at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey Sunday, July 22nd.
Co-hosted by the Classic Yacht Association and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, the event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
A new addition this year will be Sobre Las Olas, or “Over the Waves” in English, a 105-foot fantail commissioned by J. Paul Getty and launched in 1929.
A dozen restored wooden power yachts spanning four decades will be open for visitors to come aboard during the event.
“The event is free, and we love to share our passion for these unique American treasures,” said Marina del Rey resident Christine Rohde, commodore of the Southern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association.
Also on display will be an array of vintage automobiles, along with vintage steam-powered equipment and other displays.
Centered around a few old boats moored in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, the Classic Yacht Association began in 1970 with the objective to perpetuate the care of these vintage wooden powerboats.
To be in the association, vessels must be of good design, construction and maintenance, originally built prior to December 31st, 1942, and show no external alterations that distract from the designer’s original intent. Vessels built prior to 1942 represent designs and construction methods that were unique to that era, the yacht association said.
Construction of pleasure craft was suspended during World War II, and when building resumed after the war, marine architects and builders introduced new designs and utilized materials that were not available prior to the war, according to the yacht association.
The yacht association said those designs are distinct, and in recognition of this newer era of wooden boat design, the association has opened membership this year to “vintage” boats built through December 31st, 1959, with the same basic qualifying characteristics.
The boats are generally from the 1920s and 1930s, although some are from as far back as 1906. Most are in the range of 30 to 60 feet in length, however there are many runabouts and ships up to 131 feet by builders and designers, such as Stephens, Matthews, Lake Union, Fellows and Stewart, Chris Craft, Elco, Blanchard, Geary, Monk and Hunter.
The Classic Yacht Association has grown from its first 13 charter members to more than 500 classics currently registered by the association throughout North America. While many members own classic or vintage yachts, anyone is welcome as an affiliate member.
Information regarding Classic Yacht Association membership, www.classicyacht.org/, or Christine Rohde, Southern California fleet commodore, (310) 578-8222.