Restored classic and vintage yachts will be on view at Burton Chace Park at the 30th annual gathering of Old Fashioned Day in the Park on Sunday, July 23rd. Burton Chace Park is at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Admission is free.
Organizers invite guests to “step back in time to the days of leisurely yachting in the grand style.”
A dozen or more restored wooden power yachts dating from the Roaring Twenties to mid-century “youngsters” from the early 1950s and ranging from 40 to 64 feet, will be on display. These yachts will be open for visitors to come aboard to experience a bygone era.
An accompanying array of vintage automobiles will be on display, along with a collection of vintage steam-powered equipment and other unique relics.
The annual event, co-hosted by the Classic Yacht Association and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
Centered around a few old boats moored in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, the Classic Yacht Association began in 1970 with the objective of perpetuating the care of these vintage wooden power boats. To belong to the Classic Yacht Association, a vessel must be “of good design, construction and maintenance, and be originally built prior to December 31st, 1942, and show no external alterations that distract from the designer’s original intent,” the group says.
Vessels built prior to1942 represent designs and construction methods that were unique to that era.
Construction of pleasure crafts was suspended during World War II, due to a shortage of resources. When building resumed after the war, marine architects and builders introduced new designs and utilized materials that were not available prior to the war.
The designs of post-World War II yachts are distinct, and in recognition of this newer era of wooden boat design, the Classic Yacht Association has recently opened membership to “vintage” boats built up through December 31st, 1959, with the same basic qualifying characteristics.
But most boats belonging to the association are from the 1920s and ’30s. Some were built as early as 1906. Most are in the range of 30 to 60 feet, though the longest is 131 feet. Builders and designers such as Stephens, Matthews, Lake Union, Fellows and Stewart, Chris Craft, Elco, Blanchard, Geary, Monk and Hunter are represented in the show.
The group has grown from its first 13 charter members to 500 classics now registered by the association throughout North America. While many members themselves own classic or vintage yachts, anyone with an appreciation of old boats and who enjoys the camaraderie of fellow yachtsmen is welcome as an affiliate member.
Information regarding Classic Yacht Association membership and Old Fashioned Day in the Park, (310) 578-222 or www.classic yacht.org