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The Classic Boatshed is like a Living Museum

The Classic Boatshed welcomed  visitors from Port Macquarie Rowing Club and Wangi Mens Shed this week.

Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association welcomes men and women who are interested in building

and restoring small boats, particularly those made of timber.

We are best known as the CLASSIC BOATWORKS of Lake Macquarie

Our Association was formed in 2010 to take over the running of an annual Boatfest event held on Lake Macquarie

at Toronto.  It commenced in 1988 as "Heritage Afloat" and ran for 30 years, under a range of umbrellas,

until it was ended officially in 2018.


In 2013, the Association took out a lease on buildings at Rathmines, the ex-ablutions block and a retired electrical generator sub-station from the days of the World War 11 Catalina base, and so the Lake Macquarie Classic Boatshed was established, a place where men and women gather to work on, restore and build timber boats. In December we were awarded the Hal Harpur Award by The Wooden Boat Association NSW .











The kettle goes on in Workshop 1 around 10.15 and we welcome visitors.

From 2016, Boatfest was moved to Rathmines Park, and changed to a Boaties Picnic that re-introduced the boatie element that had been lost as the Toronto event grew and grew.  Boatfest runs in association with Lakefest, an annual event that celebrates boating-related activities on Lake Macquarie over 10 days at the end of February and the beginning of March.

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Hal Harpur was an early member of the Wooden Boat Association of NSW. The award is for the person or persons who in the past 12 months has completed a project which best contributes to the objectives of encouraging the retention of wooden boat building skills or the preservation of wooden boats or maritime artifacts.
We entered the Pittwater Scull built by Boatworks from plans and completed in 2022.

The Classic Boatshed is 
Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am

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