Boatfest 2023 was best ever
Now to plan Boatfest 2024
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February
save the days
Boat Bits Bonanza Sunday 11th February 2024
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.