While the newest in fiberglass and aluminum boats will take center stage at this year’s Progressive Cleveland Boat Show, boating history buffs won’t be disappointed in the oldies but “woodies” that will make up two special nostalgia exhibits.

Boats from the past bearing famous names like Lyman, Penn Yan, Cruisers and Chris Craft will be included in exhibits being presented by the Lyman Life brands and Lyman Boat Works, as well as the North Coast Ohio Antique & Classic Boat Society.

Lyman is an iconic American legacy brand initiated in 1875 and once built in Sandusky, is still revered by current owners of these wooden lapstrake “Clinker-Built” craft specially designed to handle Lake Erie’s notorious short chop. There are still hundreds plying the waters each summer.

A special Lyman historical display created by Lyman Boat Works will examine the brand’s rich history, walk visitors through the processes once used to build Lymans, and include daily live seminars by owners Tom and son Ryan Koroknay. The “vintage themed” exhibit will include historic photos from the Lyman archives that were never published in the book “Lyman Boats – Legend of the Lakes.”

Moreover, in keeping with today’s craft beer craze, a new Lyman Boat Beer will be served at the boat show for the first time. Brewed by Ohio’s Sibling Revelry Brewing Company, it’s an extension of Lyman Life, a lifestyle brand that features select merchandise sold online and at high-end retailers. Lyman Life will also have a big display that will include an 18-foot Lyman. 

Speaking of classic “woodies,” the Antique and Classic Boat Society exhibit seems certain to take boomers back to their childhood boating days with the oldest boat on display dating back more than 60 years! It’s the Chris Craft Sportsman 17 built in 1955 and still as seaworthy as ever.

More antiques this year will include a restored 1959 Penn Yan, a 1962 Cruisers, Inc, and the once very popular Chris Craft Super Sport. In addition, a selection of antique outboard motors will be on display while members of the society talk to visitors about the history of each boat.

The Antique Society has been among the most popular exhibitors in the boat show for more than 45 consecutive years.

For a list of all show features, go to: www.clevelandboatshow.com

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