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Join us at Lake Chelan on October 5th through 7th!

The 2012 Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat Show is a "on-the-water" boat show and FREE Family Friendly event featuring the Vintage Unlimited Hydroplanes from the Hydroplane And Raceboat Museum in Seattle, along with restored Vintage Inboard ‘Limited Class’ Hydroplanes, and Antique & Classic Mahogany Runabouts from the Golden Era of pleasure boating.

As many as 6 big Unlimited class hydroplanes will be attending the 2012 Mahogany & Merlot event with names like: Miss Bardahl, Miss Thriftway, Miss Wahoo & Miss Burien. These same raceboats, now restored and preserved raced on Beautiful Lake Chelan in the late 1950’s. Also showcased will be up to 20 beautifully restored smaller inboards (limited class) Hydroplanes and Racing Runabouts. While the Unlimited Hydroplanes run the WWII Aircraft Power plants, these vintage ‘limited’ class boats utilize a variety of automotive based engines.

Rounding out the 2012 Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat Show are the meticulously restored Antique & Classic Mahogany Chris-Craft’s, Century’s, Gar Wood’s and other makes from a bygone era. These gorgeous and pristine boats will line the docks along ‘Mahogany Row’ at Don Morse Park & Marina in beautiful Lake Chelan.

We'll be kicking things off on Friday, October 5th from 2-7 pm with an open house viewing of the boats and, simultaneously, a wine tasting at Firehouse 5 in downtown Manson (the tasting isn't free; 21+ yrs and older please). While in Manson, stroll down to one of the several great restaurants for dinner.

Hydro races will begin early Saturday morning, so be sure to get in on the action early! All free and open to the public all weekend long.

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