If you have a soft spot in your heart for antique boats with polished bronze hardware and gleaming varnish you won’t want to miss the annual Master Mariners Boat Show this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tiburon’s Corinthian YC.
Dozens of vintage vessels will be on display, ranging from 23-ft Bear Boats to the Bay Area’s largest schooner, the meticulously restored 103-ft schooner Eros. You’ll be able to walk the docks and inspect them yourself, and learn about their histories from their dedicated owners.
The newly restored sloop Freda will make a special appearance — first launched in 1885, she’s the oldest operational sailing yacht on the West Coast, and perhaps in the whole country. Timothy Mullins’ 52-ft S&S yawl Legend, which is new to the Bay, will be another standout. Yet another wooden beauty that you’ll want to have a look at is Bert Damner’s Concordia Yawl Encore.
It’s all great fun, and the $10 entry fee includes a detailed program of attending boats. Profits go to the Master Mariners Benevolent Fund, which provides funding for sail training scholarships, or the teaching of skills associated with restoring traditional sailing craft. There’ll be music all day by the San Francisco Feetwarmers jazz band. Lunch and drinks will be served on the deck, with a commanding view of the Central Bay.