Presque Isle Bay Messabout
Erie’s third annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout was held on August 15-16, 2014.
The Presque Isle Bay Messabout is part of the Bayfront Maritime Center’s Small Boat Festival. The Messabout brings a variety of beautifully handcrafted traditional, contemporary, and antique boats to Erie. Vessels are on display, and many tour Presque Isle Bay on Saturday, rowing, sailing, and motoring. The Messabout includes: free camping for participants on BMC’s waterfront campus, Saturday evening buffet dinner with presentation and awards, and music.
The first Presque Isle Bay Messabout drew over 50 participants and 24 boats for this Traditional Small Craft Association event. All who attended were impressed with the fantastic natural harbor and well appointed waterfront of Erie, PA and the Bayfront Maritime Center’s waterfront campus. One comment by Steve Warfle of Honey Fall, NY, was that the Erie facilities were on par with one of the premier locations for TSCA events, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland!
2014 Messabout Awards
Traditional Design/Traditional Construction: Whaleboat “Bruce” Craig Holm & DJ Kitzel
Best Restoration: Rhodes 29 “Altair” Joe Nagle
Traditional Design/Contemporary Construction : Elgin 16 Gary Kilmer
Best in Show : Caledonia Yawl “Delight” John Shinaberger
Best Paddling Boat: Strip Canoe “Prospector” Chris Laird