HARVEYS LAKE — From the back, it looked like a 1950s car with its pointed tailfins and bulbous red taillights.
The 1958 H&H Watercraft runabout was one of the many unique vessels on display at the 26th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Grotto Marina at Harveys Lake on Saturday.
The 16-foot, two-toned blue fiberglass beauty’s owner, Bob Tule of Muncy, said the taillights were put on the boat because taillights on trailers typically don’t work.
“They are tied to the brakes in the car,” he said, pointing out that the lights go on when the driver of the car pulling the boat steps on the brakes.
Tules said there are only two other boats exactly like the H&H in the country, as far as he knows. One is located in the Jersey Shore area and the other near Orlando, Fla.
Sitting in the parking lot alongside the H&H was “Moonshine,” a 1924 Great Lakes 26-foot runabout.
The very rare wooden boat was brought to Harveys Lake by train in 1924 from the New York Boat Show by the Moore family and has never left. In 2014, Ralph and Carol Flowers, of Dallas, acquired the boat from the Moore estate.
The event was dedicated to Dr. William L. Nash III, who passed away in March. Nash was one of the founding members of the Harveys Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
Chapter President Joshua Bryant III pointed out three wooden barrel-back boats that were docked.
“They are some of the rarest boats,” he said. “The 19-foot was made in 1940 and the two 17-foot boats were made in 1940 and 1941. Only 425 17-foot boats were made during the three-year period from 1940-1942.”
The Harveys Lake Chapter sponsors boat parades and cruises on lakes in Northeastern Pennsylvania every summer and a boat show on Harveys Lake. The event, which featured live music from Strawberry Jam, ended with an awards buffet dinner at Grotto Restaurant.
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