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‘It’s an addiction’: Skaneateles hosts 40th Antique and Classic Boat Show

While some people seemingly fall into the art of restoring boats, for others it appears antique and classic boat restoration is in their blood.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a baby,” said Katelyn Marsden, who was showing her own first-ever restored boat — which she affectionately called her “baby” — at the Finger Lakes Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Society’s 40th annual show this weekend in Skaneateles.

Katelyn said her grandparents, Syd and Shirley Marsden, were founding members of the Finger Lakes Chapter ACBS and now the tradition is three generations deep. Her boat, a 15-foot 1958 Century, also has its own history in the chapter.

The Century was originally named Happy Days and once belonged to a former chapter member whose first name was Kay, Katelyn said. When Kay passed away and Katelyn got the boat, she named it K’s Happy Days to honor the boat’s previous owner.

The restoration process took a bit over two years, Katelyn said, but she added that the work of restoring is really never over.

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