Boat Judging

A time-honoured tradition at wooden boat festivals everywhere, all boats on display (both ashore and in the water) are eligible to be judged and win prizes. Our judges will carefully examine each boat for things such as how close to original it is, the quality of the finish and how well it has been restored/maintained.

Boats eligible to be inspected and considered for awards by the judging committee include:

  • all boats, power and sail, registered for the Festival;
  • all boats in the static display;
  • small boats not registered for the Festival or in the static display but available for inspection ashore or afloat
  • only boats which have been registered with the Festival Coordinator by 12:00 noon Friday Aug 2/07 will be considered for awards.
Judges will be looking for the best in categories such as:
  • Classic Sail - traditional sailboat of classic design
  • Bristol Sail - best maintained sailboat
  • Classic Power - traditional power boat of classic design
  • Bristol Power - best maintained power boat
  • Best Work Boat - boat designed and built for commercial use
  • Best Runabout - small, powered boat
  • Best Pulling Boat - open boat, propelled by oars
Awards will also be give for Most Innovative, Oldest Boat, Furthest Travelled, Honourable Mention and Best of Festival. And, of course, one boat will walk away with the People's Choice Award

The winners will receive a plaque and a Classic Boat Festival pennant at th awards presentation on the main stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

We are proud to have two very experienced and knowledgeable judges this year.

Chip Dickison has been paddling, rowing, sailing, power boating and generally mucking about in various boats and boat yards since he was a wee lad. Chip started working in the marine industry full time in 1973 and has since worked all over New England and Atlantic Canada. Chip is now serving as the Training and Certification Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association.

Pat Phelan, P Eng, MBA built his first boat when he was about 12. Pat spent some time after university in the mining industry before coming back to his boat building roots for ten years with Superport Marine in Port Hawkesbury, NS. While there, he helped build aluminium and steel commercial and pleasure craft. Pat has always been an avid sailor and boater and spent the last two winters aboard his Nonsuch Keltic Kat in southern climes.

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