Welcome to the Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association

Our Association welcomes men and women who are interested in building and restoring small boats, particularly those made of timber.

Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association was formed in 2010 to take over the running of an annual Boatfest event that commenced in 1988 as "Heritage Afloat". Boatfest, from 2016, will run as a Boaties Picnic at Rathmines Park in association with Lakefest.

In 2013, the Association took out a lease on buildings at Rathmines and started the Lake Macquarie Classic Boatshed, a place where men and women gather to work on, restore and build timber boats.

The kettle goes on around 10.15 and we welcome visitors.


St Ayles Skiff
St Ayles Skiff Launch

Boatfest 2019

Sunday 24th February
Rathmines Memorial Park
11am to 3pm
Bring along your own picnic or buy a sausage sandwich

Lakefest 2019

Saturday 16th February - Sunday 3rd March
Members of the Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association
will be rowing the St Ayles Skiff from Rathmines to the Royal Motor Yacht Club on Saturday 3rd March ending with a BBQ lunch at the club, followed by a row from the Yacht Club to Speers Point on Sunday 4th March to join the Paddlefest activities.

Historic 10ft Skiffs: Classic Dinghies

Boatshed Open to the Public


Tuesday 8am - 2pm
Thursday 8am - 2pm

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Boat BIts Bonanza


Saturday February 16 - Sunday March 3


Sunday February 24
Rathmines Park