Narooma Boats Afloat 2017 grand parade

A record fleet of 60 traditional boats of all shapes and sizes made the 2017 Narooma Boats Afloat Festival a big success.

Boats Afloat committee president Graham Peachey said the boats came from across NSW, ACT and Victoria to enjoy the camaraderie and Wagonga Inlet scenery.

It was the biggest fleet yet for the 12th annual festival of traditional boats of all sizes and ages. The weather for the grand parade along the boardwalk on Sunday morning was perfect and calm.

“There were a lot of friends and catching up with people," Mr Peachey said. “The town of Narooma did us proud with lots of people waving from the shore.”

Saturday saw a morning cruise and ‘Navigator’s Challenge’ around the inlet.  The Navigator’s Challenge tested the skills of the participants requiring them to locate and comment on various points of interest in the inlet.

It was also the fourth Montague Arts and Crafts Society art exhibition at the Narooma Marina all weekend.

The marina was also the hub of activity for the boaters with ‘Jazz on the Water’ with the well-known band Rags to Riches on Saturday and then the presentation on Sunday afternoon. 

The festival attracted visiting steam boats with their unique whistles, as well as the classic putt-putt sounds of Blaxland engines, Stuart Turners, Simplexes as well as a variety of diesels, sail boats and rowing boats. Many were electric powered as well.

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