The East End Classic Boat Society, according to its website, has but one requirement for membership: "high regard for good marine design and an understanding of, in our throw-away society, the benefits of high-quality traditional craftsmanship."
An opportunity to view and appreciate some traditional, local craftsmanship is on hand this weekend, as the EECBS will host its annual at the Community Boat Shop in Amagansett.
The East End Classic Boat Society will display classic boats its members have built since it started nearly 15 years ago, and the non-profit has partnered with the Artists Alliance of East Hampton to organize the Maritime Art Show that will showcase nautical artwork from over 60 East End artists.
Ray Hartjen, president of EECBS, said last week that aside from boats being on display for viewing, there will be boat building and restoration demonstrations on Saturday. The demonstrations will include steambending, riveting, planing, and rope tying.
"All of the boats we have raffled over the years will be on display," said Hartjen.
This year's raffle boat will be a Swampscott dory. The raffle prize also includes a new galvanized Load Rite trailer and a pair of oars, and tickets will be on sale throughout the event.
The Maritime Art Show will be held inside the Community Boat Shop and will feature works from local artists such as Glyn Erwin of Montauk; Carol Boye of Hampton Bays; Jo Ann Corretti of Mattituck; and Eileen Dawn Skretch of Southampton to name a few Paintings and photography will be on display and the paintings will include oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, and pen and ink.
On Saturday, plein air artists will be painting the Atlantic double dunes from the boat shop deck for spectators to view.
Admission is free for this family-friendly event, handicap accessible, and will go on rain or shine. Friday's hours are from 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information call The East End Classic Boat Society at 631-324-2490.