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A wooden boatload of fun

Photo by Court Leve/Sierra Sun Tom Bredt, president of the Tahoe Maritime Museum, checks out the engine on one of the classic boats in the museum collection.

The Tahoe Maritime Museum will kick off of its 2006 summer season Sunday with historical boat displays, activities for children and fun for the whole family.

The museum, located along Highway 89 in Homewood, opened earlier this month. But Family Fun Day marks the first in a line of summer events the nonprofit has planned for this summer’s boating season.

Some of the museum’s impressive array of boats ” which span the years from 1890 to the recent past ” will be in the water and running. Others will be on display in the parking lot of the museum.

The Tahoe Maritime Museum, founded in 1987, has steadily grown its boat collection to become one of the top historical freshwater museums in the nation.

“In terms of original boats and original engines, I think we are one of the best,” said Tom Bredt, president of the museum.

The non-profit’s boats include a 1950s hydroplane racing boat shaped like an oblong flying saucer, one of the oldest functioning Chris-Crafts, and a 1890s hull recently rescued from the floor of Lake Tahoe.

Directors hope to replace the current museum, which is housed in an old motel in Homewood, with a new facility on the same property soon. The planned location would hold between six and seven boats, which will allow the museum to show off more of their collection at one time.

“It’s a shame to have it sitting here behind closed doors,” said Bredt, as he stood in a Truckee warehouse that is used to store the boats and motors.

The proposed museum is currently being designed, and Bredt said the initial plans have received a warm reception. The museum will be raising funds for construction and begin shepherding the plans through the governmental review process in the months ahead, he said.

Visit http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org for more information.

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