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View charm of historic Canandaigua boathouses

Geoff Hutchinson said his wife laughed when she learned he bought one of the historic Canandaigua boathouses on the City Pier in 1980, four years after coming to the area.

Only at the time the boathouses weren’t so historic — that would come later, as would another key detail for owning a boathouse.

″‘You bought a boathouse but you don’t have a boat,’” Hutchinson said she told him.

The Hutchinson family still has the boathouse, five boats later. And it’s used at least once a week during the boating season.

“I call it a poor man’s cottage,” Hutchinson said. “We use it, although not quite as much as we used to because the kids aren’t around. We just love the water.”

In a rare opportunity, visitors to the City Pier will be able to tour a few of these now iconic boathouses Saturday.

An inside and outside look at the boathouses, timed to coincide with the Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show at Kershaw Park this weekend, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and marks the 50th anniversary of the Canandaigua Boathouse Owners Association.

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