Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show to feature boats, boats, and more boats

Posted:  Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30am
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It's summertime, and it's time to go boating. If you are looking for a boat or just want to look at boats, the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show on the Rockland waterfront August 11-13 is the place to be. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the show will feature close to 150 boats, large and small, luxurious and down-to-earth, displayed both on land and in the water.

"Between all the stunning boats on the docks and on land and the Small Boat Love-In, this year's show will be especially boaty," said Show Manager Gretchen Piston Ogden, in a news release.

Leading the pack will be Dasher, the first ever Hinckley Picnic Boat to roll off the line. Featuring jet power and a classy take on downeast styling, Dasher marked a historic moment in Maine powerboat construction. The boat was recently purchased by the Hinckley Company for its collection, and will be making visits to boat shows and owner rendezvous around the country.

Located on Rockland's waterfront, the show is a celebration of life on the coast, and that means several huge tents brimming with fine furniture, great art, marine products and fabulous food. The event brings together Maine's finest craftspeople: boatbuilders, furniture makers, home builders, jewelers, potters, and more. Dozens of members of the Maine Made: America's Best program will present a wonderful selection of items, all crafted right here in Maine.

Boats making their first public appearance at the show will include the MJM 35z, a brand-new 35-footer that combines the power-to-weight ratio and twin outboards of a center console with the snug cabin and ample creature comforts of a Downeast power cruiser; the Parker 2510, featuring a Parker 25-foot hull topped with new express-style hardtop; the Sea Fox 328 Commander, a blue-water-worthy center console propelled by twin 350 outboards for a 57-mph top speed; and the Ranger Tug R27, the first example of Ranger's new outboard-powered tug yacht in the northeast. With a single 300, it reportedly can hit 42 mph at the top end, yet can deliver two mpg at cruising speeds. Also debuting at the show is the Everglades 355CC, a big-water center console with a twist — a second steering station on top of the hardtop.

DN Hylan will be showing off Scraper, a 30-footer with distinctive sweeping sheer and ultra-low freeboard: Doug Hylan's reinterpretation of a classic Chesapeake workboat.

Back Cove is bringing its Back Cove 32, a Downeast-style cruiser that offers up big-boat living space (flexible cockpit seating and a salon settee that converts to a double bed) in a handy smaller size.

Sailboats on display at the show will include Mashpee, a restored vintage Buzzards Bay 30, C.W. Hood's 32' daysailer, models from Cape Cod Shipbuillding, Classic Boatshop's Pisces 21, Maine Cat's 38-foot catamaran, a catboat from Marshall Marine, a Morris 42, and a Morris 36.

In addition to new construction, the show will feature vintage yachts, including two gorgeously restored Bunker & Ellis wooden lobsteryachts. Vera Lee, a 1973 36-footer presented by Classic Boat Shop, and Grayling, a 1954 35-footer restored by Johanson Boat Works will round out that fleet.

Other boat exhibitors include Artisan Boatworks, Block Island Maritime, Chase Small Craft, the Landing School, Lyman-Morse, Maine Yacht Center, Maritime Boats, Marshall Marine, Moose Landing, North Atlantic Inflatables, Padebco, Pendleton Yacht Yard, Port Harbor Marine, Puffin Boats, Rosborough Boats USA, Salty Boats of Maine, Yachting Solutions, and Yarmouth Boat Yard.

From the show's Demo Dock, show goers can test drive center-console boats from the likes of Southport Boats, Everglades Boats, Sea Pro, and Hunt Yachts. It's a good idea to sign up in advance with builders to make sure the boat you want is available at the time you want.

In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, event highlights will round out the affair into a destination for the entire family.

New this year will be the first annual Small Boat Love-In, a groovy gathering of small craft ranging from modern center consoles to vintage Corsons, and from birchbark canoes to Boston Whalers. The centerpiece will be a steam-powered paddle wheeler from Rockland's Sail, Power & Steam Museum. (Sponsored by Hewes & Co. and USHarbors.com).

The Icon Dock at the show will feature some of the coast's most special boats: on Friday, tour the ocean-going 74-foot-long schooner Koukla and find out what a Maine sailing adventure is all about. Saturday, the 70-foot-long Capt. Susan J. Clark, the primary navigation training vessel for Castine's Maine Maritime Academy, will be alongside the show docks. Sunday will be a Friendship Sloop Fest featuring Persistence (restored and presented by Rockland's Sail, Power, and Steam Museum), Gladiator (celebrating 50 years ownership by the same Maine family), plus other Friendships.

A special multimedia installation—IcelandX207—by Portland photographer Justin Levesque will be housed in an actual shipping container installed on show grounds. Levesque spent nine days on board an Eimskip container ship as it travelled from Portland to Iceland. He chronicled life aboard with portraits of the all-Icelandic crew and images of the revitalized and bustling International Marine Terminal in Portland. (Sponsored by Eimskip and Maine Port Authority).

There'll also be live music each day of the show (Celtic harp, jazz, a strolling brass quartet), a tastefully diverse fleet of food trucks, and the return of the show's ever-popular (and spirited) World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials (Sunday at 10:30 a.m.) to round out the show's offerings for the whole family (the dogs have been pre-chosen, no other pets allowed on show grounds).

In honor of the show's 15th anniversary, a $15 adult ticket will be good for the entire three-day weekend. (Children under 12 always get in free.)

The show was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, which is now in its 30th year. Held annually in early August on the waterfront in Rockland, the event attracts thousands of discerning attendees from all over the country and world. Admission: Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit maineboats.com/boatshow or call 800-565-4951.

The show appreciates the support of its sponsors: Awlgrip/Interlux, Bangor Savings Bank, Bell's Furry Friends Photography, Epifanes, Hewes & Company, LCI Fiber Optic Networks, Loyal Biscuit, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, Maine Made: America's Best, and USHarbors. The support of the City of Rockland, the Rockland Main Street program, and the West Bay Rotary of Camden are also much appreciated.

*Please note: For the safety and enjoyment of all, no pets are allowed on show grounds (except bona fide service animals) and no baby strollers are allowed on the docks. Thanks for your consideration.

Event Dates: 
Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:00am
Sun, 08/13/2017 - 10:00am