Iconic Maine Boatbuilders Show Marks Arrival of Another Spring

PORTLAND — It’s time for another rite of spring in Maine. It’s time for another edition of the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland.

Founded in 1988, the show is now in its 22nd year. As it has for most of its life, the show will be held on the premises of the Portland Co., at 58 Fore St., home to Portland Yacht Services. It opens Friday, March 20, and runs through Sunday, March 22.

A favorite among members of the marine industry, the Maine Boatbuilders Show regularly attracts some 200 exhibitors. Nowadays, they come not just from Maine but from throughout the United States and Maritime Canada.

Exhibitors included not just boatbuilders, but representatives of nearly all trades of interest to recreational boaters. Electronics dealers and marine insurance brokers, canvas makers and founders of bronze marine hardware, custom knife makers and publishers of books and magazines all congregate at the show offering their wares and advice to show goers.

The show also offers a good chance to talk directly to someone who actually designs or works on the boats companies. Boatbuilders who exhibit at the show range from renowned to people just getting started.

As usual, Hancock County will be well represented at the show. Scheduled to attend are large companies such as Hinckley and Morris, smaller shops such as Brion Rieff’s, as well as several other small to moderate size boatbuilders.

The show will also play host to a number of seminars. During the three-day event, experts will offer real, useful advice in topics as wide ranging as marine surveying, how to deal with a medical emergency at sea when there is no doctor handy and the design and use of mechanical stabilizing systems.

Admission is $15 per day at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Portland Yacht Services at (207) 774-1067 or visit www.portlandcompany.com on the Web.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]