ROCKLAND — A sure sign of summer’s advance toward autumn, the 17th annual edition of the Maine Boat & Home Show will open Friday, Aug. 9, and occupy the Rockland waterfront through Sunday, Aug. 11.
The show is the largest of its kind north of Newport, R.I., and this year, there will be more than 100 watercraft, large and small, luxurious and down-to-earth, power and sail, displayed both on land and in the water. The show will also feature activities for young and old, plus displays of art, fine furniture, jewelry and marine gear as well as local food and live music.
This year, the show features powerboats of all sorts and sizes, ranging from a 55-foot luxury cruiser to dayboats and runabouts such as the elegant wooden 22-foot Pulsifer Hampton, built by John Lentz Woodenboats, a 22-footer from Redfern Boats in Bernard, billed as “the fiberglass boat for wooden-boat lovers,” a blazing fast Pursuit Boat with triple Yamaha 300-hp outboards and one of the more unique craft on display: the 18-foot torpedo-stern runabout being shown by King Hell Boats powered by a Harley Davidson motorcycle engine and steered with motorcycle handlebars.
There will be plenty of big boats too from a number of Maine boatbuilders. New this year, Navic’s Draco 27RS is a 27-foot Norwegian-designed sport/utility powerboat with a retro flair. Also on display, the distinctive Axopar line of Finnish-designed sport boats as well as the classy MJM 40z, a jet-driven Picnic Boat 34 from Hinckley featuring state-of-the-art systems and technology.
For those who prefer sail, Classic Boat Shop from Bernard will have a Pisces 21 daysailer at the show, the Bridges Point Boat Co. will showcase the classic Joel White-designed daysailer, the Bridges Point 24. Larger sailboats include a Morris 42, from the Hinckley Co.
Special on-the-water exhibits include, on Saturday and Sunday, the oldest in-service tugboat in the United States — the Wallace Foss, built in 1897 and still working, while on Friday, visitors can tour the 59-foot diesel-electric steamship America, and learn about the builder Tom Joyal’s mission is to get veterans and their families out on the water.
In addition to the floating exhibits, the show’s organizers promise “a virtual armada” of boats — small and not so small — displayed on shore.
Gates for the 17th annual Maine Boat & Home Show open at 10 a.m. daily. Tickets are $15 — kids under 12 get in free — and are available at the gate or, as is additional information, online at maineboats.com.