Maine Boatbuilders Show | A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boatbuilders on the East Coast
Maine Boatbuilders Show | A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boatbuilders on the East Coast
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    2021 Maine Boatbuilders Show

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    Portland Maine

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    Boatbuilders

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    Marine Service Providers

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    Marine Products

The Maine Boatbuilders Show Is moving back to the Portland Waterfront in 2021!

A deep respect and passion for boats, the Maine's Ocean Economy, and quality of life. So.. we like boats more than we have good sense and want everyone to share that passion.

Every March at the equinox, since 1987, the Maine Boatbuilders Show has been on the minds and calendars of the marine industry in New England. Portland Yacht Services opened its doors to those who found the art and craft of messing around in boats a consuming passion. We have been tangled up by moving and didn't have the facility to host the Show in Portland. We have built a beautiful new campus. The Pandemic Pause has ruled out the March 2021 date, but has offered the opportunity to bring the Show back home this summer without giving up the March 2022 date at the Portland Sports Complex. The same only different, we have always wanted to celebrate with an “on land and in the water “ event. This desire spawned the Small Craft Celebration, which included the opportunity for builders to demonstrate boats for clubs to give sailing demonstrations, rowing races all visible from our seawall. Instead of two events, we will combine elements of both in July 2021.

To ensure that there are a significant number of exhibitors, any exhibitor that paid a deposit for the 2020 Maine Boatbuilders Show will have the space they signed up for applied to the new 2021 event date. To assist with the advertising of the new venue date we will need you to fill out the enclosed contract and describe what you will be bringing or exhibiting.

The date we have chosen for the Show is the weekend of July 23, after our launching period when our space and resources are available. We have considered the established summer events up and down the coast. The timing fits into our interest to support and attend these events. There is a glimmer of hope that the spirit of celebration will spawn other Portland events, and the significance will grow. We will have boats both in the water and on the land. Some of our storage buildings will be available for displays. We want to focus on the next generation. 35% of the families in Maine have a registered boat. The next generation of our industry has grown up on the water. They will make career choices and there is an exciting and enjoyable career available in the Ocean Economy.

Because passion attracts passion and the quality of the exhibitors is so high, our shows have been a meeting place of highly knowledgeable attendees. We will continue to foster the younger generation's passion, as they grow up before our eyes, by offering clear career paths and encouragement to sharp youngsters developing their brains and hand-eye skills. We hope to have some of the most genius boats to the simple rowing/sailing punts.

Please take a look at your calendar, and sign up for 2021. All monies received for MBBS 2020 will be applied to July 2021. As long as one can row ( well , boat) from Christmas Cove to East Booth Bay faster than one can drive a car, the marine industry will be well represented and provide a very safe career opportunity for the next generations.

Joanna & Phin Sprague Jr

 

2021 Boat Show Dates
July 23rd, 24th and 25th 2021

Location: 100 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04102

A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

  • "The word on the waterfront was that this show was different, and it sure was...the exhibits were real boats, and the parts for real boats. and service for real people, and the folks in attendance were real boat enthusiasts."
    Peter Spectre: WoodenBoat Magazine

  • "It is more than a boatshow. It is a gathering of builders and customers. You could spend time with colleagues or customers. We all learn something."
    Dick Pulsifer: Boatbuilder

News:

 
View our 2021 Brochure/Show Layout: Coming Soon
 

View the 2014 show!

Admission is $15.00 per day at the door. Children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free.

Don't FORGET our Exhibitors Party on FRIDAY night to celebrate our 33rd year!

We want to thank Norway Savings Bank for Proudly SPONSORING Boatbuilding in Maine.

Don't forget the Maine Maritime Academy Alumnae Auction all three days.

To donate contact Martha Page: (207) 807-7300 - marthapage@kw.com
All proceeds fund Maine Maritime Academy programs.

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Volunteer at The Show!

Help us at the Doors of the Show for 4 hours and earn Free Show Admission and a Volunteer T-Shirt!

Please go to the Maine Boatbuilders Show Volunteer SignUp Page. You will find days, times and descriptions there.

Click Here to Opt-In to the Maine Boatbuilders Show Volunteer News.

Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry Ratigan: volunteercoordinator207@gmail.com

Produced by: Portland Yacht Services (207) 774-1067

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