The Maine Boatbuilders Show
Portland, ME - During the 27th “Gathering of the Clan” Maine and New England’s boat building industry and community of boaters will be in the spotlight on March 20, 21, 22, 2015 in Portland, Maine. This gathering, which has been described as a celebration by the boating community, has the reputation for being unique among boating events. As much goes on in the isles as in the booths and at this show the builders and “doers” walk the floors and man the booths. Many of the 200 companies that exhibit their products at this show only exhibit at one or two other shows a year.
The show gathers boating community from Maine, Canada and New England and on display is everything from small rowing boats to power boats and sail boats of every size. Traditionally built boats show well along side the latest in cutting edge composite technology. Boat building is Maine’s 3rd largest employer in the manufacturing sector.
The enduring appeal of the show comes from the wide audience that is attracted. Phin Sprague the founder/owner and a boatbuilder himself says that “The boats are spectacular. Well conceived by boaters for boaters and the quality of the boats increases every year. Our finest boatbuilders will be here and the grace of their boats and craftsman ship ranks them among the finest in the world. They offer quality and value for those who know what they want.” Over 70 customs to semi custom boats will be on display and in addition many of the builders that attend produce boats too big to fit in the building. This is wall-to-wall eye candy for those who love boats.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) bring their technical people to exhibit at the show, the builders themselves learn about, choose and discuss the products and this makes the show an exceptional venue for boat owners to come with specific questions and to learn more about changes in technology, maintaining and updating their boats. This year a number of important innovations will be at the show and highlighted. They range from electrical propulsion systems to variable pitch folding propellers to oil eating microbes. “The people that MAKE and distribute the paints, batteries steering systems lights and electronics are here and are happy to speak in depth about their product and your boat.” says Sprague.
With the brain trust that is attracted to the show there is often animated discussions and as much going on in the isles as in the booths. Friends make the show an annual pilgrimage. The fact that it is a gathering point and a celebration has attracted national organizations. The Maine Maritime Academy Alumnae will hold a Maritime Flea Market all three days in Bld #11. Lectures on Friday are for knowledgeable boaters and offered as continuing education credits for the National Association of Marine Surveyors. To celebrate the next generation, for the THIRD year, there will be an engine diagnosis competition between the Maine Vocational High schools 10-12 Saturday.
The show is expected to draw around 10,000 people at the Portland Company Marine Complex, located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, Maine. Admission is $15 per day at the door or ON LINE tickets are available. A free lecture series about many aspects of boat ownership will be presented at the show. Children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free. It is open to the public and will run from 10am to 6 pm on Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday March 22nd.
To learn more about the 28th Maine Boat builders Show go to www.portlandcompany.com/boatshow