Boats and homes to take center stage in Rockland

Aug 07, 2017
Photo by: Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

Rockland — The annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show on the Rockland waterfront will celebrate its 15th anniversary from Friday, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 13, at Harbor Park.

The show will feature about 150 boats, displayed both on land and in the water.

Leading the pack will be Dasher, the first ever Hinckley Picnic Boat to roll off the line. Featuring jet power and downeast styling, according to the news release, 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 around the country.

The show is a celebration of life on the coast, and that means several huge tents brimming with furniture, art, marine products and food. The event brings together Maine’s craftspeople: boatbuilders, furniture makers, home builders, jewelers, potters, and more. Dozens of members of the Maine Made: America’s Best program will present a selection of items, all crafted 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.

The show will also feature vintage yachts, including two restored Bunker & Ellis wooden lobster yachts. 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, showgoers 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.

New this year will be the first annual Small Boat Love-In, a 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

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 a shipping container (See related story in Arts and Entertainment).

There will also be live music, food trucks, and the return of the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials (Sunday at 10:30 a.m.) Please note, 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. The event attracts thousands of discerning attendees from all over the country and world.Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 800-565-4951.

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