If you’re a boating fan – whether that means sailboats or powerboats to you, canoes or kayaks – you won’t want to miss the 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show. A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom builders on the East Coast, it’s been described as wall-to-wall eye candy for those who loves boats.
The 2015 Maine Boatbuilders Show, scheduled for the weekend of March 20th, is the 27th annual return of this popular event to Portland; a gathering that is described as a celebration by the boating community and has a reputation for being unique among boating events. Of the 200+ companies that exhibit their products at the show, many only attend one or two other shows a year, making this exhibition that much more of an event.
The annual Maine Boatbuilders Show draws people from all across the region – Maine, Canada, New England, and more – with a fabulous array of traditionally built boats and those featuring the latest in cutting-edge technology. This is the enduring appeal of the show: the broad range it covers and the wide audience that it attracts.
And it’s not just boats but also boating accessories – paints, batteries, steering systems, lights and electronics, sails, gear, you name it. Equipment manufacturers come with their technicians, real, hands-on boat builders, too, offering boat owners a rare opportunity to learn about current technologies, maintaining and updating their boats, and getting specific, even arcane, questions answered.
This year’s Maine Boatbuilders Show will feature a number of innovative products and ideas such as variable pitch folding propellers, electrical propulsion systems, and even oil eating microbes.
Beyond boats and boating products, there will also be a free lecture series on boat ownership as well as an accredited series for more knowledgeable boaters, offering continuing education credits for the National Association of Marine Surveyors. Maine Vocational High schools will be holding an engine diagnosis competition on Saturday, and the Maine Maritime Academy Alumnae will host the Maritime Flea Market for all three days of the show.
Don’t miss it!
The Maine Boatbuilders Show 2015
Maine Boatbuilders Show Lodging
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