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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show - Small-Boat Love-In

Lovingly restored small craft on display at the show. Photo by Stacey Keefer.

Are you a small-boat enthusiast? Are you Feelin' Groovy?  If so, you'll want to trailer your beloved boat(s) to Rockland for the 2017 Small-Boat Love-In, a gathering of boats under 22 feet in length, power, sail, and human-powered. You can meet other owners, see new boat models on display, show off your boat to show attendees, and learn restoration techniques — there will be ongoing exhibits all weekend.

It's easy! Just load your beloved boat (of any vintage) on its trailer, bring it to Rockland, and exhibit it for the weekend at the show. In return, you'll receive four FREE weekend passes plus a subscription to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine and other fun perks. Sponsored by Port Harbor Marine and USHarbors.

Register Your Boat HERE!

For more information or to make arrangements to bring your small boat, contact: showinfo@maineboats.com or call 800-565-4951 Can’t make it to the show? Send your favorite story about your boat (with photos) to showinfo@maineboats.com. We'll use them in our social media outreach, and give kudos to the best tales we receive.

2017 SMALL BOAT LOVE-IN (SBLI) FAQ

WHAT IS THE SBLI? A celebratory gathering of folks who love their small craft (less than 22 feet), no matter how old, new, ratty, or beautiful the boats are.

WHEN IS THE SBLI? The rendezvous will be held August 11-13, 2017 during the 15th annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show.

WHERE? On show grounds in Buoy Park off Park Drive, on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine.

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? New boats, old boats, spiffy boats, restored boats — all will be on display. You can meet other owners, show off your own boat, see the newest models, and tour the rest of the show. Awards will be given in various categories.  

HOW CAN I JOIN IN THE FUN? If you plan to bring your boat*, please click here to register (or call 1-800-565-4951). If you exhibit your boat for the weekend you will receive 4 complimentary passes to the show. Additional weekend passes are available for $15 each (free admission for kids 12 and under)  *See below for specific details about bringing your boat by road or by water.

DO I HAVE TO STAY ALL WEEKEND? Of course we’d love to have your boat on display as long as possible. We do understand that some participants can only commit to one or two days at the show, and that's fine too. However, please note that once your boat is on the show site, it must remain there for the entire day. The show officially closes at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. It takes a bit of time to clear the site of pedestrians after those hours, so you won't be able to leave show grounds for about an hour after closing time. Please plan accordingly.

HOW DO I TRAILER MY BOAT TO THE SHOW? First, please register by CLICKING HERE (or call 1-800-565-4951). Once in Rockland, come to the Park Drive show entrance (near the Rockland Police Station). Click here for maps and directions. Please be on site no later than 8:30 a.m. on the day you plan to arrive with your boat. The show officially closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday, and it takes a bit of time to clear the site of pedestrians after those hours. Please plan accordingly.

WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN? If you trailer your boat to the show, you will get four free passes good for the entire show weekend PLUS a one-year subscription to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Please stop by the Will-Call booth on show grounds to pick up your passes and sign up for your subscription if you did not do so when you registered. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

WHERE CAN I PARK? After your boat is in place, you'll find ample free parking for your tow vehicle at nearby Snow Marine Park (an easy half-mile walk from show grounds). There is also paid parking (all proceeds go to local nonprofits) at Boston Financial, right next door.  Click here for maps and parking information.

I CAN’T MAKE IT TO ROCKLAND, HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? You can still get involved! Send your favorite small-boat story and images to us at showinfo@maineboats.com We’ll post some of the best on our web site and social media sites.