For immediate release - July 17, 2008The World's Top Boats at the 2008 MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW
August 8-10, Harbor Park, Rockland, Maine
ROCKLAND, Maine: The word "debut" takes on a whole new meaning at the 6th Annual MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW in Rockland, August 8-10, 2008. Builders from Maine and around the world have chosen this venue to roll out their newest creations. This is Maine's only in-the-water boat show, and there will be more than 70 spectacular boats in the water plus at least another 30 on land, complemented by tents full of exhibitors of quality wares of all kinds. Visitors can stroll the shore and along 2,200 feet of docks to admire more than $100 million of the world's finest boats. Click here for a complete list of exhibitors.
Three of the most exciting boats set to debut at the show this year aren't exactly new, but they promise to be show-stoppers nonetheless. French & Webb of Belfast has completely restored a trio of circa-1902 Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 30 keel/centerboard racers. All three will be on display, making their first public appearances on the docks at the show, which last year attracted 12,000 people.
"We are so excited to bring together this amazing group of boatbuilders," said John Hanson, the show's founder and publisher of Maine, Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. "Where else can you step aboard boats by the Hinckley Company, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Morris Yachts, Sabre Yachts, and John Williams Boat Company? It would take you months to visit each of these yards on your own. We are really pleased to have gathered this exceptional group for the sixth year in a row. For a lot of these builders this is the only show they attend. If you love Maine-built boats, own your own boat, or dream of having your own boat, you don't want to miss this show."
The sailboat category is showing plenty of vigor--some of the boats on display will range from the trailerable Hunter 26 from Russell Marine through the 65' Alden schooner Lion's Whelp from Portland Yacht Services. The evergreen daysailer/weekender category will include such beauties such as the Morris 42 from Morris Yachts and the Crowninshield-designed Dark Harbor 17 from Artisan Boatworks. W-Class will be bringing the 76-foot-long beauty White Wings
to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the W-Class "Spirit of Tradition" racing sailboats.
The powerboat fleet will feature the speedy new Surfhunter 25 center-console from Hunt Yachts, the fuel-efficient new 29Z from MJM Yachts, a delightfully over-the-top Eastbay 55 flybridge poweryacht at the East Coast Yacht Sales docks, the sturdy welded-aluminum Pacific 26 from Black Lab Marine that's favored by harbormasters up and down the Maine coast, and Seaway's brand-new pocket trawler, the Coastal Cruiser 25.
The ever-popular lobsteryacht category, pioneered by Maine builders and now renowned worldwide, will be represented at the show in force. Examples: the Duffy 31 from Atlantic Boat Company, one of the genre's definitive designs; the flawlessly finished and rock-solid Ellis 36; the True North 34, the latest version of the popular lobsterboat-inspired cruisers from Pearson Composites; and a strapping new 52-footer from Vicem Yachts USA. Downsized downeasters will be on hand from Redfern Boat, Pulsifer Hampton, and MacLeod Custom Boats.
Smaller craft will abound, ashore and afloat. There'll be a restored Lyman runabout from Edgecomb Boat Works; a deluxe 22-foot center-console from Grey Barn Boatworks; the sturdy, seakindly RF-246 from Rosborough Boats; a whole flotilla of workboat-tough designs from Eastern Boats; and the sleek Holby Pilot. You'll see rowing shells from Echo Rowing and Little River Marine, gorgeous wooden small craft from Florimbi Studios and the Apprenticeshop, and the Westpointer 17 from Nichols Boat Builder.
When it comes to gear, the show will include Bohndell Sails and Rigging, Gemini Marine Canvas, Hamilton Marine, Butler Marine Systems, and H&H Propeller Shop. Dealers and manufacturers of marine electronics, engines, and marine systems will also be exhibiting.
In short, everything you need for your boat will be in one place in Rockland the second weekend of August, including service yards, insurance providers, and financers. There will also be booksellers, model-makers, marine photographers, yacht designers, artists, furniture makers, jewelers, live bands, activities for the children, and great food. Don't miss the fun!
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, the premier magazine about life on the Maine coast, is celebrating its twenty-first year. Noted for its eclectic and award-winning coverage of all aspects of coastal living, the magazine covers everything from maritime matters and natural history to boats, homes, fine art, and food. Published out of nearby Camden, the magazine has loyal subscribers around the world and more than 100,000 total readers. The award-winning online edition at www.maineboats.com
is filled with original content, photo galleries, tide charts for Maine and New Hampshire, guides to products and services, and Local KnowledgeTM to help visitors enjoy the Maine coast.
Show hours: Friday and Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4. Admission $10; 2-day passes $15 per person; 3-day passes $25 person. Children under 12 admitted free of charge. No pets allowed on show grounds. For more information: Mary Carey, MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW, 207-236-8622; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, P.O. Box 758, Camden, ME 04843; 207-236-8622; 800-565-4951