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Press Release: World's Top Boats at MBH&H Show

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For immediate release - June 11, 2009
The World's Top Boats at the 2009 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
August 7-9, 2009 Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine: Boatbuilders from Maine and around the world have chosen the seventh annual MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW in Rockland, August 7-9, 2009, as the spot to debut their creations. This is Maine’s only in-the-water boat show. Spectacular boats are displayed along 2,200 feet of docks in the water as well as on land, and are complemented by tents full of exhibitors of quality marine and home wares of all kinds. The show’s theme: “Tradition Shapes Innovation™” provides a lens through which to consider the enduring qualities of Maine-built products—classic, timeless designs that are durable, practical, functional, and beautiful—and the influence of emerging technologies and innovative designs. These principles are beautifully reflected in the boats on display, from rowing craft and runabouts to poweryachts and daysailers. The mix of traditional design and innovative thinking will be reflected in boats on display that were built by Rockland’s Apprenticeshop. A pair of 28’ open rowing/sailing wooden boats, known around the shop as “the twins,” feature traditional lines, but are rigged with lightweight carbon fiber spars, three positions for stepping the mast, and three daggerboard slots. Time, a 22’ Blue Moon wooden yawl will also be on display. Newly launched powerboats scheduled to be at the show include the Back Cove 37, a single-engine diesel hardtop express, and the largest design from Back Cove Yachts to date; a Grand Banks 41 flybridge trawler, the first on the East Coast; the Hunt 52, the latest poweryacht from Hunt Yachts, with a single-level deck and interior layout and a mechanized dinghy garage at the transom; the Pierce 31 Jet Rumrunner, an aluminum center console with teak woodwork from Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding; hull no. 6 of the MJM 40z, a shallow-draft downeast-style powerboat; a Sabre 40 with Zeus drives; the new West Bay 37 from West Bay Boats, a downeast-style lobster cruiser with a semi-built-down hull, based on designer Mark Fitzgerald’s refinements of Spencer Lincoln’s original lines; and a customized Stanley 38 from John Williams Boat Company with a molded fiberglass hull and a style that combines the company’s signature traditional look with the owner’s background in fine furniture design. The 26’ Banks Cove Power Cat, a twin outboard catamaran built by Charlie Pingree of North Haven and launched in 2006, will also be at the show. Among sailboats and small craft on display will be a full-keel version of Herreshoff’s Buzzards Bay 15 from Artisan Boatworks, which blends modern innovation with historically accurate details; hull no 1. of the Morris Yachts M29, a trailerable sailboat with tiller, designed for single-handed sailing and featuring single-handed spinnaker launching capability; the 36’ Island Packet Estero from Pierce Yacht Company; the 52’ sloop Fairweather, launched in 2004 by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding; and a wooden Whitehall rowing craft from Shaw & Tenney, with sliding seat or sailing options. For a complete list of all exhibitors and events, visit The MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Held annually during the second weekend of August in Rockland, Maine, the show attracts thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. Show hours: Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, August 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate, under 12 free. No pets allowed on show grounds. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, the premier magazine about life on the Maine coast, is celebrating its twenty-second year. Noted for eclectic 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. The magazine has loyal subscribers around the world and more than 100,000 total readers. The company's award-winning online edition at is filled with original content, photo galleries, tide charts for Maine and New Hampshire, guides to products and services, and Local Knowledge™ to help visitors enjoy the Maine coast. Media Contact: Leila Murphy or Jennifer McIntosh email: Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors P.O. Box 758, Camden, ME 04843 207-236-8622; 800-565-4951. High resolution images are available for download at: