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The World’s Top Boats and the “Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat”

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For immediate release - August 03, 2010
The World’s Top Boats and the “Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat”
Exhibit at the 2010 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Top Boats in Maine
ROCKLAND, Maine: Boatbuilders from Maine and around the world have again chosen the eighth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, Maine’s only in-the-water boat show, as the place to debut their creations and display recent works. The show will be held in Rockland, August 13-15, 2010. Spectacular boats will be displayed in the water, along the show’s 2,200 feet of docks, and on land, and will be complemented by tents full of exhibitors of quality marine and home wares of all kinds. "Many New England boatbuilders choose the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show to debut their latest creations," said show founder John K. Hanson, Jr. "The 2010 show continues this trend with new sail and power boats, plus some significant restorations." From rowing craft and runabouts to poweryachts and daysailers, the vessels on display will reflect the show’s theme: "Tradition Shapes Innovation.™" This is a nod to the enduring qualities that define Maine-built products–classic, timeless designs that are durable, practical, functional, and beautiful–and to the influence of emerging technologies and innovative designs. Some boats push the innovative side of "Tradition Shapes Innovation," such as the 29' solar powered, diesel-electric launch Zogo, built by French & Webb of Belfast, and the new P-47 power catamaran Moxie, from Bremen-based Maine Cat, which has a shallow draft for shoal-water cruising and a double-cabin bridge deck design. Wilbur Yachts of Southwest Harbor will exhibit Betsy, a new Wilbur 46 that combines classic Maine lines with modern technologies such as extensive use of LED lighting. Betsy is powered in part by solar panels and a fuel cell. John Williams Boat Company of Mount Desert will show Maisie McGoo, a Stanley 38 whose owners were inspired by the Stanley that was displayed at the 2008 show. Maisie is a more spacious, stretched-out version of the Stanley 36. The brand new Back Cove 30 from Rockland-based Back Cove Yachts blends downeast lobsterboat styling with a contemporary deep-vee underbody featuring a recessed prop. New from Hunt Yachts are hardtop versions of the Surfhunter and Harrier models, allowing for extended cruising capabilities and a lengthened boating season. At the smaller end of the powerboat spectrum will be the Swedish-built Minor 25, with its snug wheelhouse and efficient cabin layout, exhibited by Connecticut-based Skarne Marine. Among the sailboats and small craft at the show will be the Presto 30 from Ryder Boats which updates the sharpie concept with unstayed carbon-fiber masts and wishbone booms for simple but highly efficient sailing. The C.W. Hood 32 daysailer combines the sweeping sheer and overhangs of early-1900s racing yachts with a modern underbody and reduced weight. The Rustler 24, based on a David Boyd six-meter design, is a shapely daysailer with a full keel and an efficient modern sail plan. This recent introduction to the U.S. will be displayed by Berthon USA/Scandinavian Yachts of Newport, Rhode Island. In the small powerboat category, Jeff’s Marine of Thomaston will display a Crowley-Beal 23 lobster-top pocket cruiser. This Calvin Beal Jr.-designed small is trailerable yet fully capable of venturing into open waters. New this year will be the "Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat" exhibit, designed to provide show-goers with an understanding of how the modern-day lobsterboat hull came to exist. This exhibit will be a collection of boats displayed on land and in the water, ranging from the earliest work boats used for inshore fishing—dories, peapods, a Friendship sloop—to motorized launches like the Hampton boat, and culminating with modern-day working and pleasure boats. "This will be a fantastic opportunity to see examples of the earliest Maine coast work-boats side-by-side and framed within a linear design continuum," said Hanson. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors is pleased to acknowledge the following sponsors and their generous support of the 2010 show. The lead show sponsor is Camden National Bank. Supporting sponsors are: Jaret & Cohn Real Estate; Meduncook Bay Colony, exclusively represented by Jaret & Cohn Real Estate; Awlgrip; and Bangor Savings Bank. For more information about the show, its exhibitors, and collaborative community 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 13 and 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $12 at the gate, under 12 free. No pets allowed on show grounds. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, "The Magazine of the Coast," is celebrating its twenty-third 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 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.
Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat display
High resolution images are available at: Media Contact: Leila Murphy or Jennifer McIntosh email: Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, 218 South Main St., Rockland, ME 04841 800-565-4951