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MB&H Show - Small-Boat Love-In

Small craft on display at the Maine Boat & Home Show.

Lovingly restored privately owned 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 2018 Small-Boat Love-In, a gathering of privately owned boats less than 22 feet long, power, sail, and human-powered. You can meet other owners, see boat models on display, show off your boat to show attendees, and tour the rest of the show.

It's easy! First, please REGISTER by clicking here. Then 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 get into the show free all weekend and you'll receive three additional FREE weekend passes plus a subscription to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Sponsored by USHarbors.com.

For more information, contact: showinfo@maineboats.com or call 800-565-4951.

2018 SMALL BOAT LOVE-IN (SBLI) FAQ

WHAT IS THE SBLI?
A celebratory gathering of folks who love their privately owned small craft (shorter than 22 feet), no matter how old, new, ratty, or beautiful the boats are. There will be all kinds of boats there. Last year, there was a focus on Corsons, so here is a fun piece done last year by Bill Green's Maine.

WHEN IS THE SBLI?
August 10-12, 2018 during the 16th annual Maine Boat & Home Show.

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

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Newer boats, older boats, spiffy boats, restored boats — all will be on display. You can meet other owners, show off your own boat to show attendees, and tour the rest of the show.  

HOW CAN I JOIN IN THE FUN?
Register Here.  If you exhibit your boat for the weekend you will get in FREE, plus receive three additional 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.

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. Also, it takes a bit of time to clear the site of pedestrians after the show closes, so you won't be able to leave show grounds right at closing time (the exit gate opens at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday). Please plan accordingly.

HOW DO I TRAILER MY BOAT TO THE SHOW? 
First, please register. Then:

ARRIVAL:
Check in: Thursday, August 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m. is the preferred check-in time.
Check in will be at the Will-Call office via the Buoy Park show entrance (near the Rockland Police Station). Click here for maps and directions. If you bring your boat Friday-Sunday mornings, plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to give you time to check in and get the boat into position.

DEPARTURE: It takes a bit of time to clear the site of pedestrians after the show closes, so you won't be able to leave show grounds right at closing time (the exit gate opens at approximately 5:30 on Friday & Saturday and 5:00 on Sunday). 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 (one for you plus three to hand out) PLUS a one-year subscription to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. When you check in at the Will-Call booth upon arrival you will receive your passes and can sign up for your subscription if you did not do so when you registered.

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 DST (formerly Boston Financial) on Water Street next door to the show. Please do NOT park on-street near the show grounds. Those spaces are best left for show attendees. Some handicapped parking on Myrtle Street next to Rite Aid.
Click here for maps and parking information.