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

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 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! Registration will open in the spring of 2018. 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 Hewes & Company and

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


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

WHEN IS THE SBLI? The love-in will be held August 10-12, 2018 during the 16th 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 to show attendees, and tour the rest of the show. Awards will be given in various categories.  

HOW CAN I JOIN IN THE FUN? Registration will open in the spring of 2018. 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. 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?  Register (registration will open in the spring), then come to the Buoy Park 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. Departure: 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 (one for you plus three to hand out) 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.

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 We’ll post some of the best on our web site and social media sites.