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Save the Dates! 15th Annual Boat Show

Monday, May 15th 2017

ROCKLAND, MAINE - Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Inc., announced today that its 15th annual boat and home show will be held August 11-13 in Rockland, Maine. This three-day celebration of Maine’s coastal culture will reflect the focus of the award-winning magazine, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors (MBH&H), published in mid-coast Maine since 1987.

“We like to call our show a live version of the magazine,” said MBH&H Publisher John Hanson, “and this is a very special year for us. It’s the 30th anniversary of the magazine and 15th of the show. We started the event in 2003 because the coast of Maine is long and we wanted to gather everyone together in one place: buyers and sellers, makers and designers, visitors and Mainers, thinkers and creators.”

The largest in-the-water boat show north of Newport, the 2017 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will also be the only boat show to feature dozens of Maine’s most talented artisans, furniture makers, architects, and builders combined on one spectacular waterfront site.

The show will feature boats in the water, boats on land, marine gear vendors, arts, architecture, live music, delicious food, and tents filled with wonderful creations from near and far—all the essential components for living the good life on the coast of Maine.

Fun family activities will include the Kids Marine Experience Park, a gathering of food trucks, and the annual lighthearted World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (see maineboats.com for entry information).

Special Events: In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, several event highlights are already in place. These special happenings have been designed to bring an even broader audience to this annual gathering of thousands of people who want to revel in the rich combination of the very best of coastal Maine that the show offers.

Small Boat Love-In: Feelin' groovy? Bring your own boat to the show Come tell the world about the big joys of small boats. Clean up that boat that makes you smile, then trailer it to Rockland for our new Small Boat Love-In. Bring them on: Classic runabouts, ice boats, Boston Whalers, antique canoes, elegant rowing shells, or boats you’ve built yourself—whatever floats your soul.

Power-Up!: The latest in electric technology for boats, homes, bikes, and cars Come see (and try out) the state-of-the-art in silent-power marine engines, inspect the newest in off-the-grid solar generation, and catch up on the latest thinking in sustainable living at home. Check out some of the hottest new electric bikes and cars, too. This year, we will feature the U.S. debut of the Cordless Canoe Challenge—how fast can you go on the water propelled only by battery-powered hand tools?

Icon Boats on the Maine Dock: Visit famous vessels that Make Maine Work
Blackjack comes back: The oldest surviving Wilbur Morse-built Friendship sloop will be unveiled after a lavish multi-year restoration at Rockland’s Sail, Power, and Steam Museum.
Capt. Susan J. Clark, a classroom to many: This 70-foot crew boat serves as the primary navigation training vessel for Maine Maritime Academy. Each student station includes a full Furuno navigation package.

Show Details: The show was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Held annually in early August on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine, the event attracts thousands of discerning attendees from all over the country and world. The 2017 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will be held August 11-13. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily, no pets allowed on show grounds. Tickets are $15/adult and good all weekend; children under age 12 always get in free. Hours are Friday, August 11, 10-5.; Saturday, August 12, 10-5.; and Sunday, August 13, 10-4.

Tickets available online: maineboats.com/boatshow/visitors/tickets , by phone: 800-565-4951, or by email: showinfo@maineboats.com. For more information and a full list of exhibitors and activities, visit maineboats.com/boatshow.