Maine Boatbuilders Show 2011

Boat at the Maine Boat Builders Show. Image Credit: Portland Company.

This weekend, the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders in the United States East Coast are coming together for the Maine Boatbuilders Show 2011. Builders of sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks and rowing boats will be on hand to display their wares and discuss their work. This is one of the leading fairs and expos for the boat building industry in the States and draws a huge number of manufacturers, designers, custom builders and industry experts to the event.

There are also a number of seminar events, which are open to the public and exhibitors. Highlights are listed below:

–          Basic Diesel Maintenance Procedures: This seminar is meant to help your engine perform better and run longer. This seminar highlights parts of Mack Borings’ acclaimed diesel seminar series on helping diesel engine owners understand the importance of diesel maintenance.

–          Yacht Designs and Other Treasures at the Hart Nautical Collections of the MIT Museum: Kurt Hasselbalch, curator of the museum, gives a talk on the significance of these boating treasures.

–          10 Things Every Boat Owner Should Know Before Buying a Boat: Mark Corke and Norm Le Blanc reflect upon their experience as a marine surveyor and boatbuilder, respectively.

–          Medical Preparedness for the Recreational Boater: Denny Emory of Emory / Yachting Services and co-founder of LLC, presents a seminar on medical information, equipment and resources available to the average recreational boater. He will present information on how to be more confident, self-sufficient and better prepared for emergencies.

–          Cruising the Wild Island of Maine: Two Dozen Years of Growth of the Maine Island Trail: The staff of the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) present a seminar on the history and geography of the Maine Island Trail. This was the first recognized water trail in North America and as a result, it has been an important historical feature of the Maine Coast to visitors and locals. The trail itself contains 190 islands and mainland sites.

The show runs from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by adults.

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