ROCKLAND, Maine — The annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors show will kickoff Friday at Rockland’s Harbor Park.
More than 60 boats will be in the water and another 100 or so exhibitors will be on land during the three-day event, the largest in-water boat show north of Newport, Rhode Island. The majority of the boats on the docks will be from Maine and New England builders, among them Back Cove, Hinckley, Hunt, Lyman-Morse, Maine Cat, MJM, Morris Yachts, Pursuit/Yarmouth Boat Yard, Sabre and Wilbur.
In addition, there will be kayaks, rowing shells, inflatables, paddleboards, small power and sailing craft.
A 32-foot contemporary cruiser by Back Cove Yachts, built at the company’s plant in Rockland, will make its first appearance at the show. Local builder Maine Cat will debut its Bremen-built Maine Cat 38 catamaran.
Hinckley will bring its new 34R, a stretched version of the well-known 29R. Hamlin’s Marine will debut the 17-foot Edendriver, which is being built at its manufacturing facility in Hampden. Tugboat-style vessels will be represented by East Coast Yacht Sales (American Tugs) and Moose Landing Marina.
Besides new boats, some professionally restored and refurbished yachts will be on display as part of the new Concours d’Epifanes, which will take place all weekend.
Attendees can make an appointment to sea-trial select boats on Rockland Harbor. Available for try-outs on the demo docks will be Southport Boats — represented by DiMillo’s Yacht Sales — and Everglades Boats — represented by South Port Marine.
The schooner Ladona, formerly named the Nathaniel Bowditch, will be arriving by sea on Friday.
On Saturday, the 76-foot tug Pentagoet from Maine Maritime Academy will make a special appearance on the show docks. MMA offers the only tug and barge training program in the United States.
Boston Whaler enthusiasts are encouraged to trailer their boats to Rockland for the Boston Whaler Rendezvous, to meet other owners, see new models on display and learn restoration techniques. Owners can still sign up to exhibit their Boston Whaler at the show and receive free admission to the show for four all weekend. To register, visit maineboats.com/boatshow/bostonwhaler.
Gates will open at 10 a.m. each of the three days, and will stay open until 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12, and children under age 12 get in free. Multiday passes are available.
Advance tickets are available online, by calling 800-565-4951 or by emailing email@example.com.
For more information, to order tickets, and to view a full list of exhibitors and activities, visit maineboats.com/boatshow.