The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show returns Aug. 10 to Rockland for its 10th year, as the magazine that started it all celebrates 25 years of publishing.
“I’ve always thought of the show as a tremendous party where the most creative folks on the coast share what they do with customers and other exhibitors,” says John K. Hanson Jr., the show’s founder and the publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.
Running through Aug. 12, the show features locally built boats, art, furniture and an eclectic mix of goods for life on the water and ashore.
A variety of events, live music, food and activities also will take place throughout the weekend, including the show’s signature event: the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12.
Click play for highlights of last year’s trials.
Hanson says he hatched his magazine — and then the show — one afternoon as he cruised the Fox Island Thorofare between Maine’s Vinalhaven and North Haven islands. He was with his then-wife and two artist friends aboard his 22-foot 1962 Ray Hunt-designed bass boat, Buffalo Soldier — which he still owns.
The four were discussing life on the water, the beautiful waterfront architecture and the harbor scene with lobster boats and pleasure boats when they saw porpoises swimming off the bow. “I thought, This is what I want [the magazine] to be — all of these things from life in Maine, with boats as the focus,” Hanson says.
To that end, show visitors can expect hundreds of exhibitors from many disciplines displaying their wares at a common venue. It’s an opportunity to board boats, lounge in handmade chairs and admire artwork and jewelry — all crafted in Maine.
Click here for a look at a new display that will debut at the 2012 show.
“We knew it was a really good idea,” Hanson says. “Ninety percent of the people there build stuff, and they want to talk about their passion.”
Maine-built boats, from rowing craft and kayaks to sailboats and power yachts, will be on display, as well as marine supplies, fine furnishings and home wares, photography and books, and sustainable-energy products.
A new feature this year is “The Village Green,” a collection of about 20 exhibitors with businesses involved in the sustainability disciplines of the home-building industry.
Another new exhibit, “Under the Hood: What Goes Into a Maine-Built Boat?”, will have a Back Cove 34 without a deck or cockpit so visitors can see the fundamentals of hull construction.
“I’m very fortunate that I get to go into boatyards all the time and see how much thought goes into these boats to make them work,” Hanson says. “That’s the impetus for the exhibit.”