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Boat show boasts ‘an eclectic display’

The Maine Boatbuilders Show has grown into a worth-the-trip event to see distinctive custom boats

The Maine Boatbuilders Show has grown into a worth-the-trip event to see distinctive custom boats

The 2007 Maine Boatbuilders Show this March will mark the 20th year Portland (Maine) Yacht Services has been in the boat show business.

“There is no other way to describe this show than ‘unique,’ ” says Portland Yacht Services’ event manager Jan Love. “It’s an incredibly eclectic display focusing on Maine-built boats, and everything else you could need for boating, from charts and maps to bags to diesel engines. And, what I think really sets this show apart, is that you get to meet and speak with the people who built all of the beautiful boats.”

Over the last two decades people from all over the country and the world have traveled to Portland for the show — and the same is expected this year. Love expects 10,000 to 15,000 people to attend this year’s show, set to run March 16 to 18. On display will be a selection of about 100 boats, sail and power, that will range from dinghies and prams to yachts over 50 feet.

“At the show, you’ll find genuine quality Maine-built boats in a cluster of historic buildings. It’s an attraction that draws a serious international crowd,” explains Love. “The highest concentration of private-owned jets flies into Portland Jetport the weekend of the show.”

On hand will be about 150 exhibitors from Maine and all over the country, including Albin Marine, Back Cove Yachts, Ellis Boat Company, Morris Yachts and Pulsifier Hampton. Sabre Yachts will debut its 52 Salon Express motor yacht at the show at the nearby DiMillo’s OldPort. Viewing will be by appointment only.

Another boat on display will be Cranberry Island Boatyard’s WesternBay 19-foot bass boat.

In addition to the boats and products there will be a number of free seminars. Likely topics will include cruising, engine maintenance and spring commissioning.

“This is the show to come to meet the people who build all the boats you love,” says Love.

Hours for the show are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 per person per day. For more information call (207) 774-1067, or go to