Boatyards throughout Maine will open their doors to the general public on Aug. 13-14 for tours, discussions and interviews. Locals and tourists alike are invited to stop by any of the participating yards during their regular business hours to get an insider's view of the craftsmanship involved in the boat construction and repair processes among Maine boatyards.
The Open Boat Yard Days event is produced annually by Maine Built Boats to promote the value and integrity of boats built in the state of Maine.
To date, 11 yards have signed up for the open house tours and organizers say additional yards will likely join the event as the dates approach.
The yards currently participating include Back Cove Yachts of Rockland, The Hinckley Company of Trenton and Southwest Harbor, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston, Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor, and Sabre Yachts of Casco.
"Maine boatbuilders are known worldwide for their superior capabilities and craftsmanship," Maine Built Boats president Jon Johansen said. "This is an opportunity for the public to meet the talented builders, ask questions about the processes and see the remarkable technologies they have in their shops."
Open Boat Yard Days is free to the public and no reservations are required to visit any of the yards.