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Not a plastic show

Phin Sprague couldn't find a boat show where the salespeople knew more about boats than he did, so he created his own.


That was more than two decades ago, and today serious boaters say the Maine Boatbuilders Show is a Mecca for those in the know. Soundings editor Bill Sisson talks to Sprague and some of the builders about the show, their creations and what makes both unique.

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Hear from:

  • Show organizer Phin Sprague of Portland Yacht Services on what makes the show unique.
  • Retro Marine's Mitch Sorbera on what he learns from show-goers.
  • Cranberry Island Boatyard's Barbara Stainton recalls the year she sold her ride home from the show.
  • Ted Boynton with Stagepoint Boats, who says the traditional classic market is seeing a resurgence.
  • Steve Holt describes hull No. 1 of the Shaw & Tenney Whitehall - the first boat by the 152-year-old paddle and oar maker.
  • Belle Ryder of Ryder Boats shares impressions from her first year as an exhibitor.
  • Matthew Sledge of Samoset Boatworks discusses the variety of skills displayed at the show.

Stories in this issue:

Not a plastic show
A 26-foot backyard-built beauty
Choosing a center console
Predator turns Guardian