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R.I. Museum hosts WoodenBoat Show

Amateur builders will be featured in the show’s “I Built It Myself” section

Amateur builders will be featured in the show’s “I Built It Myself” section

Newport, R.I., plays host to the 2004 WoodenBoat Show, July 23 to 25. The 13th annual show, which will be held at the Museum of Yachting in Fort Adams State Park, will mark WoodenBoat magazine’s 30th anniversary.

In recent years the WoodenBoat Show has been held in Rockland, Maine; South Haven, Mich.; Mystic, Conn.; and St. Michael’s, Md. It has drawn thousands of visitors, a couple hundred boats and around 140 shoreside exhibitors and wooden boatbuilders each year.

The boats comprise museum pieces, workboats and amateur-built vessels: small boats, sailboats and power yachts.

Amateur builders — and their boats — will be featured in the “I Built It Myself” section, sponsored by Interlux Yacht Finishes.

“The great thing about wooden boats is their diversity, their infinite plans and construction methods,” says Carl Cramer, publisher of WoodenBoat magazine. “It’s great to have high standards on one hand, and amateur-built boats on the other, so people know boatbuilding is accessible, that they can do it.”

Interlux will also sponsor a free event called Kids Aboard, during which children can help build a 10-foot sailboat.

Sail Newport will produce the Wooden Open One-Design Regatta. Boats 30 feet and smaller will be eligible for the WOOD Regatta.

The International Yacht Restoration School will conduct boatbuilding demonstrations throughout the show, and other hands-on demonstrations will be ongoing, according to WoodenBoat.

The Museum of Yachting will produce a couple special events at the WoodenBoat show. It will make available half-day rides aboard sailboats and powerboats known as the Classic Yachts of Newport, and the museum will also produce Family BoatBuilding Week for families interested in building their own boat.

The Vintage Model Yacht Group will have an exhibit on display at the museum. The exhibit will run through Oct. 31 and includes 65 model