The largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts in New England will converge at Mystic Seaport for the annual WoodenBoat Show, Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The WoodenBoat Show, hosted in a partnership with WoodenBoat Publications, offers something for all wooden boat enthusiasts and maritime history buffs. More than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type will be on display, from hand-crafted kayaks to mahogany runabouts, to classic daysailers and schooners.
In addition to taking in the historic ships and beautiful boats, visitors can find everything they need to outfit their boat and learn new skills at demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend. More than 100 exhibitors will offer items for sale including maritime art, antiques, tools, books, nautical gear, and much more.
Throughout the weekend, Mystic Seaport staff and guest experts will be conducting demonstrations of a variety of boat-building skills, including planking, fastening, caulking, laminating wood, and repairing plywood. Visitors can also try their hand at rowing or sailing a small boat at the Museum’s boat livery, or in one of the boats participating in the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop, which is run concurrently with the Show by the Traditional Small Craft Association.
Those interested in the construction of smaller boats can stop by the Family BoatBuilding activity in the Museum’s Shipyard, where families and teams will work to build their own pre-purchased kits, including stand-up paddleboards and remote-controlled sailboats, during the weekend.
More information can be found at www.thewoodenboatshow.com.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.mysticseaport.org/event/the-woodenboat-show/.