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WoodenBoat Show to be held in Newport

Show will display cruising yachts, launches and 12-Meters at the Newport Yachting Center

Show will display cruising yachts, launches and 12-Meters at the Newport Yachting Center

More than 100 wooden boats, including cruising yachts, launches and racing boats, will be on display at the 14th annual WoodenBoat Show. The three-day event is scheduled to begin August 26, and will be held at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I.

“The [WoodenBoat Show] is the annual gathering of wooden-boatheads from all over,” says Carl Cramer, publisher of WoodenBoat magazine. “I think the idea conjures up images in peoples’ minds of ancient wooden boats, but there’s an equal element here of wooden boats created with modern technology. It’s balanced. Our visitors have always really enjoyed the show.”

In addition to witnessing the collection of wooden boats, visitors will have the opportunity to spend a half-day sailing aboard the 12-Meter yachts Gleam and Northern Light. Participants will be able to take the helm of one of these classic America’s Cup yachts as they sail on Narragansett Bay. Tickets for this offer must be ordered in advance and are $250 per person.

Another highlight of the show is the Family BoatBuilding program, produced this year by the Block Island Maritime Institute. Families or groups will build 11-foot wooden dinghies that they’ll be able to take home.

“It’s nice to see people working together, and working hard, to build a real boat,” Cramer says. “It’s something that they’ve accomplished together. It’s a great endeavor.”

Various marine vendors will be on hand and a number of free demonstrations will take place, too. Students of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport will demonstrate how to use steam to bend planks and plank spiling. Harold Burnham, a shipbuilder from Essex, Mass., will demonstrate how to make a half-model. Brion Rieff, owner of Brion Rieff Boat Building in Brooklin, Maine, will demonstrate the process of vacuum bagging.

“The show is a place where people can see and experience different types of wooden boats and meet different boatbuilders,” says Jon Wilson, founder of WoodenBoat magazine and of the WoodenBoat Show. “I think it’s the ideal way to get people with kindred passions together.”

The WoodenBoat Show was first held at the Newport Yachting Center in 1992. Since then, the show has been held at a number of locations, including the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn., in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and in St. Michael’s, Md.

Tickets for the 14th annual WoodenBoat Show will be available at the gate. Three-day passes will cost $18 per person and one-day passes will cost $10. Children under 12 get in free.

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