More Than 13,000 Enthusiasts Celebrated Wooden Boats
at Mystic Seaport during the July 2007 Show
Based on the success of this year’s
show, WoodenBoat magazine and Mystic Seaport have announced
that the show will again be held in Mystic Seaport
“The 2007 WoodenBoat Show was the best one in our 16
years of producing this wonderful event. The boats, the people,
the vendors, special events, and Mystic Seaport all contributed
to make this an exceptional show. We greatly look forward
to returning in 2008,” commented Carl Cramer, the publisher
of WoodenBoat magazine and producer of the 16th Annual WoodenBoat
Show that took place at Mystic Seaport on June 29 –
July 1. Dana Hewson, Vice President of Watercraft at Mystic
Seaport was equally enthusiastic saying, "Mystic Seaport
and the WoodenBoat Show are perfect partners -- and this year's
show proved that. The location and the content worked wonderfully
together to give visitors more than they could have imagined."
The weekend’s attendance nearly tripled a normal June
weekend at Mystic Seaport and doubled attendance at last year’s
WoodenBoat Show held in Newport, Rhode Island. Parking lots
that filled up by mid-morning and throngs swarming the docks
and grounds of Mystic Seaport for three days straight were
testament to the success of this year’s show. Visitors
enjoyed the show boats, exhibits, and presentations that filled
the seaport’s waterfront campus as well as the museum’s
own exhibits and galleries. One admission fee included both
attractions for two full days.
There were all types of wooden boats at the show, from kayaks
and canoes and vintage speedboats with gleaming varnish to
the amazingly glamorous 74-foot power yacht, Aphrodite and
a 76-foot sailing yacht. There were used boats being offered
for sale by their owners, new boats being sold by builders,
and recently completed restorations being shown by various
boat yards from throughout New England and beyond. There were
also all kinds of exhibitors, from varnish manufacturers and
sail makers to one who was offering a device that sends a
text message to your cell phone if the water level rises too
high in your boat’s bilge.
More than a dozen workshops presented by expert boat builders
demonstrated how to cast bronze boat hardware, splice wire,
saw bezels, steam bend planks, and maintain diesel engines
were well attended. Crowds gathered and sawdust flew every
time the operator fired up the Wood-Mizer portable saw mill
to handily cut tree trunks into planks. A lucky few toured
the steam engine aboard the 1908 excursion steamer Sabino,
while many more caught a rare glimpse of Mystic Seaport’s
extensive collection of small boats and rare marine engines.
Several enjoyed a guided tour of the restoration of the 1920
fishing vessel Roann, taking place in the DuPont Shipyard.
Pleased exhibitors said they liked the synergy between the
working museum and its waterfront and the way the show brings
a marketable side to some of the same things; making and maintaining
and celebrating wooden boats. “The show was a memorable
experience in an outstanding location. To be able to exhibit
my nautical watercolors in the shadow of the historic whaling
ship Morgan was inspiring and will probably result in new
works reflecting the seaport,” enthused Linda Norton
of Linda Norton Studios. “We had a great show, far better
than expected. The people that came to our booth at the WoodenBoat
Show were genuinely interested in our products, were full
of good questions, and appreciated what we do,” commented
Mike Lavecchia from Grain Surfboards of York, Maine. David
Jacques, President of Boatsense Solutions Inc. said, “The
show appears was an overwhelming success for us in letting
the market know about our product.” "A great show
is an understatement. Mystic Seaport seemed to attract the
right attendee; enthusiastic wooden boat aficionados. Where
else can you be standing next to a sharpie from the late 1800's
and, in my case, a skiff finished late the previous night?"
quipped Edward Sutt of Synergy Boatworks.
Photographs from this year’s show can be viewed at TheWoodenBoatShow.com.
The 17th WoodenBoat Show, presented by WoodenBoat magazine,
will again take place at Mystic Seaport on June 27 –
29, 2008. Anyone interested in exhibiting should email email@example.com.