Mystic Seaport Hosts 17th Annual WoodenBoat Show
Event Hosted in Partnership with WoodenBoat
Sea Scouts Work on Dory
Several live boatbuilding events will be featured
at the 17th annual WoodenBoat Show held at Mystic Seaport
Friday through Sunday, June 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Three groups of Sea Scouts from Connecticut, Massachusetts
and Pennsylvania will build a 17' wherry and launch it at
the Show. The Scouts first built a boat at the WoodenBoat
Show last year and have since used the boat for rowing practice.
"Exposing youth to the appreciation of something built
by hand is invaluable. I love seeing the 'Look what I did!'
satisfaction in the Scout's eyes when they make their own
boat," said Marshall Parson, Sea Scout coordinator.
An additional event at the WoodenBoat Show will be the assembly
of the interior of a 14' reproduction Chris Craft Barracuda.
Though the hull and decks of the boat are complete, Show-goers
will be able to see the completion of this popular kit’s
On the Village Green, WoodenBoat Publications will be working
with a family building the Babson Island 14, a versatile and
stable skiff, designed by Tom Hill and Jon Wilson. In addition
to a rowing model, plans include a sailing skiff and a slightly
modified version that accommodates a small electric or gas
outboard. Designed as entry-level projects for first-time
wooden boat builders, or easy builds for seasoned professionals,
these skiffs can be constructed using plywood or traditional
methods with cedar planking and oak frames.
Babson Island in progress
Described by Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide as "one
of Connecticut's Top 20 Events for the Summer," the three-day
WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport offers something for all
wooden boat enthusiasts and marine history buffs. Traditional
classics and contemporary wooden boats of every type, both
sail and power, will be on display including cruising yachts,
launches, runabouts, fishing boats, performance powerboats,
daysailers, dinghies, rowboats, canoes, performance shells,
multihulls and racing boats.
In addition to more than 75 beautiful boats in the water,
visitors can enjoy browsing through three tents and extensive
land exhibits hosting nearly 200 exhibitors, including boatbuilders,
sail makers, marine adhesive and coatings companies, boat
schools and associations, tools, wooden boat hardware, books,
nautical antiques and artists.
Other activities include exhibitor demonstrations, workshops
by industry experts, a daily film and author series, the 2nd
Annual Concours d'Elegance with People's Choice, "I Built
it Myself" - a collection of owner-built wooden boats,
and a Multihull Pioneer Tribute and Dinner, in addition to
all of the exhibits and activities at Mystic Seaport.
Museum admission gains access to both the WoodenBoat Show
and Mystic Seaport offering a family-friendly activity at
a great value.
To learn more about the annual WoodenBoat Show, and to sign
up to receive the Show newsletter, visit www.thewoodenboatshow.com.
Exhibitor information can be found at the web site, or by
calling Kate Holden at WoodenBoat Publications, at 207.359.4651,
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For tickets, call 800.273.7447
or visit www.woodenboatstore.com.