The WoodenBoat Show
Hosted in Partnership with WoodenBoat Publications
See more than 100 traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats of every type at the 23rd Annual WoodenBoat Show — a festival hosted in partnership with WoodenBoat Publications that celebrates the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.
Described by Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide as “one of Connecticut’s Top 20 Events for the Summer,” the three-day WoodenBoat Show offers something for all wooden boat enthusiasts and marine history buffs. Wooden boats of every type — large and small, old and new, power, sail, oar and paddle — will be on display including cruising yachts, launches, runabouts, fishing boats, performance powerboats, daysailers, dinghies, rowboats, canoes, performance shells, multi-hulls and racing boats.
Exhibitors and Activities
Find everything you need to outfit your boat and learn new skills at demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend. More than 100 vendors will offer items for sale including maritime art, antiques, tools, books, nautical gear, and much more.
Those interested in the construction of smaller boats can stop by the Family BoatBuilding tent, where families and teams will work to build their own canoe or skiff during the weekend. Purchased kits are opened at 9 a.m. Friday morning and tools are put down around 3 p.m. Sunday, leaving, in most cases, a boat awaiting only final finish work. Some boats will be launched at the Show.
Other events include the return of “I Built it Myself,” a display of home-built boats; a Concours d’Elegance, including Judges’ Choice, Innovation, and People’s Choice awards; and children’s toy boatbuilding.