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.
This year’s event will celebrate three of N.G. Herreshoff’s most beloved designs: the 12 ½, Newport 29, and Buzzards Bay 25. All three were originally conceived in 1914 and turn 100 this year.
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.
Learn new skills at demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend. This year’s theme is “tools of the trade” and the skills demonstrations on each of the three days will include “something old, something new.” All of the presenters are professional boatbuilders and there will be five demonstrations daily: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. (There will be no 4 p.m. presentation on Sunday, June 29.) The demonstrations will focus on traditional boatbuilding methods in the morning and the latest techniques in the afternoon.
Exhibitors and Activities
Find everything you need to outfit your boat. More than 100 vendors will offer items for sale including maritime art, antiques, tools, books, nautical gear, and much more. View the 2014 exhibitor list.
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 skua races.
G.W. Blunt White Library Used Book Sale
While you are at the WoodenBoat Show, stop by the Blunt White Building, located at the north end of Mystic Seaport, for the Library Fellows’ annual Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A wide variety of nautical books will be available for purchase. The Used Book Sale includes a 1200 book dutch auction (prices $10 from 11 a.m.-1:30pm, $5 from 1:30-3pm, $2 from 3-4pm), 100 special value books for $10 and up, and free books and periodicals.
The sale is conducted by the Fellows of the Library. All proceeds of the sale will be used for library materials,
The WoodenBoat Show is produced by WoodenBoat Publications, Inc., which includes WoodenBoat magazine, Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the WoodenBoat Store, the WoodenBoat School, and the WoodenBoat Show.