Show Dates & Times:
Friday: August 8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: August 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: August 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The entire weekend will be full of exciting and fun events for the whole family, both on the show grounds and in the community. All events on show grounds are FREE with show admission ($12 adults, under 12 free). Prices vary for the community events.
The show isn't just for adults...bring the kids to the "Fun for Kids" area (Tent M), where Penobscot Marine Museum will lead tons of creative fun. It's all about creating, exploring, and learning, while painting, making nautical crafts, completing a scavenger hunt, and playing croquet. Bring your stuffed animals for daily teddy bear picnics at 11:45 and story time at 12 noon.
The Hall of Fame Docks will have fine examples of boats that have set the world standard. Bagatelle, a 26' lobster cruiser by D.N. Hylan is a brand-new build that exudes a wonderful 1950s vibe with its raised deck cabin and tumblehome stern. Robinhood Marine Center is bringing a classic 36-foot Cape Dory cutter. David Etnier will be showing Thorobred, a burly 38' Lowell lobster yacht that would get you there no matter the weather. Lyman-Morse will show Puffin, a graceful Danish-built Sparkman & Stephens racer-cruiser that's a veteran of numerous transatlantic races. Lyman-Morse will also exhibit Whim, a custom 38-foot Mark Fitzgerald-designed downeast cruiser that the yard built a few years back. The boat sports a 500-hp Yanmar diesel and Hamilton Jet drive. Located on Dock f.
The MBH&H Show presents a fine and varied selection of live music on the Bandstand, which is conveniently located in Tent C near the food. It's a great place to take a short break, or to meet up with your party. You'll find shelter, chairs to sit in, and best of all, some wonderful performers strutting their stuff just for you. Check our our weekend music lineup here.
"The Genius of Herreshoff"
No other family has impacted American boating culture quite like the Herreshoff family has. Nathanael and his brother John formed the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1878. Their first successes came with steam engines and vessels, both as motor yachts and navy vessels, but their breakthroughs came with sailing yachts — a handful of America’s Cup defenders were their signature creations.
But one of their smallest creations may be the most beloved of all, the Herreshoff 12½, which turns 100 this summer. We will honor this little ship and some equally lovely siblings, such as the Buzzards Bay 25 and the Northport 29. Some will be on display on the docks, others will be on show grounds. Look for the gold stars to learn more about these fine classics.
Demo Docks: Power and Sail
Back by popular demand, the Demo Docks are where some fine power and sailing craft will be standing by, at the ready for sea trials. Potential boat owners can make an appointment to climb aboard and experience the ride (and Rockland Harbor) first-hand. Located on Dock f.
Smart, Small Homes
Great design coupled with great technology can make for great living in a small package. This year the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will feature a whole section dedicated to the art of living large within a small(er) envelope: tiny houses, right-sized furniture and appliances, tents, boats and more.
Sailors have known for years how comfortable life can be aboard a small boat, with all the amenities close at hand. These technologies translate well to life ashore, and our Smart, Small Home area will showcase the cutting edge of design.
Great American IV
In marked contrast to the classic lines of many boats at the show will be Rich Wilson's rip-roaring racer, the Open 60 Great American IV. The boat, which Wilson plans to race around the world single-handed in the 2016 Vendée Globe, will be on display on a mooring just off the show docks. Access will be via the Rockland Yacht Club's launch, with hourly tours from the head of dock b. Wilson will also have a booth in Tent A, and will speak at the Rockland Yacht Club on Saturday evening at 5:30.
Book Signings: Tilbury House Booth, Tent A
Author Marilyn Moss will be on-site daily from 3-4 p.m. to sign copies of her book Bill Moss. On Sunday from 12-2, E.B. White's granddaughter Martha White will be signing E.B. White on Dogs.
12th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials - Sunday, August 10, 10:30 a.m. The excitement is building! The six brave (crazy?) competitors have been chosen for the seriously silly World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials, and they are busy honing their wild and wacky acts to wow the crowd. The 12th annual running of this pawsome event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the waterfront; gates will open at 9:45. Come cheer on your favorite pooch, but please leave your pets at home, they will not be allowed on show grounds.