The 19th Annual WoodenBoat Show, held June 25-27 at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, was a big success, according to Michele Corbeil of WoodenBoat Magazine, which presents and produces the event. The weather was great and attendance was strong at 12,000 visitors, slightly up from last year.
The thing I liked most about the show was the people building their own boats…
BoatingLocal correspondent Betsy Frawley Haggerty visited the show on Friday, just as things were ramping up for the big weekend. “I’ve always been interested in the show, as I have a huge affection for wooden boats,” said Haggerty, who sailed and raced on a 50-foot Alden sloop in the 1990s.
The WoodenBoat Show includes a wide variety of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, races and, of course, lots and lots of wooden boats. Hundreds of gorgeous antique power and sailboats were on display at the show, including many in the Mystic Seaport’s collection. Collectors, restorers and private owners and builders also bring their boats to the event. “The thing I liked most about the show was the people building their own boats,” says Haggerty. “I met one woman who was building a small stitch-and-glue skiff at the show, and she was going to take it home later that weekend.”
Over 125 exhibitors had booths and representatives at the event, making it a one-stop-shopping experience for those interested in any aspect of wooden boats. Whether you were looking to buy a wooden boat or the materials to build your own, you could find it at the show.