maine small craft celebration

September 22 - 23, 2018
Portland Yacht Services
100 West Commercial Street
Portland, Maine

It's showtime...almost!

The Maine Small Craft Celebration is this weekend, 9/22-23. The weather is looking great and our boat list is growing. We have peapods, skiffs, cedar canoes, dories, wherries and more. We go from small to tall as the tall ship Harvey Gamage will be open for tours both days. Our lecture and race schedule is just about filled. Be sure to be apart of the celebration and enjoy a spectacular Maine day on shores of the Fore River. You'll be able to say you were there at the start of a fall tradition. And it only costs $5!

Sharing the joy of small boats

The inaugural Maine Small Craft Celebration will be a 2 day event held on the shores of the Fore River in Portland on September 22-23, 2018. Small boats, sail, oar and power, will be on display on the water and on land. Demonstrations, workshops, and lectures will be given throughout the event focusing on building, operating and maintaining small boats.

The goal of the MSCC is to share the joy and appreciation of small boats: how they can be built by anyone, enjoyed safely on the water, and used to attract the next generation to Maine’s waters, our boating traditions, and the maritime professions. We want it to be fun, inexpensive and enduring.

The most unique feature will be the “Try it-Like it” dockside experience, where designers and builders will be there to discuss and demonstrate their boats and visitors will be able to take them for a test “drive” after learning the particulars about that craft.

Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB)  is for visitors to bring their own small boat for non-commercial display or use. You must register your boat if you want to participate by filling out the BYOB form.

Also on the water there will be demonstrations on rigging and rowing techniques and boat tours of the Portland harbor. Small boat races, rowing, sailing and power will scheduled both days and can be easily viewed from the newly constructed docks and seawall along PYS’s 2500’ river frontage.

Off the waterfront, in addition to having boats to sail, there will be boats for sale, as there will be an area for individuals and brokers to market their boats. Exhibitors will be on hand to allow visitors to interact with some of various maritime businesses and non-profits that operate along the Maine coast. There will be a children’s area with marine related crafts, a juried boat contest, a nautical flea market, and more.

And what celebration would be complete without food and entertainment? There will be bluegrass played from the deck of a local schooner, groups of buskers playing throughout the weekend and vendors providing local food and craft beer.

Be sure to mark your calendar. While this celebration may mark the end of the boating season, it is really the start of the next boat planning and dreaming season! If you would like to participate or would like more information you can contact us at


We are currently sending out invitations to exhibitors and vendors for the inaugural Maine Small Craft Celebration. Our goal is to have this be a fun, inexpensive and enduring event. We have set the fees low to encourage participation.

Visitors fees will be $5/day (under 12 free.) Click here for tickets. Visitors are encouraged to bring their small boats, to launch or display in a a category we're calling Bring Your Own Boat. BYOB fee is $15 for the weekend with free admission. You can download the BYOB registration form here, or contact us at and we'll send the paperwork to get you registered.

The fee schedule for exibitors follows:

Try-it, Like it: $100. This is our on the water experience where visitors can “Try it-Like it.” Designers and builders will be there to discuss and demonstrate the features of their boats. Visitors will be able to take them for a test “drive” after learning the particulars about that craft.

On the water displays: $10/ft, $200 min. This fee applies to boats at the docks that don't want to have visitors use their boats, not participating in Try-it, Like-it.

Land exhibits/displays: $1/sqft, $200 min; $100 for non profits. These are a la carte fees, tables, chairs, electrics will be available at an additional cost.

Boat Brokerage: $150 On land display of boats for saleShow hours will be from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. Exhibitors should plan to have their exhibits in place Friday, and taken down after closing at 5pm Sunday. There will be an exhibitor's only party after 5pm on Saturday.

Small Craft Definition for the MSCC. It's sort of you know it when you see it, but here are the general guidelines:

If you would like an invitation or more information contact us at



Open to the public 10am - 5pm September 22-23, 2018

Time Description Location Remarks
Friday Setup
Saturday - Open to the Public 10:00am
10:00-11:00 Cedar Strip Boat Building Main Building Newfound Woodworks
10:00-2:00 Harvey Gamage Tallship Tour Waterfront
10:30-10:45 Waynflete Parade of Boats Waterfront
10:45-11:30 Waynflete Shell Races Waterfront
11:30-12:30 WaynfleteOpen House Waterfront Boat demos-Try it
11:00-12:00 Boat Tour Waterfront Owners and Builders will discuss their boats
12:00-1:00 Sail & Oar Adventuring Main Building Tom Jackson's presentation on small boat raids
1:00-2:00 TSCA Races Waterfront
1:00-2:00 Ropes, Rigging and Reefing Main Building Eric Stockinger
3:00-4:00 Compass Skiff Construction Main Building Chase Small Craft
17:00 Closed
After closing - exhibitor only party
Sunday - Open to public 10:00am
8:00-10:00 TSCA Morning Rows TSCA Members Only
10:00-11:00 Film/Q&A 1st National Canoe & Kayak Championshop 1940 Main Building Zip Kellogg presents
10:00-11:30 Waynflete Learn to Row Waterfront Sign up on Saturday
10:00-2:00 Harvey Gamage Tallship Tour Waterfront
11:00-12:00 Cedar Strip Boat Building Main Building Newfound Woodworks
12:00-4:00 SailMaine High School Regatta Waterfront Turbo 420 Class Dinghy
1:00-2:00 Station Maine's Youth Rowing Program Main Building Muriel Curtis


Below is a list of some of the MSCC exhibitors. If you have a small boat, build or design small boats, have a business or organization involved with small craft and would like an invitation to this celebration please contact us at

Food Trucks:

Tim Estabrook's Serendipity design, 15ft. LOA and a variation of a Marblehead Skiff. Planned in White Pine over Locust and White Oak frames.

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