September 21 - 22, 2019
100 West Commercial Street
Portland, Maine

Maine Small Craft Celebration

Sharing the joy of small boats

Portland Yacht Services (PYS) and the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) are proud to be hosting the 2nd annual Maine Small Craft Celebration (MSCC). We received great feedback from the visitors, exhibitors and participants that attended the 1st show and we look forward to making it even better this time around. This year we have simplified registration forms for both commercial exhibitors and visitors that want to bring their boats.

Exhibitors, commercial/non-profit application

Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB) application

The 2nd annual MSCC will be a 2 day event held on the shores of the Fore River in Portland on September 21-22, 2019. 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 that many of the boats will be in the water, allowing visitors to “Try it-Like it.” Designers, builders and owners will be there dockside 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 (non-commercial) to bring their own small boat for display or use. You must register your boat if you want to participate by filling out the BYOB form. The fee this year is $20 for the weekend with free admission for the owner and crew.

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.

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

A portion of the proceeds from the MSCC will be donated to the not-for-profit organizations that participate in and support this event.


We are currently planning for the 2nd Annual MSCC. We have simplified the registration form and the categories of participants. All boat entrants must be approved by the MSCC, see Small Craft Definition below.

Commercial Participants

*Non-profit fee may be reduced or waived based on event participation (lectures, demos)

Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB): Non-commercial boat owners only. $20 for the weekend, free admission for owner and crew. Land and/or water display.

Vendors, food/beverage:Contact for information.

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

Exhibitors, commercial/non-profit application

Bring Your Own Boat (BYOB) application

If you have a question or would like more information contact us at


2nd Annual MSCC Schedule to be posted later this year.


2018 Participants -

Check back to see who will be joining us for the 2nd annual MSCC

Here is a listing of the boats that were at the MSCC:

  • 17' Herreshoff Coquina
  • 16' Goat island Skiff
  • 20' Gaff yawl
  • 20' Small reach row
  • 17' Peapod custom built
  • 2- 13' Beach Pea peapods
  • 10' Compass skiff
  • 8' Pram
  • 18' Annapolis wherry
  • 10' Gunning dory
  • 17' Rangley row
  • 17' Herreshoff dble ender, skin on frame,
  • 10' turnabout
  • 19' Faering
  • 17' Harrier
  • 11' PT 11
  • 17' Canoe
  • 131' Harvey Gamage (tours)
  • 25' Centennial dory
  • 24' Gartside Motor Boat (rides)
  • 21' Sea Pearl
  • 22' Pulsifer Hampton
  • 5.75 meter Savo 575 Rowboat
  • 17' Tri windrider
  • 18' Marshall Cat
  • 4' Newfound Wookdworking cedar strip canoes
  • 14' Estabrook Skiff
  • 7' Estabrook Pram

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. Planked in White Pine over Locust and White Oak frames.

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