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. This is currently limited to hand carry vessels or small boats on dollies only, but may be modified closer to show time if there are docks available for the larger boats that require a trailer.
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 info@SmallCraftCelebration.com.