Upcoming boat shows and events

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Trawler Fest, the cruising-under-power event produced by PassageMaker magazine, is returning June 26-29 to Mitchell Park Marina in Greenport, N.Y.

“We are delighted to be returning to Greenport, N.Y., for the second year, after a successful ’08 seminar series and Trawler Fest boat show,” said Rob Dorfmeyer, PassageMaker publisher and general manager, in a statement.

“It’s a terrific opportunity for the cruising-under-power community to come together, to meet other boaters who enjoy cruising, to learn from experts about all the facets of coastal and offshore experiences, and to understand the realities of living aboard – all while seeing the latest in boats and gear to make their cruising more enjoyable,” he added.

The event includes seminars such as Great Loop Cruising, Defensive Plotting, Boat Buying New vs. Used, and Getting to Know your Charging and Electrical Systems.

More than 30 companies will display in the water. More than 25 companies will be represented on the Mitchell Park lawn.

Click here to register or call (888) 487-2953.

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The Maine Maritime Museum is presenting “Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum in Bath, Maine.

Gary Jobson, ESPN commentator, former America’s Cup tactician, lecturer and writer, has completed his documentary on Maine boatbuilding. The movie examines and celebrates Maine’s 400-year-old boatbuilding industry.

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International Yacht Restoration School students will mark their graduation Saturday by showcasing their work and launching the boats they spent the last year restoring. After the launching, students will have the first opportunity to sea-trial their boats and test their workmanship on the water.

Graduation ceremonies for students from the two-year Boatbuilding & Restoration program and the one-year Marine Systems program begin at 10:30 a.m. inside Restoration Hall at the IYRS Newport, R.I., campus.

The launching immediately follows at the IYRS docks. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and the launching.

Boats launched this year include a fleet of 12-foot Beetle Cats, an iconic New England catboat design that dates to 1921; the 35-foot motor launch Corsair, originally launched in 1939 for yachtsman and financier J.P. Morgan; a Herreshoff 12-1/2, designed by the “Wizard of Bristol,” Nathanael Herreshoff; and a 15-foot replica of a 19th-century Whitehall rowing boat.

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The WoodenBoat Show will honor the designs of William, John and Pat Atkin June 27 at a tribute and dinner.

The 18th annual WoodenBoat Show takes place June 26-28 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn.

“For a great portion of the 20th century, William and [later] his son, John, designed inspirational boats and wrote about them in various boating magazines of that era. Their individual and collective philosophies brought so many of us into boating and boatbuilding,” Carl Cramer, publisher of WoodenBoat magazine, said in a statement. “This is our chance to pay homage to them.”

Presenting during the tribute will be Cramer, Walter Ansel, Joe Youcha, Dan MacNaughton, and Timm Schleiff. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and listen to Pat Atkin, John’s wife, who has been instrumental in keeping his designs active and in the forefront of the amateur and professional wooden-boat builder.

In addition, there will be an array of Atkin-designed boats in the water and on land, including in the “I Built it Myself” area at the WoodenBoat Show.

The dinner will be a shoreside barbecue served buffet-style in the Mystic Seaport Boat Shed at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the WoodenBoat Store or by calling (800) 273-7447.

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The sixth annual San Diego Yacht and Boat Show, produced by the Southern California Marine Association, is set for July 23-26 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina and Cancer Survivors Park, Harbor Island.

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