Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Mystic (Conn.) Seaport’s Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous, the Paradigm Yacht In-Water Boat Show in Louisville, Ky., and the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam.

Mystic Seaport’s 37th annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous runs July 28-29 and will pay tribute to the Huckins Yacht Corp., an 84-year-old yacht-building company.

The event will showcase original-condition and restored boats that the Jacksonville, Fla., company built prior to 1970, according to Mystic Seaport.

Cruisers, sailboats, runabouts and launches will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 28 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 29.

An award competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity and workmanship.

Huckins is recognized as one of the oldest continuously family-owned boatbuilders in the United States. Frank Huckins was the nautical mastermind behind several firsts in the marine industry, including the first true fast-planing yacht on his trademarked Quadraconic hull form. Examples of Huckins yachts will range from 40 to 61 feet.

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The Paradigm Yacht In-Water Boat Show, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the new RiverPark Place Marina on River Road near downtown Louisville, Ky., will feature more than 25 used contemporary recreational boats.

Paradigm staff will offer a free "Discover the Ohio Boat Cruise" at the top of each hour during the day, according to a Paradigm release.

The tour includes a boat ride to downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., so those who attend can experience boating firsthand.

“Brands on display include Sea Ray, Cruisers Inc., Pluckebaum, Jefferson Motor Yachts, Carver, Mainship, Gibson, Boston Whaler, Regal, Mako, Harbor Master, and Sumerset,” Paradigm Yacht Sales and Brokerage’s George East said in a statement. "This will be one of the largest in-water pre-owned boat shows on the Ohio River this season. We are very excited because there is something for everyone to see at the show."

Attendees can come by land or by water, and free dockage is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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The Marine Equipment Trade Show announced that the Composite Pavilion at METS 2012 is being relocated and renamed the Construction Material Pavilion.

The relaunch will enable the pavilion to expand in size and become a comprehensive materials showcase and information resource for the boatbuilding sector.

The 25th anniversary edition of METS will be held Nov. 13-15 in Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands.

“The Composite Pavilion has grown over the nine years to become a much-valued niche product platform at METS,” METS senior product manager Irene Dros said in a statement. “It’s now time to build on this by enlarging the scope of the pavilion to reflect the developments and innovations that have taken place in recent years with all kinds of construction materials.”

That’s especially true because more and more materials from other industries, such as construction, are being discovered and used by the boatbuilding sector, Dros added.

Organizers said the Construction Material Pavilion will be at the heart of METS in the Elicium, adjacent to the DAME Award Display. The pavilion will have a dedicated seminar theater — The Material Innovation Stage — where a series of keynote and exhibitor presentations will be held.

“The ultimate long-term goal for the CMP is to offer the marine industry a 100 percent trade-only platform at METS, whereby all raw materials used for boatbuilding are presented and explained,” Dros said.

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