Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Maine Boatbuilders Show, the Association of Marine Technicians, the Strictly Jersey Boat Show and the SailQuest Mystic boat show.

The annual Maine Boatbuilders Show takes place Friday through Sunday in Portland, Maine.

The show is a gathering of some of the finest fiberglass and wood-boat builders on the East Coast. Numerous boating equipment manufacturers also will be exhibiting.

Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks and rowing boats will be displayed, with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

The event also includes dozens of seminars and presentations. Click here for the complete list.

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The Association of Marine Technicians is offering a series of workshops this month through North Atlantic Marine Services in Wareham, Mass.

Courses include:

  • March 21: Ignition troubleshooting workshop
  • March 22: EFI sensors and testing workshop
  • March 23: Diagnostic equipment workshop
  • March 31-April 1: HVAC workshop

Click here for information.

Amtech also is sponsoring a marine trades social March 24 in Wareham.

"In the past year we have converted our new facility in Wareham from a car dealership to an educational facility for the marine industry," Amtech said in a statement. "The facility offers a classroom/lecture hall, as well as hands-on training in the lab. With the recent decline in the economy, the service end of the industry has become essential. It is our goal to provide a local opportunity for continuing education."

Anyone interested in attending should contact Kathryn Larsen at (508) 858-0606, Ext. 5, or

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The Strictly Jersey Boat Show is set for April 29-May 1 at the South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J.

The show was launched three years ago to appeal to the serious boat buyer. Unlike typical boat shows Strictly Jersey was never intended to appeal to the general non-boating public, organizers said.

"Now in its third year, the Strictly Jersey Boat Show has proven to be a viable alternative to the common boat show," organizers say. "This show has been designed to provide a method by which New Jersey's boat manufacturers, dealers and companies that provide boating services and products are brought together with actual boaters. This simple plan enables show exhibitors to successfully tap into that desire and passion that we all know exists within New Jersey's boating community, and for a fraction of the price typical at common boat shows."

For show details, including costs and slip reservations, or to request a show kit, call Mark Allen at (609) 898-9500, or e-mail him at

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The SailQuest Mystic boat show will be held May 13-15 at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

New and brokerage yachts will be available for sale. The family-oriented show will include sailboats, trawlers and Down East-style power and select brokerage yachts from 20 to more than 50 feet.

A variety of companies also will be offering small boats, gear and other products and services, including financing and insurance. Discover Sailing and the American Sailing Association will be offering free sails all weekend on small keelboats and larger yachts.

"At SailQuest Mystic, visitors will have the opportunity to view and board beautiful new and select brokerage yachts on the Mystic River while enjoying full access to Mystic Seaport's interactive exhibits, including the Charles W. Morgan. What a great way to spend the day," WindCheck Magazine publisher Anne Hannan said in a statement.

Click here for the full release.


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