The 26th annual WoodenBoat Show is the three-day festival that kicks off the high season at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. The maritime museum’s 19-acre grounds can take a lot of vendors and visitors, and is the perfect place for such an event. Not only do professional boat builders and vendors of all things boat and wood grace the grounds and Mystic River shoreline, also ‘private’ persons come to display what they have built or restored in their garages or backyards – often to their spouses’ dismay.
The more than 100 vendors that yearly come to the WoodenBoat Show, which is organised and arranged by WoodenBoat Publications in Maine and hosted by Mystic Seaport, are selling everything boat owners might need for their boats, whether it’s a dinghy or a superyacht. ‘Antique’ dealers and sellers of bric-a-brac – honestly, is there a difference, more than the prices? – are hawking out stuff to eager customers left and right. After having attended this show for close to ten years now, I have learned that you should walk around quickly the first hours to check out the merchandise at the different vendors, that way you might save hundreds of dollars.
The weather this long weekend, between 30 June and 2 July, was pleasant for a show, partly sunny or partly cloudy with a breeze coming in from the Mystic River.
Boats for sale
Not only are some of the vendors selling kits for you to build your own boat, there are also ‘ready-made’ boats for you to purchase – and save you many hours of frustration, if not money.