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  1. #36
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    Not sensing that there are compelling reasons to make the drive on a nice day when there is a dory to row in Camden Harbor. Comments, however, would be great.
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    The aisles were wider and so there was less jostling to get through. Lots of space for standing back and admiring the boats and booths, meeting and talking with friends. The seminar space was much better. Comfortable temperature all around. The shuttle system from the Bishop Street parking worked well for me although others found it a long wait (they were cold). Several people mentioned it would be helpful to have a Porta-Jon at that lot while waiting, although there was a head on the big bus shuttle when it arrived. Some vendors offered free passes to the show via their Facebook pages.

    The Bauer's party was of course, great. Good food and conversation. Thanks again Steven and Mary!
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    Sounds like we really really missed something good.

    As an aside, why do people who make a perfectly lovely boat make cleats [first two pix #38] that are clunky and put the line through a hard bend?

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    Yes it was really good, and I did not expect it to be. I was shocked that WB magazine did not have a booth.


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    Thanks for all the pics! Wish I'd been able to make it - especially Mary & Steven's.

    Here's hoping for next year!
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    In the background of post number 34 you can just make out the transom of a very nice power skiff. Here's a another picture of it:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Sounds like we really really missed something good.

    As an aside, why do people who make a perfectly lovely boat make cleats [first two pix #38] that are clunky and put the line through a hard bend?
    Not an aside.... people work wicked hard and do a nice job on the boats, then lose it in the details. I wish I could take them on a tour of the boat collection at Mystic or Maine Maritime or Penobscot or Chesapeake Bay .... Plans tend not to show details.
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    Hi, Tom. I didn't know you were coming down to Portland. Still in town?

    Yes, that is Thad's boat. I was honored to be at her maiden launching at Mystic a couple of years ago.


    Steven

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    Some details of the boat in #41 (is it a forumite's boat?):

    see post #6

    got to admit this craft is a bit of an inspiration for the aesthetic I am trying to keep true to with Centennial, "local work boat makes good" sort of vibe!

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    Maybe it was the acres of beautiful green plastic grass, but I was disappointed. Didn't seem like there was as much on display for the small boat enthusiast as in the past. I missed the clam chowder, as the nachos were greasy, and the beer selection limited. It was nice seeing Clint and others, the boat school boats, and lots of good ole tools.
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    MORE BOAT PORN PLEASE. You know, for those poor folks among us who could not go....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wright View Post
    In the background of post number 34 you can just make out the transom of a very nice power skiff. Here's a another picture of it:




    Dave, that skiff is lovely. Whose design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Oregon View Post
    Dave, that skiff is lovely. Whose design?
    That's a Tolman Widebody built by Jim Shula, Salt Water Workshop, Buxton, Maine. Jim has been to these shows in the past with other versions of these boats that he has built. Jim's boats are always crisp, clean, functional, and attractive. He has CNC equipment and can supply kits, ready to assemble. The part count is low and you get a pretty big lightweight boat with all sorts of potential options - cuddy, pilothouse, etc. I don't know how many have been built from kits, but well over a hundred, perhaps twice that have been built from scratch by home builders.


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    Ahhhhh... now I need a cigarette....
    more please...

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    Dave has a thread about this boat ($145,000) here $$$
    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    OK!

    More details of the cold-molded speedboat from Rockport Marine. The last two photos of post #37 are also of this boat.









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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    ($145,000) here $$$
    First, I think it's a very nice looking boat. But secondly, and without detracting from this boat in any way, for those who are concerned that amateur home built boats are on the decline, a professionally built and priced boat like this might be one of the greatest incentives to build your own.

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