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Maine whaler posted 03-15-2001 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maine whaler   Send Email to Maine whaler  
This year the Maine boat builders show is March the weekend of the 24th, 25th
simonmeridew posted 03-15-2001 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
I went about 6 years ago. Mostly all beautiful wooden boats. Don't remember if any whalers were there.
kingfish posted 03-15-2001 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Went last year (first time)-it's a wonderful show; I think it is limited, as per its name, to boats built by Maine boat builders. I can't imagine an opportunity to see such craftsmanship of the marine persuasion like that anywhere else at any time. It is truly a wonder.

And did I have the lobster roll of my life at a little restaurant on the river in Kennebunkport! (Not to mention the lobster stew at another little restaurant on the waterfront in Portland) You guys who hail from that area are fortunate in many ways.


Macman posted 03-15-2001 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
The boat builder's show has become a rite of spring for me. I have been to every one of them. It is not limited to Maine builders; all of New England and the Maritimes are represented. It is the place to talk boats with people who really love them.While there may not be any Whalers on display, you can bet that there are lots of Whaler owners in the crowd! Think Spring!
bigz posted 03-16-2001 06:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Hmm, interesting Kingfish appears you diffidently know where to find good food when your traveling!

Walk up take out clam shack or a sit down restaurant over on the pond side of the bridge in a group of stores in the "Port"?

Do you remember the name of the Portland place? There are so many in Portland these days that are good hard to keep track ---

Surprised you didn't get to a good one in South Portland, the Snow Squall --- boat show link

Maine whaler posted 03-16-2001 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
Don't forget the Lobster shack in Cape Elizabeth. Great clam or lobsta rolls with a great view.
kingfish posted 03-16-2001 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Walk-in sit-down place in the "Port", I would say it was on the pond side, and seemed to be in a group of shops, as I recall. A lot of locals apparently show up there for lunch every day; being new in town I drove up to the local police station and asked them where the good places were and that was about the only one on their list that was open.

I can barely remember my own name, much less the name of the restaurant in Portland. It was right on the main drag, waterside, on or close to the water, in the Oldtown(?) area, small, busy, hole-in-the-wall type of place, older, very un-fancy, with a seafood menu that is making me drool as I think about it.

Maine whaler posted 03-16-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
Either Jay's oyster bar or Boone's most likely
bigz posted 03-16-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Guess the restaurant in K'Port was the Riverview which has a view of the river and pond or maybe Allisons if it had a bar --- both right on Dock Square --

Oh my just got me thinking about whole hunks of fresh lobster meat lightly breaded sautéed in clarified butter so they are just munchie, served with fresh melted butter --- the lazy man's lobster --- yummy for the tummy ---

We will only do steamed lobster at the our house bought at lobster/fish market in Cape Porpoise ! Won't eat whole steamed lobster outside of Maine --- stubborn that way yeah know Kingfish

RWM posted 03-16-2001 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
I think I'm rescued. On the 24th and 25th I'll be visiting Portland with my "significant other" who's showing her cats in a cat show...Help!!!!!...Where's the boat show? Help!!!!!!!
blackdog posted 03-16-2001 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
You need to quickly develop Cat allergies. I think the only cure is to get some fresh sea air!!


Macman posted 03-16-2001 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
RWM---the show is located in a series of old buildings just past the drydock. It is usually easier to park on Commercial Street on the waterfront and walk up. The complex is also the site of the narrow-gauge rail system. You will not have any trouble finding it; take the walking path from Commercial Street and it will lead you there.
(5 min. walk)
mattr posted 03-16-2001 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for mattr  Send Email to mattr     
You all are making me very homesick! I live in So. Portland, ME, but am in Ft. Myers on vaca. Played 18 holes this morning, heading to the sox/yankmees game sunday...

Me boatbuilders has been a tradition for me since '94. Great experience and a lot o' boat stuff. And - good hotdogs and homemade snacks, to boot. I work in Kennebunk, and usually spend my lunchbreaks on the beach. Allisons is a great spot, as is Federal Jacks. Good beer and burgers...

Hope to see some of you at the show!


Maine whaler posted 03-16-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
The Maine Boat Builders show is at the Portland Company complex which is right on the Harbor, north of the big blue Bath Iron works dry dock. It is a group of old brick buildings that also house an operating 2 foot railroad and musuem. There is a website. I think it is but I am not sure.
lets hope the weather cooperates.
Maine whaler posted 03-16-2001 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
Oops sorry for the repeat, Macman types faster than I do
kingfish posted 03-16-2001 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
bigz, Macman, Maine Whaler, et al- It was Allison's, sure enough, in K'port. It was a lobster roll to die for.

In Portland, it might have been Boone's, neither my wife nor I can remember for sure. I can tell you this: it was small, in my memory had wood floors and walls, you walk in off the street and immediately turn left to go through sort of an airlock or vestibule, and go straight ahead into the place (small vestibule). When you're in, it's long and skinny mostly to your right, towards the water. A couple tables on the left, but most on the right and a very narrow elbow bar against the far wall with stools. Fish hanging on the wall. To say it was unpretentious would be an understatement. Wonderful seafood menu, definitely "homestyle" preperation and presentation.



Macman posted 03-16-2001 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman found Gilbert's Chowder House. Thats where us local yokels go.The only thing better than walking in the front door is arriving by Whaler out back!
RWM posted 03-17-2001 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Thanks so much. I've been trying to put a good face on the trip to Portland, but in truth I hadn't been looking forward to it. Cat's are O.K. but those "cat people" are a little off the radar screen for me.
Now I'm excited to see some Maine built boats and maybe find my next one if its not a Whaler. And dinner down by the water with my sweety looks like a given. We've lost all the snow here on Cape Cod and the the daffodils are poking their little heads up. If the weather cooperates when I get back from Maine the cover comes off the Montauk and the new engine goes on!...Bob M.
whalernut posted 03-17-2001 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Bob, when you say Maine built boats are you talking about Wooden vessels. If you are, they are my second love next to old Whalers! I have owned a `19 61` Lyman(now my brothers), my other brother owns 2 `38 Mathews and a Custom made 52 footer that was made in Erie,PA. in the 60`s. They are bunches of work! they are also so beutiful. The `52 has tons of Mahogany in the interior! Regards-Jack Graner.
kingfish posted 03-18-2001 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Macman...that's it! Gilbert's! I wondered if there wasn't an approach by water - isn't there sort of a porch or covered deck area out towards the Bay?
mattr posted 03-24-2001 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for mattr  Send Email to mattr     
well, I'm off to the show - I hope to see other forum visitors there...Don't forget to grab a cup of chowder and a microbrew before you leave...I'll check back to see feedback from other show-goers later!

(boating is just too cool!)


simonmeridew posted 03-24-2001 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
We just got back from the show; as I suspected, no whalers, but plenty to look at. Quite a variety of many wooden (cedar strip canoes, planked Adirondack Guide Boats),and quite a few large fiberglas boats. Many more engines than I can write about--especially Suzuki, Merc, and Yanmar for the inboard diesel crowd. Probably 1/2 dozen canvas booths. Prop builders. Lots of electronics booths.
...when is this snow going to leave...
Maine whaler posted 03-25-2001 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
I also went to the show yesterday. Loved those 19-26 foot bass boat style boats. Great workmanship and lots of wood. I also liked the General marine 26. Tried to get info on the 22 but got tired of waiting. Lots of fun. No whalers but I did walk past a baby blazer 4 door with a Whaler sticker in the window. Belong to anybody from this board?
Macman posted 03-26-2001 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
Once again the show does not disappoint! I l liked the "Pilot" 19'and the"Parker" 21 CC boats the best. I think that they are made in RI. There was also a Maritime Skiff 20' with a very nice center console; I liked this boat as well.(made in Mass.) 4-stroke engines seemed to rule the day...
One of the yards had a 27' Whaler which looked like a Frontier for sale( hard to tell from the picture) It is an 86 w/ twin 275 Johnsons..23k. I have the tel.# if anyone is interested.

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