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  • Rich Roberts 2 months ago

    The show keeps getting better every year. Keep up the great work!

  • Claire Wyngaard 2 months ago

    Thanks for offering continued access to the site and presentations. I will watch the ones I had to miss!

  • Dave Bruce 2 months ago

    The Ocean of Love and Mercy shines in all your work and people. My wife mentioned the other day how bodies of water attract people for healing, solace, and deepening our individual understandings and being. And the further beauty of man’s adaptations of building and seamanship to allow our presence and gift upon it. Living in the Ocean of Love and Mercy. Thanks Crew! : – )

  • Mark Shaw 2 months ago

    Once again another great show this year. Loved all the presentations.
    I do have a question and don’t know where to ask it so I am going to post it here.

    I am looking at purchasing a boat in Guatemala. The owner lives in Canada which I assume is listed there. I am having a hard time figuring out about the registration/sales tax/property tax and so on for the boat if I end up getting it. Do I register the boat in my home state in the US and pay the property tax or do I have to register the boat at all if I plan to keep it down there. If I come to the states with it how would that affect the customs? I am just confused about this process if someone can give me information on who to call and talk with about this I would appreciate it. Thanks so much ahead of time.

  • Robert Adams 2 months ago

    The beauty of boating generally is that it is a self – selecting activity. If you choose it you do so because you actually prefer the challenges and hardships it presents over the safety of more staid activities. We all share that same character quality/flaw. Most of us will never row across the Pacific, descend the Bio Bio, circumnavigate the world, or sail a primitive boat around PNG, but we will row across some body of water, descend some river or stream and circumnavigate some island or body of water that challenges us. Similarly, most of us will never build a boat, but we will experience the self-satisfaction of a jury-rigged repair, and the pride of a few coats of nearly perfect varnish. We will do these things because we want to feel the cold and wet of a hostile natural environment, and test the limits of our abilities whatever their level. We do them because we want to create something that is as beautiful as it is functional. These are the things that make us feel most alive. Thanks OCH for helping bring all of the kindred spirits closer together and letting us express both our shared aesthetic of what is living and what is beautiful. Bravo!

    • Sandy Lam 2 months ago

      Thank you so much for this very thoughtful and eloquent comment Robert! The whole crew here were left practically speechless after we read your comment out loud. It really captures what we’ve been trying to share with everyone and we greatly appreciate it! We’re so glad you and others are here to appreciate it all and get connected.

  • Stephen Barnett 2 months ago

    Another wonderful show! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the show year-round, it’ll provide great comfort for those of us who sorely miss Bluewater sailing.

  • ROBERT ANDERSON 2 months ago

    A note of appreciation for another fantastic show. Another 10/10, which means the shows must be getting better because nothing stands still. Well done and congratulations.

  • Ants Uiga 2 months ago

    Peter Fox was a delight.

    I have read whitewater adventures for decades. Peter Fox took my reading experience and showed the nuances of what was going on! It was a delightful perspective. Thanks

  • Mark Darley 2 months ago

    Another great community event. Well done!

  • Jud Greer 2 months ago

    I’m not one who normally posts comments, but wow! this was a terrific show and the presentations were truly fantastic! Thanks for making it possible to go back and look again at the show and boats. Inspiration to the next level! It is a great idea and well done.

  • David Flanders 2 months ago

    It was spectacular. I’m sure that people will be talking about it for quite a while. THANK YOU for leaving it up for OCH members for the year! Yes, tyhere was simply too much to absorb in the previoopus limited time; so this is great. Love the slideshows, and the presentations wete first-rate. The amount of time and work thyat you put in was quite evident. David Flanders

  • Fred Mens 2 months ago

    I have enjoyed two boat shows now and am glad to hear you are able to offer the world this connection year round, remarkable! thank you very much. For Nate, I have several ray hunt 18’s late 60s. fiberglass O-Day built in Toronto wish to connect with other hunt fans.

  • Tony Aman 2 months ago

    What a joyous, amazing show! Congratulations on evolving the event so successfully and enduring all the growing pains you must have suffered. As more information is accumulated, the ease of finding something specific becomes more difficult. I strongly suggest you add a SEARCH option. That way, if I want to find other Savo lovers, or sliding seat rowers, I can search and get results narrowed down to my particular interest.
    Another thought… You must be conniving some way to get Tom Robinson to come to Maine to meet all of you wonderful supporters at OCH and his sponsors who have followed him across the Pacific. I would be willing to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign if that were necessary. May I also suggest that if he were to come here to Maine, it would be terrific to have him featured at the Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival on August 3, 2024, in Blue Hill, Maine. Contact Steve Brookman for more details. And, thanks for listening!

  • Julia Graves 2 months ago

    Congratulations and thanks for an outstanding production. Quite a feat connecting people from all around the world! I hope you all feel very proud of what you have accomplished. Your ideas of growing it to a year around boat show is spectacular! Lots of wonderful people with wonderful brains and ideas working together. Just terrific!!! How will you all celebrate? Cheers!

  • Peggy Huckel 2 months ago

    What an exciting announcement! I had a crazy week and haven’t seen anything but the opening and closing segments so far. I’m sooo excited this will all be available to members year round. Can’t wait to find some space to dive in! Thanks for all your hard work. Peggy Huckel. (Dion Swampscott Dory)

    • Nate Rooks 2 months ago

      Oh wow, Peggy – you’ve got some amazing presentations to see. And now at your leisure!

      Thanks for entering your boat in the Show. Let us know what you think when you get you more time with everything.

  • Scott Treff 2 months ago

    Really enjoyed the show, I have picked out my nest 5 boats! lol,
    great job,
    Thank you for putting this on!!

  • Philip Cronshey 2 months ago

    What a killer shower! I am just so grateful to be part of this amazing community. I stumbled across Offcenterharbor in my searches for resources for boat building, while I set off on my journey to build my first boat. and what a resource it has been to me. Not only has it provided me with endless valuable information and instruction, but has give me a gateway into a world, a community of like minded People who love boats and being on the water. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Larry Symons 2 months ago

    Just a great show!
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the collective awareness and interests of those that find time afloat to be meaningfully enhanced by classic design.
    A big shout out to the crew responsible for putting the show and it’s varied contents together.
    Well done!
    Thanks to all.

  • Don White 2 months ago

    I have been going through the pictures and the stories that go with them. I lived by lake Erie in my early twenties, I did a little canoeing and up river camping but I did dream of building a little dingy type sail boat. That never happened but I do find pleasure in seeing boats, especially those that are for specific use. If I built or owned a boat today I think it would be like a river barge, I still love to go up rivers to see what is along the shores especially the history that you can see how things have changed during the years. Weather that is larger rivers like the Ohio river but mostly the smaller rivers. The Huron river in Ohio was amazing, it is not large but for a time it was the ” Exporting Capital of the World ” they had dammed it up a little and made Milan an island and shipped tons and tons of grain up the river to Lake Erie and then some of it was loaded on freighters that went world wide. My son picked up an interest in Kayaking and races national events to this day. We could not afford the cost of a kayak at that time, so his first two kayaks, he built in the garage. Thank you for putting on the show and the connections provided to at least bring me pleasure in what other people are doing.

    • Tony Aman 2 months ago

      Hello Don. I grew up in Toledo but moved to Maine in my early twenties. If you are interested in life on a barge, I strongly recommend Shantyboat: A River Way of Life by Harlan Hubbard. He and his wife, Anna, built a shantyboat on the banks of the Ohio in the late 40’s . Over about nine years they drifted and poled all the way to Mississippi, living a life of simplicity, art, music, and writing, very much like Helen and Scott Nearing, originators of Living the Good Life, and who built their final homestead near me on the coast of Maine. Also, you can search for their Shantyboat competition. If you wish to chat more on the subject, please feel free to contact me. Tony Aman

  • Lauren de Remer 2 months ago

    Oh my goodness Kirsten Neuschäfer’s presentation with Jeanne was so good, felt really special to hear intimate details of her Golden Globe experience. Talk about personality characteristics to aspire to! I really appreciated Sandy’s prep on that presentation as well, as Jeanne’s questions were structured in a way that made the conversation flow very naturally between the two of them. Kirsten seems to be navigating her fame so well, and she does it with this calm and collected demeanor that is so genuine…I love sailing with people who are humble like her – men or women – as it’s so rare on the water. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Boys in the Boat PBS documentary, and dig the “Powerboats of the 1930s” slideshow, but of course I am biased on that one 😉 thanks again Nate and OCH team!

  • Poul Smith 2 months ago

    I like to go through the boat lists, but what I find most interesting are the museums, festivals, shows, clubs and communities especially here closer to home (Denmark).
    But I imagine quite a few are missing. How do get you get informed?

    • Sandy Lam 2 months ago

      Hi Poul,

      So far it’s just been through our own research and from what show attendees have submitted to us. We know there are many many more. If there are any that are not on the map you can let us know and or create a page for them. There is a button on the homepage that says Submit an Organization. We’d love to get in touch with anyone over in Denmark that could help us fill in the gaps!

  • Robert Adams 2 months ago

    Disappointed that the “Women in Boat Building” panel of charming talking heads was not augmented by the illustrative and instructional photos and videos on which OCH has made its bones. I wanted to see the projects and work that energize these women to be ground breakers in a traditionally male field. Not enough just to give them a seat at the table. Let’s see their shops, and what they have been doing on the HMS Victory and in Costa Rica. You wouldn’t have a panel on boat design and expect to get by on Maynard Bray’s pretty face alone!

    • Nate Rooks 2 months ago

      Hi Robert – Point taken. Due to the live and unscripted nature of this talk, we weren’t able to have images ready to call up. We are working to add some in for the edited replay.

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  • Keith Korporaal 2 months ago

    Raining here the last few months… thank goodness for the Worldwide Classic! It just never gets old looking through the slide shows of these ‘beautiful works of art on the water’! Most of all thank you to the crew at Off Center Harbor for all your fine efforts in putting this together again, it just keeps getting better and better.

  • Jonathan Lewis 2 months ago

    Not enough hours in a day. I keep putting down my tablet and attempt to accomplish something constructive: laundry, vacuuming, cooking, a bit of snow shoveling…but there is so much content it keeps dragging me back. Help!

  • Scott Milham 2 months ago

    I’m new to sailing. The boats presented are beautiful! Thanks for putting this event together!

  • William Harvey 2 months ago

    A marvelous undertaking to promoted friendship around the world through people with a common interest in boats and the sea. I have to admit that mine is a plastic boat because I just dont have the time to give the proper attention to caring for a wooden boat. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying looking and being jealous of all the purists who own wooden boats. Congratulations to all those involved in putting the international boat show together.

  • Julia Graves 2 months ago

    The depth and scope of all the festivals around the world is fascinating to me. I will be spending more time looking at the variety worldwide. Thank you OCH for all the research and collections of materials to provide this information. It is incredible. And I thought I was content to NOT go anywhere.

  • Suzan Wallace 2 months ago

    Thank you for bringing me beautiful swimmers to peruse~_/)

  • Dave and Margaret Tew 2 months ago

    It’s great to have the show back again! I have pinned so many favorite boats it’s hard to pick ‘the best’ among them. For those of us who’ve attended past shows it would be a useful thing to list new items added to the show each year. I will likely run through all 1100 plus boats to see what’s been posted this year but if there were a list of ‘newly added’ boats, organizations, boatyards, etc., every year it would have some appeal… at least for me.

  • Dean Mendenhall 1 year ago

    For those outside the wooden boat culture, this certainly puts things in perspective worldwide. A great variety of options to see what is still a strong ,vibrant and ongoing collection of artwork afloat. Looking forward to next years show.
    Dean Mendenhall. S/v Briar Patch

  • Patrick McCorkle 1 year ago

    Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to make this worldwide classic boat show a reality. You provided an opportunity to travel the world and learn about beautiful boats and the people who design, build and maintain them. A special thanks to those who share their stories, knowledge and skills. Great show!

  • Bruce Milan 1 year ago

    Thank you OCH crew! Steve, Nate and Eric you were great fun and educators again this year. Maynard and Bill, thanks for the generous sharing of your knowledge and well respected opinions. All the presentations we watched were just grand. The show has been a fine winter brightener here snowy Ontario. And so many beautiful boats!! Please, keep up the good work. Bruce and Diane Milan

  • Thorsten Bruske 1 year ago

    Thanks a lot for the great show. I really enjoyed it.
    Watching the videos motivates me to start the annual work on our wooden folkboat.
    I hope to see you next year again.
    Regards, Thorsten

  • John Stevenson 1 year ago


    What a great show, Nate, Steve and the rest of the crew. I’ve been to all 3 years, and this was the best by far. I’m already excited about next year’s show — after all, it’s only 50 weeks away!

    I loved the various slide shows — that was so helpful to have categories curated and available.

    The presentations were excellent, many of which I watched live. It was great fun to know that hundreds (thousands?) of fellow wood boat enthusiasts from around the world were all tuned in together enjoying things in real time.

    I also made some nice connections with fellow Penobscot builders — which is always a treat.

    I’m a big fan of screenshots, and I’m sure I took north of 200 screenshots of things that stood out that I want to study further, or ideas to implement on my boat, or simply to stare at in wonder over the coming months.

    Even though I saw hundreds of boats, I did not make it through all 1,152 boats this year, Nate. But you’ve set the bar high for next year and I for one am in. I’d love to see every boat in the show.

    Thank you folks for extending the show. Ten or eleven days is simply not enough time to take it all in. PLEASE continue to make the boats available for additional days in future years.

    I did miss the free tickets for friends and family this year, but I think it’s good that those of us with boats in the show had to pay $10 to get in. I wonder if with every ticket purchased an exhibitor could get one or two free passes to share is something that you would consider in the future?

    The Classic Boat Show takes the promise of OCH to the next level. Thank you all for an excellent show that surpassed my expectations.

    It’s gonna be blowing 10 – 15 on Monday, and in the low 60s here in the NC mountains. I’m gonna take Sweet Dreams — a wooden boat I built myself — out for the first sail of the season. I’ll be taking all of you with me in spirit, for having contributed so much to me, and to everyone else over these past couple of weeks.

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit boats and comments and be a part of this unique and wonderful community. I look forward to meeting many of you in Port Townsend this September.

    In the meantime, I hope you get out on the water soon, and enjoy fair winds!

  • kevin cooke 1 year ago

    HIdden Stories of Herreshoff and What makes a boat so damn beautiful were well done and I want to thank you for them. Happy to see the slide show as well. In my opinion OCH continues to foster the love of boats. Ill send a few new picks in next year of my much loved Kirby Designed 36. Hope to see you down east this summer. Until then I will continue to admire your movies and work on line. Cheers. And thanks for the hat too 😉

  • David Miller 1 year ago

    Thanks for another great show!

  • Peter Gossell 1 year ago

    Great show. Well done to all. I very much enjoyed the hours that I spent. One suggestion for next year, could you include a category for “Projects”? (Think Tally Ho, Acorn To Arabella, Sail Cargo). My boat was in the first show but not accepted this year as it is a “Project Boat”. It will probably be a Project Boat for the rest of my life, and what timber boat isn’t?

  • John Supan 1 year ago

    Excellent show! Eye candy galore. Inspired my sailing last weekend. My compliments.

  • Lyle Russell 1 year ago

    I grew up wandering boatyards with my Dad 65 years ago. We would pick our favorites. It’s a real pleasure looking through your classics the modern way online. Thanx for a thing we’ll done!!

  • Ted Walsh 1 year ago

    Congratulation to all of you for putting together this excellent venue. Nate said you were looking for suggestions for speakers next year and I wondered about having someone from the Traditional Small Craft Association do a presentation on the various chapters and events that are the heart of that organization.
    Thanks again, this is something to look forward to each February.

  • Nope. I misunderstood. The comment was about how to manage slideshows on the WWCBS site.

  • John Swansey 1 year ago

    This is the first online Boat show that I really had time to engage in. What I really like is the sense of community of the live sessions – the sense that I am not alone in my love of classic boats, and the lifestyle of “messing about.” The boats are beautiful and stories about them and the people who love and care for them are interesting and inspiring. The discussion of aesthetics is spot on for me. Appreciating the sights, sounds and smells of wooden boats has been a vital part of my 60+ years from my earliest memories.

  • Anton McGready 1 year ago

    Thank you from a somewhat land locked, ex SF Bay boating enthusiast, and OCH member. Super informative live presentations, to be enjoyed again this coming week, along with the many great classic boats to enjoy through the slideshows. Thanks again.

  • shipsbell 1 year ago

    First time at the boat show but immediately thought of Lakeside Wooden Boat Society at Lakeside Ohio.
    My son and I learned to sail on sunfish at the Lakeside Sailing Club on Lake Erie.

  • Arnt Arntzen 1 year ago

    BEST sailing movie ever. Race2Alaska. We do have to watch again as we were laughing so much. And at times terrified for the sailors. Our waters are unpredictable for sure. But man are sailors tough!! The director and editor deserve so much credit. Thanks so much. Valerie and Arnt

  • John Stevenson 1 year ago

    Thank you both, Steve and Nate!

    I have seen the slideshows (well, not all of them, but having a great time working my way through them). Those are a great addition — thank you for including them!

    And thanks for extending the show — ten days is simply not enough time to absorb all the wonderful boats!

    • John Stevenson 1 year ago

      Hi again Nate and Steve,

      Really appreciate you including more variety in the home page slide show. I’ve been making good use of the pre-curated slide shows, but I especially love seeing what boats show up every time I open a new browser window. It’s like Christmas morning: ‘Wonder what incredible boats we get to see today?!’

      Thanks again.

      • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

        You’re welcome! It’s on the list to make sure we switch them earlier and more often next year. Glad you’re enjoying them!

  • Boat Show Crew Post author 1 year ago

    Hi Mogen,

    We’ve sent you several emails with instructions on how to get logged in. You still need to purchase a pass here:

  • Mogens CHRISTENSN 1 year ago

    What happen here ?

  • John Stevenson 1 year ago

    Hello Crew,

    Love the show — this is my 3rd year and already looking forward to NEXT year.

    I’ve got one major request: Please put a much wider variety of boats on the main page slide show rotator. I love opening a new browser window during the show to see what you’re displaying for all the world to see.

    As much as I love the boats that you’ve chosen to display, frankly I’m growing tired of seeing the same boats for days and days.

    Seems like in years past you changed the main page rotator several times over the course of the show?

    You’ve got over a thousand boats, right? Please show us some new boats (fingers and toes crossed)…

    Thanks again for a great show — keep up the good work!

  • Gail Boettiger 1 year ago

    So many beautiful boats but I would like to see more boats from Europe and around the Mediterranean and Adriatic. Also, it would be nice to have separate lists for boat building schools and sailing instruction schools.

    • Sandy Lam 1 year ago

      We agree! We would love to have more European boats. If you have any connections over there let us know at Your suggestion for separation within the organization list is noted. It would be great to be able to filter the organizations like we do with boats. We’ll see if we can work that in for next year’s show!

  • Kaci Cronkhite 1 year ago

    Want to send a shout to Ian Weedman & Jen Bates to let ya know how excited I am to see their presentation! Will watch the taped edition. Hoping to learn about tuning! I just returned from a sail on HOLGER DANSK where Joy Phillips has just completed a rerig with synthetic. It was fabulous in the Bass Strait and Tasmania. Just curious to know more about the tuning over time. Good luck with the show!

    • Sandy Lam 1 year ago

      So happy to have you here and all your support over the years. We hope you enjoy the rigging presentation!

  • Maarten COEMAN 1 year ago

    I am by no means a Facebook, instagram, or any social media guy. But it was wel worth my time and effort to put my boats up for the show. What a Joy to revisit the adventures and projects had with these boats. I must say that with the live events, the show is becoming more of a festival…
    Thx. for putting it all together

    • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

      Maarten – While there’s no replacement for live festivals, and we preach how valuable the live shows and festival are, we do consider this an online festival of sorts.

      It pleases us greatly to hear that you’re enjoying the Show! Thanks for including your boats.

  • Mogens CHRISTENSN 1 year ago

    Sorry Nate, I had allready payd 10 dollars on this profil “Mogens C”

  • DAVID BORTON 1 year ago

    In 2021 there was no R2AK because of Covid. Alex and I went anyway, !st solar electric boat, 27 foot Wayward Sun, up the inside passage, 100% solar electric, 20 days, never put foot on BC. Best way to travel!

  • David Dickmeyer 1 year ago

    Me too. Same issue exactly

  • Dear WWCBS team, a technical question: is it possible to add a “set search radius” function? That would facilitate searches in the lesser populated regions.
    Greetings Christoph

    • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

      Hi Christoph –

      Thanks for writing. You can use the right “Near:” box in the searches both on the home pages and on category pages. It’s currently for within 100 miles of the location you choose. We will look into a variable radius for the future.

      • Steve Stone 1 year ago

        And you can also just go to the map on the home page and go to the area you want to search. If you have all the check boxes checked on the legend for all the various types of boats, museums, etc…. then you’ll get everything we have in that area.

        • Dear Steve, yes, the map works great as an overview tool. The nice thing about the category search is that it directly throws out a visual listing of the search items (plus more detailed filtering if you want). A variable search radius would add further finesse 🙂
          Cheers, Christoph

  • Another great and inspiring show!
    What are your thoughts on expanding and collecting further participants outside of the US? Looking for cooperations?
    Greetings from Germany

    • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

      Thanks, Christoph! Yes, we are definitely looking to expand participants – boats, organizations, and Showgoers – outside of the US. We’re glad to say we’ve had a lot of international engagement this year, but we certainly hope for more as the Show grows.

  • Doug Bullock 1 year ago

    Love the show and thanks for all hard work pulling it together each year.

    It would be great to watch a panel discussion of You Tube Channel boat builders.
    Just like the schools and photographers you have done in the past.

  • Greg 1 year ago

    seems like a lot of people same problem.

  • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

    Eric –

    You’ll be able to see the replay of the opening night! If you’re writing this you’re logged in, but it looks like you’ve made a few accounts. Please email us at and we’ll get you sorted.

  • R Gordon Talley 1 year ago

    Good to see you all again this year. Thanks as always for putting it together. (Sandy was a great help to me setting up.)
    Love the slideshows. One issue, I couldn’t click on a boat and get transferred to its home page. Turned out to be because I have popups blocked. Took a while to remember how to allow them for WCBS. Maybe a reminder about them on the page and add to the FAQs?
    Also it would be great to have cut and paste or at least the ability to start a message and come back to it with the text still there.
    All nits. Don’t pick ’em unless you want to. Looking forward to spending quality time drooling over boats.

    • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

      Gordon –

      Thanks for the heads up on the pop-up blocker – we’ll add in some reminders!

      It’s for the good of the boat owners that copy and paste are disabled, but we realize it has other consequences.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Andreas Reuner 1 year ago

    Dear Crew,
    thank you for the warm welcome tonight (now it’s 2.42 in the early morning)
    and thank you for your work on behalf of the boats to be preserved.
    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany

  • Glenn Osoling 1 year ago

    Fantastic! Thank you for all your time and effort, you have once again out done yourselves, this continually gets better, I’m overwhelmed!
    Thanks again,
    Glenn Osoling

  • Robbie Kimmons 1 year ago

    Great event! I just happened across this event and am enjoying it! Listed my 1957 Chris Craft, Mis Pris, because wife says 3 boats are to many. This time she might be right. lol I’ll be online watching thru the weekend. Very cool!

    • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

      It’s all relative. Miss Priss is a sweet boat that’ll fit nicely in someone’s fleet. Enjoy the Show!

  • Nate Rooks 1 year ago

    Hi George –
    Sorry for the lack of clarity last year – ALGEMAC II did make it into last year’s show, albeit a few days after the Show started.
    We’ve added “Electric” as a propulsion category this year, and I’ve added ALGEMAC II to it. I’ll include a slideshow of all-electric boats once the Show opens.
    There is a great 2-person all-electric boat designed and built with the Devlin Boat Company – ELECTRIC PHILOSOPHY – that isn’t in this show but is worth checking out on Off Center Harbor.
    – Nate, for the WCBS Crew

  • Patrick McCorkle 2 years ago

    I really enjoyed the new Slideshow feature and the guest map that allows me to reach out to folks in my surrounding area. Thank you all for your efforts to bring us this Worldwide Classic Boat Show!!! As great as it is, I can’t wait to go to a boat show in person. I’m crossing my fingers Port Townsend 🙂

  • Björn Thafvelin 2 years ago

    Great show, so much to look at and interesting videos. Makes you dream for new boating season!

  • Peter Wattiker 2 years ago

    Hello, My first time attending the show. Sent free passes to all my contacts (over 100, 4 continents) as many had followed a build I completed last year.
    Pros/ All loved the guest register, All loved the ability to look at boats from around the world, all loved the ability to find shows/ museums/ events/ overall a positive experience.
    Cons/ Search capability, difficulty finding a specific boat, entered boats not in all tabs/ drop downs. Example: boats under 25′ my listing was not in this slide show? Friends had difficulty finding specific entries/ overall not very user friendly/ needs better web master.

  • Louise Drinnan 2 years ago

    Kudos to all of you putting this show together and sharing it in such a way, worldwide too! An opportunity for all of us antiquated boat folk to share worldly. Thank you.

  • Richard Thies 2 years ago

    World of Classic Boats (Overall: It was interesting to play with)

    A bit about me (Richard Thies) so you know where I am coming from
    As a teenager I built a 10 ft sail scooter with a lateen sail and learned how to sail. Then I built a wooden hull sunfish from a kit and raced it and did very well against the plastic hulls. About 1980 I got a Grumman canoe which I rigged with leeboard, rudder and various sails: lateen, sprit, and lug. I got some help from Port Townsend’s, Carol Hasse on sewing the lug sail so had good shape and could be reefed. She also gave me a soldering iron tip for finishing off seams on small sails. In 2004 I went to my first of many Wooden Boat Festivals and trips on Adventuress Schooner and fell in love with all kinds of wooden boats. I took many photos which I put up at We also spent lots of time in the Camden/Rockland areea of Maine sailing mostly on Olad.

    Feedback for World of Classic Boats

    What I liked:

    The international focus that mostly was on wooden boats

    The map with the option of seeing trees or cities (but see below)

    The full listing of 919 boats with images, info, and sometimes video (√ boats and scroll down)

    The slide-show samples of some of the boats

    Some videos: Dinghy Cruising (great opening footage), La Recouvrance, Falmouth Classics, Chryssopigi, some Port Townsend ones

    I especially liked the odd international boats : Vietnamese Surf Boat, Traditional Portugese Xavega, Traditional Portugese Moliceiro, Chryssopigi .

    Where I saw room for improvement
    The opening session was too much dull talking heads for me. The definition of a classic boat was interesting. (are big square-rigged tallships excluded?)

    The map default should be showing the cities so you know where you are.

    Repeated clicks are often needed to see the boats. (not sure how to fix that)

    Some boats in the 919 listing do not seem to be on the map (e.g. Victory Chimes in Rockland, Alcyone in Port Townsend)

    Commenting did not work well: if in the 919 file and a comment was made, I then had to go back to Explore the World and start over. Also It refused to take any comment like one I had used before. I just stopped tring to do comments and then I could go smoothly through the full 919 boats.

    I sometimes got ”No listings were found matching your selection” even though the boat was in the 919 list; I also got this at times when I made a random click and it made me go back to Explore the World..

    The 919 listing would be better with side arrows to move to the next one (as opposed to back arrow and the then √ on the next one)

  • Chuck Lage 2 years ago

    Loved it last year and can’t wait to see how it has grown this year. I have shared free passes with all my boating/sailing friends (both full size and model yachting).
    Thank you

  • Aarne Westerberg 2 years ago

    This is great. Been looking for boats all over the globe.The filter works well.

  • Nic Beets 2 years ago

    Loving this, thank you. I have always had a fascination with J Class boats. But none turn up when I search using that name. Is that because there are none registered or just your search engine needing a tweak.

  • John Hutchinson 2 years ago

    Fantastic! Thanks for doing this. Aren’t you glad all 20,000 of us didn’t show up in the harbor at once!

  • Tobias Dean 2 years ago

    Curious about why so little activity in the Russian Republic?

    • Steve Stone 2 years ago

      Hi Tobias. There may be a lot happening around the world that is not on the map (yet), so we’re hoping people will add things (or let us know about things) that they see are missing.

  • Mike Wright 2 years ago

    So, how do we find a boat? Any boat (s)/

    • Steve Stone 2 years ago

      Hi Mike. You can click “Boats” in the menu. That page has a map that you can explore, plus a search with detailed filters to use.