A Tale of Two Boat Shows

newport-modelThis week, two unique boat shows were going on in southern New England. First, Newport hosted the Charter Yacht Show, which featured majestic yachts ranging in size from 53 to 161 feet in length. Modern, floating luxurious resorts, which can be chartered for thousands of dollars a day, on were display in what some consider the sailing capital of the world.

As the Charter Yacht Show was wrapping up, a very different type of boat show was beginning in Mystic, Connecticut, on Friday. The WoodenBoat Show, featuring mostly small wooden boats from a mix of professional and backyard boat builders, takes place at an historic waterfront museum which is a recreation of a 19th-century coastal village.

Antique boatThe exhibits and atmospheres couldn’t be more different, yet both events fall under the broad category of “boat shows”, and both are filled with attendees and exhibitors that share a love of the water – albeit in quite different capacities. But that’s what I love about New England – where else could you find such extremely different affairs within an hour’s drive of each other that both feature such enticing nautical themes.

The Charter Yacht Show is over as of this writing, but you can still check out the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic Seaport through Sunday, June 26th 2016. More info is available at their website: www.thewoodenboatshow.com