Don’t be surprised if you spot more than the usual number of classic wooden yachts making their way down Block Island Sound or even up I-95 these days. For people who love wooden boats, the pilgrimage to Mystic has become an annual affair, with the WoodenBoat Show drawing the fleet (both literally and figuratively) to Mystic Seaport. From large yachts like Trade Wind to kayaks and rowboats that look almost too perfect to get wet, this annual gathering has become the must-attend event of the summer for anyone who appreciates the fine craftsmanship found on wooden boats. We especially enjoy seeing yachts like the William Bassett, a 32′ schooner rebuilt by the Beetle Boat Shop in Wareham, Massachusetts, but the thing about a show like this one is that you’re likely to make more than a few new discoveries while you’re there.
The USHarbors crew is usually wandering the show and stepping aboard as many boats as we possibly can, so make sure to say hello if you see us out on the docks!