PORTLAND — Bass Harbor boatbuilder Richard Stanley garnered the prime spot at this year’s Maine Boatbuilders Show, just inside the show’s front doors, to display his traditional, wooden Stanley 19 sloop. Just behind it was an elegant 26-foot custom runabout from Brooklin Boatyard. Deeper inside the hall, Classic Boat Show was in its accustomed spot with a handsome Pisces 21 sloop — a Paine interpretation of the famous Herreshoff Fish Class sloop.
Founded in 1988, the show moved to the home of its sponsor, Portland Yacht Services, in 1989. It drew thousands of visitors to 58 Fore St., an agglomeration of red brick warehouse buildings located at the foot of Munjoy Hill.
A few years ago, Portland Yacht Services moved its operations to the other end of Portland Harbor after owner Phineas Sprague Jr. sold the 58 Fore St. property to a developer.
Sprague retained the right to operate the boatbuilders show for several years after the 2013 sale, but now event organizers are looking for a new venue.
The new Portland Yacht Services facilities apparently lack sufficient indoor space for a March boat show, and as yet, there has been no formal announcement of where, or even if, there will be one.