Boatbuilders show on tap



PORTLAND — A boat with Mount Desert Island connections is a headliner at the Maine Boatbuilders Show this weekend.

Erin & Sarah, an MDI 45 fishing boat, as seen on the National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna,” is owned by Pete and Erin Speeches.

Pete Speeches originally fished off of Shelter Island, N.Y. He moved to Scarborough and began fishing out of Portland. Erin & Sarah, which is named for his two daughters, was built by Mount Desert Island Boatworks in Manset, but now is offered by SW Boatworks of Lamoine.

Erin Speeches, who worked in advertising in Boston, was between jobs when the offer to appear on the show came. In the first episode of season five, they were the first to land a blue fin tuna among the competing boats on the show. “Wicked Tuna” airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.

The boatbuilders show, hosted by Portland Yacht Services, returns this year to The Portland Company, 58 Fore St., March 18-20.

Other exhibits include a Pisces 21 foot daysailer from Classic Boat Shop in Bernard, a Stanley 19-foot daysailer from Richard Stanley Custom Boats of Bass Harbor, and many others. John Williams Boat Company of Mount Desert has a new 38-footer under construction with a hull designed by Doug Zurn of Marblehead, Mass.

General admission tickets are $15 for one day, $25 for two days or $40 for all three days. Groups of 10 or more receive discounts. Visit www.portlandcompany.com/boatshow/.

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