Model Boat Show 2019

The 12th biennial Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Model Boat Show will be held on Patriot’s Day Weekend, April 13 and 14, 2019. 

Admission covers all exhibits and activities over the two days of the show. Admission prices are $15 for an adult; $5 for ages 12 to 17 and for uniformed military; free for children under age 12. 

See the MBS Schedule (in progress) here.
See a map of Woods Hole MBS events here.
Register to be MBS exhibitor here.

This two-day celebration of small ships is an opportunity to view exquisite workmanship and meet model boat craftsmen from all over New England and beyond. Some of the vessels are so small they can fit inside a light bulb, most are much larger, ranging from 12 in. to 12 ft. Most have fine detail. Some are stationary, exhibited inside; others go into the water. Some are powered only by the wind, yet steered by radio control.

The centerpiece of the event is a village-wide array of model boat displays, featuring watercraft of every description: extravagant yachts, sturdy tugs, imposing military vessels, elegant steam-powered boats and everything in between. There is also a lot of fun to be had outside, as the boat show features radio-controlled model boats racing on the harbor, plus model boat kits that kids can assemble and then launch in a kids’ pool. There is truly something for everyone!

Scheduled talks include:

  • Historical Milestones in Model Yachting
    Saturday, 11 AM-noon, John Stoudt, “Little Boat Builder” (PA) and president of the US Vintage Model Yacht Group
    — On the sport/hobby of model yachting over the years, since 1851: Various key venues, skippers, boats, techniques, developments and processes.

  • Designing a Model of the Down Easter, William H. Conner
    Saturday 1-2 PM, Rob Napier, restorer and researcher of historic vessels for museums including Boston MFA
    — On interpreting research materials and the thoughts and processes encountered in designing a model of the William H. Conner, a full-rigged merchant sailing ship, Maine-built in 1877. 

  • “Saint Columba’s Curragh: The challenge of modeling a leather boat”
    Sunday 11 AM-noon, James Norton, professor (Maine, retired) and maker of small, historic open boat models
    — On the challenges of making a 1/24 scale model of the 36-foot leather-covered curragh used by Saint Columba and his monks to travel in exile from Northern Ireland to the island of Iona in Scotland in 563 AD.

  • “New Underwater Vehicles developed in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Lab”
    Sunday, 1-2 PM, Molly Curran, mechanical engineer in the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Consignment With Dockyard Sales at the Model Boat Show
“Dock Yard Sales” is the Model Boat Show’s nautical flea market, operating on a consignment basis during the two days of the show. For consignors, it is a great opportunity to sell your marine overflow items (in good condition, please).
More information here.

For more information about the Model Boat Show, call 508-548-7270 or email whmbshow@gmail.com.

The Woods Hole Historical Museum and The 2019 Model Boat Show are grateful to our community sponsors.

Model Boat Show Registration Form

Exhibitors: If you’d like to exhibit at the Model Boat Show, fill out and return the Exhibitor’s Registration form.

To download the form as a Word docx that you can fill out on your computer, and then return as an email attachment, click here.

To download the form as a PDF that you can print out, fill out with a good old pen, and then mail in, click here.

To return the form as an attachment, email Jennifer Gaines at whmbshow@gmail.com.

To mail the form on paper, send it to Jennifer Gaines, WHHM, P.O. Box 185, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

If you have questions, contact Jennifer at whmbshow@gmail.com.

Woods Hole Model Boat Show 2017

The Woods Hole Historical Museum will be holding its 11th Biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show on Saturday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 2017. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.

See the entire 2-day schedule here.

See the map of Woods Hole with all the events here.

Our exhibitors come from all over New England and beyond. The centerpiece of the event is a village-wide array of model boat displays, featuring watercraft of every description: extravagant yachts, sturdy tugs, imposing military vessels, elegant steam-powered boats and everything in between. There is also a lot of fun to be had outside, as the boat show features radio-controlled model boats racing on the harbor, plus model boat kits that kids can assemble and then launch in a kids’ pool. There is truly something for everyone!

Please join this longstanding Woods Hole tradition, celebrating the beginning of the boating season, and help us make this the most fun Woods Hole Model Boat Show ever!

Interested in ATTENDING?

Your admission admits you to all exhibits and events over the two days of the show. Admission prices are $15 for an adult; $5 for ages 12 to 17; free for children under age 12. Admissions are available at three convenient locations during the event:

  • Woods Hole Historical Museum, 579 Woods Hole Road. Parking while you buy your ticket. (payment by cash, check or credit card)
  • Community Hall, Water Street, just over the bridge (payment by cash or check)
  • MBL Club, Water Street. The exhibit hall at the far end of the building (payment by cash or check).

Interested in CONSIGNMENT SALES at the event?

“Dock Yard Sales” is the Model Boat Show’s nautical flea market, operating on a consignment basis during the two days of the show. For consignors, it is a great opportunity to sell your marine overflow items (in good condition, please). Our attendees are your ideal market! And for prospective buyers, it is a treasure hunt for the unexpected yachting gem, whatever the scale. Prospective consignors should contact Kathy Cooper for more information and to pre-register their items in order to streamline their experience at this address: kathycooper61@comcast.net

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