I arrived in Mystic Thursday night and dropped off the Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) at Mystic Seaport for the Woodenboat Show. I was to be in the I Built It Myself (IBIM) section of the show and I was going to be spending the next 3 full days there at the show. Paradise. Mystic, CT is own of my absolute favorite towns I have ever visited and the fact that my SUP gave me an excuse to hang out at the Woodenboat Show, was the perfect scenario. I was right. What an amazing weekend with some fantastic people.
Mystic, CT was founded in 1654 and quickly became a shipbuilding hub due to its proximity to the water. The ships they were building at that time were clipper ships. Aside from its great restaurants and outstanding downtown area, Mystic hosts a world-class marine history museum called Mystic Seaport.
Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime history museum in the world. It covers 17 acres of riverfront property and has 60 historic buildings. Each building is a recreation of a building that may have existed in any bustling 19th century port. Buildings such as The Plymouth Cordage Company, Charles Mallory Sailmaker, and Nautical Instruments all contain live exhibits where staff members play the part of the shop keeper and walk guests through the role of his shop in the village. It is truly like stepping back in time.
Enter the Wooden Boat show. Folks from all over the country and abroad bring their prized boats and products to the show. Take the nostalgia of a historic 19th century seafaring village and throw in dozens of masterfully crafted wooden boats and you have an amazing show of this country’s rich maritime history. The vendors at the show live and breath boats. Each one is a wealth of knowledge in a different area of expertise. I saw some old friends there from the Heritage Boatworks Podcast including Bill Womack, Tony Davis, and Graham McKay.
It was truly amazing rubbing elbows with so many amazing craftsman in the vendor section, but it was another amazing experience all together rubbing elbows with the equally passionate amateurs of the I Built It Myself section. I will save that for another blog. In the meantime, enjoy the photos I took below.