Bowen's Wharf Wooden Boat Show

The Newport Wooden Boat Show Will Be A Four-Day Celebration of Wooden Boats

Bowen’s Wharf has announced  they the details for the Newport Wooden Boat Show: a waterfront celebration concurrent with the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS) and Newport Brokerage Boat Show.

“Bowen’s Wharf Co. has for the past seven years partnered with NIBS to include New England boats on our property and in our basin,” said Bart Dunbar, President of Bowen’s Wharf Company. “Hinckley, Hunt, Arey’s Pond, Pease Boatworks, The Landing School and many others have exhibited here. This partnership will continue and the Bowen’s Wharf parking lot and basin will again be full of NIBS exhibitors.”

New this year is the expansion to include a beautiful array of wooden power and sailboats in the water at Bowen’s Wharf Marina ⎯ 600-feet of floating dock at 1 Bowen’s Landing, originally home to Newport’s historic ferry landing. All boats in-water will be available for boarding, including the handicap-accessible 36’ Pilar, replica of Ernest Hemingway’s 1934 sport-fishing boat.

39’ yawl from Concordia Company in Dartmouth, MA; 22’ Catboat from Arey’s Pond in South Orleans, MA; a 16’ Beetle Cat from International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI, and the 85’ Enticer from McMillen Yachts. Multiple boats are en route from Pease Boatworks in Chatham, MA. Featured on land will be live-edge timber from Newport Nautical Timbers in Bristol, RI, and yachts for sale from Herreshoff Yacht Sales and Herreshoff Marine Museum.

Two special events are designed to help depict the enduring attraction and high quality craftsmanship involved in wooden boat building and design: Opening Night Party launches Wood, Wind & Water: The Genius of Chatham’s F. Spaulding Dunbar at Seamen’s Church Institute. The show was originally prepared for the Chatham Historical Society and the collection of drawings is part of the permanent Hart Collection at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The catalog will be available for purchase during the show and at Opening Night.


One ticketed event accompanies the show: the screening of the film Wood, Sails, Dreams will follow a concert with Chelley, Bill & Dyl and Coole Swan sampling at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center downtown. Q&A with the producer and some of the boatbuilders afterwards.

Waterfront bar at the marina will be open daily from noon to 6 pm featuring Coole Swan Mudslides, Stella Artois, wines & mixed drinks all served up at the anchor of the Newport waterfront. Live music will feature Caribbean steel drum with Aaron Cote and Panoramic View and a rotation of acoustic performers. Newport Wooden Boat Show bar will benefit SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel.

Admission to the Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show is free and open to all ages, rain or shine.

The dates and times for the Newport Wooden Boat Show are September 15th, through September 18th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  at 1 Bowen’s Ferry Landing.

Special highlights and additional information

Thursday, September 15th – Opening Night of Wood, Wind & Water: The Genius of Chatham’s F. Spaulding Dunbar, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Free and open to the public, mingle with exhibitors, builders, restorers at Seamen’s Church Institute, a historic building and organization. All are welcome to enjoy the two-storey exhibition, Mariner’s Lounge, Henry H. Anderson Maritime Library, Chapel of the Sea and Memorial Garden and live steel drum music, hors d’oeuvres.

Join us for welcome drinks compliments of Coole Swan – Superior Irish Cream and Santa Margherita USA, whose wines and prosecco come to us from the Eastern Veneto, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Alto Adige regions in Italy.

Saturday, September 17th – Screening of Wood, Sails, Dreams and Concert with Chelley, Bill & Dyl, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Start this evening with soul and R&B with Newport’s favorite band: Chelley Smith on vocals, Dylan Roy on bass, Bill Cote on guitar, Doug Ernest on drums. Mingle or dance in the lobby and theater while sipping Coole Swan. Film starts at 7pm: Wood/Sails/Dreams explores the resurgence of wooden boats, the restoration of American maritime history, and the lessons to be learned from the ancient craft of traditional boat building. Jon Stanton the producer will join boatbuilders on stage for a Q&A starting at 8pm.

The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is a world-class art house cinema based in Washington Square in the historic center of Newport, Rhode Island. As the only movie house in downtown Newport, is a film and event space with a sense of style based on history. The JPT does not just show films but creates experiences. In addition to showing films on a daily basis, the theater also host live music and performances.

The Newport Wooden Boat Show is a rain or shine event with live music, waterfront bar, on site in a family-friendly, historic waterfront shopping and dining district. Supporting sponsors include Santa Margherita USA, Stella Artois, Bully Boy Distillers of Boston, Coole Swan Superior Irish Cream and Colony Video. Tickets for the film screening event ($12) can be purchased in person at the Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House 45 America’s Cup Ave, or online through the Bowen’s Wharf website at: Phone: (401) 849-3478

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