Launches & Events
Upcoming Launches & Events

Upcoming Launches & Events

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Newport International Boat Show
This prestigious event encompasses 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront with all makes and models of powerboats and sailboats ranging from 16 ft. to 85 ft. ---ready for boarding and review. On the land side, there’s a bountiful array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. Domestic and international dealers and manufacturers will be on hand to provide you with valuable information and answers to all your questions. With numerous countries represented - it truly is an international event.

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Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show
There is always so much for the whole family to see and do at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. In addition to a fleet of great boats in the water and on land, plus tents filled with booth exhibits, there'll be wonderful live music, a variety of events for children and families, fabulous food, and (of course) the wild and zany World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials (on Sunday).

Commercial Marine Expo
CME 2014 brings thousands of marine buyers and sellers together in a unique, business-to-business environment in the heart of the New England commercial marine industries.

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Maine Boat Builders Show
A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work. March 14-16, 2014.

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"Your Future is Here" - A Manufacturing Summit
LARGEST MANUFACTURING SUMMIT in MAINE! Join for our Annual Manufacturing Summit.

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Newport International Boat Show
The 43rd Annual Newport International Boat Show, September 12-15, 2013, will feature new sailboats and powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors.

Multiple waterfront facilities along America's Cup Avenue host the Show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf and Bowen's Wharf. All Show sites are accessible by land or by water taxi service.

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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this high-summer event! Each year we gather Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time, so you can meet them in person.

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Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference
Grow your boatbuilding business by developing new ways to market your custom, semi-custom and production boats nationwide and internationally. Attend the Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference to learn from marketing and business experts how you can extend the reach of your company and the quality of your boats.

Newport International Boat Show
The 42nd Annual Newport International Boat Show, September 13-16, 2012, will feature new sailboats and powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors.

Maine Built Boats will be there representing its membership.

Open Boat Yard Days
Boat yards throughout Maine will open their doors to the general public August 13-14 for tours, discussions and interviews. Locals and tourists alike are invited to stop by any of the participating yards during their regular business hours to get an insider’s view of the craftsmanship involved in the boat construction and repair processes among Maine boat yards. The Open Boat Yard Days event is produced annually by Maine Built Boats Inc. to promote the value and integrity of boats built in the state of Maine.

The yards currently participating in the 2012 Open Boat Yard Days are:

• Atlantic Boat Company of Brooklin
• Back Cove Yachts of Rockland (tours available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. only)
• Front Street Shipyard of Belfast
• Great Harbor Boatworks of Southwest Harbor
• Great Island Boat Yard of Harpswell
• The Hinckley Company of Trenton and Southwest Harbor (tours available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.)
• John Williams Boat Company of Hall Quarry
• Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston
• Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor
• Portland Yacht Services of Portland
• Sabre Yachts of Casco (tours available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. only)

“Maine boatbuilders are known worldwide for their superior capabilities and craftsmanship,” says Jon Johansen, president of Maine Built Boats Inc. “This is an opportunity for the public to meet the talented builders, ask questions about the processes and see the remarkable technologies they have in their shops.”

Open Boat Yard Days is free to the public and no reservations are required to visit any of the yards. More information about Open Boat Yard Days is online at

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this high-summer event! A gathering of Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors in ONE place at ONE time, so you can meet them in person.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rockland, Maine, Harbor Park on the waterfront

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Penboscot Bay Rendezvous
Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding will sponsor the inaugural Penobscot Bay Rendezvous August 18th, 19th, and 20th. This three-day event will feature exciting and competitive racing for power and sail, with a number of classes to suit the varied fleet. Participant will gain behind-the-scenes access to each of these world-renowned boatyards and will be hosted each night at a different exclusive venue. The NOR and SI instructions, in addition to a complete listing of events and activities can be found at the website link below.

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Open Boatyard Days - Company List
Maine Built Boats announces the second annual “Open Boatyard Days” to be held on August 15-16. During this two-day event, participating boatbuilders, boatyards, and marine-related businesses from Kittery to Eastport will open their doors to the public and even offer guided tours (on the hour, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.). From refits of existing yachts to new builds of both power and sail boats, participants will enjoy a rare opportunity to witness firsthand one of Maine’s signature industries.


Atlantic Boat
Brooklin Boat Yard
D.N. Hylan
Hewes & Co.
WoodenBoat School
Cranberry Island Boatyard
The Boat School – Husson
John Williams Boat Company
Morris Yachts
Wilbur Yachts
Great Harbor Boatworks
Hinckley Yachts
West Bay Boats
Nautilus Marine

Front Street Shipyard
Great Island Boatyard
Rockport Marine
Artisan Boatworks (August 15 only)
Back Cove Yachts
Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding

The Landing School
Six River Marine
Portland Yacht Services
Colortec Powdercoating
New England Fiberglass
Sabre Yachts

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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
The ninth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors boat and home show will feature boats in the water, boats on land, marine gear vendors, fine furniture and home wares, the arts, architecture, and delicious food. This event is Maine's only in-the-water boat show, and it is also the only show to feature dozens of Maine's most talented furniture makers, architects, and builders combined on one spectacular waterfront site. A special exhibit, "75 Years on Penobscot Bay-A Retrospective," will reveal coastal life circa 1936. The show is held at Harbor & Buoy Parks, on the waterfront in Rockland ME. For more information, call 800-565-4951

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Shipyard Cup
In what has now become a Maine racing tradition, Hodgdon Yachts presents the 2011 Shipyard Cup. This year's event will be held August 12-14 in Boothbay Harbor and as in previous years, will adhere to the Bucket Protocol Racing Rules. Race applications and other details will be sent to returning participants; new entrants may contact Erin Buehler at Hodgdon Yachts.

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3rd Annual Tom Morris Memorial Regatta
The MDI Community Sailing Center and the Northeast Harbor Fleet are delighted to announce and host the third annual Tom Morris Memorial Regatta, a fundraiser event for the MDI Community Sailing Center and the Northeast Harbor Sailing School scholarship programs. All proceeds from this event will be split between both organizations funds, which benefit MDI youth wishing to attend a junior sailing program. The regatta is a pursuit race open to Luders L-16's, O'Day Tempest 23's, International One Designs and Cruising/Racing class keel boats 20 feet LOA and up.

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Splash Time at The Apprenticeshop!
The Apprenticeshop will celebrate the graduation of apprentices Justin McAnaney, Kelly O'Sullivan and Thor Hubble. Following graduation the public is invited to share the celebration as we launch our latest Apprentice and Intern built boats on the noon high tide.

Maine Boatbuilders Show Portland
The Maine Boatbuilders Show, now in its 24th year, will be held at the Portland Company Complex on Fore Street in Portland. It is a Gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden boat builders on the East Coast. You will be able to meet the builders of sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work. Many members of Maine Built Boats will be at the show. Three days of seminars for all who love boats.

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Graduation & Launch Day at The Apprenticeshop
With December 17 set for the launch of the three smaller boats and July, 2011 for the two larger boats our Apprentices will be putting in the hours. You, of course, are invited to the launch ceremony for these boats; the Lawleys and the Frank Day on December 17 at 9:00 a.m. and the larger boats on June 17, 2011.

Following that morning's launch, at 1:00 p.m. on December 17 we will also bid bon voyage to our three graduating apprentices, Jim Valentine, Pat Walsh and Doug Carter. Over their two years in the Shop they have been involved in the following builds: the restoration of the Haj, the Pea Pod display in our library, the Mermaid sloop, a Whitehall, and a Susan skiff. The graduation and launch will also include the three interns: Connor Gills, Patrick Kane, and Seth Walton. They will have completed their 12-week builds of Susan skiffs. Great work fellows! It has been a pleasure to have you here. Best of luck to all.

With the incoming tide on January 3, 2011, we'll welcome Ryan Flynn from Reading, MA, Kit Macchi from Baltimore, MD and Sophie Meltzer from Rockland, ME as new apprentices. With ambition, gusto and desire they arrive to build some of the best traditional craft built anywhere. Look forward to more stories about these bright stars in our monthly newsletters and online on our Facebook page.

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Learn to Make your own Toboggan!
Join The Apprenticeshop for a discussion on the basics of building a toboggan.

While touching on the parameters necessary to meet the Camden Snow Bowl's US National Toboggan Championship standards, Apprenticeshop teachers will talk about the full spectrum of building a sled and how to do it at home. From what kind of wood to use and where to find it, to improvising a steam box in your kitchen, participants will be able to gather enough information for a home project. The staff will address creating a form to shape the bow end of the sled and opportunities to bend planks and try riveting will be available. The 2010 Apprenticeshop team's sled will be on hand as will hot chocolate and cookies.

The program will take place on the top floor of the Shop, located at 643 Main Street in Rockland, Maine. Be sure to dress warm. For those who wish, we will conduct a tour of current projects in the Shop after the demonstration. Boats under construction include an 18' Buzzard's Bay sloop, an 11' Frank Day row boat, two Lawley tenders, the Apprentice 15 (a double ended, lapstrake sloop designed in house) and four Susan skiffs.

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Fall Shop Talk & Messabout in Portland, Maine
Please join Clint Chase for the 2nd annual – “It’s a tradition now” – shop talk and messabout. This year we’ll welcome our guest designer/builder Walter Wales. Also with him will be WoodenBoat’s Associate Editor Karen Wales (Walter’s wife) and renowned illustrator Sam Manning and his wife Susan.

Walter is an acknowledged expert on the Marblehead Gunning Dory originally built by Will Chamberlain of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Sam illustrated John Gardner’s “Dory Book”
Walter and Karen will bring their Gunning Dory REPUBLICAN, built in 1960 by Capt Gerald Smith from Will Chamberlain’s molds.

Walter and Sam will talk about the history, design, construction, and use of this famous dory type. In addition to REPUBLICAN we’ll have a couple other dories on site to look at and discuss.

You can read about the Marblehead Gunning Dory in John Gardner’s books, “The Dory Book” and “Wooden Boats to Build and Use”, and stay tuned to Clint's Blog in October.

Bring a boat because afterward we’ll head to East End for a sailing and rowing Messabout. Snacks and drinks provided in the shop, but bring a lunch. This will be a fun and informal, so you can even eat your lunch while our guests speak!

WHAT: 2nd Annual Shop Talk & Messabout. Please bring a boat.
WHERE: 25 Deblois Street Portland, Maine. Deblois is off Brighton Avenue. Messabout at East End Beach, Portland.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct 23rd 11am. Messabout after lunch. Sunday rain date (stay posted on my blog for weather update Clint Chase Boatbuilder Blog)

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Open Boat Yard Days
Maine Built Boats will work with boatbuilders, boatyards, and affiliated businesses across the State of Maine to present “Open Boatyard Days”. The Open Boatyard Days will be held August 16th & 17th, 2010, in boatyards and boatbuilding companies across the state. People will be allowed to tour the insides of companies of all sizes. This is a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about boatbuilding in Maine, and to see first hand the passion that boatbuilders have for their art.

The dates will build upon the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, held in Rockland August 13th-15th. People can visit the show and see a very broad array of boats, then go on to visit the boatbuilders, boatyards, and affiliated businesses at their location. Tours will be available at participating businesses every hour, on the hour, between 10 am and 3 pm.

The companies committed to date are (by region): Kittery to Portland: Clint Chase Boatbuilder, Colortec Powder Coating, Kittery Point Yacht Yard, New England Fiberglass, and Portland Yacht Services; Sebago Lake Region: Sabre Yachts; Portland to Brunswick: Six River Marine, North Yarmouth; Boothbay Region: Samoset Boatworks; Mid-Coast: Artisan Boatworks, Back Cove Yachts, Johanson Boatworks, Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, and Rockport Marine; Belfast: French & Webb; Brooklin Peninsula: Brooklin Boatyard, Hewes & Company, and WoodenBoat School; Mount Desert Island: Classic Boat Shop, Ellis Boat Company, The Hinckley Company (Trenton Location), John Williams Boat Company, Morris Yachts, Nautilus Marine, Ralph W. Stanley, Inc, and Wilbur Yachts; Downeast: The Boat School, Husson, Eastport Maine, and West Bay Boats, Steuben, Maine.

There will be continual updates of which businesses are open to the public during “Open Boatyard Days” at

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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this show, where Tradition Meets Innovation™. Come see Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, furniture makers, craftsmen, designers, marine gear vendors, and musicians. There'll be a model yacht pond, live music, an area for children, exhibits, fine food, the running of the 8th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials*, some wacky zucchini boat racing, and more! As the only in-water boat show in the state, with more than 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on land, there is something for every member of the family.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m..
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m..
Rockland, Maine, Harbor Park on the waterfront.
(Click here for directions).
Price: $12, kids under 12 FREE.
Two and three-day passes available.
*NO other pets allowed on show grounds

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2nd Annual Tom Morris Memorial Regatta
MDI Community Sailing Center is delighted to announce and host the Second Annual Tom Morris Memorial Regatta, a fundraiser event for the MDI Community Sailing Center scholarship program. Scholarships are to be annually awarded in Tom’s name to MDI youths wishing to attend sailing instruction programs at the Sailing Center.

The regatta is a pursuit race open to Luders L-16s, O-Day Tempest 23s, International One Designs and Cruising/Racing class keel boats 20 feet LOA and up. The regatta is a PHRF handicap event and will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing, the Prescriptions of US Sailing, the Sailing Instructions, and any Notice to Competitors that may be required. The racing area will be the inshore and offshore waters of Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

Advance registration forms are required and will be accepted until noon EDT, Monday, July 26, 2010. The entry fee for Luders, Tempests and Internationals is $50.00 US, and $100 US for Cruising/Racing class boats. The fee must accompany the advance registration form. Awards consist of a perpetual First Place trophy and First Place keeper trophies for the winning skipper and crew. Awards ceremony will take place directly following the completion of the race at Morris Yachts in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

For additional information, please contact: Glenn Squires, Director, MDICSC
Tel: 207-244-7905 Email:

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6th Annual Morris Boat Show
Morris Yachts will host the sixth annual Morris Boat Show at their service yard in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 16-18. Open to the public for three days, dozens of Morris Yachts will be on the docks and in the sheds. It is truly a unique opportunity to board the largest variety of Morris Yachts.

This is not to be missed opportunity to get on board the widest selection of Morris Yachts!

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Iain Oughtred to Present Boat Designs
WoodenBoat Publications of Brooklin, in collaboration with Hewes & Company of Blue Hill, invite the public to a slideshow and boat kit demonstration by famed Scottish boat designer Iain Oughtred at Hewes Company’s Blue Hill shop on 419 Ellsworth Road, Friday, July 16th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fresh from his appearance as guest of honor at the 19th Annual WoodenBoat Show in Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, Iain Oughtred is taking some time visiting the Blue Hill Peninsula and its many boatyards. Instrumental in Britain’s wooden boat revival, this dinghy racer turned boat builder and designer has developed a devoted following both for the beauty of his designs and the quality of his detailed drawings. He will present a slide show of selected designs and take questions. Prior to the presentation, the crew from Hewes and Company will demonstrate the CNC machining process by cutting out an Oughtred-designed TAMMIE NORRIE kit. Refreshments will be served.

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6th Annual Compass Project Boat Building Festival
In this popular annual fundraiser, families, friends and co-workers experience hands-on boat building with the help of professional boat builders. Over two-and-a-half days, 10 teams of five people each build a 12-foot Bevins Skiff under a tent in Monument Square. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. Registration fees cover all tools, materials and professional instruction. After an exciting launch celebration at East End Beach, teams return home with their very own skiff.

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Sabre Yachts 40th Anniversary Rendezvous
Sabre Yachts announces a summer celebration of 40 fabulous years of Sabre Yachts, and we want to pass the word to as many owners as possible. This celebration will include our sister company Back Cove Yachts and their many owners.

Plans are taking shape and more details will be published as we get closer to the event. The plan is to gather at Wotton's Wharf in Boothbay on the afternoon of July 9th. From there we have a series of events and meals planned for attendees. With 40 years of history there will plenty of old images to show, great stories to tell and memories to recall.

Keep an eye here for details as they firm up and most importantly plan to be in Boothbay Harbor, Maine in July 2010 !

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Maine Builders at the Wooden Boat Show
The Wooden Boat Show is the premier gathering of Wooden Boat builders from all over the world. Many of our Maine builders will be exhibiting at the show. The Atlantic Challenge & The Landing School will both be there to talk with new potential students, as well as showcase the work of their current students. Callinectes will have their 16' modern run about there, while Downeast Peapods will exhibit their classic, traditional 14' Peapods. Richard Pulsifer will be exhibiting his Hampton, while Six River Marine will have their West Pointer 18. Clint Chase will be there with oars and boat kits. The show itself, set at the Mystic Seaport Museum, provides a great historical backdrop for the art of boatbuilding, which continues to evolve, combining the classic beauty and sea kindliness of old designs with new materials and construction techniques.

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Wilbur Yachts to Launch
Wilbur Yachts would like to introduce the newest vessel to emerge from the shed. Two and a half years in the making, and 30 years in the dreaming, all come together on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 4 PM when the "Boat", a 46' Raised Pilot House Cruiser, enters the waters of Southwest Harbor, Maine, for her inaugural voyage.

The project combines the classic lines of a Maine lobster boat with modern technology to utilize "green" components throughout the vessel.

The newest build from Wilbur Yachts is designed to allow comfortable cruising, light tackle fishing (no fighting chair - just you against the fish), and the ability for the owners to spend time together enjoying various hobbies. To this end, we have installed a sewing station on board to include a full sewing cabinet and sewing machine so while he is puttering on the boat she can enjoy her passion and they can still spend time together. This vessel also takes advantage of a myriad of energy savings components and will be able to keep a charge on the batteries even when on the hook for an extended period of time. We have employed an EFOY Methanol Fuel Cell and four solar panels coupled to a smart charger to keep the batteries topped off during these periods away from the dock.

This vessel will spend the foreseeable future here in Southwest Harbor, ME. She will be on display at the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland Harbor from August 13th to the 15th.

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Morris Service Open House
On May 19th the doors of Morris Service are open for you to examine the work and meet the people who are Morris Service. If you have ever had questions about the hows and whys of a service yard this is a day that you do not want to miss.

You will spend the day getting an up close look of some on-going projects, new techniques and processes of which Morris has become the regional expert. We have completed several projects and are currently in the middle of a large project featuring new state of the art techniques. I will take you through the wet core removal and replacement process, and demonstrate the work in progress.

In addition, our service writers will take you aboard some large refit projects that are nearing completion or ready for launching.

We will then head to our Northeast Harbor Yard for lunch and a tour of this beautiful waterfront facility.

There is no charge to attend but we do need to know that you are coming. We hope you will join us for a behind the scenes look at the operations of Morris Service.

Morris Service * (207) 244-5511 *

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Rockport Marine to Launch Bolero
After a 2 year restoration, Rockport Marine will launch BOLERO May 15th around noon in Rockport Harbor.

BOLERO is known on both sides of the Atlantic as a superb ocean racer. She was designed by Sparkman and Stephens, built at the Nevins yard in 1949 and served as the New York Yacht Club's Flagship vessel in the 1950's. She has cruised and raced all over the world, and is known to be fast, sea kindly and handsome.

BOLERO came to Rockport Marine with many broken frames. A thorough inspection revealed that the deck framing was compromised as well, and consequently the crew, under project manager John England, began a restoration that was much bigger in scope than anyone expected. To replace the bad frames, sections of the old planking had to be cut out and the entire interior was removed. In addition to the extensive carpentry work, Bolero will also get a full systems update.

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Art & Soul in Mystic, CT
Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT will present the film "Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul" on March 27th at 1 pm. Gary Jobson, ESPN commentator, former America's Cup Tactician, lecturer and writer created the documentary on Maine Boatbuilding. The movie examines and celebrates Maine's 400 year old boatbuilding industry.

Jane Wellehan, President of Maine Built Boats, will be on hand to introduce the film, and Gary Jobson will be on hand for a discussion after the film.

The film will be aired at the Mystic At Cinema, 27 Coogan Bouleard, Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, CT, at 1 pm.

You can watch a trailer of the movie on the video section of this website.

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Marketing Training Seminar for Maine Marine Industry
Maine Built Boats announces the 3nd North Star Alliance Marketing Seminar for Maine's Boat Building, Composites and Marine Trades Industry. It will be held at December 8th, 2009, at City Hall in Ellsworth, Maine.

Maine Built Boats is coordinating the seminar. There will be 6 seminars during the day presented by experts in key areas of marketing. Alison Langley, renowned Maritime photographer will lead a hands-on digital photography seminar. Other sessions will cover Search Engine Optimization, Blogging, Email Newsletters, press releases & press kits, and the Craft of Communication. The morning workshops will be followed by lunch and a chance to network with peers in the industry.

With support from Maine's North Star Alliance Initiative, Admission is Free and Open to Owners and Staff of Maine's boat building, composites and marine trades businesses.

We hope you can join us! RSVP to Reservations Required.

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MBB will exhibit at Newport International Boat Show
MBB will exhibit at the Newport International Boat Show September 17-20, in Newport, RI, in tent G, booth 43-44. Sail & Power boats from around the country will be there, as well as thousands of products and services. Many MBB members will be exhibiting at the show and helping with the Maine Built Boats booth. Exhibiting members include Artisan Boatworks, Back Cove Yachts, Callinectes Boatworks, Classic Boat Shop, Great Island Boatyard, Hinckley, John Williams Boat Company, The Landing School, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Morris Yachts and Morris Service, Portland Boat Mattress, Portland Yacht Services, and Sabre Yachts. Our Sponsors Ocean Options, Epifanes, and Variprop will be there as well! We hope to see there!

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Lyman Morse to launch RINGLEADER
Lyman Morse will launch Ringleader, an exciting 65 Express Sportfish. Naval architect, Robert Ullberg, Ullberg Yacht Design Inc., Winter Park, FL has been working with Ring Power Corporation on this new concept for many months. Ring Power is the Caterpillar distributor for northern Florida and one of the largest Caterpillar equipment dealers in the Southeastern United States. We are enthusiastic about working with Robert and Ring Power to create a clean, fast and beautiful, new sportfish design. Of course she will have Cat's -- big ones! A pair of turbocharged, high performance 12 cylinder C32 Acerts will give her a top end of 46 knots. The interior will be relatively classic using mahogany and lightweight fabric panels. She will have crew accommodations for 4 and will be fitted out with a large salon galley.

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West Bay Boats Launches Promise
West Bay Boats of Steuben launched “Promise”, the first West Bay 37', in Rockland, Maine for her debut at MBH&H August Boat Show. West Bay Boat’s crew and Promise’s new owners were present for the 3-day event. After the show, Promise was sailed back to Steuben to receive her finishing touches and for sea trials. She will be stored at the shop until next spring before going to her home port at Mattapoisett, MA.

“Promise” was the second boat that West Bay built for the Prouty’s. They had owned a West Bay 31', and want to pursue their dreams of extended cruising.

Promise is equipped with many amenities, including teak/holly floors, teak/birch cabinetry, Meganite countertops, anti room, and nightstands along side the full berth. Her performance is truly impressive. With a single 410 Sisu engine, her top cruising speed is 29.1 knots. Along with being fast, her jade-mist colored hull is a real eye catcher.

Also contributing to the success of this project were Alan Carr from The Evolution Co., Paul Pickering with Hewes & Company, Robert Kramp from Kramp Electronics, Sam Pearson with Pearson Cabinets and Jeff Chandonait with Northeast Boat Hauling.

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MDI Boats & Boat Yard Tour
Mount Desert Island Historical Society will host a look at the boat building industry today on MDI. It is a one-day tour of eight boat yards, rain or shine. The builders produce both sail and powerboats, but primarily pleasure boats.

Each tour will start on the hour, and last 30-40 minutes, allowing travel time between locations. Each yard will offer four tours, so visitors may choose the time and order of yards to visit. To visit all eight yards it is recommended to travel from Tremont to Trenton, or from Trenton to Tremont. Tickets and maps will be available at each location. Check the website for more information:

Boat yards included on the tour:

1. The Hinckley Company – Trenton
2. Morris Yachts – Trenton
3. John Williams Boat Company – Hall Quarry
4. The Hinckley Company – Manset
5. Lee S. Wilbur & Co.– Manset
6. Ellis Boat Company - Manset
7. Morris Yachts – Bass Harbor
8. Classic Boat Shop – Tremont

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Lyman Morse to Launch
We're pleased to announce the launch of our latest project, SCOUT. This 31' design is modeled in the vein of the rumrunners of old. Perfect for picnics and short day trips, this aluminum-built open center console features plenty of teak and varnished wood. She is powered by a 422 hp Volvo D6-435 diesel connected to a Hamilton 292 Jet for an estimated speed of 34 knots. SCOUT was designed by Dieter Empacher, who also drew the commuter express launch COMET we launched in 2002. Pierce Aluminum supplied all the water jet cut aluminum plate for this project which makes the layout so much easier. The aluminum hull construction phase is the third done completely by Lyman-Morse at our metal fabrication facility just a short distance from our main yard.

SCOUT will be on display in the water at the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show, August 7 - 9th. Come by to view this unique beauty

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Landing School Launches LS-30's
After 10 months of careful construction, two LS-30 performance daysailers were launched July 3rd. The construction of the LS-30s is part of the curriculum for The Landing School's 10-month-long Boatbuilding Program. I saw them racing in Casco Bay and these boats are ROCKETS!

This is the first year The Landing School has built the LS-30s. Steve Dalzell, the Yacht Design Program's lead instructor at The Landing School designed the boat to fit the curriculum of the students who are learning to become professional boatbuilders. He wanted a boat that was attractive, easy to use, practical and robust. The boat will race in several New England regattas this summer. The design has received an IRC rating from U.S. Sailing of 1.040, and is currently awaiting a Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) rating from the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association.

The club racer cum family daysailer weighs in at two tons, with 1,560 pounds of that as ballast in a 6'-deep lead bulb keel complemented by a forged-steel fin. It will be a fast club-racer and great for family sailing as well.

The LS-30s' basic structure is wood epoxy composite, providing it with excellent fatigue-resistance and light weight. The Landing School exclusively used WEST SYSTEM epoxy resins in the hull and deck construction; all the flat panels are cored composites. The keel fin and much of its internal support is a wood, epoxy and carbon structure. Overall, the boat will be light, comfortable and competitive.

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Brooklin Boatyard to Launch Bequia
Brooklin Boatyard is happy to announce the upcoming launch of the 90' cruising yawl "Bequia". Designed by Robert Stephens & Paul Waring (Stephens, Waring & White Yacht Design), “BEQUIA” represents the largest project to date for both the design office and the building yard. This new world-class yacht is scheduled to launch at the time of high water on Saturday, June 27, 2009.

The owners of “BEQUIA” sought out Brooklin Boat Yard after seeing numerous examples of the yard’s previous work. She is fully capable of taking her crew around the world’s oceans in safety, luxury and elegance.

Design work began in early 2005, more than two years prior to beginning construction in the spring of 2007.

In addition to the long list of creature comfort systems (air conditioning, refrigeration, gas fireplace, ice maker, etc.) “BEQUIA” also features fully automated sail-handling with a hydraulic system running some 27 different functions such as sail furling, winches and anchor deployment.

“BEQUIA’s” most noticeable feature on deck is her varnished teak charthouse. The charthouse features a spacious chart table, electronics displays & autopilot controls. Below decks, the décor is “casual cottage” featuring white raised panel joinery contrasting with ebony-stained cabin soles. Custom made couches and a gas fireplace grace the main saloon. Forward of the main saloon a spacious double stateroom provides accommodations for the owners two teenage daughters, while under the aft trunk cabin is a roomy owner’s suite.

Hull construction is of cold-molded wood-epoxy, a building technique proven to exceptional strong, lightweight, low-maintenance and very cost effective for production of custom yachts in this size range.

Carbon spars and state of the art sails will ensure sparkling sailing performance, while a relatively long, shallow keel and spade rudder promise good maneuverability along with access to the thin water of some of the world’s prime cruising grounds.

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John Williams Boat Company to launch Maisie McGoo
John Williams Boat Company is excited to announce the launching of MAISIE McGOO, a Stanley 38. A traditional launching ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 27th at 1:30pm. The press is invited to attend. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served.

After keeping an ad showing the Stanley 38 PETREL II by their bedside for over a year, Dana and Martha Robes of Round Pond, Maine saw her on display at the Maine Boats Homes and Harbors Show in August, 2008. The couple was calling it a day when Martha spotted PETREL II on the dock. They met builder Jock Williams on board and fell in love with the boat.

Dana Robes is a retired fine furniture builder and at one time had three retail stores in New England. In 2003, Dana and Martha purchased a 65’ Ted Fontaine designed hull from Lyman Morse, set up their own shop in Round Pond and finished the sailboat themselves. Many of the systems and features on the sailboat are duplicated on MAISIE McGOO. Many of the mechanical components are identical on both boats in order to simplify maintenance and repairs. They named the boat after their two West Highlander white terriers, Maisie and McGoo.

MAISIE McGOO is powered with a Cummins 540hp diesel engine. The Stanley 38 hull is molded fiberglass. This boat features teak cabin sides, bronze hardware, Brazilian cherry soles, pink Hall Quarry Granite countertops in the head and galley and other custom details. The design of the boat was a collaborative effort that brought together John Williams Boat Company’s traditional look and the owner’s fine furniture background. The forecastle layout was designed to accommodate the two dogs. With an eye toward cruising abroad, a stern thruster was installed to aid in navigating the many locks throughout Europe.

Construction of MAISIE MCGOO began in September, 2008. The Williams’ crew worked hard all winter along with many local subcontractors including Kramp Electronics, Paul S. Bowden and Scott Farley.

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9th Annual SAILSTICE Celebration
Ahoy, Matey! Join sailors around the world in celebrating the longest day of the year. Begun in 2001, Summer Sailstice was created as a holiday just for sailors to be celebrated wherever you sail in the Northern Hemisphere.

To participate sailors need to simply sign up at and then go sailing on the weekend of June 20/21. The website allows you to post your sailing plans, invite others or see what other sailors are doing in your area. Whether you've just launched the boat for the summer or you're in the middle of you're racing season you can sign up to be part of this global celebration of sail. Wherever you are - just sail!

By signing up you're also eligible to win prizes donated by The Moorings, Hunter Marine, West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Saiing, Woodenboat and many of your favorite marine businesses. Prizes include a one-week BVI charter with the Moorings, a Hobie Kayak and over 300 other prizes. Sign up early and plan to get together with friends and family to celebrate life under sail on June 20/21.

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Hodgdon Yachts to launch AVAILABLE
Hodgdon Yachts is happy to announce the launch of Available, a Tripp designed 20 Meter Sloop. This Hodgdon/Tripp collaboration highlights the prominent characteristics each firm brings to the table: the luxury yachtbuilder's reputation for superior finish work, advanced engineering and state-of-the-art hull technology, and the designer's distinction for modern hull lines, elegant interiors and powerful sail plans.

AVAILABLE's sleek lines, metallic blue topsides and silver pilothouse are an indication of Hodgdon's innovation and quality. Beneath this striking paint finish is a carbon/kevlar/cedar composite structure. Within this performance shaped hull are all the systems found in a modern luxury yacht; hydraulic - electric sail controls, lifting keel, bow thruster, water makers, latest generation electronics and entertainment equipment.

Tripp Design's narrow lightweight hull form combined with the powerful fractional rigs and performance optimizing lifting keel make for fast easily driven yachts. Their designs easily alternate between comfortable home and seaworthy speedster. Clearly these traits are appealing to the European market and Hodgdon Yachts is proud to deliver this yacht with the CE mark.

AVAILABLE's design enhances the experience of a great sailing yacht with the comforts and fine appointments of a great cruising yacht. The large wraparound windscreen of the pilothouse offers excellent visibility at the interior helm and banquette while flooding the galley with natural light. Aft are two cabins with ensuite heads with the largest cabin and head forward.
On the race-cruise spectrum of Tripp's Café Racers AVAILABLE's appointments and systems suggest she might be more café than racer. But this is considered while she is in the building shed and our focus is on turning the systems on and bringing the boat to life. Once we take her for a couple of sails we will probably think she is more racer than café

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Boothbay Harbor Shipyard launches Belle Aventure
The Boothbay Harbor Shipyard recently launched Belle Aventure, a 98' (on deck) 120' (LOA) 1929 Fife after a year and a half rebuild. Her owners, Mr and Mrs Mike McCue were in attendance for the midnight launch. She will head towards Nantucket in late June.

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Morris announce M-Series Sailfest 2009
Morris Yachts is excited to announce their first ever Sailfest in Northeast Harbor, Maine, June 10-June 11. They have gathered one of each of their M-Series Yachts, the M29, M36, M42 and M52, and will have them available for demo sails over the weekend. Call Marnie Reid at 1-207-266-9381 or email her at to schedule your time. And let's hope for SUN!!

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Morris to Launch Moontide
Morris Yachts is happy to announce the launch of “Moontide”, the 7th Morris 38 that they have built, and the first one built in 10 years. Hull 7 is the first Morris 38 Morris has built in 10 years as folks were drawn to bigger and bigger boats - these owners included. Their former boat was a Little Harbor 52 which they cruised extensively with family and friends in New England and Canada. The owners joked that they needed the bigger boat so that a mechanic and electrician could cruise with them to keep all the systems going.

With the Morris 38 they will still cruise extensively but they have only the systems they need and, as the late -Tom Morris designed, the systems are easy to get to and easy to maintain. They wanted a boat to sail with 6; have dinner with 4; but only sleeps 2. The standard Morris 38 has a master and a quarter berth but they converted the quarter berth to storage. So this boat will be perfect. The boat¹s draft of 5¹6² will allow the boat to be docked in front of their house in Falmouth, MA so going out for regular daysails is also a part of this boat¹s mission.

Although experienced sailors they had not built a boat before and embraced the occasion. They rented a place in Sunday River over the winter and came down regularly to watch every step of the build process. The entire Morris crew looks forward to celebrating their new boat with them this Thursday.

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Classic Boat Shop launches Pearl in Bermuda
Classic Boat Shop in Bernard, Maine marked two milestones with the launch of Pearl. She was the yard’s 25th Pisces and the first to go to overseas. The boat’s owners had been looking at larger boats but when they saw a Classic Boat Shop ad for the Pisces 21 , they decided to be a bit more modest in size, given the state of the economy. They had never actually seen or sailed a Pisces but fell in love with it from the Classic Boat Shop Website pictures and videos and proceeded with the project after the holidays. The construction throughout the winter went very smoothly with extensive exchange of ideas and photos through e-mail .
Pearl was completed four months later at the end of April and shipped south. The builder, Jean Beaulieu and his family arrived in Bermuda right after the boat had been delivered to the yard where it was scheduled to be rigged. Three hours later, Pearl was launched and sailing in her new home. The conditions for sea trial in Hamilton were perfect-temperature in the 70s, breezy and sunny.
Pearl is of course “Bermuda-rigged” with many options that includes carbon spars, solar panel charging system for electronics and bilge pump, spinnaker rigging, varnished teak woodwork, including the famous Herreshoff sheer plank and plenty of canvas works to protect the boat. The owner is performance oriented and decided not to have an engine in order to keep the boat light and fast.

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Lyman Morse to launch 54' Jet Boat WHISTLER
Our largest jet boat to date is launching on Thursday, May 14th at our facility in Thomaston, Maine.

WHISTLER is our new C. Raymond Hunt designed 54' twin jet express cruiser. Built for an owner with impeccable taste, she is a fine representation of the craftsmanship for which we are recognized. Not only does she boast the finest in interior detailing, she will also feature advanced mechanical systems.

Perhaps one of the most exciting features of WHISTLER is her dinghy "garage". The hydraulic gate and sled which extend out over the jets will allow the owner to launch the 10' tender from the interior storage compartment with the push of a button. Powered by twin 1001 hp Caterpillar C-18s coupled with Hamilton HJ403 water-jets, WHISTLER will cruise in the low 30s with a max speed of 35 knots. She features the fly-by-wire Blue Arrow electronic control system with mouse and joystick for steering and docking ease.

The interior is finished in mahogany with walnut and white Formica accents. Accommodations include an owner's cabin with en-suite head and an office which converts to a guest cabin, also with its own head. Granite galley countertops, maple soles, a lifting 32' television with DirecTV and electric grill help round out the contemporary design. She is also our first new build to use Alexseal paint; her hull is a beautiful Dark Gray with Pegasus Gray pilot house and topsides.

The launch party will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursday.

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The Boat School 40th Graduation & Launch Day
The Boat School - Husson University will hold their 40th year Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 8 at 11:00 AM. Weather permitting the event will be held on the school's waterfront. As with long standing tradition the graduation will be followed by the launch of the student built boats.

"We are excited to once again have this very important day upon us," says lead instructor Bret Blanchard. "I have spent the last 30 years as either a student or instructor here and this has always been the most exciting day of the year. Family, friends, instructors, staff, alumni and students are joined by guests and media to participate in the noble Maine tradition of sliding our boats down the ways into the mighty Atlantic.

This year's guest speaker will be Ron Renaud, former president of Washington County Community College. "Ron Renaud has been part of this school’s history almost from the start," says Boat School Administrator John Miller. "Not only does he hold the history in his memory, he holds it in his heart. Everyone here is excited that he and his wife Linda will be here as part of the graduation ceremony."

For additional information you can call John Miller at 207-853-2518.

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Morris to Launch 1st M 52 Hope
After nearly a year of engineering and planning with renowned naval architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens, a year in construction and five months in storage, Hope, the first M52 is ready to be launched.

The owners will be on hand to crack a bottle of champagne to christen her. Following the launch, the owners and Morris production crew will bring her around to the Morris Service yard in Northeast Harbor and Hope will begin her sea trials.

Morris was particularly pleased to build the first M52 with a family who own a M42. The family of five enjoyed the boat for two summers in New England. Hope will also spend her first season in Maine before heading south for the winter.

While capable of crossing oceans and perfectly suited for extended cruising, the M52 is in every way closely related to her successful smaller cousins M29, M36 and M42. With the unmistakable S&S lines and designed to be just as easy to sail as the M36, the M52 will complete the fleet of the M-series providing sailors with the unique options from 29-52 feet.

M5201 is built with a traditional interior layout, with galley aft and main salon forward. The interior bulkheads are a white raised panel arrangement with the traditional Herreshoff-style high gloss varnished Mahogany trim.

Sail handling has been thoroughly engineered for simplicity, reliability, and ease of use, with a carbon fiber mast, in-boom furling system, hydraulic system for the vang and backstay. Her generous fractional rig with self-tacking jib makes for a powerful yet easy to control sail plan. All sheets and control lines are led below deck to rope clutches and electric winches located in the cockpit within easy reach of the helmsperson. A high performance bulbed keel of moderate draft together with a high aspect ratio carbon/epoxy spade rudder are designed and built for speed, stability, and precise control. Exterior styling is traditional with gelcoat deckhouse and gloss varnished teak joinery.

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Lyman Morse to Launch Mala Conducta
Lyman Morse is happy to announce the launch of Mala Conducta. We were commissioned end and yacht broker, Bob Rodgers of Rodgers Yacht Sales in Noank, CT, to build a 60' Morrelli and Melvin of Huntington Beach, CA. The cat will be set up for family cruising, but she will also be awesomely fast! We have been directed to keep her as light and nimble as possible which has become the norm here. We conducted extensive testing to determine whether to build the hull with pre-preg or SCRIMP infusion methods. We ultimately decided to go with the pre-preg and utilized advanced composites such as carbon fiber, Kevlar and E-glass. The owners were very involved in the mock-up review process in which many changes were made, which once again proves what an important tool the mockup is in building a custom boat. She will have a modern interior and straight engine drives. We are really looking forward to screaming around Penobscot Bay on the sea trials!!!!

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Morris to launch M29 at Miami Boat Show
The M29 is the latest in Morris' M series. The S & S designed sloop combines classic lines with the latest in naval architecture and boatbuilding materials.

The M-29 will be sailed with a tiller, and is designed to be crewed by a single person, therefore sail handling has been engineered for simplicity, reliability and ease of use. All control lines, sheets, and halyards have been led below deck to the cockpit keeping the deck clear, clean and safe.

This boat is “trailerable”. With less than an 8’ beam, the total towing package weighs 6875 lb on trailer. A Blazer or Suburban can do the job. It is also perfect for container shipping: The entire package (mast and trailer included) fits inside a high box container for easy, safe and cost effective shipping to anywhere in the world. The carbon spar weighs 75 and can be installed with two people. The spinnaker launching is a custom design by Cuyler Morris. The CKL ™, “Cuyler’s Kite Launcher”, is inspired by the Dragons, fast skiffs and dinghies out there. The CKL ™ system brings sailors singled-handed spinnaker launching capability. We believe it is the only and the first system of its kind on a boat of this class.

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Atlantic Challenge to Celebrate Apprentice's Graduation
It's graduation time! On Friday, December 12th, at 2:30 p.m., the Atlantic Challenge community will gather in the 'Shop to celebrate Apprentice George Sprague's graduation.

In 2004, George was an iron worker in Boston when his NH Army National Guard Unit was deployed for 15 months to Iraq. After a tour of duty, George moved his family from Concord, NH to Rockland and enrolled in our program.

George launched his first skiff in April of 2007 and then worked on the construction of a 16' Orville Young Whitehall, an 18' Gentleman's Wherry Donaghue, and a 14' Peapod. George also served as the Apprentice Representative to our Board of Directors and acted as a true mentor to incoming students.

Following graduation George will continue contract work at Rockland's North End Shipyard on the Schooner Timberwind (an extensive reframing and replanking project), out of Rockport.

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Six River Marine launches West Pointer 19
Six River Marine is pleased to announce the launch of yet another boat from its West Pointer series. With sea trials complete, she’s now been delivered to her new owner in Wisconsin.

Six River Marine has been building West Pointer’s for a number of years now, but this one was quite different. The owner wanted seating forward and aft that would comfortably accommodate seven adults. This also meant a slight increase in LOA to 19’ from the standard 18’, 6”. A new cockpit configuration had to be designed. The entire cockpit then received a varnished mahogany coaming. A well for the 50hp Yamaha outboard was also desired.

The boat also includes an oiled teak cockpit floor, and bronze running lights, cleats, chafe strips, chocks etc. The cold-molded hull, as well as the weather decks and interior ceiling, has been painted with Awlgrip. The new boat, named ‘Chrissy’s Craft’, will ply the waters of Lake Oconomowoc in Wisconsin where she’ll serve as the family’s recreational launch.

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Rockport Marine to launch Adventure
Rockport Marine will launch ADVENTURE September 17th at 2 pm. ADVENTURE is a 53-foot historic replica of an 18th century colonial trading vessel designed by the late William Baker. She will replace an existing replica that currently is on display at the Charlestowne River landing.

ADVENTURE is built almost entirely out of oak, from her massive, double-sawn frames to her planking. She will be rigged as a ketch, and will carry square sails on her main mast.

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Wilbur Yachts to launch Lenya Grace
Wilbur Yachts is proud to announce the launch of Lenya Grace, a 44' Wilbur Wesmac Flybridge Cruiser. Built for a family from Long Island, NY, this boat has great speed and amenities. Set up with a Cat C-18 1015 HP engine, the expected top speed is in excess of 28 knots with a comfortable 22+ knot cruise. The dual helm (pilot house and flybridge controls) will allow easy maneuvering in tight quarters. Noise should be kept to a minimum with the extensive sound proofing package and underwater exhaust sysytem.

The forward cabin is set up with over/under v-berths, while the master suite is set up with a side loading double with 2nd head. In the pilot house area there is a dinette that will drop down into another berth with an entertainment center and 24” television. The galley has a 2 burner LPG cook top, refrigerator, icemaker and ample storage. Also on board is a washer/dryer, freezer unit and a large cockpit for fishing and/or entertainment.

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Hinckley to launch new Picnic Boat
Hinckley will launch its new Picnic Boat at the Newport International Boat Show this fall. 15 years in the making, the new boat will be 36'11", feature a deeper vee hull, yet draw only 2'1". It will have twin-diesel engines, an open-deck design and a raised pilothouse. The hull construction is a Vinylester resin-infused composite of Kevlar, E-Glass, and Carbon Fiber, for superior strength & light weight. It features JetStick® control. Lastly, as a waterjet, it is environmental friendly to our seagoing friends like the manatees –and provides greater safety by not entangling lobster bouys.

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John Williams Boat Co. to debut Williams 28 at Newport Int' Boat Show
John Williams Boat Co. is proud to announce that Trumpa, Hull 1 of the new Williams 28 Bass Boat, will Debut at the Newport International Boat Show, September 11-14th in Newport, Rhode Island.

The concept for the Williams 28 began with former owners who had sold their Stanley 36. They had something smaller than the 36 in mind but they wanted to retain the inherent stability, sea kindliness and the good looks of their previous boat.

Construction started in February 2008. The idea is to keep the boat light and simple with the engine and steering being the only mechanical systems aboard. The hull is hand-laid up solid fiberglass with the decks and platform using composite panel construction. The engine is a new generation Yanmar 260hp electronic engine.

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Morris Custom 57' Circe to be launched
Morris Yachts announced that the launch of Circe will be celebrated at the Morris Service yard in Northeast Harbor on Thursday, August 28th. The boat was designed by Fontaine Design Group, of Portsmouth, RI; the hull, deck and structural bulkheads were constructed by Goetz Custom Boats, of Bristol RI and the interior, paint and rigging was completed by Morris Yachts.

Circe reflects the owner's desire for long distance cruising amid luxurious surroundings. Emphasis has been placed on comfortable offshore sailing performance, without sacrificing safety for speed. All sheets and control lines lead back to the helmsman for confident shorthanded sailing. Carbon fiber construction will keep the weight low and sail area high while the 6' draft (with board up) is designed for sailing New England, the Chesapeake and points beyond.

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Rob Eddy to launch model of Hinckley 70
Rob Eddy & Associates will host an open house and viewing of their latest model, "Blue Muse" at their shop in Camden, Maine on Wednesday August 27th, between 3 and 7 pm.

BLUE MUSE is a model of a Hinckley Co. 70’ Ketch built in 2003. The model took 2,772 hours to complete. It was begun in January of 2007 and finished in August of 2008. It is 27 inches long and has all 14 karat gold winches and hardware. The case and display table were built by William Evans from Waldoboro, Maine.

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Samoset Boatworks to Launch their Samoset 30
Samoset Boatworks will launch the Samoset 30 – a unique 30-foot, center console, sport fishing boat on June 10th. The Samoset 30 is cold-molded, inboard diesel powered, and exceptionally fuel efficient boat, and was designed by Samoset Boatworks. It is a thoroughly outfitted, appropriately-priced, “Gentleman’s Day Boat” weighs less than 7000 lb and has a Yanmar 440 engine.

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Wilbur Yachts 35th Anniversary Celebration
Join Wilbur Yachts as they celebrate their 35th anniversary! Events will include a cocktail cruise, Captain's Meeting with shop crew to talk about how what you love (or might improve) about your Wilbur.

The rendez vous will take place from July 31-August 2.

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John Williams Boat Company to launch Williams 28
John Williams Boat Company will launch hull #1 of the new Williams 28, "Trumpa" June 23. Construction started in February 2008. The hull is hand-laid up solid fiberglass with the decks and platform using composite panel construction. The idea is to keep the boat light and simple with the engine and steering being the only mechanical systems aboard. The engine, a new generation Yanmar 260hp, along with the hull design, will result is a fast, comfortable platform on which to chase stripers.

The family formerly owned a Stanley 36 built by JWB Co, and wanted to get back on the bay fishing and cruising after a 3 year hiatus with a smaller boat. The boat will reside in Buzzards Bay.

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French & Webb to launch 3 restored Buzzards Bay 30's
Buzzards Bay 30s were originally built in 1902 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. of Bristol, R.I.The 47-foot yachts were ordered by the Beverly, Mass., Yacht Club and were raced as a class.

French & Webb has been selected to restore three of these 30 foot class sloops. These yachts, in varying stages of disrepair, will be brought back to their original Bristol condition using materials, hardware & details specified in their Herreshoff plans. Where possible, the same species of woods will be used as the original boats, including double planking of cypress and fir with a bedding of thickened shellac between them. The new BB 30's are living testament to last century’s golden age of yachting.

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Atlantic Challenge to launch
Atlantic Challenge will launch the Gilmer designed 22' yawl "Blue Moon". The construction is traditional plank-on-frame with teak decks. The work has been completed by the students at Atlantic Challenge.

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Lyman Morse to Launch Mad Max
Designed by Doug Zurn for a couple from the Northwest, MAD MAX will be the "ultimate power boat" for the Jones'. Built with SCRIMP infusion system, it will provide an exceptionally strong hull for their long travels they plan in the Pacific Northwest. This flybridge cruiser has an excellent layout with many great details making her a superb design. The twin C-18 1,000-hp Caterpillar diesels will provide an easy 20 knot cruise with top speed of about 32 knots.

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Sabre's 1st & latest launched together
The very first Sabre to be built, Patience, a Sabre 28, was launched from the South Casco boat yard 38 years ago, in time to make the September 1970 Newport Boat Show. Patience is today owned by Sabre, has been restored and will be sailing in Casco Bay this summer.

Last week, 38 years and over 2600 boats later, we launched one of our most recent models, a Sabre Spirit day-sailer, and, for a moment, the oldest and the newest Sabre yachts stood together in front of our plant.

Having started with a single model, Sabre Yachts now produces 8 models of sail and power yachts, sold from coast to coast as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Sabre Yachts, and its sister company Back Cove Yachts in Rockland, ME, employ 260 Associates, producing boats in three plants.

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Rumery's launches TARA, Herreshoff 26' sloop
Rumery's will launch TARA at their river front yard Thursday morning. The boat will be delivered to the new owners in Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard later in June.

The Alerion design is the jewel of Herreshoff's daysailers. The original was built for Nat Herreshoff and used as his personal recreational boat for decades, in Bermuda and Bristol, RI. Rumery's has completed 16 Alerions, with number 17 now under construction.

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Imi Loa by Rockport Marine
IMI LOA, designed by Melbourne Smith, is a 32-foot pulling boat that will be used for adventure-based experiential education programs in the Hawaiian islands. IMI LOA is a pinnace, an 18th century craft that would have been carried on larger ships for use on shore expeditions. It has 10 oar stations and can also be sailed with her sprit sail ketch rig.

IMI LOA is strip planked with Port Orford cedar over steam-bent oak frames. She will be shipped to Hawaii in May.

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Rockport Marine to launch 6-meter Jill
Rockport Marine proudly announces the launch of Jill a classic Sparkman and Stephens 6-meter racer. She has received a complete restoration at the shop and will be joining the 6-meter racing circuit this summer.

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New Morning launch at Lyman Morse
Lyman Morse proudly announces the launch of "New Morning", a custom Chuck Paine design 54' sailboat. The yacht features many cutting edge technologies. The hull is scrimp infused, the deck is hand laid cored E-glass, the rudder consists of an epoxy/carbon fiber blade with carbon fiber post and PVC foam core. The rig is fractional and carbon fiber, and features rod rigging. It has a Dutchman mainsail flaking system, and a fixed lead ballast keel.

Built with a 150gal. fresh water tank, a 40gal. black water tank, and a 240 gal. fuel tank, her owners, from California, will be well equipped for some serious Bluewater Cruising. They plan to live aboard all but 6-8 weeks a year. Work started on "New Morning" in January, 2007.

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Rockport Marine launches Bernice
Rockport Marine has just completed restoration of BERNICE, a P Class Sloop. Built by Hodgdon Brothers Boatyard in 1916, she is believed to be the last remaining P boat designed by George Owen, an MIT professor and acclaimed racing yacht designer.

The Universal Rule was created by Nathanael Herreshoff, to allow boats of differing designs to race fairly against one another. “Letter rule boats” such as the famous as America’s Cup defender J-class boats, created vessels with clean lines, power, speed and beauty. P boats like BERNICE are considered the “biggest of the small boats,” with an average length overall of 50 feet and a waterline length around 30 feet.

BERNICE is 90 years old, and has spent much of her life in the Great Lakes. All but four pairs of frames were replaced. BERNICE is double planked, and some of her original planking remains. The interior was updated to accommodate a family of four comfortably on weekend cruises.

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Morris 4806 Barra Launched
Morris 4806 Barra was launched earlier this month at Morris Yachts Bass Harbor yard. The 48-foot Ocean Series Yacht christened the company’s new travel lift pit that was widened and lengthened by Prock Marine to accommodate Morris Service’s new 50-ton travelift.

The owner of Barra and his family plan to cruise and participate in offshore racing. The first event is the Newport Bermuda Race. From there the boat will sail to Scotland then travel down to the Canary Islands for the 2008 ARC race to the Caribbean.

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Rob Eddy & Assoc. launch a model of Stormy
After three and half years of on-the-job training, Reuben Brown has completed his first solo model at Robert H. Eddy and Associates. STORMY is a 32' S&S sloop, and is the result of over 1000 hours of precision craftsmanship.

This 1965 sloop was built as a bright work finished hull. The 24.25" model features a brilliant mahogany grain that sweeps the length of the hull and reveals a striking likeness to the planking you can see on the real boat.

Please come see our shop and other model projects at our open house/launch Friday, April 11th, 3-6 pm.

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