Recent MBB News

Maine Boat Yards Share Ideas for Industry Growth
Maine Boat Yards Share Ideas for Industry Growth
Representatives from dozens of Maine’s boat building and repair yards converged in Bath, Maine, yesterday to generate ideas for business development. Maine Built Boats Inc., an industry association that promotes Maine’s boat building and repair industry, hosted its second annual Global Outreach Conference at the Maine Maritime Museum. The conference offered a series of business-building seminars and an exhibition by vendors designed to generate and spread ideas for industry growth.

The 2013 Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference grew in size during its sophomore year. With 22 vendors from the marine industry and close to 100 attendees from around the state and New England, the conference and exhibition were well received by boatyard executives and managers.

“The popularity of the event demonstrates the commitment of people in the Maine boat building and repair industry to grow their businesses and expand their reaches internationally,” said Jon Johansen, president of Maine Built Boats Inc. “We have some of the most talented craftspeople in the world, and it’s our goal to make that known to boaters globally through business development and marketing efforts.”

Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference presented management-oriented seminars in the morning and business-oriented sessions in the afternoon. Fred Berry from Hinckley Yachts discussed international export regulations. Attendees heard different perspectives on project management from a panel of speakers including JB Turner of Front Street Shipyard, Steve Rowe of Great Island Boat Yard, and Nick Fawle of Morris Yachts. Nicole Jacques of Rhumbline Communications and Alison Langley of Langley Photography presented ideas for multimedia marketing. Finally, Benjamin Ford from law firm Verrill Dana discussed intellectual property rights for yacht designs.

The third-annual Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Maine Maritime Museum. More information about that event will be posted early next year at More information about the Maine Built Boats organization is available at

Successful Launch of Back Cove Downeast 37
Successful Launch of Back Cove Downeast 37
Back Cove Yachts is pleased to announce the successful launch of their latest model, the Back Cove Downeast 37. The celebration took place on Thursday, July 11th, attended by over 100 friends, dealers and members of the media, at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland.

The Downeast 37 got rave reviews for her practical flexible layout. The group agreed that the boat’s open design makes it perfectly suited for a day trip along the coast as well as socializing at the dock: throughout the event, we often had over ten people standing comfortably in the open twelve foot by twelve foot cockpit!

Bentley Collins, VP of Sales and Marketing, said “First responses to this new model are very positive. We are anxious to show the Downeast 37 to the public, which we will do at the Maine Boats Homes and Harbors Show on August 9th in Rockland, Maine. She will also be shown at many of the fall shows down the Eastern seaboard as well as in San Diego.”

Back Cove Yachts to Launch Downeast 37
Back Cove Yachts to Launch Downeast 37
Back Cove Yachts, of Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce the debut of their latest model, the Back Cove Downeast 37 which will launch July 11, 2013. The Back Cove Downeast 37 is sure to be a crowd pleaser. “The ideas that drive the Downeast 37 design are very simple: Stop-you-in-your-tracks prettiness and the biggest, most flexible exterior spaces available on a boat this size – period.” says Kevin Burns, Vice President of Design and Product Development.

She is practical, elegant and perfectly suited for a day trip along the coast. Owners will appreciate the open twelve foot by twelve foot cockpit with a SureShade cockpit cover; perfect for an afternoon cruise.

The cabin accommodates a cruising couple for weeks on end. The Herreshoff interior is fresh, light and further enhances the open and airy feel of the yacht. In the engine room, you’ll find a Cummins 480 which will provide a cruise speed of 20 knots and top speed of 25 knots. Our first hull is fitted with a 600 hp Cummins QSC 8.3 engine. We expect cruising performance on this hull of 25 knots and 29 knots at WOT.
Bentley Collins, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Back Cove says, “For lovers of traditional work boat styles, the Back Cove Downeast 37 says “lobster” and for our friends from the Chesapeake she says “Deadrise”. No matter where you do your boating this boat has a look that will turn heads in any harbor that she enters.”

Great Island Boat Yard is Bruckmann's Authorized Service Yard
Bruckmann Yachts has decided to form a service relationship with the Great Island Boat Yard in Harpswell Maine. From Bruckmann:

Our mission at Bruckmann is building the highest calibre classic sailing and motor yachts and we are continuously focused on that mission. Therefore, we have decided to partner with a service yard whose sole mission is to deliver the highest quality aftermarket service. We believe that we will maximize service competency and efficiency by working with a single, authorized service yard. This yard will learn our designs; catalogue our drawings; interface with our team efficiently; and give priority response to Bruckmann owners.

The yard's close proximity to Portland makes it a convenient destination for use as a home base. Like Bruckmann, Great Island (GIBY) is a family owned and operated yard. The owner, Steve Rowe, will be the direct point of contact for Bruckmann customers. The Great Island Team, like ours, combines old-world skills with today's most modern materials, techniques and equipment. The yard has a state of the art spray booth, rig shop, electronics technicians, joiners and more. GIBY currently maintains three of the Bruckmann 50's and by all reports is serving those customers very well.

I am excited to announce GIBY as Bruckmann's authorized commissioning, warranty and service yard. I know it will please new and existing customers to know of our affiliation with a well run professional yard. Please feel free to contact myself or Steve Rowe at 207-729-1639 or for any additional information.

Jason Constantine promoted to President of North End Composites and Back Cove Yachts
Jason Constantine promoted to President of North End Composites and Back Cove Yachts
We are pleased to announce that Jason Constantine has been promoted to President of both North End Composites and Back Cove Yachts. He will also continue to assume the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer for both companies.
Over the last four years, Jason has been responsible for all manufacturing operations at the Rockland facility, where lamination work is carried out for Sabre Yachts (Raymond, Maine) and the Back Cove product line is built.

Christopher Evans, CEO of North End Composites and Back Cove Yachts, said: “Jason has demonstrated, during his years at Sabre Yachts and at Back Cove Yachts, a deep understanding of composites and boat building, as well as showing remarkable leadership skills. He is without doubt the right person to take over the senior position at our company.”

Jason joined Sabre Yachts in 2003 as a member of the assembly team, building the Sabreline 47, the first of Sabre’s big power boats. He then became an Assembly Line Supervisor in 2005. In 2007, Jason was asked to move to Rockland to manage Back Cove production, and assumed the COO title in 2010.

Jason is a graduate of Stonehill College, holding an Honors B.S. in Biology. He is currently serving as the VP on the Maine Marine Trades Association board of directors.

Morris Yachts Hires New Brokerage Salesman
Morris Yachts is pleased to announce the selection of Bob Marston as a Brokerage Sales Professional for their Newport, Rhode Island, sales office. In his position, Marston will be responsible for overseeing brokerage sales operations in the Newport, RI area and beyond, with a focus on offshore cruising yachts.

Marston has worked in the Marine Industry for over 21 years, working in sales for other fine boat builders such as Oyster Marine and Gunboat International as well as serving as a professional Yacht Captain for many years. Most recently he was Sales Director for Gunboat where he built strong relationships with buyers and owners in the high-tech multihull market. Prior to Gunboat, Marston spent 11 years as a Brokerage and New Sales Manager for Oyster Marine USA in their Newport, RI office where he managed boat sales, events and marketing in the US and overseas.

"Bob's impressive career and his commitment to his customers make him an excellent cultural fit for our organization," says Doug Metchick, Morris CEO. "We look forward to having his expertise onboard and know he will be a valuable asset in the continued growth of not only our Brokerage Department but our company as a whole."

Marston joins Prent Weathers and Gregg Weatherby in the Morris Yachts Newport, RI, sales office and will partner with Maine-based Brokerage Salesman James Allen to round-out the Brokerage Department. "I am looking forward to working more closely with Bob," says James Allen. "He is well respected in the industry and has a wide array of experience with different boat manufacturers. He will be instrumental in helping us expand our brokerage business to further serve both Morris and non-Morris boat models."

"Our customers ultimately win at the end of the day," says Cuyler Morris, President. "We are effectively doubling our Brokerage sales force, which means more capabilities, more opportunities and better service for each one of our valued customers around the world."

Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference is a Success
Maine Built Boats hosted its first annual Global Outreach Conference on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Attendees learned about marine systems, composite repairs, digital media and team development. They also were able to network with many vendors to the Maine boatbuilding industry.

Successful Maine businessperson Eliot Cutler delivered a keynote address encouraging the boatbuilding industry to pursue international marketing to expand the state's export industry.

Maine Built Boats is already planning a followup event in 2013 to continue supporting its members as the industry grows and expands.

The Landing School Appoints New Faculty Member to Yacht Design Program
The Landing School, a post-secondary institution focused on educating tomorrow's marine industry professionals, is pleased to announce they have hired Derek Wright as a Yacht Design Instructor.

With more than eight years yacht design experience, Wright is also an alumnus of the Landing School, graduating in 2005 from their prestigious Yacht Design Program.

Hodgdon Ships Hull 413: a 10.5m Superyacht Tender
This week Hodgdon shipped another one of its custom tenders, this one to a prominent European shipyard.

Hodgdon launched the recent-era initiative to build superyacht tenders about three years ago. In that time they have shipped three of the ultra high end tenders and have three more under construction.

HODGDON CUSTOM TENDERS is the newest division in the Hodgdon Shipbuilding organization whose specialty is building custom and semi-custom tenders that serve the large yacht market (typically more than 80m in length).

SOUTHWEST HARBOR—Great Harbor Boatworks owner Richard Stanley and MDI High School sophomore Ryan Snow have been approved for a $4,000 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

Stanley and his apprentice have been building a traditional 19’ gaff-rigged daysailer. They began with a keel built by the crew at Ralph Stanley’s old shop that had been gathering dust along the back wall of the boathouse.

“The 19’ daysailer design was a good-sized project to take an apprentice through – big enough to get a true sense of the scope of this kind of undertaking, but small enough to be able to build and finish on our own, in a reasonable amount of time,” says Stanley.

“A boat this size is fun to build … and even more fun to use, when it’s done. I have found over many years of working with different boats and their owners: the simpler the boat, the more the owner ultimately enjoys using it,” Stanley adds.

Stanley, who was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in the Traditional Arts category by the Maine Arts Commission last year, says the award will help with materials for the project as well as tools for Ryan. Stanley says first on the list of tools is a two-inch framing chisel.

After Stanley and his apprentice finish fitting floor timbers, they will begin working on the deck framing. While Stanley has built several 19’ daysailers of this hull type, he plans to change the top on this boat to reflect its true daysailer spirit: Rather than the usual cuddy cabin and rectangular cockpit, the boat will feature an open cockpit, with steam-bent oak coamings and cockpit staving.

According the Maine Arts Commission web site, “the Traditional Art Apprenticeship Program helps communities preserve their own cultural heritage by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice. Traditional arts reflect a community's shared way of life. Many of these practices are rooted in a longstanding sense of place, community and cultural identity. More than just lessons, Master traditional artists seek to share this understanding of their culture with their apprentices. Such an exchange is usually learned in an informal, "give and take" way, through example or imitation rather than formal academic training and can take many forms including vocal and instrumental music, folk and ethnic dance, instrument making, dance, storytelling, crafts and occupational traditions like boat building, chainsaw carving and sail making.

The web site notes that two additional awards were available in Hancock County for the 2012-2013 funding cycle. “These extra awards have been made possible through a partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, which is funded by the generous support of the Belvedere Fund.”

This is a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Richard Stanley, please email Lorraine Stanley at or call 207.244-3795. These photos and additional photos are available, photo credit Lorraine Stanley.

Annie Lannigan Joins Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Creating Newport, RI Based Sales and Service Location
Drew and Cabot Lyman are pleased to welcome Annie Lannigan to the new boat, brokerage and service sales team at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Annie will be based in Newport, RI.

“It makes sense for us to have a presence in Newport because it has a large customer and potential customer base for new boat, brokerage and service sales.” said Drew Lyman. “Our service yard in Thomaston, Maine offers a tremendous value compared to Newport yards of similar caliber. Having Annie on the ground there will grow our service business. Annie’s extensive work with custom boat builders and recent years of offshore cruising make her a perfect match for relating to the Lyman Morse customer. The Newport Shipyard location will make for easy to access – by boat or by car.

Annie was most recently involved in sales and marketing at Seaton Yachts, builder of long-range expedition trawlers. She also served as sales manager at Dyer Boats, and director of marketing at Hunt Yachts. She owns and operates a 65’ Chuck Paine designed sloop. Annie’s extensive offshore sailing experience (she has logged more than 30,000 miles) makes her a natural for the Lyman-Morse team.

Annie will be flying the Lyman-Morse flag aboard Te Mana and Puffin at the Newport Brokerage show held at the Newport Shipyard. The rest of the Lyman-Morse team will have a display in the Newport International Boat Show - NYC Tent G – 42-43. The show is a great opportunity to come by and talk to them directly about the Speedream and Kiwi Spirit projects, the new LM55 and the LM70.

Lyman-Morse Newport
Newport Shipyard
1 Washington St.
Newport, RI 02840
Office line 401/619-5350
Cell: 941/374-3742

Chinese media tour Maine boatbuilders to promote industry back home
A Portland-based strategic advisory firm has teamed with one of Maine’s largest and most successful boat builders to bring representatives from China’s three leading yachting and boating magazines to Maine for a six-day visit to promote Maine boatbuilding and marine businesses, Maine tourism and Maine food and lodging.

MaineAsia LLC and Sabre Yachts Corporation are hosting writers and officials from The Hurun Report, China Yachting and Boat Exclusive in touring Portland, Boothbay, Camden-Rockland, Mt. Desert Island and Phippsburg-Sebasco from August 14 through August 20.

“This is an exciting opportunity to spread the word about the extraordinary quality of Maine-built boats and the great opportunities that Maine offers for both tourism and investment,” said Tony Kieffer, Managing Partner of MaineAsia, a firm that provides strategic advice and engages in trading and investment ventures with businesses in Maine and Asia.

“China is the fastest growing market for boats and yachts in the world,” added Daniel Zilkha, President and CEO of Sabre Yachts in South Casco. “The Chinese are beginning to discover the recreational opportunities that their thousands of miles of coastline offer, and their growing affluence is permitting more and more Chinese to pursue those opportunities. We want them to know that Mainers build the best boats in the world.”

The media visit to Maine will include lobstering in Boothbay, a dinner aboard one of Maine’s windjammers, a tour of Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island, and opportunities to watch Maine-built boats race in the MS Regatta and in the Casco Bay Lobster Boat Races. In addition to Sabre, the Chinese will visit Maine boatbuilders Hodgdon Yachts, Back Cove Yachts, Morris Yachts, and Hinckley Yachts.

MaineAsia Chairman Eliot Cutler has emphasized the importance of bringing Chinese business representatives to Maine. “We can visit China and tell the story of Maine all we want,“ Cutler said, “but nothing can match the impressions that we can make by bringing the Chinese to Maine to see firsthand how we build boats and why Maine is such a great place to visit.”

The Hurun Report is one of China’s leading publishing and events groups, best known for its stable of four luxury magazines and its annual “Hurun Rich List,” which ranks China’s wealthiest individuals.

China Yachting is one of China’s oldest, biggest and most prestigious boating magazines. The publisher has partnered in sponsoring many of China’s largest boat shows.

Boat Exclusive is the first European yacht magazine published in China.

Open Boat Yard Days: August 13-14
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, 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, John Williams Boat Company of Hall Quarry, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston, Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor, Portland Yacht Services of Portland, and Sabre Yachts of Casco. Additional yards likely will join the event as well.

“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.”

Most shops will be open all day. Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts will running tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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

Morris Yachts Announces Their New 'Ocean Series 48 GT' From Evolution to Revolution
Morris Yachts Announces Their New 'Ocean Series 48 GT' From Evolution to Revolution
NORTHEAST HARBOR, MAINE (August 6th, 2012) - Morris Yachts announces the world premiere of their new Ocean Series 48 GT sailboat. The new generation of the company's Ocean Series 48 made its debut in front of an intimate gathering of Morris owners during the company's 40th anniversary celebration in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

"Having enjoyed worldwide success throughout its career, the evolution of the Morris Ocean Series 48 can be characterized by the words New Revolution," said Cuyler Morris, President of Morris Yachts. "New design, new spirit, new technology, new comfort".

Morris' Ocean Series models include a portfolio of award-winning designs for owners who focus on the pleasure of traveling and sailing, but also require high levels of quality and performance. A unique level of sportiness is apparent in the lines of the Ocean Series yachts, which combine elegance and comfort with technological innovations to create a life aboard that is safe, smooth and pleasurable. Add this to Morris' reputable craftsmanship and quality and you have a one-of-a-kind sailing boat, unlike anything else on the market.

The new Ocean Series 48 GT kicks off a series of new launches Morris Yachts has planned in the next three years among its Ocean Series line of Performance Cruisers and also its M-Series line of Modern Classics. The highlights of the Ocean Series 48 GT include:

Completely new interior boasting modern amenities alongside some of Morris' classic styling cues:
• Incredible raised salon area with panoramic views and a side berth lounge
• New, larger rig for greater sailing performance that includes a self-tacking jib and leisure-furl mainsail for easier sail handling
• Full-service galley featuring a unique cross-beam utility station
• Generous en-suite owners cabin with a super-yacht inspired circular shower
• An in-mold swim platform featuring a new passerelle transom door for easy cockpit access to the waters below. The design also allows for seamless Mediterranean stern-to berthing while cruising.

All told, the new Ocean Series 48 GT can satisfy even the most demanding bluewater sailor while also delivering unmatched levels of versatility for the rest of the cruising world. Morris promises this will be a fun boat to sail across a variety of conditions while also being an enjoyable, safe ride for family and guests.

"We've codenamed the new 48 the 'Ocean Series 48 GT' for Grande Touring. This is a special boat and the new 48 GT is a Grande Adventure for us as it marks our revitalization of the whole Ocean Series," says Morris CEO Doug Metchick. "The new layout is designed to be contemporary and adaptable, providing a new level of personalization for the owner."

Already widely regarded as America's premier luxury sailboat manufacturer, Morris Yachts is also unique in that it is the only American sailboat builder to have a dedicated naval architect on staff and also assigns an interior designer to work with owners on getting their boats personalized exactly to their individual needs.

As Morris celebrates their 40th anniversary this year, the launch of the new Ocean Series 48 GT lays the foundation for yet another pioneering 40 years from this world-renowned boat builder.

About Morris Yachts

Founded in 1972 and celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2012, Morris Yachts is America's premier builder of semi-custom and custom sailing yachts from 29-80ft and has worked hard to become the quality benchmark for discriminating yachtsmen around the world. Through their M-Series and Ocean Series lines and now their Leadership 44 sailboat with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Morris Yachts have a demonstrated reputation for luxury, performance and great value. Over the years Morris has worked with world-renowned designers Sparkman & Stephens, David Pedrick, Stephens Waring and C. W. Paine. The family-owned company operates a complete yacht service organization including new yacht construction, brokerage and two full-service yards on Mount Desert Island, Maine and a second sales office in Newport, Rhode Island.

Lowell Brothers launch hull #1 of new Lowell 38 design
Lowell Brothers launch hull #1 of new Lowell 38 design
The Lowell Brothers of Yarmouth, Maine, introduce Thorobred, a Lowell 38 lobster yacht. The Lowell 38 is a new design originally created for a one-off boat, but as the design seemed good-looking and efficient, the Lowell Brothers created a mold, adding it to their line of production boats. Thorobred is the first boat of this new design, and features a cored vinylester hull and carbon fiber/epoxy cabin with a beautifully appointed interior.

Designer Jamie Lowell describes this boat as built-down, with a fine entry and a lot of deadrise. The bottom is streamlined, and she shows a little tumblehome. The bow is pleasantly flared. Jamie and Joe Lowell draw on expertise from a veritable family dynasty of boat builders/designers, including father Carroll, uncle Royal, and great-grandfather Will Frost.

In the water, Thorobred moves effortlessly. Her bow rises, but only slightly, in the same way that the early Jonesporters sliced through the surf. The long, clear wave off the bow doesn't break until nearly aft of the cabin. She handles with ease and accelerates rapidly. With an 800 hp Man diesel, Thorobred travels at 34 kts top, 30 kts cruise when fully loaded (about 21,000 lbs not including people).

Veteran marine surveyor Cap Leonard stated that Thorobred was the best-riding Lowell boat he'd seen, and that she exhibited “exemplary craftsmanship”.

Joe described building the boat. “I enjoyed the molding and construction details – some of the stuff was pretty cool. It was hard to do, but the carbon fiber and epoxy cabin lends well to a lower center of gravity on the boat, which leads to good sea handling characteristics. And, it sounds little, but I also enjoyed making the nice corner details around the bulkheads and interior of the boat.”

Owner John St. Hilaire of South Freeport is a fan of the Maine lobster boat style, and plans to use Thorobred for cruising and island hopping along the Maine coast. “Joe and Jamie have outdone themselves on this design. It's exceptional all around,” St. Hilaire commented. “What I notice the most is overall its seakeeping abilities, specifically, the way the boat behaves whether we're going into a sea head on, or taking a beam sea, the boat is the most stable boat I've ever been on. It has a low center of gravity, and it just behaves so well. We were going through maybe four foot steep seas, and we never even felt them. The boat peels the water away very efficiently.”

The hull, deck, and bulkhead are vinylester, cored with 1” CoreCell A550 foam. The cabin, wheelhouse back, and salon sole are constructed of carbon fiber with epoxy. The interior features handsome woodworking, including teak & holly floors and custom galley, head, berths, and seating.

Thorobred is powered by an 800 hp Mann R6800 diesel engine with a ZF325ATS gear and 1.69:1 reduction. A 2.5” Aquamet22 shaft turns a Federal Nibral prop.
LOA 38' 9"
Beam 13' 1"
Draft 4’
DWL 36' 6"
Loaded weight: 21,000 lbs

The Lowell Brothers Jamie and Joe are descended from more than six generations boatbuilders & designers. Their great-grandfather Will Frost is thought to have developed the Maine lobsterboat hull style and brought it to the Jonesport/Beals Island area. The Lowell Brothers' passion is for lobster hull design and the custom creation of a boat, in wood or fiberglass, for commercial or pleasure use. They also perform expert boat renovation and repairs, especially of traditional wood boats.

Jamie and Joe Lowell
P.O. Box 1023
123 Even Keel Rd
Yarmouth, ME 04096

Calling All Wooden Boat Lovers and Sailing Enthusiasts
Calling All Wooden Boat Lovers and Sailing Enthusiasts
Are you looking to contribute your time and talent in a way that has an impact on the community? Do you have an hour or two per week that you’d like to spend making a difference? The Apprenticeshop wants to meet you!

The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship, located on Main Street in Rockland. Our mission is to inspire personal growth through wooden boat craftsmanship, community and traditions of the sea. We serve over 1,000 people in the community annually, through classes in wooden boatbuilding and sailing. Our youth sailing program, Rockland Community Sailing, puts youth in Optimist prams and 420 sailing dinghies and teaches them how to sail. If you are passionate about traditional boats, sailing, and inspiring youth to be their best selves, we need your help!

A small staff and a lot of waterfront acreage means we need volunteers to help deliver the mission. Our goal is to match you with a job that is meaningful both to you and to the organization. Immediate volunteer opportunities on the waterfront include fleet maintenance, buildings and grounds stewardship, and dock stewardship. We need help with events management throughout the summer, including regattas and public programs. In the boatbuilding shop, we need help with workshop and class preparations and tool and infrastructure maintenance. We need docents in summer to help manage visitors and act as guides. Year-round office help is always needed, including data entry, reception and library archiving. These are just a few of the myriad things on the to-do list. We also want to hear what your skills are and see how they can help serve the mission.

Whether you can help on a regular or a short-term basis, please join us for an introductory evening to hear about The Apprenticeshop, Rockland Community Sailing and the volunteer opportunities where your time will make a big impact: Thursday, June 14, from 6-7 pm at 643 Main Street, Rockland. Can’t make it that night? Let us know you’re interested anyway by emailing us at or calling weekdays 594-1800.

Lyman-Morse Opens Service Yard in Panama!
Anyone who knows Cabot Lyman is familiar with his appreciation and love of the San Blas Islands and surrounding area. After all his trips to the area, it’s official: Lyman-Morse’s Maine-based operations now have a southern cousin. Located in Shelter Bay, Panama, Lyman-Morse Panama is strategically located near the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal and will provide yachtsmen and women a familiar and recognized source for pre-canal transit prep and logistics, a full-range of service work, haul-out and storage services between cruises.

Anniversary Exhibit Opening at Apprenticeshop
On Thursday, April 12 at 7 pm, the public is invited to the opening of Honing the Edge: The Apprenticeshop at 40, which tells the story of The Apprenticeshop’s 1972 genesis on the grounds of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. The exhibit includes early documents and photographs, and chronicles the first boatbuilding projects such as the Benedict Arnold Expedition re-enactment’s batteaux and the Pinky schooner Maine. Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments as they view the installation and then join Executive Director Eric Stockinger for a tour of the school’s current traditional wooden boat projects. Curated by the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits and AShop alumnus Chris Hall, the exhibit is part of a year-long series of collaborations celebrating the 40th/50th anniversaries of The AShop and Museum respectively. A twin installation opens at the Museum’s Carriage House in Bath on Saturday, April 28, as part of its 40th Annual Maritime Symposium.

The opening is this month’s program in the series Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop. The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship and is located at 643 Main Street in Rockland. For more information, call (207) 594-1800 or visit

New Stephens Waring Yacht Design brokerage service and satellite office
The Maine-based design house, Stephens Waring Yacht
Design, best known for its spirit of tradition yachts and motor launches, is proud to announce a twofold
development for 2012: a new Stephens Waring satellite design office in Seattle, and SWYD brokerage and yacht services – powered by Yachting Solutions.

Atlantic Boat Company’s Launch to be used at PYC
Atlantic Boat Company is excited and pleased to announce that the Portland Yacht Club has selected a MID-HARBOR 26 as their new Club launch. The MID-HARBOR 26 is built
exclusively by Atlantic Boat Company offering exceptional
Maine craftsmanship and the best delivery time for these vessels in the market. The 24 passenger boat is already certified and approved at the new USCG #185 weight requirement. These boats are extremely well thought-out for continuous commercial use, easily maintained, and extremely reliable.

Hodgdon underway with four more custom tender contracts
Following on the heels of two custom tenders for Oceanco Y706, (M/Y Seven Seas), Hodgdon has signed a 10.5m custom limo tender and 10.5m custom open tender for another Oceanco client. The new build design and construction specifications for these Michael Peters Yacht Designs (Sarasota, FL) were developed by A.J. Anderson of Wright Maritime Group (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). The first tender will be shipped to The Netherlands in the fall of 2012 followed by the second one late in the year. The MPYD limo tender design was a Showboats Design Award finalist for 2011 and features a private jet level interior, hydraulically operated lifting roof and a cruising speed for 12 guests of nearly 30 knots.

The second pair of tenders are custom designs from Andrew Winch Designs (London, UK) / Hodgdon for a project at a northern European shipyard. At 8.5m, this custom limo tender features a retractable full coverage moon roof, guest head and 30 knots cruising speed from the Volvo D-6/400 power. The open tender features a beachable ramp to facilitate guest and beach toy deployment. Both boats are slated for an early 2013 delivery.

Further information on the Hodgdon custom tenders, including video, can be found on our website at

About Hodgdon
Having started in 1816 during the era of clipper ships, Hodgdon is America's oldest boat builder. Still family owned, this East Boothbay, Maine company has evolved into a leader in advanced composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world class traditional and modern interiors. The company's divisions include high end superyacht interiors (up to 80M), custom sail and power yacht construction (up to 60M), defense contracting and custom superyacht tenders. The company currently employs more than 150 employees, most of whom are skilled and highly skilled labor. These and other contracts are putting pressure on Hodgdon to hire additional skilled labor.

Carbon Ocean Yachts join Front Street Shipyard
Front Street Shipyard welcomes Carbon Ocean Yachts to its Belfast, Maine, facility. Carbon Ocean Yachts of Bristol, Rhode Island, is relocating its operations to Front Street Shipyard’s extensive new facility on the waterfront of Penobscot Bay. The two builders will work together on the construction of lightweight, performance-driven yachts combining award-winning construction techniques with state-of-the art amenities.

New Boat Show Launches in April
Boating enthusiasts will have a new opportunity to get ready for the boating season at Maine’s Boating Expo, a new show produced by the regional marine industry association. Maine’s Boating Expo will be held in Brunswick Landing, Friday through Sunday, April 13 to 15, 2012. The event will host dozens of Maine boat dealers offering the public their best late-winter prices on a wide variety of model lines.

Construction of Kiwi Spirit Hull 1 underway at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding
Construction of Kiwi Spirit hull 1 of the Farr-designed Paris 63, Lyman-Morse’s new 63 foot performance offshore family cruiser is well underway at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. The Paris 63 is a multi-phase project and the dream of Stanley Paris, whose goal is a solo, non-stop, and unassisted and completely green circumnavigation. He will not only be the oldest person to do so but he is also attempting to beat Dodge Morgan’s record of 150 days. The build schedule is a short intense sprint - compressed into 12 months from design to Kiwi Spirit’s launch date of August 2012. The Paris 63 joins the roster of distinctive semi-custom offerings from Lyman-Morse.

The Boat School Operating Under New Ownership
The country’s longest-running boatbuilding program is now accepting students for their 2012 construction and 2013 mechanics programs.

February 6, 2012 — EASTPORT, ME — The Boat School is on schedule to complete its separation from Husson College in May 2012. The Boat School’s facility, Maine’s Marine Technology Center, is now wholly owned and operated by the independent nonprofit corporation Friends of the Boat School. Classes are remaining uninterrupted during the transition, and students are now being accepted for The Boat School’s 2012-2013 academic-year programs. Moving forward, The Boat School will continue to offer its Wooden Boat Building and Composites Boat Building vocational courses, and will add a much-anticipated Marine Mechanics program beginning in fall of 2013.

This year’s graduating class will be the last under Husson College. The core of the courses will remain unchanged for the incoming class this September. Students learn lofting, construction, finishing techniques, communications and math for business, and basic systems such as electrical and corrosion. All students also participate in a work co-op during which they spend eight weeks employed in an approved boat shop, repair facility or yard. Graduates receive a certificate in either Wooden Boat Building or Composite Boat Building, and they have the opportunity to continue into a second-year curriculum in either Wood or Compositing Boat Building or in Marine Mechanics. Prospective students should contact The Boat School immediately to secure spots in the 2012-2013 programs.

“We’re very pleased with how smoothly the transition with Husson has gone,” says Bret Blanchard, director of Maine’s Marine Technology Center. “We appreciate Husson’s contribution to our program for the past few years, and we’re proud to move forward independently. The basic operations are unchanged, the quality of the curriculum remains high and the Eastport community is very supportive.”

The Boat School, which has been providing marine vocational education since 1969, operates out of its oceanfront facility on nine acres in Eastport, Maine. The school has a 60-ton Travelift, advanced construction equipment, and a working waterfront. Ownership of the property was transferred to Friends of The Boat School in December 2011.

The Friends of The Boat School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that offers guidance and support to the educational institution. Members include residents of Eastport and industry professionals. By assuming ownership of the school’s facility, the Friends of the Boat School will ensure that The Boat School’s operations are all of the highest standards necessary to train a new marine industry workforce.

The Boat School’s partnership with Husson College of Bangor, Maine, began in 2007. Husson’s support grew the class size to 35 students. Following the retirement of Husson President William Beardsley, the private college decided to refocus its efforts on its degree-granting programs, and announced it would sever ties with The Boat School.

In addition to its yearlong intensive programs, The Boat School also offers continuing education classes for marine industry professionals. Evening, weekend and seasonal courses provide certifications through American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

About The Boat School
The Boat School is the longest-running boatbuilding educational institution in the United States. Located in Eastport, Maine, the school was established in response to the marine industry’s need for a well-trained workforce. The Boat School began in 1969 as a vocational school in Calais, Maine, and moved first to Lubec, and then to Eastport in 1978. Independently owned by the nonprofit corporation, Friends of The Boat School, the institution currently receives no public funding, however it welcomes tax-deductible donations through its website. One-year courses currently offered include Wooden Boat Building, Composite Boat Building. Many students choose to complete a second year either of those programs or, beginning in 2013, Marine Mechanics. More information is available online at

Second Annual “Open Boatyard Days” Offers Inside Look at Top Maine Boatbuilders and Boatyards
Maine Built Boats is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Open Boatyard Days. From refits of existing yachts to new builds of both power and sail boats, participants will enjoy a rare glimpse at one of Maine’s oldest industries.

For a downloadable PDF listing all the participating companies by region, visit the Launches/Events page.

Maine Built Boats Annual Meeting
As our industry bounces back from tough economic times, it is more important than ever to market ourselves. Join us for coffee and pastries as we discuss our exciting plans for 2011. Please bring any ideas about how MBB can help your business. Our meetings are open to ALL boat builders and marine businesses. If you've been wondering if MBB can help you, join us and see for yourself! Meeting will be held in Building 6 at the Maine Boatbuilders Show, Portland

Annual Maine Boatbuilders Show - March 18-20, 2011
Annual Maine Boatbuilders Show - March 18-20, 2011
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.

Compass Project Sea Trials for TransAtlantic Mini Boat Race
Compass Project will Sea Trial their mini Trans Atlantic Boats at Handy Boat in Falmouth Maine this Friday morning.

MBB Announces
MBB Announces "Open Boatyard Days"
MBB is proud to announce Maine's First Open Boatyard Days. Maine Built Boats will work with boatbuilders, boatyards, and affiliated businesses across the State of Maine to present “Open Boatyard Days”. 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.

For a full listing of participating companies, check our Events page.

Maine Built Boats will exhibit at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Maine Built Boats will exhibit at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Maine Built Boats will exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 29-November 2. We will be at the Bahia Mar show, in Y & D Tent booth 727-728. The show is the world's largest boat show, and is in 6 locations, and encompasses over 3 million square feet of space. Stop by and visit with some of our builders and see what is new in the Maine Boatbuilding Industry.

Maine Built Boats to attend Newport International Boat Show
Maine Built Boats to attend Newport International Boat Show
MBB will exhibit at the Newport International Boat Show September 17-20, in Newport, RI, in tent G, bppth 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, including 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!

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Tradition Shapes Innovation™ at the 7th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. Maine’s only in-water boat and home show will feature the state’s finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, marine gear vendors, and musicians. A new area will explore alternative energy sources and building practices, energy audits, and sustainability. There'll be a model yacht pond, live music, a marine activities area for the kids, fine Maine food, the running of the 7th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials (Sunday at 10:30), and the Great Pen Bay Zucchini Boat Regatta (Saturday at 2:00). Admission: $10 adults, under 12 free. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. Harbor and Buoy parks, Rockland. No pets allowed. 800-565-4951

Callinectes Boatworks receives a MTI seed grant
Callinectes Boatworks receives a MTI seed grant
Callinectes Boatworks, LLC, a start-up company located in Kennebunkport, Maine, received a Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Seed Grant to develop production tooling for a new Maine designed and built runabout. Callinectes (Latin for “beautiful swimmer”) Boatworks, specializes in runabouts in the classic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s, using modern technology and materials to maximize enjoyment on the water. Fiberglass hulls coupled to hand-crafted laid wood decks; a fuel-efficient, low-emissions engine driving a jet-pump; and room for the entire family reflects the company’s operating principles: safety, environmental stewardship, beauty, and family fun. Launched in July 2008, the prototype attended many shows and garnered formidable interest. Test rides scheduled well into October, encouraged Callinectes Boatworks to move ahead with production plans and the design of a larger craft. The first hull from the new tooling is scheduled to hit the production floor in June.

Gov. Baldacci Honors Lyman Morse Boatbuilding as Environmental Leader
Gov. Baldacci Honors Lyman Morse Boatbuilding as Environmental Leader
Governor John E. Baldacci joined Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner David Littel Friday to recognize five Maine companies for voluntarily participating in the Department's "Environmental Leaders of Maine: Smart Growth through Smart Production" program. The program provides a blueprint for businesses to follow to exceed environmental compliance standards and to become mentors in the business community.

“You are proving that Maine can become more energy independent, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants, and reduce the use of toxic chemicals – at the same time we grow green jobs and the Maine economy,” Governor Baldacci said. “From energy efficiency and onshore wind to offshore tidal, wind and wave, these are exciting times that will lead to a cleaner and more secure energy future in Maine.”

Compass Project Starts Youth Composites Program at Maine Advanced Technology Center
Compass Project Starts Youth Composites Program at Maine Advanced Technology Center
The Compass Project is opening a satellite boat building program in Brunswick for its Youth Apprentice Program. The goal of the program is to teach at-risk youth the latest composite technology being used in the boat building industry. The program is a collaboration between the Compass Project, Jobs for Maine Graduates and the Maine Advanced Technology Center in Brunswick. Students from Morse H.S. in Bath will attend the 16-week program at MATC beginning January 26, 2009.

The Youth Apprentice Program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn and use composite infusion techniques in order to build a small dinghy.

The Compass Project is in its seventh year of working with at-risk youth in the greater Portland area. More than 900 youth from Greater Portland elementary, middle and high schools have benefited from Compass Project programs.

Stephens, Waring & White announce new Yacht Design Company
Bob Stephens and Paul Waring with Brooklin Boat Yard President, Steve White, have announced their newly founded design firm, Stephens, Waring, and White. Their capabilities run the gamut to include conceptual design, complete custom design, VPP services, consultation services, and assistance to builders. The firm is now looking to offer design support for production builders.

Since 1960, the reputation of the Brooklin Boatyard and its design office has been founded on the works of Joel White. Since Joel's death, yacht designers Bob Stephens and Paul Waring have continued to grow the office into a well respected yacht design studio that has become known for its "Spirit of Tradition" daysailers and cruising yachts built of cold-molded wood construction. Examples of the design firm’s recent work include a 90’ cold-molded wood world-cruising yawl, a 76’ wood/carbon/foam offshore racing sloop, a 29 ft. diesel-electric launch, and several carbon/wood composite daysailers.

Bass Tournament Victory on a PYY 22
Bass Tournament Victory on a PYY 22
Young anglers Tyler McKenna and Ryan Perkins won first and second honors at the Wentworth Striper Tournament in New Castle, NH. Tyler's striper came in at 46", and Ryan's came in at 41". Besides victory and honor, both won some great trophies and foul weather gear!

The tournament was the First Annual Wentworth Marina Striper Tournament for Kids. It was held to benefit the Seacoast Science Center in Rye NH.

The boat, a PYY 22, designed and built by Kittery Point Boat Builders, performed as well as the kids.

Sabre launches first POD drive Motoryacht
South Casco, Maine, June 20, 2008. Sabre Yachts this week launched the first Sabre 42 Hard Top Express with Cummins Zeus pod drives. The sea trial results for this new and innovative drive system exceeded the expectations of this Maine based boat builder.

Coupled to an intuitive joystick, the Cummins Zeus system “changes everything” said Dave Newcomb Sabre Yachts Head of Engineering. “Pod drives eliminate the conventional shafts and rudders associated with modern motor yachts. Exhaust gasses are released below the water creating a quieter operation. Due to the increased efficiencies of the thrust angles, fuel savings of as much as 20% can be realized at some speeds.

Brenda Collins, Sabre Yachts National Sales Manager said that “At maneuvering speeds the operator uses a Joystick. Docking and maneuvering in tight quarters is unmatched by any other drive system. Total novices can dock this boat with just a few minutes of training.”

WoodenBoat School Summer Courses have timeless appeal
WoodenBoat School Summer Courses have timeless appeal
The WoodenBoat School is off to a busy start for their summer 2008 programs. Offering a broad variety of courses for people with an interest in boats. WoodenBoat School Director Rich Helsinger reports “It’s probably our strongest season since 2000. We’re attracting alumni, new people and a lot of young people.”

As always, the courses emphasize hands-on learning, offering students a chance to learn new skills, new ways of doing things. “There are always new courses each year,” Hilsinger said, adding that the latest offering — building your own wooden surfboard — filled the first day it was offered. Courses in seamanship, steel welding and sailmaking are available.

Kenway wins Maine MEP Manufacturer of the Year
Kenway wins Maine MEP Manufacturer of the Year
The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) is pleased to announce Kenway Corporation, a nationally known fabricator of fiberglass products, is the recipient of this year’s Maine MEP Manufacturer of the Year award. The award will be presented at a ceremony at Kenway Corporation’s facility in Augusta on Wednesday, June 4th at 10 a.m. The award is presented every year to a company that has achieved world-class manufacturing status and has implemented best manufacturing practices required to advance in the marketplace.

Established in 1947 as Kenway Boats, Kenway Corporation has evolved into a fiberglass manufacturing company for the marine, pulp and paper, and power industries. They build Maritime boats at their plant in Augusta.

Maine Boatbuilders Featured in Classic Yacht
Maine Boatbuilders Featured in Classic Yacht
Maine Boatbuilders were featured in the new online magazine Classic Yacht in their May Issue. Bill Prince, publisher of Classic Yacht, knew that Maine Boatbuilders make a great variety of daysailers. Featured in this article are Morris Yachts and their M36, Artisan Boatworks with their Dark Harbor 17, and Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, with their full restoration of a New York 30.

Maine Boatbuilders Featured in Executive Traveller
Maine Boatbuilders Featured in Executive Traveller
Executive Traveler Magazine is "a luxury travel magazine for the business traveler focusing on corporate retreats, client entertainment, and luxury destinations" featured Maine Boatbuilders on the cover of their May issue and in an article entitled "To the Boatyard Born." In it, they profile Broolkin Boatyard, Hinckley Yachts, Hodgdon Yachts, Morris Yachts and Rockport Marine.

Atlantic Challenge & Landing School in the news
Atlantic Challenge & Landing School in the news
For many people, traditional classroom learning with lectures and papers leaves much to be desired. In this article, in the Boston Globe, explores IYRS, The Landing School, and Atlantic Challenge and how they meet the interests of students as well as the growing demand for trained workers in the marine industry.

Atlantic Boat's latest will travel to the Amazon
Atlantic Boat's latest will travel to the Amazon
Atlantic Boat Company just launched a Duffy & Duffy 42 that is leaving home for good. "She’s headed to the mouth of the Amazon," said Atlantic Boat owner Nate Hopkins. "The guy who bought her is a free diver. He shoots fish with a spear gun. He has to go out 100 to 150 miles offshore to get to clear water because of all the silt coming down from the Amazon."

Like all the boats that Atlantic Boat builds, she is built on a traditional lobster boat V-hull. Topside and inside, each of the boats is customized to fit the owners needs, wherever they may be.

Maine Built Boats Launches Brand Campaign
Maine Built Boats Launches Brand Campaign
Maine Built Boats launched their new brand campaign during the Maine Boatbuilder's Show at the Portland Museum of Art. After much research into the commonalities between the builders, the "Art & Soul" campaign was created. It focuses on the shared qualities of ingenuity, authenticity, craftsmanship, pride in their work, and the integrity of the builders.

The campaign will begin appearing in National and International magzines this month.

Hodgdon Yachts expanding to Richmond, Maine
Hodgdon Yachts expanding to Richmond, Maine
Hodgdon Yachts is opening a new facility in Richmond, Maine. The new shop, located in 30,000 feet of an old shoe factory, will be dedicated to building exclusively yacht interiors. Hodgdon plans to build interiors for other yacht makers, and to invest over $1,000,000 in this facility.

"Our craftsmen create what we consider to be practically works of art," Andy Wright, COO of Hodgdon Yachts said. "Maine is known for very high-quality vessels and innovation." They plan to bring between 15 and 17 workers from their headquarters in East Boothbay to the new location, and to hire up to 35 more workers within the next 2 years. President Tim Hodgdon is the fifth generation to run Hodgdon, believed to be the oldest continuously running shipyard in America.

Sabre 34 Hardtop Express wins Boat of the Year from British Marine Press
Sabre 34 Hardtop Express wins Boat of the Year from British Marine Press
The Sabre 34 Hard Top Express was named boat of the year by the British marine press. Both Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat and Yachting chose the Sabre 34 in the Traditional/Retro category.

Carl Richardson, Editor of MBM, and Hugo Andreae, Editor of Motor Boat and Yachting said, "This American yard has an enviable reputation for it’s no-nonsense build quality coupled with handsome, dignified, “Down-easter” looks and a wall-to-wall wood fit out that smacks of a gentleman’s yacht. However what really impressed us was the boat’s imperious 25 knot performance in near-gale conditions. Out there the stiff upper lip looks were replaced with a very satisfied grin as you lounge in the leather arm chair at the sheltered helm and pilot your craft through the madness outside. It is a testament to the entire range of classic cruisers that the 34’s larger sibling the Sabre 38 also made it to the short list.”

Hodgdon Yachts Launches New Navy Seal Transport Vessel
Hodgdon Yachts Launches New Navy Seal Transport Vessel
Hodgdon Yachts, of Boothbay Harbor, launched a new composite version of the Navy Seals "Mark V" patrol boat Friday morning. The current Mark V boats are constructed of aluminum, and the G-forces that the crews experience often leave them exhausted before their missions begin. The new prototype is 50% stronger, and slightly lighter, than the current Mark V. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, christened the vessel. Also in attendance at the launch were Representative Tom Allen D-Maine, Captain Evan Thompson, Commander of Special Warfare Group, Dr. Robert Kennedy of the University of Maine, Dr. John Pazik, Office of Naval Research, Rev. Peter Panagore, Radio Parish Church, and Commissioner John Richardson, Department of Economic and Community Development for Maine.

Sailing World Chooses Sabre Spirit as a Boat of the Year
Sailing World Chooses Sabre Spirit as a Boat of the Year
Sailing World Magazine's panel of judges chose the Sabre Spirit "Best Daysailer" in its annual Boats of the Year issue. The judges noted the 37' Spirit is extremely easy to set up, to sail short handed or with crew. She can be used as a daysailer, weekender, or competitive racer. She has a PHRF rating of 87, and won Marblehead PHRF's Boat of the Year, as well.

Brooklin Boat Yard's Anna graces the SAIL magazine's November cover
Brooklin Boat Yard's Anna graces the SAIL magazine's November cover
Sail Magazine featured ANNA on the cover of its November issue. The 56' Sparkman & Stephens design has combined the best of traditional design & looks with modern technology. She is cold molded, features a carbon fiber mast & spars, a spade rudder & a fin keel with a ballast bulb. She took top honors at Eggamoggin Reach this summer, beating Dorade by 7 minutes.

Maine Boatbuilders Featured in USA Today
Maine Boatbuilders Featured in USA Today
USA Today reports that Maine Boatbuilders face the challenge of finding enough skilled labor in Maine to fully staff their yards. They site industry experts as well as a study that was commissioned by Maine Built Boats. The State of Maine was awarded a $15 million dollar Federal Economic Development Grant to help this sector of the economy and assist with training for workers, as boat building has added several hundred jobs and $19 million in wages since 2000.

Maine Boatbuilders Featured in Boston Globe
Maine Boatbuilders Featured in Boston Globe
The combination of a growing industry, an aging workforce, and the demand for highly skilled labor has presented Maine Boatbuilders with a unique challenge. Education programs, outreach, increased number of apprenticeships, and scholarships have been introduced to try remedy the problem.

New Technology Helps Maine Boatyards Build on Tradition
New Technology Helps Maine Boatyards Build on Tradition
Maine boatbuilders are leading the industry in search of new ways to build boats, said Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine's Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, which works with boatyards to develop new products and manufacturing systems.

Maine’s Boat Building Industry: Obstacles & Opportunities
Maine’s Boat Building Industry: Obstacles & Opportunities
The report draws on previous reports—most notably Professor Charles Colgan’s 2002 investigation of the marine trades in Maine1—on government statistics drawn both from the Maine Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of the Census and from interviews with a wide range of participants in the industry, including boat builders, marina operators, boat dealers and brokers, educators, government policy makers and industry leaders.

Maine boatbuilding gets a promotional push
Maine boatbuilding gets a promotional push
Boatbuilding might soon join lobsters and lighthouses as Maine’s most marketable attributes.
Boatbuilders throughout the state — from the small one-man shops to large, nationally recognized companies — have banded together to promote, worldwide, the state’s boatbuilding industry. The group, known as Maine Built Boats, is not a trade organization. Rather, it is a nonprofit marketing organization designed to boost brand awareness in the United States and beyond.

Trainings Announced at The Boat School
Attend for one day and become certified in straddle lift operation. This introductory course covers best practices for haul & launch preparations, lift operational safety, sling placement, basic equipment maintenance including slings & cables, as well as blocking and boat stand usage.This course includes the operation of a 60 ton Travelift. Lunch is provided. Class size is limited.

Instructor - Dean Pike COST $175 MMTA members $225 non-members Date - July 27

This course will cover the safe use and application of fabrics and resins. Topics introduced will include fabric types and their use; polyester, vinylester, and epoxy resins; secondary bonding; hand lamination; vacuum bagging; and repair techniques.

Instructor - Brian Moore COST $150 Dates - August 1, 2 & 3

CCT (Certified Composite Technician) - 3 DAYS
This 3 day intensive review will lead to the certification exam on the last day. This course is intended for people already familiar with composites and has had practical industry experience. This certification is awarded by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and is nationally recognized.

Instructor - Brian Moore COST $750 REGISTRATION MUST BE IN BY JULY 11 Dates - July 25, 26 & 27

This introductory course will cover safe use of stationary and portable power tools, woodworking hand tool skills and sharpening. Chemical safety, MSDS shop procedures, HAZMAT disposal and identification of HAZMATS will be explained fully. Fire fighting procedures will be explained. Personal safety will be presented discussing issues related to protective clothing, eye, hearing and respiratory protection. THIS IS A REQUIRED COURSE FOR MANY OF OUR DAY or CREDIT COURSES.

Instructor - Brian Duffy COST $750 2 CREDITS Dates - August 27-31

Students will get an overview of proper service and basic maintenance of marine gears. Labs will concentrate on trouble shooting and field repairs of the components involved in marine drive trains with a special emphasis on marine transmissions. Preventative maintenance, system diagnosis and failure analysis, and proper service procedures are covered.

Instructor - Victor Voisine COST $500 Dates - July 24 - 27

This is a practical course for fishermen and those interested. No previous experience is necessary. Learn how to field test/diagnose transmission problems. Discover ways to limp home when the worst happens.

Instructor - Victor Voisine COST $100 Dates - August 1,2 & 3

Call 207-853-2518 or Email for more information

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