Wicked Tuna’s Capt. Dave Carraro will be at The Maine Boatbuilders Show

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 7.33.12 AMWe are going to add some spice to this year’s Maine Boat Builder’s Show, giving it a “sport fishing” theme. SW Boatworks of Lamoine is building the new TUNA.COM for Capt. Dave Carraro of Gloucester, one of the stars of the reality television show “Wicked Tuna” seen on the National Geographic Channel. Dave will be there meeting attendees, giving a couple of seminars and selling his “TUNA.COM” merchandise. There is no question that this will draw a huge crowd.

Capt. Dave Carraro will be at this year’s Maine Boat Builder’s Show on Saturday and Sunday. He sold his Duffy 38 TUNA.COM last year and went looking for a new boat. He said, “I wanted a Downeast boat. I have owned two before, a 31 JC and a 38 Duffy and since Maine is the home of Downeast boats that was my starting point. I also asked several friends that had Downeast boats where I should get it built? Who is a very reputable builder? All steered me towards Stewart Workman, owner of SW Boatworks. The Duffy had its idiosyncrasies as does every boat. It rocked and rolled a little bit, but we caught a lot of fish on it. We were happy with it besides the rocking tendency. When I was in the market for another boat I wanted a boat that had good lateral stability, and I knew one way of getting that was getting a wider boat. I also wanted a boat that was little bigger. We considered a Young Brothers, a Duffy 42, a Lowell 43, a Mussel Ridge 42, and they were all good choices, but not really what we were looking for. We wanted that width and we settled on the Calvin 44. This boat is very stable, and the cabin is a lot bigger, the cockpit is a lot roomier and even though it is bigger than my old boat the fuel efficiency is going to be very comparable.”
We are hoping to have the new TUNA.COM at the show, but we cannot guarantee that yet. TUNA.COM is scheduled to be finished the middle of March, and if that happens, she will be there.

Almost every Maine boat builder has finished off some of their hulls for the sport fishing community. This is a huge market and is an excellent way to showcase one variation of how a Maine lobster boat hull can be finished off. Sport fishing is a sizable industry on the Maine coast, but even larger the further Westward you go. Others associated with this industry will also be invited to participate as exhibitors and speakers.
For those that do not build boats for the sport fisherman, you will not be neglected. We will make sure that everyone is promoted equally. Maine’s boatbuilding community is extremely diverse. There are those that build dinghies, others mega-yachts, and anywhere in between and this show is here to promote everyone. Many boat builders do not know what they will have available at show time, but when we know what boats are coming we will send out press releases promoting them. Next year we will change the theme of the show to focus on another aspect of Maine’s boat building industry. Any suggestions are welcome.

I would also like to say that this is not the last year for this show. There are many rumors out there, but this show will continue. The Maine boat building community is very special and this show was developed to showcase what they have to offer. This show is unlike any other because you meet the actual boat builder and in many cases some of the most unique individuals anywhere. We will continue to do this show so they can continue to promote their businesses.

With the brain trust that is attracted to the show there is often animated discussions and as much going on in the aisles as in the booths. Friends make the show an annual pilgrimage. The fact that it is a gathering point and a celebration has attracted national organizations. The Maine Maritime Academy Alumnae will hold a Maritime Flea Market all three days in Bld #11. Lectures are free all three days for knowledgeable boaters. To celebrate the next generation, for the FOURTH year, there will be an engine diagnosis competition between the Maine Vocational High schools 10-12 Saturday.

The show is expected to draw around 10,000 people to the Portland Company Marine Complex, located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, Maine. Admission is $15 per day at the door or ON LINE tickets are available. Children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can purchase block tickets for $10.00 ea. It is open to the public and will run from 10am to 6 pm on Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday March 22nd .To learn more about the 28h Maine Boat Builders Show go to

Maine Yacht Center Refits Vendee Globe Boat

maineyachtcenterMaine Yacht Center is proud to announce it completed a refit of the IMOCA Open 60 Great American IV (ex-Mirabaud), in which Rich Wilson will compete in the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, the toughest singlehanded sailing race in the world.

Wilson brought the exotic canting-keel race boat to MYC in Portland, Maine, in August 2013 after sailing it across the Atlantic Ocean from France, where he purchased it on behalf of his nonprofit educational foundation, Sites Alive. Designed by Owen Clarke Design of Great Britain, the boat was originally built and launched in 2006 in New Zealand for prominent French solo sailor Dominique Wavre, who sailed the boat in such prestigious events as the Vendée Globe and the Barcelona World Race.

To prepare Great American IV for Wilson’s newest sailing adventure, MYC performed the following work: rig modifications and inspection; removal of canting keel, inspection of keel pivot bearings, keel hydraulics and service; removal of twin asymmetric dagger boards and replacement of bearings; removal of rudders and bearing service; deck hardware modification; construction of an ergonomic chart table, bench seat and custom chair; new electronics and wiring including sailing instrumentation, satellite communication and computers; new Lithium Ion battery bank; new charging system to include custom direct drive engine alternator/regulator, hydro-generators and solar; new stantions, bow pulpit and pushpits for higher life line configuration; and new race bottom job.

“It’s always a pleasure and privilege to work with Rich Wilson on any project,” said Harris after the current refit was completed. “He truly is like the Energizer Bunny, has great stamina, and brings intense focus and clarity to anything he puts his mind to.

“MYC has done a marvelous job on a complex and sophisticated refit, and all with diligence and good humor. For a race boat it’s a great place to go,” said Rich Wilson. “Brian Harris is the only one in the U.S. who has dealt with Open 60s that race solo around the world. He’s worked on boats for four such races, including ours in 2008-9, where we finished 9th of 11 finishers of 30 starters. There was a tremendous amount of attrition in that fleet, but the boat prepared by Maine Yacht Center came home safely. That’s why we’ve come back to Brian and Maine Yacht Center for our 2016 Vendée Globe attempt.”

ABOUT Rich Wilson: Rich first came to the notice of the sailing world in 1980 when he skippered a heavy Aage Nielsen ketch, Holger Danske, to a spectacular overall win in the 1980 Newport-Bermuda Race. Since 1990 he has used ocean sailing to create multi-disciplinary interactive educational programs and set several world speed records aboard trimarans while doing so. Rich became only the second American ever to complete the Vendée Globe during the 2008-09 running of the event, which he finished in 121 days, coming in 9th out of 11 finishers (out of a starting fleet of 30 boats). Rich, then 58, was the oldest competitor in the race. During his last Vendée Globe campaign, Rich’s non-profit Sites Alive Foundation reached a global audience of 7 million readers and 250,000 students. Schools in 37 countries expressed interest in publishing its educational programs. Rich hopes to build on this success during his next big race and will also be creating programs for asthma patients (he has suffered from asthma since childhood) and senior citizens (he will be 65 at the start of this race). For more information on Rich and Sites Alive visit

"MIRABAUD"  Monohull IMOCA 60, skipper Dominique Wavre (SUi)

Maine Built Boats Hosts Third-Annual Conference

IMG_1684smMaine Built Boats hosted its third-annual Global Outreach Conference on Thursday, December 4, in Bath, Maine. Featuring seminars on sourcing services, enhancing marketing, and establishing global partnerships, the conference gathered boatbuilding-related professionals from around New England. Attendees left with new ideas for business development.

Open to the regional boatbuilding industry, the Global Outreach Conference annually provides industry executives, managers, technicians and marketers with ideas for expanding their business outside of Maine and the nation. In addition to a full seminar series, the conference offers an exhibition featuring products and services that are important to the industry.

The conference opened with a presentation on 3D printing by John Belding of the University of Maine. Belding also joined the second seminar, which gathered representatives from a panel of businesses that provide plug and tooling services including CNC machining, water-jet cutting, and five-axis machining.

Sandy Spaulding of Hodgdon Yacht Services provided an economic forecast of the global marine industry during a mid-day session. That was followed by a seminar low-cost and digital marketing by Nicole Jacques of Rhumbline Communications. The final seminar presented by James Anderson and Chris Franklin of Hodgdon Yachts showcased the recent construction of COMANCHE, a 100-foot carbon yacht making international headlines.

Dates for next year’s Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference will be announced in spring 2015.

Global Outreach Conference Dates Announced

MBB conference logoMaine Built Boats’ third-annual boatbuilding industry conference is scheduled Thursday, December 4, 2014. Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference will offer industry executives, managers and marketers ideas for expanding their business outside of Maine and the nation. The conference, which will be held at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, offers a combination of exhibition and seminars to support Maine boatbuilders.

Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference offers seminars in marine systems technology, fabrication, digital marketing, and management. Each seminar and its speakers were selected based on industry feedback and demand.

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Sabre Begins Construction on its Largest Ever Yacht

Sabre-66-concept-rendering3a_KB-copyWhen Sabre first began building 28 foot sailboats in 1970, there were very few large, owner operated motor yachts in use.  Over the past forty+ years the fleet of large, private vessels has grown dramatically with new operating systems allowing owner operators to be the masters of their own yachts.  Sabre followers have watched as the size of the yachts we offer has shifted with the times.

To date our largest motor yacht offering has been the Sabre 54 Salon Express and Fly Bridge, the first of which will debut at the 2014 Miami Yacht and Brokerage show. But owners of these designs have asked us to make the next step and we are proud to announce the design of the Sabre 66 which will make its debut in mid-2015.

This very exciting project, built in our Rockland facilities, is designed by our in-house team led by Kevin Burns.  Kevin has been busy with this project for some time, developing hull shapes, deck styling and of course, mechanical and interior layouts. The 66 will be equipped with Volvo Penta IPS1200 pod drives and will cruise in the mid 20 knot range. Her displacement will be 80,000lbs and her interior will feature a full beam master stateroom below her helm deck. Social connectivity of the cockpit and interior spaces is the key to this open and airy layout.

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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 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

Successful Launch of Back Cove Downeast 37

sabreDE37_underway90x120Back 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.”

Great Island Boat Yard is Bruckmann’s Authorized Service Yard

gilogoBruckmann 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.

Back Cove Yachts to Launch Downeast 37

37DE_exteriorSMBack 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.”

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