Many people know of Hewes & Company as a builder of fine homes, but the company also has a thriving business fabricating parts for many of Maine’s best known boatbuilders as well as for designers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
John Williams is building a new Williams 38 that will retain the classic good looks of a Stanley above the waterline, but feature a modern V-shaped underbody and engineering designed to send it through the water at up to 40 knots.
Since opening its Portland, Maine, office several years ago, the Icelandic company Eimskip has been shipping more and more goods to and from Maine in its container ships. Two artists recount their ride from Portland to Reykjavik on one of those vessels.
The qualities that made them good for rum-running during Prohibition also made builder Will Frost’s boats good for lobstering. His semi-displacement hulls, renowned for maintaining speed at capacity, have influenced the design of lobsterboats ever since.
A pair of brothers from Beals tracked down their father’s beloved wooden lobsterboat, restored it, and made it a fixture on the lobsterboat racing circuit, winning the title of World’s Fastest Lobsterboat in 2006.
Who doesn’t want an exact model of their boat? A besotted Concordia owner describes how he was able to track down a miniature replica of his yawl, built by one of the country’s finest model makers, Rob Eddy.
Novelist Alice Greenway sailed a leg in the first-ever Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta last spring. Along with Greenway, the crew of the 170-foot Kaliakra included twenty-five Bulgarian maritime high school students, two teachers, and a dozen seamen.
In the last decade of the 20th century, the Hinckley Company – for a long time associated with sailing yachts of classically traditional design – underwent a change of course, and launched a spectacularly successful series of jet boats. It was only a matter of time, though, before a new generation of sailors again looked to Hinckley. The result is the new Hinckley Bermuda 50 — a dramatically modern looking, high-end sailboat.