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.
Boatbuilder Lyman-Morse has undertaken a number of new initiatives that are helping the company thrive. The projects include buying Wayfarer Marine in Camden, building a new hotel in Rockland, and building two prototype powerboats for Bertram Yachts.
Maine’s stellar reputation for new boat construction gets the limelight. But it is all-purpose yards like Great Island Boat Yard with their capacity for service, repairs and refits that are the backbone of the state’s maritime industry today. Searching for more meaningful lives, Great Island owners Steve and Stephanie Rowe left high-powered corporate jobs to run the yard.