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Boats

Morris Yachts: Ocean Series 48 GT

The new Morris Ocean Series 48 GT has more sail area, a lighter hull, and a redesigned interior. Morris Yachts also took note of many small features that customers appreciate and worked them into this distinctive Chuck Paine design.

Islesford Boatworks: Tubby Legs

Tubby Legs, a Finboat designed by Harry Bryan of New Brunswick, Canada, has a flexible fin off the stern. Reciprocating foot pedals push the fin back and forth, propelling the vessel through the water like an undulating fish. It’s the eighth boat built at Islesford Boatworks, a summer boatbuilding school.

Sabre Yachts: Salon Express 42

Cruising with the Sabre Salon Express 42.

Big, Bold, and Handsome

Most Maine boatbuilders who cater to commercial fishermen will tell you the same thing: 2014 was the year of the big boat. The majority of those big boats were built for lobstering. We look at a few of them.

D.N. Hylan: Bagatelle

Bagatelle is a pretty 26-foot wooden weekend cruiser designed and built by D.N. Hylan and Associates in Brooklin.

Front Street Shipyard: T33

The new Trefoil 33 Patrol Cat could play a starring role in a spy novel. Front Street Shipyard is building these nimble catamarans, high-speed patrol boats designed for shallow rivers and rough ocean water, for Trefoil Marine.

Cottrell Boatbuilding: Two Moths

Cottrell Boatbuilding of Searsport, Maine, built a pair of custom classic Moths for a customer who had raced Moths when he was young. His charge to the Cottrells: “Design and build me two identical Moths within the classic Moth rules.”

Cottrell Boatbuilding: Two Moths

Cottrell Boatbuilding of Searsport, Maine, built a pair of custom classic Moths for a customer who had raced Moths when he was young. His charge to the Cottrells: “Design and build me two identical Moths within the classic Moth rules.”

Brooklin Boat: Dreadnought

Dreadnought is a sleek cold-molded sloop launched by Brooklin Boat Yard the summer of 2014.

Artisan Boatworks: Vim

Rebuilt and re-engineered this year by Artisan Boatworks, the 1950s lobsteryacht Vim houses a full suite of modern systems, hidden under a classically restored exterior.

My Boat, My Harbor

Sally Smith’s family has owned and loved their Hinckley Sou’wester, Priscilla, for 42 years. Only recently did Smith learn about a “bump” in Priscilla’s past.

The Marlin Heritage 23 and the Selkie

When all you want is to sail for the pure enjoyment of sunshine, wind, and waves, you don't need high performance. Contributing Editor Art Paine writes that some of the best boats for this are derivatives of Nathanael Herreshoff’s "Fish Class." Two new designs, which embellish upon the excellence of a Herreshoff Fish, are the Cape Cod Marlin Heritage 23 and Doug Hylan’s Selkie.

Meet the Makers

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show Brings out the Best

Rays of Hope

Sunbeam V, a nondenominational, seaborne program of the Maine Sea Coast Mission, has been bringing fellowship and aid to people in need along the coast for more than a century. The mission was started by two brothers who sailed a small Friendship sloop to their island “parish.”

Letter From Matinicus

Matinicus correspondent Eva Murray gives her take on the antics of a reality TV crew filming a program about lobstermen on Matinicus Island.