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Issue 135 Table of Contents

June/July 2015

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FEATURES

Retro Ride Shawn Grant of Brightside Wooden Boat sold his collection of vintage cars to buy an equally cool fleet of vintage boats. Today his Belgrade-based company is one of only a few places in the country where you can rent antique wooden boats for day trips. BY LAURIE SCHREIBER

Rangeley Lakes Camps The earliest Rangeley Lakes camps were fishing clubs, where members had access to rustic accommodations and to guides. Then came resort hotels, with more luxurious digs. BY W. TAD PFEFFER

Oh the Loons Loons are a triple-threat in the bird world: they are stunning to look at, possess a supernatural voice, and are skilled predators of fish. Their presence on a lake means it is healthy. BY RICHARD HARRIS PODOLSKY

Lake Effect Richardson's Boat Yard, a fixture on Sebago Lake, has been under the ownership of one family for almost a century. BY LAURIE SCHREIBER

Lakeside Yachting Yacht clubs on Androscoggin, Cobbosseecontee, and Moosehead lakes date back to the early 1900s and the days of the freshwater rusticators. One club even runs a lighthouse. BY STEVE CARTWRIGHT

Water Wings Not Included People are drawn to Maine’s whitewater rafting trips for the adventure and to be surrounded by nature. The river guides are key to the success of these expeditions. BY KAY STEPHENS

Rusticating up to Camp Back in the late 1800s, summer people coming to Maine called themselves rusticators. But natives rusticated too, going "up to" camps on remote lakes like East Grand on the Canadian border. BY NANCY HARMON JENKINS

Artist of the Outdoors Inspired by a love of Maine and the outdoors, painter Jessica Lee Ives records her experiences—swimmers cutting across the water, a surfer bearing a board toward the waves, a man casting a fly over a river. BY CARL LITTLE

The Floating Yacht Club Since its founding in 1966, the Down East Yacht Club has brought together boaters who like cruising without formality. One member is a waterskiing legend. BY LEE S. WILBUR
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FROM THE PUBLISHER

BOATYARD DOG®

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR We welcome your comments, and we print them too!

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THE MAINE I LOVE DEPARTMENTS

MY BOAT, MY HARBOR Moosehead Lake is 40 miles long and makes a great cruising destination if you have a small sailboat that can be launched from a trailer. BY SANDY LOMMEN

OFF THE DRAWING BOARD Finding the perfect sailboat for lake use takes some thought, especially if you want something fast that won’t hit too many rocks, and has room for company. BY ART PAINE

A LETTER FROM MATINICUS Authorized Personnel Only BY EVA MURRAY

SMALL ADVENTURES Damariscotta Lake offers plenty of great boating opportunities. BY MIMI BIGELOW STEADMAN

A LETTER FROM HOME Ah the things you can find when you go beachcombing on a small island. BY ROGER C. TAYLOR

BONUS CONTENT What's Online @ maineboats.com Bonus Content For This Issue Extra: After reading about Rangeley camps, learn about the special Rangeley Boats and their unique history. Video: Cobbie, one of the Boatyard Dogs in this issue, has a special talent. He can dive and stay underwater for what seems like a very... long... time. Slide Show: Visit a remote fishing camp, with photographer Andrea Hand, the artist behind this issue's The Maine I Love. Video: How can you read about loons and not want to hear them live? Watch the Biodiversity Research Institute's "Restore the Call" video to learn more and listen to the haunting calls. Extreme Canoeing: Ready to take it up a notch on the lake this summer? Back in the 1930s, Reg Blomfield made a film demonstrating daredevil tricks that can be done in a canoe! Regatta: Our publisher and editor host an annual Laser regatta on Megunticook Lake. Corinna Halloran, now sailing with Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race, made this animated slide show in 2014.

 
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FEATURES

Small Adventures: Kittery Foreside
While many people think of Kittery as outlet heaven, Maine’s southernmost town has a more charming historic side, with lovely old homes and a bustling downtown, centered around Wallingford Square.

Riley and Cobbie, Issue 135
Riley and Cobbie

Fishing and the Rangeley Boat
The iconic Rangeley Boat emerged from the Rangeley Lake region of Western Maine in the 1800s and was crafted to suit the needs of sportfishermen.

The Maine I Love - Photographs by Andrea Hand
Bangor-based artist and photographer Andrea Hand specializes in events and portraits. A visit to this private fishing camp in Northern Maine inspired her to add landscapes to her repertoire. “I have lived in Maine for 26 years, but until last year had never participated in the ‘camp’ lifestyle. When folks talked about ‘going to camp,’ I thought they were talking about a week away at some kind of summer camp. Then last summer I was invited to an 1890s fishing camp for a late-season jaunt. As we turned off the logging road and across the small bridge onto the site, my soul was flooded with the spirit of this sacred place.

Love of Maine Lakes
From the Publisher - Issue 135

Boatyard Dogs® — Issue 135
Riley and Cobbie - Boatyard Dogs 135

Letters to the Editor 135
Letters to the Editor - Issue 135

Big bass, lots of lobsters, buried gin and more
Big bass, lots of lobsters, buried gin and more

Cruising Moosehead
Moosehead Lake is 40 miles long and makes a great cruising destination if you have a small sailboat that can be launched from a trailer.

Calling At Ash Island For Mixed Cargo
A beachcombing excursion to Ash Island in a tiny canoe.

The Golden Mean
Finding the perfect sailboat for lake use takes some thought, especially if you want something fast that won’t hit too many rocks, and has room for company.

Retro Ride
Shawn Grant sold his collection of vintage cars to buy an equally cool fleet of vintage boats. Today his Belgrade-based company is one of only a few places in the country where you can rent antique wooden boats for day trips.

Rangeley Lakes Camps
The earliest Rangeley Lakes recreational establishments were fishing clubs, where members had access to rustic accommodations and to guides. Then came resort hotels. These offered a more genteel experience, but also focused on outdoor activities and appreciation of nature.

Oh the Loons
Loons are a triple-threat in the bird world: they are stunning to look at, possess a supernatural voice, and are skilled predators of fish. Their presence on a lake means it is healthy.

Lake Effect
Richardson’s Boat Yard, a fixture on Sebago Lake, has been under the ownership of one family for almost a century.

Lakeside Yachting
Yacht clubs on Androscoggin, Cobbosseecontee, and Moosehead lakes date back to the early 1900s and the days of the freshwater rusticators.

Water Wings Not Included
People are drawn to Maine's whitewater rafting trips for the adventure and to be surrounded by nature. The river guides are key to the success of these expeditions, as the author learns on an eventful rafting trip.

Rusticating up to Camp
Back in the late 1800s, summer people coming to Maine called themselves rusticators. But natives rusticated too, going “up to” camps on remote lakes like East Grand on the Canadian border.

Artist of the Outdoors
Inspired by a love of Maine and the outdoors, painter Jessica Ives records outdoor experiences—swimmers cutting across the water, a surfer bearing his board toward the waves, snowboarders resting on the slopes, a man casting a fly over a river.

The Floating Yacht Club

Welcome to Blue Hill
Rob McCall reflects upon summer fields and flowers, crickets, and the Dog Days of summer.

Small Adventures: Damariscotta Lake
Damariscotta Lake offers plenty of great boating opportunities.

BONUS CONTENT

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