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Harbor Features

Opening Day

Opening day at Bagaduce Lunch is an annual celebration of community and the arrival of summer.

Mussel Fishing Back In the Day

Writer and former fisherman Joe Upton recalls winter mussel dragging back in the day: icebergs, bitter cold, and amazing hauls.

Summer Days and Childhood Shenanigans

Summers on Bailey Island in the 1930s involved fishing, loitering, and hanging out with a pack of fellow adventurers.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

For nearly 50 years the Gulf of Maine Research Institute has been building knowledge of local waters through research and outreach. GMRI’s mission is perhaps best exemplified by CBASS, its wide-ranging, long-term Casco Bay Aquatic System Survey.

Wesmac Custom Boats: Otter

Wesmac Custom Boats of Surry built a new lobsteryacht to be used as a ferry between Isle au Haut and Stonington.

Dog on Deck

After losing a beloved pet, Deborah Brewster vowed to go dog-less for a year. That didn’t last long. Soon she found a puppy, which she and her husband, photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz, trained to be a sailor dog. Plus tips to keep your sailor dog happy at sea.

At Home in Maine

After moving to Maine, a boater travels back to his former cruising grounds, only to realize how much more he enjoys his home in the Pine Tree State.

Paddling Into New Adventures

Stand-up paddleboarding is a way for both people of all ages to explore the coast, while also building up muscle strength.

Just Squiddin'

A nighttime squid fishing adventure on the Seal Harbor pier.

Visiting Elisabeth

A sailing adventure takes a literary turn.

Wells Reserve

The town of Wells is home to the only National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine, which is open to the public and the site of scientific research.

The Hidden Life of Seaweed

While some beachcombers turn up their nose at a slimy piece of seaweed on the beach, they should not. What keeps that seaweed flexible and slippery is also what keeps our ice cream smooth in our mouths, our lipstick smooth on our lips, and our shaving cream smooth across our cheeks.

The Saga of the Lorna R.

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.

Life Below the Mooring Ball

Have you ever wondered about all those things growing on your mooring ball or pennant or hanging off your dock in the summer? Science writer Ruth Hill explains what they are and how to get a better look.

At Home in Port

In addition to building fine boats, three Maine boatbuilders have separately branched out into home construction—waterborne homes, that is. Foy Brown on North Haven, Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard, and Robinhood Marine’s Andy Vavolotis all built themselves houseboats.