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Former sardine carrier reborn as cruising yacht

Tuesday, July 16th 2019
Built in 1941, the 69-foot William Underwood spent years hauling herring from weirs and seine nets to the Underwood Packing plan in Jonesport, Maine. Taylor Allen and the crew at Rockport Marine spent 13 years rebuilding it into an elegant yacht.

Coastal community loses a good friend and champion

Thursday, July 11th 2019
Our friend, Sam Manning, passed away on the night of July 9, 2019.

Schooner Mary Day wins Great Schooner Race by just four seconds on corrected time

Monday, July 8th 2019
With boats ranging from 48 to 141 feet, and the two oldest windjammers in America racing against newer, sleeker ones, it was a race filled with skill, luck and who found the wind first.

Maine Maritime Museum raises $3.37 million for renovations

Thursday, June 27th 2019
The “First Impressions” project encompasses a complete redevelopment of the front entrance and south side of the museum’s campus to enhance the visitor experience, create an ecologically friendly and attractive landscape, and improve handicapped accessibility.

$1.1 million allocated for working waterfront access projects

Friday, June 21st 2019
Through the Working Waterfront Access Protection Program, funds have been set-aside for six projects along the coast to ensure that the property remains available to support commercial fishing or aquaculture activities.

Grant will fund improvements at Rockland Marine

Wednesday, June 19th 2019
The company plans to use the funding to purchase a high pressure water blast system, two telescoping boom lifts, and two fork lift trucks, which will replace the use of rental equipment and outdated equipment.

Friends of Casco Bay launches new, bigger pumpout boat

Friday, June 14th 2019
It might not seem like that big a deal, but boats like this and organizations like the Friends keep Casco Bay clean.

Brooklin Boat Yard Launches Custom 55-Foot Sloop

Thursday, June 13th 2019
Designed by the Spanish design firm Botin Partners, Outlier is a spirit of tradition racer and daysailer.

Maine Boat & Home Show unveils new poster

Tuesday, June 11th 2019
The annual event will held on the Rockland waterfront August 9-11. The poster evokes a retro travel poster in style, and was created in concert with graphic designer and artist Anneli Skaar.

State high school rowing championships set for Chickawaukie

Thursday, May 23rd 2019
The racing on Saturday, May 25, will be the first time a regatta for junior rowers will be held in the midcoast.

New mini-boat can be steered remotely

Friday, May 10th 2019
Designed to carry a full array of scientific sensors and to be steered by either an onboard micro-computer with auto-pilot or through satellite communication, O-Solo-Me is part of the fleet of mini-boats launched under the aegis of Educational Passages, a Maine-based nonprofit that works with school children around the world to launch these small boats and track their ocean travels.

Museum digitizes National Fisherman images

Thursday, May 9th 2019
This collection presents a visual timeline of American fisheries. These images capture the drama, grit, expertise, and resourcefulness that characterize the industry. The scope of this collection has few rivals. It includes nearly 25,000 photographs.

New partnership will focus on 3D printing with wood products

Friday, May 3rd 2019
A research team from Maine and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work with the forest products industry to produce new bio-based materials that will be conducive to 3D printing a variety of products, such as boat hull molds, shelters, and building components.

From Street Shipyard chosen for refit of Maine Seacoast Mission's Sunbeam V

Friday, April 26th 2019
The work will include removing the entire accommodations section of the boat, sand blasting the steel, and painting two coats of marine epoxy on the internal sections.

Maine Marine Patrol gets a wide new ride

Wednesday, April 24th 2019
The Sergeant, a 46-foot Wesmac Super Wide will be based in Southwest Harbor and provide Marine Patrol a much-needed platform for off-shore details.

Grants will fund dock improvements at two Maine marinas

Tuesday, April 9th 2019
$3 million in federal Boating Infrastructure Grants awarded to Lyman Morse at Wayfarer in Camden and Dimillo’s Old Port Marina in Portland

Moonbeam replaces Sunbeam, temporarily

Wednesday, March 20th 2019
The Maine Seacoast Mission’s iconic vessel, Sunbeam V, is scheduled for a major refit this spring. In the meantime, the organization has acquired a 34-foot wooden downeast cruiser that has been named Moonbeam.

Two Maine marine professionals have big plans for boatyard in Virginia

Tuesday, March 12th 2019
JB Turner, president and co-owner of Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, and Nicole Jacques, owner of Rhumbline Communications in Belfast, have taken on the development of the Cape Charles Yacht Center, which they plan to turn in to a premier super yacht refit and service facility.

Hinckley images now digitized and available online

Thursday, March 7th 2019
Thanks to a partnership between Hinckley Yachts and the Southwest Harbor Library, over 1,400 photographs from the boat building company have been digitized and are available for viewing online.

Maine's lobster landings inch back up

Monday, March 4th 2019
Overall, the value of Maine’s 2018 Commercially harvested marine resources increased by more than $60 million over 2017, and for only the third time in history exceeded $600 million.