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Ralph Stanley honored by Marine Museum

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
On Saturday, May 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport will host an afternoon of boat talk and music in celebration of the career and talents of MDI boatbuilder, National Heritage Fellow and Penobscot Marine Museum Trustee Ralph Stanley, who will be on campus.

New Poster for MBH&H Boat and Home Show in Rockland

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Inc. has unveiled the custom-designed poster for the 15th annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, to be held August 11-13, 2017, on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine. The colorful creation, which features hand-painted artwork by local illustrator and furniture maker Clayton Thompson, deliberately echoes the show’s focus on hand-crafted design, style, and workmanship.

Brooklin Boat, Rockport Marine partner on 91-footer

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
Brooklin Boat Yard and Rockport Marine teamed up on construction of a custom 91-foot, cold-molded yacht. The talented crew in Rockport built the cold-molded hull, which was launched in mid-May. It was towed across Penobscot Bay to Brooklin where the talented crew at BBY will finish work on the flush-deck sloop, which was designed by Bruce Johnson and the Brooklin Boat Yard design office. The boat is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2018.

"Tickcast" predicts likelihood of tick activity

Monday, May 22nd 2017
A scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has developed a web site that uses historical data to forecast the likelihood of tick activity in regions throughout New England.

New storage building for Hinckley

Monday, May 15th 2017
Plans are in the works at Hinckley Co. in Southwest Harbor to build a new 19,500 square-foot heated storage building on the company’s 19 acre yacht service complex on Shore Road.

Spring launchings at DiMillo's

Monday, May 8th 2017
Not all days on the Maine waterfront are sunny and warm. Some spring days are downright raw. But that doesn’t keep the crew at DiMillo’s from getting the first batch of 50 or so, new storage, and brokerage boats ready for the season.

Great Island Boatyard expands with construction of new building

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
In order to meet growing demand for quality indoor boat storage, Great Island Boat Yard is breaking ground this spring on a new 14,400 square foot structure. The new building will be finished in time for the 2017-18 storage season.

Ernestina Morrissey rebuild in progress

Monday, May 1st 2017
The historic fishing schooner Ernestina Morrissey is getting a $6 million rebuild at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

New Casco Bay water taxi launched

Wednesday, April 26th 2017
Portland Sea Taxi has two dedicated boats in use and provides year-round water taxi service. In addition to basic water transportation, the Sea Taxi crew can perform ship launch services, short sightseeing trips, and can provide support vessels for ships on sea trials.

Meade Gougeon once again finishes first in grueling Everglades Challenge

Tuesday, April 25th 2017
Meade Gougeon, aboard his outrigger sail canoe ELDERLY CARE, placed first in his class in the Everglades Challenge on March 10, 2017. The grueling 300-mile race is sponsored by the Watertribe organization, and forbids the use of motors. At age 78, Gougeon was also the oldest challenger to finish the race.

Historic Maine-Built Schooner Comes Home

Monday, April 24th 2017
The historic schooner Mary E. arrived Sunday, April 23, at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. The Mary E. was built in 1906 on the banks of the Kennebec, just upriver on land that is now Bath Iron Works, according to the museum. Recently acquired by the museum, the Mary E is believed to be the oldest Bath-built wooden schooner, and the oldest fishing schooner built in Maine, still sailing. Mary E will be launched at the museum in spring 2018, and the museum will offer public tours and cruises.

Former Maine Seacoast Mission vessel found in Alaska

Thursday, March 9th 2017
This winter a fisherman in Ketchikan, Alaska contacted the Maine Seacoast Mission in Bar Harbor via Facebook with a photo of one of the mission’s former Sunbeams — since its founding in the early 1900s, the mission has had seven different vessels for spiritual, education, and medical outreach along the Maine coast and its islands, five of them named Sunbeam.

It’s March and that means boat show time in Maine

Thursday, March 9th 2017
The Maine Boatbuilders Show will take place from March 24-26 in Portland, but will be in a new location this year. The show, now in its 30th year, has moved to the Portland Sports Complex at 512 Warren Ave.

Maine’s 2016 Commercial Marine Resources Top $700 Million for the First Time

Monday, March 6th 2017
Maine’s commercially harvested marine resources topped $700 million in overall value in 2016. The total reflects yet another all-time high and an increase of nearly $100 million in value over 2015. For the second straight year, the largest single increase in value was in Maine’s lobster fishery.

Heidi and Cabot Lyman receive CCA award

Monday, February 27th 2017
Cabot and Heidi Lyman, founders and owners of Lyman Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston, owners of Wayfarer Marine in Camden, and of the 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, have been chosen to receive the Cruising Club of America’s Far Horizons Award for 2016. The award recognizes a member CCA for a particularly meritorious cruise or series of cruises.

The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries

Monday, February 27th 2017
Penobscot Marine Museum will present The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries, a conference exploring whether innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our coastal ecosystem. The speaker line-up of scientists, historians, journalists, activists, consumers and fishermen will answer the question: How did this happen and what do we do now?

Southport Announces New Dealer Partnership in North Carolina

Monday, February 27th 2017
Southport Boats of Augusta, Maine has announced a new dealer relationship with Collins, Inc., of Smithfield, North Carolina.

American Rich Wilson sails to 13th place finish in grueling Vendee Globe

Tuesday, February 21st 2017
American Rich Wilson finishes grueling Vendee Globe in 13th place, setting a new American record for solo, non-stop circumnavigation

Science on Ice: Bigelow Team Studies Antarctic Phytoplankton

Friday, February 10th 2017
Despite the barren Antarctic landscape, the Southern Ocean is rich with life. For the last two months, a team of scientists from the Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay, Maine, were conducting field research on the phytoplankton that live in its icy waters.

Castine Classic Yacht Racers will honor Aage Nielson

Thursday, February 9th 2017
The 2017 Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden will take place this summer on Aug. 3, kicking off three days of spectacular racing on Penobscot Bay. Event organizers plan to honor Aage Nielsen, a genius of 20th century yacht design, at an exhibition at the Town Dock and an Aug. 2 symposium at Maine Maritime Academy.