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Pen Bay Pilots get a new, bigger, pilot launch

Friday, February 7th 2020
The new all-aluminum vessel will provide a safer more stable platform for the pilots as they leap on and off big vessels transiting Penobscot and Frenchmen Bays.

Houtz celebrates three decades at the Landing School

Thursday, February 6th 2020
Houtz was hired in 1990 by John Burgess, one of the original founders of the school, who needed someone to help build boats, but also to help manage budgets, timelines and build schedules.

John Hanson builds an ice boat

Friday, January 31st 2020
He might just get it launched before the lake ice thaws this spring.

J & E Riggins to see new owners at the helm

Tuesday, January 28th 2020
In the fall of 2020, Captain Jon Finger and chef Annie Mahle, owners of the J. &E. Riggin for the past 23 years, will pass the baton of stewardship to Justin Schaefer and his wife, Jocelyn Schmidt.

New owner for Alerion Yachts

Monday, January 27th 2020
Peter Eastman, who also owns Howard Boats, plans to extend the Alerion brand across new models and a broader size range, and further grow sales and production beyond Alerion’s recent business turnaround.

Sunbeam V getting a refit and overhaul at Front Street

Thursday, January 16th 2020
This fall, Front Street Shipyard in Belfast hauled the Sunbeam V for a refit and overhaul. Built at Washburn and Doughty in 1995, the 75' vessel was generally in good condition, but needed some updates and refinishing.

Hodgdon launches first in a new line of tenders

Thursday, January 9th 2020
The Crossover line's naval architecture and styling is by Philippe Cabon and Cyril Le Sourd and the engineering is by Hodgdon Tenders' in-house team. It has numerous unique features including a folding helm console, retractable carbon fiber T-top, custom wrap-around fender, and water jet drive.

NOAA to phase out traditional paper charts beginning next year

Tuesday, November 19th 2019
It's the end of an era that began almost 200 years ago. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has announced plans to phase out completely its production of traditional paper charts over the next five years in favor of electronic vector charts based on digital data.

New Hamilton marine store opening in Kittery

Wednesday, November 6th 2019
The new store will be located in the former Jackson’s Hardware and Marine store, whose owners recently retired.

Mary E Placed on National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, November 6th 2019
Historic vessel is considered the oldest Mane-built fishing schooner still sailing.

Red sky in the morning.....

Tuesday, November 5th 2019
The old saying is based on facts.

Presidential yacht SEQUOIA lands in Maine

Monday, October 21st 2019
The 94-Year-Old “Floating White House” will completely restored over the next few years in Belfast.

UMaine launches world’s largest 3D printed boat

Thursday, October 10th 2019
The 25-foot, 5,000-pound vessel not only is the largest 3D printed object in the world; it also was produced by the world’s largest 3D thermoplastic printer in little more than 70 hours.

Thank your harbormaster

Thursday, September 26th 2019
The first annual celebration of National Harbormaster Appreciation Day will be October 9, 2019.

Three cited for herring violations

Thursday, September 19th 2019
“These violations are nothing short of a blatant disregard of the rules that protect Atlantic herring.” Said Commissioner Patrick Keliher.

A sailor and his pocket cruiser

Friday, September 13th 2019
Nigel Irens is a British yacht designer best known for his high performance, ocean racing multi-hulls. He designed this small, lug-rigged yawl, know as the Romilly design and a bigger sister in the 1990s.

Portland company awarded $8 million Navy Contract

Thursday, August 8th 2019
The three-year contract from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research focuses on pursuing new science and technology for safer hulls and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for fast boats.

Silent Maid, a 2009 catboat, takes top honors in Castine to Camden race

Monday, August 5th 2019
Under clear skies and a dying northwest breeze moving to the southwest, thirty-six boats set sail from the Castine harbor headed for Camden. Because of a dying wind and a turning tide, the race was shortened.

Camden Classics Cup draws record number of boats

Wednesday, July 31st 2019
The event, presented by Lyman-Morse from Friday through Saturday, July 26-27 included racing in and around outer Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay. Some 75 yachts competed, up from 68 last year, in nine classes.

Five dogs will compete for the title of World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials

Tuesday, July 30th 2019
The 2019 World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials will take place during the Maine Boat & Home Show on the Rockland waterfront at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 11, and are included in the price of an admission ticket to the show.