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New life for an historic Friendship sloop

Tuesday, July 10th 2018
Built by Wilbur Morse of Friendship in 1900, Blackjack was restored at the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum in Rockland, Maine. The launching ceremony included a team of oxen.

Schooner Heritage sails home to first in great schooner race

Monday, July 9th 2018
After gusty weather caused a short postponement, the Schooner Heritage raced across Penobscot Bay from Islesboro to Rockland and took first place in the annual Great Schooner Race.

Freedom Boat Club opens two locations in Maine

Monday, July 2nd 2018
The club offers an affordable alternative to boat ownership. Members who join have unlimited access to boats at its two locations in Maine plus 160 additional clubs across the U.S. and Canada.

Oldest Friendship Sloop to be launched at Museum

Friday, June 29th 2018
This 118-year old boat has been lovingly restored by a team of professionals and volunteers. Friendship sloops were Maine’s first lobster boats and are symbolic of Maine’s fishery. Blackjack was originally built by Wilbur Morse in Friendship, Maine.

Documentary of classic yacht restoration now online

Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Over the course of two-plus years, Langley followed the meticulous restoration and racing program of Marilee, the Nathanael Herreshoff-designed classic New York 40 racing yacht. Todd French and his crew at French & Webb in Belfast Maine, went above and beyond a typical restoration, which included a unique interior and interchangeable rigs.

MBH&H writer wins award for garden writing

Monday, June 25th 2018
Maine, Boats, Homes & Harbors’ contributing editor Lynette L. Walther has been honored by the Association for Garden Communicators with two 2018 Media Awards Silver Medals of Achievement for her newspaper garden columns.

Maine boat yards involved in real estate transactions

Friday, June 22nd 2018
Hodgdon in negotiations to transfer its East Boothbay buildings to Washburn & Doughty; French & Webb sells one of its workshops

Hinckley unveils the Sou’wester 53, a carbon epoxy sailing yacht

Friday, June 22nd 2018
Hinckley has added a new model to its Sou’wester line of cruising yachts. The new Sou’wester 53 was produced in collaboration with Tripp Design Naval Architecture, and is designed to deliver modern, family sailing.

Show poster unveiled, call goes out for Small Boat Love-In entries

Wednesday, June 20th 2018
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Inc. has unveiled a custom-designed poster for its 16th annual Maine Boat & Home Show, to be held August 10-12, 2018, on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine. Also show organizers have put out a call for owners of small craft to trailer their beloved boat(s) to Rockland for the 2018 Small-Boat Love-In. This will be the second annual groovy gathering of privately owned power, sail, and human-powered boats under 22 feet in length. It will take place in Buoy Park during the Aug. 10-12 show.

Museum's summer shows include models, model making, and model racing

Friday, June 15th 2018
The Penobnscot Marine Museum in Searsport, has opened for the summer and has planned many activities this summer in conjunction with its special exhibets on model making. What inspires model makers to create miniature versions of watercraft? The museum will explore this question through an exhibit entitled Sailing Small: Small Boats, Big Ideas.

Coast Guard asks for help finding missing buoy bells

Wednesday, June 13th 2018
Crews have identified at least seven instances where the noise-making devices have been removed from bell buoys primarily in the Penobscot Bay region over the past six months.

Atlantic Cup boats sail into Portland

Wednesday, June 6th 2018
The next and final “leg” of the cup will be a series of inshore races June 9 and 10 in Casco Bay

Brooklin Boat Yard Launches Custom 91-foot Sloop

Monday, June 4th 2018
Third time’s a charm for 91-foot sloop, which is the third named Sonny that Brooklin Boat Yard has built for a 94-year-old owner.

Illegal elver sales prompt state to shut down elver season two weeks early

Wednesday, May 23rd 2018
The Maine Department of Marine Resources plans to shut down the elver fishery two weeks early, on May 24 at 6 a.m. because of illegal sales, which jeopardize the department’s ability to manage the fishery, according to a release from the department.

Calling all Dogs! Put Your Best Paw Forward!

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
Get Your Woof On! Entries Sought for 16th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials

Explore Maine’s Earth, Sea, and Sky with artist Barbara Prey

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
Barbara Ernst Prey: Earth, Sea, Sky celebrates the artist’s long engagement with the landscape and people of Maine, where she has been painting for more than forty years. The exhibition of her watercolors and oil paintings is on view at the Wendell Gilley Museum from June 30 through October 14, 2018.

Hodgdon Launches Smallest Limousine Tender Yet

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
Hodgdon Tenders, the superyacht tender division of Hodgdon, has launched a 6.5 meter limousine tender, which the company describes as the smallest member of its Venetian line.

Maine Boat & Home Show Launches “Working the Coast” Initiative

Monday, May 21st 2018
The Maine Boats and Homes Show, state’s biggest boat show, will offer a new exhibition area designed to introduce commercial marine interests to the recreational market, and vice versa.

Windjammer Association honors longtime leader Meg Maiden

Friday, May 18th 2018
She’s been the energy behind the Maine Windjammer Association for decades. Yet, after 30 years, 42 bosses and thousands of windjammer guests, Executive Director, Meg Maiden, is passing the wheel and being honored for her legacy.

Grant will fund salmon restoration in Togus Stream

Wednesday, May 16th 2018
The three-year restoration project will involve Atlantic salmon egg planting at three locations in Togus Stream, installation of a fish way at Lower Togus Pond Dam, and removal of two small stone dams located downstream of Lower Togus Pond Dam.