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Proposed ferry fare hike delayed

Monday, March 26th 2018
Maine DOT needs to fill a $700,000 hole in the budget for the Maine State Ferry Service, but a proposed rate change and price hike met with resistance, prompting the commissioner to delay a final decision until later this spring.

Hinckley launches "Sport Boat" line

Monday, March 26th 2018
The Hinckley Company has added two new high-performance models to its lineup of luxury yachts: the Sport Boat and Sport Boat Center Cabin. Both boats are 42’7” long with a beam of 12’5”. Three Mercury Verado 300 HP fourstroke outboards combined with the lightweight carbon fiber construction materials allow the boats to reach top end speeds over 60 mph.

New director for maritime museum

Monday, March 26th 2018
The Penobscot Marine Museum has hired Karen E. Smith, Ph.D., as its new executive director. Smith will join the museum from the Cedar Falls (Iowa) Historical Society, where she served as executive director for six years.

Lobstermen part of project to test different life jackets and to promote wearing them

Friday, March 16th 2018
A project sponsored by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety seeks to persuade more lobstermen to wear personal flotation devices. In commercial fishing, vessel disasters typically are the leading cause of death, but for lobstermen, it is falling overboard — 17 New England lobstermen died this way between 2000-2016, out of 30 overall deaths reported.

C.W. Hood Yachts introduces sleek new 24' daysailer

Thursday, March 15th 2018
Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast has partnered with C.W. Hood Yachts in Marblehead, Mass., on a sleek new 24' daysailer, called the Hood 24. The first model was introduced at the New England Boat Show in March.

Kennebunkport Marina Welcomes Shawn Dumas as Operations Manager

Thursday, March 15th 2018
Industry veteran Shawn Dumas has joined Kennebunkport Marina as operations manager. In this role, he will help the marina prepare and plan for future growth and expansion. Dumas has worked in the marine industry in Southern Maine since the early 1980s.

Value of Maine's lobster landings drops by $100 million

Friday, March 2nd 2018
Maine's 2017 lobster landings and per-pound value dropped from 2016, but overall value remained fourth highest ever.

Washburn and Doughty wins $8.8 million contract for new Maine State Ferry

Friday, February 23rd 2018
Washburn and Doughty in East Boothbay has won the contract to build a new $8.8 million Maine State Ferry Service verse. The new 154-foot ferry will have three main deck lanes, for a capacity of 23 cars or a mix of cars and trucks, as well as 250 passengers.

Land-based salmon farm planned on former mill site

Friday, February 23rd 2018
A Maine company calling itself Whole Oceans has announced plans for a land-based salmon farm at the site of the former Verso paper Mill in Bucksport. At full production, the company will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest more than $250 million in Bucksport, according to a press release from the company. Plans call for producing 50,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon per year.

Norwegian company to build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms in Belfast

Tuesday, January 30th 2018
After assessing international markets and conducting comprehensive site searches throughout New England, Nordic Aquafarms, headquartered in Norway and one of the premier international developers of land-based aquaculture, has signed agreements to purchase 40 acres on the outskirts of Belfast, where it will build one of the world's largest land-based salmon farms.

Mini Venetian Limousine Tender Under Construction at Hodgdon

Monday, January 22nd 2018
Hodgdon Tenders, the superyacht tender division of Hodgdon, is building a mini verion of its highly successful Venetian limousine tender. The 6.5 meter vessel (21’4”) currently is the smallest member of the Venetian line, which ranges from 6.5 to 12 meters.

Free Education Series Celebrates Dynamic Maine Businesses Pioneers, innovators & Maine

Wednesday, January 17th 2018
Join the Owls Head Transportation Museum for a four-part series of events that celebrates the pioneers and innovators of Maine's business community. The first session, Jan. 20, will feature marine-releated business, Bath Ironworks, and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, as well as the Stanley Museum, which tells the story of the brothers who invented the Stanley steam car, among other innovations.

New owner for Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Wednesday, January 10th 2018
Andy Tyska, president of Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine, has announced the acquisition of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. Located at the head of Boothbay Harbor, the shipyard joins Bristol Marine’s two other locations of working waterfront, including boat yards in Bristol, Rhode Island, and Somerset, Massachusetts.

New name same business for Hylan & Brown

Friday, December 22nd 2017
D.N. Hylan & Associates Inc. of Brooklin, Maine, has been renamed Hylan & Brown Boatbuilders.

Southport Boats expands in Maine

Thursday, December 21st 2017
Southport Boats has moved in a new, 60,000 square foot building in West Gardiner, Maine, that will allow the company to almost double its production of high quality, offshore center console boats.

Brooklin Boat Yard to build Alerion Class Sloops

Friday, December 15th 2017
Brooklin Boatyard has joined forces with the Sanford Boat Company to be the licensed builder for Alerion Class Sloops. The 26-foot sloop is a cold molded wood reproduction of Nathanael Herreshoff’s personal sailboat, Alerion, that Sanford has been building for 40 years.

Boatbuilder builds new church steeple

Wednesday, December 6th 2017
The team at Lyman Morse used their boat-building skills to help build a new steeple for a church in Camden using composite materials and new technologies.

New buildings for Artisan Boatworks

Friday, December 1st 2017
Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine, has added a new storage building and paint bay to keep pace with its growing maintenance and storage business.

No shrimp fishing again this winter

Friday, December 1st 2017
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section on Nov. 30 extended its moratorium on commercial fishing for the 2018 fishing season, according to a news release.

Film tells the story of legendary ocean sailor Mike Plant

Monday, November 6th 2017
The film Coyote, the story of American sailor Mike Plant, will be shown Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm at the Camden Opera House. The film’s director, Thomas Simmons, will be in attendance and will be part of a Q&A directly following the film.