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Boat Features

Built in Maine

The 30-Ton Pinnace named Virginia was built in Maine in the 1600s, and its reproduction is being built now.

Iconic Sailing Classroom

Hurricane Island pulling boats are deliberately built to be challenging, as a way to teach teamwork. Former instructor Jeffrey Lewis explains.

Gosling

New life for an old family launch that has spent 71 years working on Casco Bay.

Shipping Code

We crack the code of the symbols and text on container ships, with this look at the secret language of ships.

A Phoenix From the Ashes

Building a one-of-a-kind Holland 35 for a fisherman whose Holland 32 was destroyed by fire.

The Castine Class Endures

After 70 years, Castine Class sloops are still going strong.

Polly Sails Again

One man’s vision and dedication led to a seven-year effort to restore a classic 56' Nevins sloop that was built in 1945.

Whistler

Back in the 1930s and 1940s, yacht designers began experimenting with aluminum. The first American all-aluminum yacht was built in Boothbay.

My First Boat: A Simple Smelting Punt

It was plain and it leaked, but a simple, nameless smelting punt provided much joy to two young boys during World War II in South Brewer.

Printed Boat Parts? You Bet.

As the world of 3D printing grows, boatbuilders find it’s a valuable tool.

A Lifelong Boatbuilder

At 98 years of age, Paul Chapman has not let age slow down his boatbuilding. He recently finished a 37' wooden boat.

The Pearson Ensign

The Pearson Ensign is a versatile racer/family daysailer that has stood the test of time.

Downeast Outboard Express Cruiser

MJM has introduced what founder Bob Johnstone calls the first-ever outboard express cruiser with downeast styling.

Chips: New Life for a Classic Racer

A sheep farm in Warren does double duty as a high-class boat restoration shop, most recently for the P Boat Chips.

Hybrid Design Combines the Best of Wood and Plastic

Boatbuilder Richard Stanley’s newest boat is a hybrid that combines the best of wood and fiberglass.