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Stories about new launches along the coast. Search for boats by name or yard, or just browse through our stories about boat built along the shores of the Gulf of Maine.

French & Webb: Webfoot

French & Webb’s new FW39 Webfoot is a 39’ cold-molded powerboat with a hull form reminiscent of the Maine lobsterboat and "sailorly" touches throughout.

Sabre’s New 66-Footer

Sabre Yachts is building its largest powerboat ever, a 66-footer that is designed to be easy to drive and luxuriously comfortable.

Hinckley Bermuda 50

The Bermuda 50, in no uncertain terms, represents a quantum leap forward, a reset if you will, of the Hinckley aesthetic.

Morris Yachts: Ocean Series 48 GT

The new Morris Ocean Series 48 GT has more sail area, a lighter hull, and a redesigned interior. Morris Yachts also took note of many small features that customers appreciate and worked them into this distinctive Chuck Paine design.

Islesford Boatworks: Tubby Legs

Tubby Legs, a Finboat designed by Harry Bryan of New Brunswick, Canada, has a flexible fin off the stern. Reciprocating foot pedals push the fin back and forth, propelling the vessel through the water like an undulating fish. It’s the eighth boat built at Islesford Boatworks, a summer boatbuilding school.

Cottrell Boatbuilding: Two Moths

Cottrell Boatbuilding of Searsport, Maine, built a pair of custom classic Moths for a customer who had raced Moths when he was young. His charge to the Cottrells: “Design and build me two identical Moths within the classic Moth rules.”

The Marlin Heritage 23 and the Selkie

When all you want is to sail for the pure enjoyment of sunshine, wind, and waves, you don't need high performance. Contributing Editor Art Paine writes that some of the best boats for this are derivatives of Nathanael Herreshoff’s "Fish Class." Two new designs, which embellish upon the excellence of a Herreshoff Fish, are the Cape Cod Marlin Heritage 23 and Doug Hylan’s Selkie.

Ted Fontaine's Friendship Series

Out of a handful of sailboats currently under construction along the Maine coast, two of the prettiest may be a pair of yachts at Rockport Marine designed by Ted Fontaine in his Friendship series. Cari Ali, which was launched last fall but came back to the yard for the winter, is a Friendship 36. The new boat, nearing completion, is a Friendship 50, the largest in the Friendship series so far.

Hunt Harrier 25 Sport

Contributing Editor Art Paine reviews the new Hunt Harrier 25 Sport, comparing it with a C. Raymond Hunt design from 50 years earlier. Both boats feature a deep-V hull design that helps them power through rough water.

Greenline 33

Given all the progress with hybrid cars, it’s not surprising to see hybrid powerboats showing up along the coast. Here is a great-looking, well-engineered example.

Front Street Shipyard: Stoneface

An ambitious megayacht refit sets the pace for a fast-growing yard

French & Webb: Leilu

A Vivier-designed kit boat destined for lake sailing

Bill Buchholz's new old iceboat: Monotype XV

A classic and fast Soviet-era iceboat design

Brooklin Boat Yard: Sonny

A racing and cruising yacht so fine it was built twice