2013 Maine Boatbuilders Show


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Run To The Sea

Oh great ocean
Oh great sea
Run to the ocean
Run to the sea
U2’s  ending lyrics to One Tree Hill on their Joshua Tree album.

Men and Man have always been pulled to the sea. For exploration, sustenance, trade, war, & now recreation. The pull remains forever strong, undiminished by the ebb & flow of the tides. High, low, slack, ebb, repeat, endlessly lapping on the shore of the human spirit.

The Maine Boatbuilders Show celebrates & enriches this yearning. On Saturday, March 16, 2013 I made my first return in several years.  The closest I have for the sea is a kayak, an unfinished dory model and memories to reinforce my own desire to Run To The Sea.

Decades ago,  my early teen years were spent on Casco Bay with my grandfather, fishing for mackerel, cod, stripers and settling for dogfish to be put onto the compost heap to become for next year’s vegetable garden. Those memories, while distant, remain forever fresh.

To sate my pull to the sea, I dream of sailing.  Not the noisy smelly distant efficient power boating, but sailing with the currents, tides, breezes and wind. The journey becomes & remains the destination.

In this blog, I pay homage to the vendors of the show. Not all vendor cards, flyers, brochures or marketing material were gathered, but hopefully a sturdy representative sample.

To be noted:

None of these businesses have paid any fee to this website.

Any appearance here within does not implicitly or explicitly imply an endorsement of the services or products provided.

Sailing Lessons:

SailMaine:  SailMaine is a non-profit organization formed to support sailing in Maine at the grass-roots, community level. SailMaine connects people of all ages and abilities to the coast of Maine through fun and affordable sailing education, recreation, and competition, stimulating individual growth and creating community.

Marine Learning Center:  In response to a need in Southern Maine and the Greater Portland area to provide a centralized setting for marine training resources, Portland Yacht Services is proud to announce the establishment of the Marine Learning Center (MLC). Started in March, 2008, MLC is offering Coast Guard Licensing Courses, from Launch Drivers Licenses through 200-Ton Captains Licenses, boat safety courses, and more.

(These remind me of attending a Coast Guard safe boating course back in the mid-70s with my grandparents at now the old/former Brunswick High School.)

Boat Builders

Hewes & Company: CNC components and boat kits.

Cottrell  Boatbuilding: Maine boat builder Dale Cottrell has been designing, building and restoring boats for over 40 years. His most enduring design is the classic Puffin Dinghy, of which thousands dot the harbors of the world. Dale’s maritime history runs deep, growing up sailing and surfing on the Jersey shore, he headed north to Maine in 1969, […]

Redd’s Pond Boatworks:  Located in Historic Marblehead, Redd’s Pond Boatworks is dedicated to keeping the spirit of wooden boating alive in the northeast. We are innovative craftsmen with experience in both traditional methods and modern techniques. Whether reviving the relic in your yard or the dream in your head, we can get you to launch day.

Ross Bros: We specialize in 19th century and contemporary wooden boats and canoes.  We are the largest antique store of our kind in the Northeast.  You are welcome to browse around and to look at some samples of our extensive inventory, please feel free to contact us for more details.

Stroudwater BoatworksStroudwater Boatworks is the result of us having spent many enjoyable years sailing small and large boats along the coast of New England. After identifying a few traditional small sailboat designs that we think are the best, we committed to build them to our own exacting standards for your (and our) enjoyment.

J.C. Minott Boats, LLC: Work at J. C. Minott Boat is usually split between wooden boat construction and restoration. Most boats are less than 25′ but occasionally there are off-site projects involving larger craft. An article in the July 2007 issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors describes one such project, the replacement of bottom planking between tides of the 50′ pinky Summertime.

Maine Traditional Boat: Traditional Boat, LLC specializes in the construction, restoration, and repair of plank on frame built wooden yachts. Our experienced and highly skilled shipwrights provide high quality as well as value. Our business model enables us to offer owners an affordable alternative to the ever rising cost of having professional work done on wooden yachts.

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding: Lyman Morse’s broad-ranging capabilities are showcased not only by the skilled people who work here, but also by our modern and expansive facilities. The combination of our state-of-the-art facility with some of the world’s finest craftsmen has allowed us to develop many areas of expertise, both in the marine and non-marine world. We work with architects, interior designers, business and home owners, and boat owners to meet even the most unique need.

Grey Barn Boatworks: Why just buy a boat when we can build one for you?

NorseBoat: The Swiss army knife of boats! Made in North America, available worldwide

Fatty Knees: Starting with fiberglass lapstrake construction, the Fatty Knees is one of the strongest dinghies on the water. We chose a hand-laid lapstrake hull, not just for aesthetics, but because it offers considerable strength and stiffness and is relatively lightweight. Her wide beam adds stability and a gentle sheer minimizes its chubby look.



Arey’s Pond: Our Mission: At Arey’s Pond Boat Yard, we are dedicated to building beautifully crafted vessels in keeping with Cape Cod’s proud heritage of fine boat building. We are also committed to being a small, neighborhood boat yard that meets the needs of the local sailing community. It is our goal to deliver first class service to our customers while providing a supportive, rewarding work environment for our employees.

Portland Yacht Services: Portland Yacht Services is a full service Boatyard and Marina, providing customers with a full spectrum of services for outfitting and maintaining a motor or sailing vessel. Our dedicated staff handles all types of storage, maintenance, refits, and restorations on any type of boat or yacht.

Hamilton Marine: Maine’s Discount Marine Store

Dimillo’s Yacht Sales: DiMillo’s Yacht Sales is an active, professional yacht dealership and brokerage that has been providing exceptional yacht sales experiences since 1998. With three locations in the Northeast, the Team at DiMillo’s Yacht Sales takes pride in representing new and pre-owned Sabre Yachts & Back Cove Yachts. DiMillo’s is also proud to have a full time, year-round service team that focuses on our new and brokerage buyers. The service team’s capabilities include preventative maintenance, winterization, spring commissioning, electronics installation, inverter installations, bow & stern thruster installs, varnish & custom fit and finish. Click here to meet the Sales and Service Team at DiMillo’s.

Yarmouth Boat Yard: We are located in beautiful Yarmouth Maine, right on the Royal River and minutes from Casco Bay. Yarmouth Boat Yard offers our clients a turn-key experience from new and used boat sales, new heated Service and Storage Center, Parts & Service department, showers and bathrooms and easy access to Casco Bay from one of our 150 bo3t boat slips.

(PSST! Fix the typo on your webpage!)

Moose Island Marine: Moose Island Marine, Inc. in Eastport, Maine provides quality boat and motor services and maintains a comprehensive stock of nautical charts, and supplies. For over 30 years, MIM has served the need of boaters traveling the Maine coast. We specialize in:

Winter Island Yacht Yard: Winter Island Yacht Yard is an owner operated, dry storage, full service repair facility with a full-time, year round crew. The boatyard was established in 1926. Located in Historic Salem, Massachusetts, we are situated in the Salem Willows area of the city on Winter Island Road, just down the street from the former US Coast Guard Base. By sea, you will find us nestled in Juniper Cove, a beautiful, peaceful setting just north of the entrance to Salem Harbor.Our goal is quality work at an honest, competitive price. We uphold a strong Christian code of ethics, and serve our customers with integrity. We look forward to serving your boating needs. Stop by and say hello!

Boothbay Region Boatyard: Boothbay Region Boatyard is a full service year round facility located in one of the most picturesque yachting areas on the East Coast. The sophistication of our boatyard’s facilities, equipment and personnel reflects a level of professionalism generally associated with larger yards. Boothbay Region Boatyard stays fully staffed in winter months handling repairs, painting and general maintenance.

Rumery’s Boatyard: Celebrating 50 years of boat building, maintenance & service



Maine Maritime Museum: Maine Maritime Museum offers many opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. There is so much to see and to, admission is good for two days of visiting.

Penobscot Bay Rendezvous: What a party! The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous is on the map as one of New England best regattas for power and sail. Last year 55 sail and powerboats gathered for the four-night three-day event co-hosted by Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. This was a substantial increase from last year’s participation of 37 boats and organizers expect the growth to continue as the word spreads about the fun of this regatta. Recognized by Yachting Magazine as one of the Year’s Best events for good reason; 26 of the 37 skippers from the 2011 fleet participated in the 2012 event.


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