Marlow Yachts could buy Maine boatbuilding school

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Marlow Yachts is proposing to buy The Boat School, which is based in and owned by the city of Eastport, Maine, and leased to Husson University.

David Marlow told city officials his plans include expanding The Boat School’s program from a two-year to a four-year marine trades program while keeping Husson University involved.

He also plans to revamp the campus, expand the existing boatyard and build an on-site yacht manufacturing facility that could create 100 new jobs, the Bangor Daily News reports.

“This could be a godsend for Eastport,” city manager Jon Southern told the newspaper. “This business is compatible with every city goal for our working waterfront. It is ecologically friendly. It would create high-quality jobs. It protects The Boat School and retains the partnership we have with Husson.”

Marlow said that once a deal for The Boat School finalized he will buy adjoining properties, expand the campus, bring in specialized equipment, such as a 150-ton hydraulic lift, raise the height of existing buildings and construct additional buildings, the newspaper reports.

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3 comments on “Marlow Yachts could buy Maine boatbuilding school

  1. Colin

    As a graduate of the school I think this could be a great thing. The school has a wonderful staff and facility. But is in need of local industry to help it along. I also would love to see real boatbuilding in Eastport again. Eastport is an excellent spot for this, there is a good number of skilled trades people in the area as well as a low cost of living, a deep water port, local airport , and beautful scenery.

  2. Kate

    To Tim:
    The Bangor Daily News reporter mispoke regarding Mr. Marlow’s employee number in Tampa Bay and Asia. I was there at the meeting and he clearly stated 50+ employees in the Tampa Bay region and over 600 in Asia. The Bangor reporter missed the actual workshop meeting and may have misundertood. Anyway it is great news for Eastport and Maine and the boost in jobs is welcome. They are a world class company and Eastport needs them and others to restore a great little town.
    The people here in Eastport welcome the chance to have a fresh start with a quality organization and every person I have spoken to can’t wait to help.

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