Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors names new editors

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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors announced a new editorial team.

Company founder John K. Hanson Jr. said award-winning writer and editor Polly Saltonstall was named editor-in-chief of the 26-year-old magazine publisher, event organizer and online enterprise.

Saltonstall will replace Peter H. Spectre, a marine writer and editor who is retiring after 15 years as executive editor of the magazine and 45 years in publishing.

“Peter’s vision, sense of humor and editorial style gave Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine a distinctive voice that found an appreciative audience all over the country,” Hanson said in a statement.

Spectre will continue to write and consult for the magazine from his home in Spruce Head.

Joining Saltonstall in a leadership position as managing editor will be Jennifer Wilson McIntosh, who has been at the company for 13 years and has been associate editor since 2004.

“Over the years Jennifer has proven that she has a poetic sensibility and is an excellent project manager,” Hanson said.

Gretchen Piston Ogden is stepping down from the role this fall after 14 years and plans to start her own writing and editing business.

“Gretchen steered the magazine with grace and humor and always maintained a very high standard of writing, photography and design,” Hanson said. “Luckily for us, she will remain with the company as a consultant.”

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