Maine Boatbuilders Show

The Maine Boatbuilders Show, held annually in Portland in March, is a premier gathering of East Coast fiberglass and wooden custom boatbuilders. Numerous manufacturers of boating equipment also exhibit at the show.

US Harbors releases new digital products

US Harbors, an online resource for boaters and other coastal travelers launched by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, released “Life on the Coast,” a new free 132-page interactive annual digital magazine and mobile app celebrating the finest businesses, activities and destinations on the New England coast. “Life on the Coast” is available as a…more

Recession’s survivors gather at Maine show

The Maine Boatbuilders Show last weekend reflected the recession’s mark on the Maine boatbuilding industry. The first two days of the three-day show garnered about 5,000 visitors, according to the Portland Press-Herald. “A lot of the people who should be here got wiped out,” one survivor, David Hulbert, who manufactures the Portland Pudgy, a combination…more

Maine Boatbuilders Show opens today

The Maine Boatbuilders Show, which draws a loyal “tribe” of annual visitors, returns today to the Portland Company Marine complex in Portland and runs through the weekend. The collection of more than 100 vessels on display includes finely crafted fiberglass and wooden custom boats from the East Coast — sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, rowing boats…more

Boatbuilding conference set for Maine in December

Maine Built Boats Inc. is organizing and hosting a boatbuilding industry conference in December that organizers say will offer executives, managers and marketers ideas for expanding their business outside Maine and the nation. The Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference, scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, will offer a combination…more

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Living and selling the Maine life

Publisher, show producer and ‘boat freak’ John Hanson turned his adopted state’s charm into a career For John K. Hanson Jr., a failed attempt in boatbuilding led to a more rewarding and successful career as a marine journalist and boat show producer. Hanson is the founder and publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine,…more

Maine boat show starts Friday

The 10th annual Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show is set to take place this weekend in Rockland, Maine. Exhibitors at the coastal lifestyle show, which will be held from Friday through Sunday, represent a cross-section of specialties ranging from boatbuilding and marine services to furniture crafters, according to the show producers. Organizers said the…more

Morris Yachts sponsors sail festival in Maine

Morris Yachts is sponsoring the Junior Olympic Sailing Festival in Northeast Harbor, Maine. “We are proud to support this nationwide series of youth regattas in Northeast Harbor,” Morris Yachts CEO Doug Metchick said in a statement. “We wish these young sailors all the best and are looking forward to seeing them out on the water…more

Maine lobstermen struggle with falling prices

Before sunrise last Monday in Winter Harbor, Maine, a gathering of lobstermen came to a rare consensus: Prices were too low to go fishing. “I’ve never seen them tie up [their boats] as a group like this before,” Randy Johnson, manager of the Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op, told the Wall Street Journal. The 30 vessels…more

Maine boatyards open to the public in August

Boatyards throughout Maine will open to the general public on two days in mid-August for tours, discussions and interviews. Locals and visitors alike are invited to stop at participating yards during regular business hours Aug. 13-14 to get an insider’s view of the craftsmanship involved in the boat construction and repair processes among Maine boatyards.…more

The Apprenticeshop receives boost in fundraising dollars

Officials from The Apprenticeshop, the Rockland, Maine, school for traditional boatbuilding and sailing, announced that a group of anonymous donors have stepped forward with a matching grant poised to enable the organization to leverage some $700,000 in funds. “As we begin to celebrate our 40th anniversary of delivering experiential education through boatbuilding and sailing we…more

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