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.

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

New Maine boat show to debut in April

The Maine Marine Trades Association is launching a new boat show called Maine’s Boating Expo, which will be held April 13-15 in Brunswick Landing. The show is being launched in response to the membership’s need for an effective venue where they can display late-model boat lines and quality used boats to the public. Boaters will…more

Publication launches free nautical website

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors announced the national launch of, a free website that delivers tide charts, weather data and forecasts, photography, and a steady stream of local stories and information through a social network of more than 1,100 harbors across 20 coastal state. For each harbor and state, the network delivers pinpoint…more

Maine boat show opens today

A show dedicated to all things Maine returns this weekend when the ninth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show takes over Harbor Park on the Rockland waterfront. Maine-built boats, marine goods, home furnishings and handcrafted wares will share the spotlight with art, live music, jewelry and special events. The show’s theme this year, “Tradition…more

Lyman-Morse honors longtime employee

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding recently dedicated a building to Bill Belyea to honor his 30 years of service with the company. The Renaissance Yacht Building will now be known as the Belyea Building. Belyea joined Lyman-Morse in March 1982 as a carpenter and steadily rose through the company. He now serves as director of production, managing all…more

Penobscot Marine Museum names executive director

The Penobscot Marine Museum in Maine named Elizabeth Lodge its executive director. Lodge succeeds finance director Matthew Timney, who has served as interim executive director since September. Lodge, who joins the museum next week, previously was director of museum programs at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass., for 17 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in…more

Maine Boatbuilders Show reports attendance boost

The Maine Boatbuilders Show, held last weekend in Portland, saw attendance climb to prerecession levels, organizers said. The show saw 6,366 people come through the gates. Organizers handed out 1,600 exhibitor tags and about 150 complimentary tickets. “Each person here is like a Christmas present,” show founder Phin Sprague Jr., owner of event host Portland…more

Public tours set for Maine boatyards

Maine Built Boats will work with boatbuilders, boatyards and affiliated businesses across the state Aug. 16-17 to present “Open Boatyard Days.” On those days, the public will be allowed to tour the inside of boatbuilding companies throughout Maine. “This is a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about boatbuilding in Maine and to…more

Boatbuilding school raffling off a skiff

The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland, Maine, is offering one of its apprentice-built Susan skiffs in a raffle. The 11-foot, 7-inch Susan skiff, built of pine on oak with a cedar bottom and using traditional lapstrake construction, has a flat bottom and a transom-style stern. It seats as many as…more

Boatyard open house set for August

Maine Built Boats will work with boatbuilders, boatyards and affiliated businesses around the state to present “Open Boatyard Days” Aug. 16-17, offering the public the opportunity to tour boating-relating companies. “This is a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about boatbuilding in Maine and to see firsthand the passion that boatbuilders have for…more

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