For those voyagers who find themselves in Maine on Monday, Aug. 16 and Tuesday, Aug. 17, can visit the wide vaiety of Maine boatbuilders during “Open Boatyard Days.” Check the Maine Built Boats website for more info.
From the press release: Maine Built Boats will work with boatbuilders, boatyards, and affiliated businesses across the State of Maine to present “Open Boatyard Days”. The Open Boatyard Days will be held August 16th & 17th, 2010, in boatyards and boatbuilding companies across the state. People will be allowed to tour the insides of companies of all sizes. This is a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about boatbuilding in Maine, and to see first hand the passion that boatbuilders have for their art.
The dates will build upon the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, held in Rockland August 13th-15th. People can visit the show and see a very broad array of boats, then go on to visit the boatbuilders, boatyards, and affiliated businesses at their location. Tours will be available at participating businesses every hour, on the hour, between 10 am and 3 pm.
The companies committed to date are (by region): Kittery to Portland: Clint Chase Boatbuilder, Colortec Powder Coating, Kittery Point Yacht Yard, New England Fiberglass, and Portland Yacht Services; Sebago Lake Region: Sabre Yachts; Portland to Brunswick: Six River Marine, North Yarmouth; Boothbay Region: Samoset Boatworks; Mid-Coast: Artisan Boatworks, Back Cove Yachts, Johanson Boatworks, Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, and Rockport Marine; Belfast: French & Webb; Brooklin Peninsula: Brooklin Boatyard, Hewes & Company, and WoodenBoat School; Mount Desert Island: Classic Boat Shop, Ellis Boat Company, The Hinckley Company (Trenton Location), John Williams Boat Company, Morris Yachts, Nautilus Marine, Ralph W. Stanley, Inc, and Wilbur Yachts; Downeast: The Boat School, Husson, Eastport Maine, and West Bay Boats, Steuben, Maine.
There will be continual updates of which businesses are open to the public during “Open Boatyard Days” at www.mainebuiltboats.com.