Thursday, February 28, 2013

Maine Boatbuilders Show 2013

So, where do boat builders go in the winter to share ideas?  One magnificent gathering is the 2013 Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland on March 15, 16 and 17.  A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast will come together for three days of recounting stories and boat building techniques, both new and old.  Numerous manufacturers will exhibit various types of boating equipment. Builders of sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats will be there to discuss and sell their work. Representatives from both Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and Rideout Marine Construction will be there at a booth to share.  Boothbay Harbor Shipyard will be exhibiting information on boat building as well as ship and yacht reconstruction.  Rideout Marine will share 35 years of experience about commercial and residential construction marine construction, including permitting and design work, dock & pier construction, floating docks, aluminum ramps, moorings, and dredging.
The hours are:  

Friday March 15, 2013: 10 - 6pm    
Saturday March 16, 2013: 10 - 6pm
Sunday March 17, 2013: 10 - 4pm

Portland Company Complex
58 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 775-4403 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Youth Sailing

Wonderful news from Boothbay Harbor!  The Shipyard Community Sailing and Science Center (SCSSC) had its first community meeting to begin plans for the 2013 year.

This new organization is a non-profit organization whose mission is the advancement of sailing, boating and education in marine sciences and mathematics by minimizing economic and physical obstacles.  It will further develop independence, self-confidence, teamwork and volunteerism in the
participants. Shipyard Community Sailing and Science Center ( SCSSC ) is a community service organization that will promote, teach and facilitate the enjoyment of sailing and boating in the Mid-Coast Maine Region.

Specific programs will incorporate the marine sciences in educating participants in seamanship,
boat handling, aquatic sports and providing competitive and recreational sailing opportunities.

The ownership of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, is hosting and supporting this project.  It is dedicated to helping Boothbay Harbor be one of the premier boating harbors and destinations in Maine. It is expected that their commitment to providing a community sailing center will have a positive economic impact on Mid-Coast Maine.

Two fun and eventful fundraisers were held this summer to raise funds for the SCSSC.  The Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous was held on August 10th to support the SCSSC.  Sailors in classic wooden yachts, and cruising, racing boats raced, feasted and celebrated with us at this exciting event, while participating in this fundraiser. The other fundraiser was the Nautical Auction.  A huge assortment of historical nautical items were auctioned off, along with a silent auction of smaller nautical items.

Please join us in this endeavor.
Contact Information:
Pauline Dion
207.633.2012 or 207.751.2999
120 Commercial Street
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bounty is Back

We were excited to have Bounty back at the shipyard this September and October.  She has been here for about four weeks getting minor repairs.  BBHS built a new bottom on the boat around 8-10 years ago, which was a major refit.  Five years ago, another major refit replaced all the topsides, from the waterline-up.

This visit Bounty had some bottom work and caulking to do, topside planking and new spars to build.  Refitting new fuel tanks, water tanks and some minor systems work, also needed to be done.

The  original HMS Bounty, which in April, 1789, dealt with a mutiny, which ultimately led to the ship’s sinking near the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific. This replica of the HMS Bounty was built in the early 1960s in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and has had a 50-year movie career.  In addition to “Mutiny on the Bounty,” it has also been featured in 1989’s “Treasure Island,” 2006’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and 2007’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

More pics can be seen on the HMS Bounty facebook page.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Harbor Fest Activities at the Shipyard

Boothbay Harbor Shipyard has stepped up above and beyond this summer to host community activities.  First this summer was the Nautical Auction (supporting youth sailing),  Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous (supporting youth sailing), the Jazz concert (supporting the Land Trust) and now the Boothbay Harbor Harbor Fest.  The Harbor Fest will be supporting Rebuilding Together.  Each year Rebuilding Together-Lincoln County participates along with the other affiliates across the nation in a National Rebuilding Together Day, which for our affiliate occurs on a Saturday in May each year. This is the day that volunteers—skilled, semi-skilled, and those with no specific skills—come together that morning to receive assignments to work on a designated home which has been selected to receive RT services.
RT-LC also performs urgent repairs needed to keep our qualified neighbors warm during the cold winter months with repairs and updates such as adding insulation, replacing storm doors, caulking windows, wrapping pipes and other tasks to keep out the cold air.

Come to the shipyard on Saturday, September 29th to enjoy some exceptional chowder and chili.  You will be able to help choose the best of the best.  Beer and wine experts from Boothbay Craft Brewery and Pine State Trading will pair complimentary flavors to add to the tasting delight.

Beer & Wine Experts from Boothbay Craft Brewery 
and Pine State Trading will pair complimentary flavors 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jazzing Up the Shipyard

The Boothbay Harbor Land Trust Concert Committee invites you to its only major 2012 fundraising event to be held at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Jazzing Up the Shipyard will be a very special night of unique jazz music featuring one of New York’s best jazz trumpeters, Marcus Printup of Jazz at Lincoln Center along with his wife Riza (Hequibal) Printup on the harp, Corcoran Holt on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

As part of the evening’s festivities, there will be a “not so silent” Silent Auction beginning at 5:00 PM and ending at 6:30 PM. The Auction will be limited to a maximum of 35 “priceless” items including lunch and a private walking tour of Portland for two with Historian Mr. John (Jack) B. Bauman (Author of Gateway to Vacationland: The Making of Portland, Maine) and a two-hour evening cocktail cruise for twelve aboard Mr. Paul Coulombe’s 112’ Westport Yacht Feelin Free.  A complete Silent Auction preview list will be available prior to the concert.  
For your pleasure, Boothbay Region Chefs will provide mouth watering “not to be missed” heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar serving some of the finest champagne, wines and liquors, which will be available throughout the event.

A limited number of tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling the Land Trust at 207.633.4818 or by email at   In keeping with the tradition of BRLT special events, this concert will sell out! All net proceeds from the concert will go to benefit the Boothbay Region Land Trust.
The BRLT Concert Committee - Pauline Dion (Chair), Ham Meserve, Helen Meserve, Deezie Flower, Ingrid Roveillo, Margaret Canepa, Danniel Betts, Jean Webster, Marie Lloyd, Kaki Smith. Nick Ullo (BRLT Executive Director), Julie Lamy (BRLT Development & Outreach Director) and Violet “Skye” Wood (BRLT Office Manager) - are working very hard to make this a most unforgettable evening.  They look forward to welcoming you to this summer concert as we come together to “jazz up the shipyard”!  
For tickets, please call 207.633.4818 or email

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WoodenBoat Show

The 21st Annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport will be June 29-July 1, 2012.  

See more than 100 traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats of every type at the 21st-annual WoodenBoat Show — a festival celebrating the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.

Described by Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide as "one of Connecticut's Top 20 Events for the Summer," the three-day WoodenBoat Show offers something for all wooden boat enthusiasts and marine history buffs. Wooden boats of every type — large and small, old and new, power, sail, oar and paddle — will be on display including cruising yachts, launches, runabouts, fishing boats, performance powerboats, daysailers, dinghies, rowboats, canoes, performance shells, multi-hulls and racing boats.

In addition to beautiful boats in the water, visitors can enjoy browsing through tents and extensive land exhibits which include boat builders, sail makers, marine adhesive and coatings companies, boat schools and associations, maritime art and antiques, tools, wooden boat hardware, nautical gear, books and innovative items.

On Saturday evening Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway will be honored at a Tribute Dinner in the Boat Shed.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nautical Auction

Boothbay Harbor Shipyard joins with Boothbay Harbor SCSC (Shipyard Community Sailing Center) to hold the  4th Annual Nautical Auction.  All proceeds from the Auction will go to benefit Boothbay Region youth sailing opportunities.
The SCSC is an educational 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to promote community sailing in the Boothbay Region.  This annual summer event will be in the Yard’s signature “yellow” shed.  The auction, to be held on Friday July 20th beginning at 5:00 PM, consists of a cash and carry table, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction beginning at 6 PM. There promises to be something for everyone!
The Nautical Auction Committee is seeking donations that should be in good condition and, however remote, be related to nautical categories including marine art and decorative items. To date, featured items include: ten 19th century framed nautical charts of mid-coast Maine, the eastern seaboard, South America and the Pacific; framed signed, remarked schooner prints by Earle Barlow; and 19th century ship building tools.
If you are interested in helping the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and SCSC promote and support more sailing and boating opportunities for local youth, your marine related item(s) can be dropped off at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday - Friday.  Please call the Shipyard at 633-3171  before dropping off your item(s) Early donations are desired so they can be catalogued and publicized.  The Committee request that all donations  be brought to the Shipyard on or before Monday July 16th.  Any questions about suitability of donations or for pick- up of items, please call the Nautical Auction organizers: Pauline Dion at 633-2012 or Chuck Koch at 633-4776.