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Years in Print

30 Years of Innovation

58 The Art of Leaving a Legacy by Carl Little

We’ve pulled together tidbits about people, boats, and innovations along the Maine coast from the last 30 years we’ve been publishing this magazine. You will find them scattered through the issue, beginning on page 19.

A handful of Maine artists have left legacies to promote future artists. It’s a classic example of paying it forward. The beneficiaries are all art lovers.

36 Why We Love the Ocean by Catherine Schmitt Being in and on the ocean makes most people happy. It turns out that’s no fluke.

42 Passing the Torch by Laurie Schreiber The next generation brings a new touch to family-run yards. 48 Future Skippers by Melissa Waterman An innovative high school program teaches leadership skills to students planning careers in fishing, and keeps them engaged in school.

52 Fishing’s Future? by Laurie Schreiber Aquaculture start-ups find a world-class research hub in rural Maine.

62 Farm To Table by Nancy Harmon Jenkins Chef and restaurateur Sam Hayward pays close attention to the source of his ingredients, teaching the rest of us to think about where our food comes from and leading a food movement in Maine. 67 She Built Her Own Canoe by Meghan Vigeant She wanted to join the club of people who build things with their hands so she signed up for a boatbuilding class.

73 Autumn Endings & Beginnings by Ken Textor | Photograph by Joe Devenney Fall in Maine doesn’t have to mean the end of the boating season. Just sail farther south.

We always thought it was true, but now scientific research confirms that blue water—being on it, or in it—is good for your health. Here, a vintage wooden Ray Hunt powerboat cruises across West Penobscot Bay. Staff photo. See story on page 36.


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Boatyard Profile CLASSIC BOAT SHOP by Laurie Schreiber

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A Letter from Home EMPTYING THE HARBOR by Todd Nelson

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Small Adventures STONINGTON: A Salty Stopover by Mimi Bigelow Steadman

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this issue’s The Maine I Love photographer.

healing power? Watch a short clip from Between Two Harbors– We Are Ocean, a documentary that reveals the restorative and healing powers of nature.

■ VIDEO: Take a tour of the University of Maine’s Center for Aquaculture Research.

Way Back When 30 YEARS AGO: A magazine began

ON THE COVER Photographer Peter Ralston calls the cover photo of the Milky Way rising above a fleet of Maine windjammers “River of Heaven.” He took the photo in Brooklin, where windjammers had gathered for an event. “They dropped anchor off the WoodenBoat School wharf,” he said. “When it was clear that a few of them would have their sails up all night, I had the first gleam of the possibility of this photograph.” Ralston rowed ashore and set up for the shot as darkness fell. “My intoxication over what I beheld was compounded as I realized that the Milky Way was directly over the assembled fleet. Icing on an exquisite cake, if you will,” he said. “Wonderful laughter and singing from the boats rang throughout the anchorage, punctuated by the lilting cries of loons at both ends of the harbor. It was, in all, a scene of surreal beauty. I knew I had found the perfect title when I learned that a shared Chinese and Japanese term for the Milky Way is “river of heaven.”

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We selected this image for our special 30th anniversary cover because we think being on the water in Maine is as close to heaven as you can get. Ralston has donated a limited-edition master print of the image worth $2,000 to benefit Penobscot Island Air, which has been impacted by a recent accident (no injuries). Through the end of 2017 any additional sales of “River of Heaven” that reference PIA will result in 20% of the retail price going to help PIA regain their footing. Contact the Ralston Gallery directly at 207-230-7225 or info@ralstongallery.com.

John H. Surovek Gallery 19th and 20th Century American Art Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

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Has it really been 30 years?


HERE WERE always magazines in my house growing up. I was reading “boat porn” when my friends had discovered “men’s” magazines. And there were always boats in my life—the first was a 9' plywood skiff with a 3-hp engine bought with my First Communion money. I never dreamed I’d be able to combine these two loves: boats and magazines. It happened by accident. My fledgling boatbuilding business had failed and while looking for work, I convinced Jon Wilson, who was just starting WoodenBoat magazine, to let me cover the many wooden boats, both sailing and rowing, competing in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Before long, I was ad director at WoodenBoat. Flash forward a decade or so to a lovely summer day on Penobscot Bay. A group of us were out cruising around on Buffalo Soldier, the 22', 1962 wooden Ray

Hunt powerboat that I still own and use today. The conversation ranged from boats, to food, to art, to porpoises (which were jumping alongside the boat), to the architecture of summer homes. There was so much to learn about all these subjects. I knew that Maine had many fine writers, photographers, and illustrators who could tell these stories. I also knew that there was a fine group of talented, creative Maine businesses: boatbuilders, architects, furniture-makers, artists, and such who could use a little marketing push. And I knew that putting all these talented businesses and story-tellers into a magazine would be entertaining and a powerful marketing piece for Maine. And that’s just what we have been doing for 30 years. Along the way, we’ve added more issues, the websites maineboats.com and USHarbors.com, and the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

Show in Rockland, which turned 15 this summer. But the mission always has remained the same: to celebrate creativity on the coast of Maine. Thank you to all who have kept Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors charging to windward these last three decades. We could not do it without you. Here’s to the next 30! ✮

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WAYNE HAMILTON, known by most people as the genius behind the Searsport-based Hamilton Marine ship chandlery, is also a talented photographer. He takes a camera with him when on the water, whether at work transporting pilots to and from tankers that transit Penobscot Bay or just cruising in his 36' powerboat Ciloway III. “I started taking photos in high school when I joined the photo club, and then my late wife Loraine and I ran a wedding photo business for 10 years,” he said. “This photo shows the Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine being escorted in to the docks at Searsport’s Mack Point. I deliberately framed the photo to include the osprey nest on the buoy in the foreground. I like to document history and also take artistic shots, especially with the weather, in snowstorms, rough water, or fog.” Visit www.maineboats.com for a slide show of Hamilton’s work.

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THIRTY YEARS AGO, when John K. Hanson Jr. started this magazine and introduced this very column, the first Boatyard Dog® was his golden retriever Fagan, shown with John in the 1970s (inset). For this anniversary issue, it seemed appropriate to feature his current dogs, Penne, a miniature labradoodle, and Roger, a Jack Russell terrier. Roger loves boats and will not let anyone leave the dock without him ROGER aboard when there is fun to be had afloat. Here he is in John’s

1959 square-stern Grumman sport boat that is powered by a 3-hp Evinrude that John has owned since childhood. (John never gets rid of boats or engines.) Penne does not like letting her humans out of her sight, so she leaves land only when it means following the party. But she has a deep bark and is quite helpful to MBH&H Editor and John’s wife, Polly Saltonstall, in keeping the UFOs away from Polly’s garden. ✮ FAGAN

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Which way does it go?

I have subscribed to your magazine for many years, and have not thrown away a single issue. Recently I have been looking over some of my collection. In the 2015 Winter Issue, I came across the photo of FDR in his birchbark canoe (at right). Did the Passamaquoddy Indians usually paddle their canoes backwards? James Eldredge Centerville, MA The nine-knot yawl of life

In your May/June issue, a letter writer asked about poet Robert Lowell’s reference to a nine-knot yawl. Auctioning off a nine-knot yawl to lobstermen is a metaphor for Death itself, and especially the kind of dreary and incongruous readjustments that often follow. Even rigged for speed and achieving our personal nine knots, we can simply never hold that through the arc of our own personal summer. But while we do, life is very, very rich. As Robert Frost said in a similar vein, “Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.”

The ever-optimistic L.L. Bean catalog is filled with gear for summers ahead. But those things eventually rip or wear and disappear, just like Lowell’s “summer millionaire.” The iron-clad L.L. Bean guarantee ends here. With or without a nine-knot yawl, we can all feel like “summer millionaires.” How generous of Robert Lowell to imply admiration for this man’s rich life. How brilliant of Lowell to imply that so little actual wealth was involved that an auction was needed at the end; and lobstermen stepped in to help. Nothing like ending on a positive AllAmerican note. Paul R. Bilgen Hanover, NH

In love with the Bridges Point 24

I’ve been a very happy reader of your magazine ever since it started. One of your early magazines contained an article on my wonderful house on Deer Isle. It was designed by the Blue Hill architect Bob Knight, and built by Peter Robbins and Jim Dinnan. Your latest issue’s article on Joel White reminded me that I’ve had a question that I’ve been planning to ask you: Did MBH&H ever carry an article on Joel’s lovely Bridges Point 24? I know I read about the boat somewhere, and whatever article I saw stimulated me to buy hull #38 of Wade Dow’s output. The boat is so great that it has been the greatest source of my enjoyment for the


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WRITE TO US AT EDITOR@MAINEBOATS.COM /or/ P.O. BOX 566, ROCKLAND, ME 04841 many years since the purchase date. Your magazine is just as excellent as ever. It makes the high point of every month for me when it appears in my mailbox. Thank you for that. Brad Perry Needham, MA The story about Wade Dow ran in our June/July 2009 issue. —The Editors

turned to face the setting sun... and realized I had walked in on seven bull moose that seemed to be doing pretty much what I was: unwinding at the end of the day. Seven huge heads swung around to check me out. Their coats were getting long and had turned to a rich black, and even their antlers gleamed. The rut had gone by and these mature males were pals again. Peaceably, they decided I was no threat.

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Today I would have dug out my phone and taken photos; back then, I just stood with them and took it all in. Finally I stepped backward into the trees and left them to their social hour. “Charismatic megafauna” indeed. It will be tragic when they are gone from Maine, especially if it was our fault that this happened. Silvio Calabi Camden, ME ✮

I’m prompted to share a memory sparked by reading “Rowboat Returns” in Issue 147, with all due respect to Peter Spectre and the ever-more-complicated print editing process. As a shirttail relative of the late and beloved Maine writer Lew Dietz, I can’t help but hear the echo of his brother Bill’s voice spelling out loud…. patiently, over and over again…“It’s D-I-E-T-Z, Deets, not D-E-I-T-Z, Dites….” I’m sure that Lew said the same more than once. Thanks for a lovely issue. Anne Witty, Chief Curator Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME Boatbuilding and parenting

I was so touched by C. Daniel Smith’s lovely, lovely memoir in your July/ August issue. Although I wouldn't know a dory from a dinghy, following this family’s journey to the completion of their boat was inspiring. His final paragraphs moved me to tears, as he compared that project to the act of parenting. We all work hard to “build” our children, cherish the results, and trust the results of our efforts as we launch them away into life on their own. Mary Ellen MacKin Rockport, ME Majestic moose indeed

Ron Joseph’s moose feature reminded me of an encounter I had almost 20 years ago, while bird-hunting up in the King & Bartlett country. Late in the afternoon, I stepped out into one of those sweet little pocket meadows that interrupt the forest here and there—a mere acre or so of open space. The lush, knee-high grass was shining green and the surrounding hardwoods still had some of their brilliant fall foliage. I stopped and took off my hat and

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Eel smuggling, Tesla, new boats Really? An international eel smuggling ring based in Maine? You’d better believe it. We’ve written often in this column about the astonishingly high prices of $2,000 or more per pound paid for baby eels, commonly called elvers or glass eels because of their translucent appearance. Back in the 1990s, the then-unregulated fishery was considered a sort of gold rush as hairdressers, house painters, and others quit their jobs to set up elver nets. I remember once seeing people using window screens to scoop up elvers swimming up the Medomak River. As often happens, high profits can lead to shenanigans. A multi-year, multistate federal undercover investigation dubbed Operation Broken Glass resulted in over a dozen arrests of fishermen and dealers involving $4 million in illegally netted elvers (2011 through 2014) along the East Coast, including South Carolina and Maine, the only two states with legal elver fisheries. The baby eels are sold in Asia where they are raised to maturity and sold for sushi. Fishermen were accused of catching elvers in states where the harvest is banned, bringing them to Maine and selling them as Maine-caught, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. So far, a total of 12 men have pled guilty to federal charges in three states: Maine, South Carolina, and Virginia. The value of the poached elvers each man knowingly trafficked ranges from $110,000 to $1.26 million, according to the feds. Two of the men who were indicted in Maine have pled not guilty, including Woolwich resident Bill Sheldon, 71, who has been dubbed Maine’s “elver-dealing kingpin.” In 2012, when the total value of the statewide harvest was $40 million, Sheldon bought and sold $12 million worth of elvers, according to reports. Since then, controls implemented in 2014 requiring quotas, electronic catch records, and financial transactions ended much of the illegal activity.

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Feds bust eel smuggling ring

Island love for island pilots

Hinckley goes to Washington

Penobscot Island Air, based at the Knox County Regional Airport, has provided a lifeline for island communities, bringing supplies and people back and forth. So when a PIA plane crashed last spring in Vinalhaven (the pilot was okay), islanders rallied around to help owner Kevin Waters. They held fundraisers that netted close to $4,000, and put together a book of heartfelt comments thanking Waters for all he does. Close to 60 residents and businesses kicked in. We should note that photographer Peter Ralston has donated a master print of this issue’s cover photo to Waters. “It’s not about the money,” Vinalhaven resident Jeannie Conway told the web-based PenBayPilot news service. “It was about showing him (Waters) how much he means to us, and how the islands are behind him 100 percent.” One of PIA’s planes went down on Vinalhaven in June, during a routine morning mail run. While the plane was demolished, pilot Ted Westlake miraculously was uninjured. The Federal Aviation Administration and insurance companies are investigating the crash.

A Hinckley yacht “cruised” all the way to the White House during the summer, representing products made in Maine as part of an initiative to showcase goods that are made in America. A Hinckley Picnic Boat 34 named Freedom III arrived by trailer July 17, and was on display for a few hours before being returned to its Chesapeake Bay homeport. The boat belongs to Jack and Susan Stoltz of St. Michaels, Maryland. “It was one of those things where someone called and we were able to put something together,” said Hinckley VP of Sales and Marketing Phil Bennett. “They wanted a manufactured product, something tangible.” The Hinckley Company, which builds about 50 boats a year in Maine, employs more than 350 people in its boatbuilding facility in Trenton and in its two boatyards in Southwest and Northeast Harbors. The company runs another five boatyards along the East Coast, and a yard in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where it builds Hunt Yachts. The company, which employs a total of 695 people in the U.S., has focused its

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efforts in recent years on powerboats, of which the Picnic Boat is its most popular. More than 1,050 Hinckley powerboats have been built since Hinckley launched its first waterjet-propelled boat in 1994. Accompanying the boat at the D.C. event were Hinckley President Peter O’Connell and Regional Sales Director Jack Erbes, a Maine native who started out as an electrician with the company 20 years ago. Bennett said he did not expect to sell a boat to President Trump, but was pleased with the high-level exposure for the company’s product. North Haven wants more students

Students living on the mainland who want a taste of island life have been able to attend school on Islesboro for quite a few years. Now the island of North Haven is offering a similar program. North Haven Community School, Maine’s smallest K-12 public school with an average of 60 students, announced last spring that it was seeking mainland students to participate in the pilot year of its new magnet program.



Cross-Atlantic lobster concerns

Scandinavian biologists say American and European lobsters are crossbreeding and their offspring can survive in European waters, but it’s too early to tell if the hybrids can reproduce. Susanne Eriksson of the University of Gothenberg in Sweden and Ann-Lisbeth Agnalt of the Institute of Marine


Research in Norway presented their findings at a Portland-based conference on lobster management, according to the Portland Press Herald. They said they have proof that American lobsters are not only surviving, but also are competing with the European lobsters for food, shelter and mates. “They are crossbreeding, the hybrid eggs are hatching, and the larvae are surviving in our tanks, and in our oceans,” Eriksson said in the article. “We don’t know if they can reproduce yet, that’s a year or two away, but we know the males can produce sperm.” Last year, Sweden’s request to the European Union to list the American lobster as an invasive species was denied. But European researchers continue to look at how American-European hybrids will fare in the northeast Atlantic, especially once they hit sexual maturity. Depending on those findings, Sweden may bring its request back to the EU. Over the past decade, about 100 American lobsters have been captured in northern Europe. Of those, six female American lobsters have been found car-

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Magnet schools are permitted by Maine law and allow publicly funded schools to accept students from outside their service area. Some have themed curricula, like the math and science school in Limestone. North Haven hopes to focus on invigorating its smaller-thanaverage high school population while also offering mainland students access to the school’s place-based academics and arts and athletic programs. Islesboro’s successful program served as a model for North Haven, which has the added challenge of a longer, less-frequent ferry ride. To that end, magnet students would be housed on-island Monday through Thursday nights.



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rying hybrid eggs. These hybrid offspring are the ones that Agnalt and Erikkson have been working with in their labs. More on those pesky green crabs

While Sweden worries about American lobsters making themselves at home in European waters, clammers and others in Maine have been battling green crabs, which came over from Europe in the late 1800s, and have become a major scourge. One green crab can consume 40 half-inch clams a day and it will dig up to 6 inches to find clams to eat. In 2016, clam landings fell 21 percent, from 9.3 million to 7.3 million pounds, the lowest total reported since 1991, according to the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources. Some of the decline in landings was caused by a toxic algae bloom that led to a shellfishing ban along about a third of Maine’s coastline last fall. But clam landings in towns with traditionally high numbers south of the Deer Isle-Stonington closure line found that 19 out of 24 towns, or 79 percent, had harvested fewer clams, according to the Portland Press Herald. Catch the action on the clam cam

Perhaps you can catch sight of those crabs in action on the University of Maine at Orono’s Clam Cam. The university had harvesters from Freeport to Roque Bluffs wear microphones and GoPros to capture the sights and sounds of their jobs from their point of view: the rakes, buckets, hods, mesh bags, and gloves they use as they scrape through dense mud. The idea for Clam Cam hatched when Bridie McGreavy, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at UMaine, in collaboration with PhD student Tyler Quiring and UMaine graduate Carter Hathaway acted on a harvester’s suggestion. He felt that the public could learn a lot about his livelihood by vicariously “digging clams” by watching the videos, according to a story in Mainebiz. The project is supported by a National Science Foundation Award and a grant from the University of Maine Humanities Center. The videos can be accessed at: http://nest.maine.edu/clamcam/index.html.




Brooklin Boat splashes two yachts

Brooklin Boat Yard launched the 49' Blackfish in May and followed up in June with the launch of the 70' sloop Toroa. Blackfish, a cold-molded racer/cruiser designed by Jim Taylor of Marblehead, Massachusetts, is based on the 2014 BBY boat, Dreadnought. In order to weigh this boat more heavily on the racing side of the racer/cruiser spectrum, Taylor removed the stall shower from the head,

which allowed the cockpit, aft end of the cabin trunk, and interior arrangement aft of the mast to be moved forward 25 inches. Other differences include a dedicated life raft locker and changes to deck hardware layout. Built of wood, carbon fiber, foam, and epoxy composites, Toroa features an extended bowsprit, plumb bow, and such a wide beam running well aft that continued on page 82 >>>

A THANK YOU, 30 Years in the Making CELEBRATING

Years in Print

Enthusiasm can get you in the door, but it takes compassionate listeners to get an idea off the ground. Or, in this case, launched. The following firms listened, and acted, when we came around to share the idea of a new magazine. They signed on to advertise in Issue #1 of a publication that didn’t even exist yet, and we appreciated their confidence, then and now. These companies stayed with Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors for the next 30 years, through thick and thin, both for them and us. Thank you to all for hanging in there. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors was started with the idea that Maine has some of the most creative and excellent businesses in the world. We can now acknowledge that they are some of the most loyal as well.

Thank you! The Apprenticeshop Awlgrip Bath Iron Works Bohndell Sails Brooklin Boat Yard A.G.A. Correa Derecktor Robinhood Marine Duffy & Duffy (Atlantic Boat) Ellis Boat Company Great Island Boat Yard Hamilton Marine

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The state established a working waterfront protection program in 2005 to ensure the future of wharves and maintain public access to the water. As of 2017, 42 acres and 7,200 linear feet of shoreline had been preserved, supporting 670 fishing vessels and 1,197 fishermen, according to Coastal Enterprises Inc.


EPURPOSE an old factory building for elderly housing, a church for condominiums, a boiler room for a restaurant, a train station for a shopping mall. It’s called adaptive reuse, and as I recall—I’m racking my brain here—the first business I ever patronized in a structure so modified was a place called The Mill in Winooski, Vermont. That was back in the early 1960s when I was in college and studying the effects of fermented beverages on the nervous system. The place was a beer hall carved out of the corner of an old woolen mill that had gone empty when the owners took the business South where labor was cheap and the laborers wouldn’t be so damned uppity.

By the way, has anyone noticed how things that go around come around? That if you wait long enough there will be justice? By the way, has anyone noticed how things that go around come around? That if you wait long enough there will be justice? Here’s what happened when cheap Southern labor lured businesses from New England: New England laborers lost their jobs and went on the dole. The mills went derelict or were rehabbed into

saloons called The Mill or upscale restaurants called The Powerhouse. Then cheaper Asian and Mexican labor lured those same businesses from the South. Southern laborers lost their jobs and went on the dole.... Visitors to Camden these days, and some of the newer residents, probably aren’t aware that the town was once a major industrial center. There was the Knox Woolen Mill, the subject of our postcard. And then there were several other major operations: a shipyard that built huge wooden schooners, an anchor foundry, a block factory—not toy blocks for children; rather, rigging blocks for the aforementioned schooners— a marine engine works, and no end of allied industries, including a steamboat wharf that connected all to Boston and other major markets. All those businesses are gone now. While many of their buildings have been torn down and replaced with something else, most still stand, among them the Knox Woolen Mill, which is now home to several businesses, retail operations, housing, and even a small private school. One of the first mills in Camden to be rehabbed was the Highland Mill. Not visible in our postcard, it’s downriver, just on the other side of the tall Knox Mill chimney. It became the Highland Mill Mall in the early 1980s. This magazine,

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Maine Island Trail was established in 1988 in large part by Dave Getchell Sr. The first-of-its-kind, 375-mile water trail connects state-owned islands and private properties by permission, introducing the concept of “user management,” whereby the people who enjoy the resources help take care of them.

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when it was first established and was known as Maine Boats & Harbors (the “Homes” part came later), was a tenant. Every successful business has what sociologists call a “founding myth,” the most famous of the modern era being the story of the two young men in a California garage putting together the first Apple computer. This magazine’s founding myth—not actually a myth per se, because it is the truth and I can attest to that as I witnessed it—has two principal components. The first is that it was capitalized with a credit card, which gives new meaning to the concept of starting from scratch. The second is that its office, a single room, was in the Highland Mill Mall, where the rents were cheap and should have been cheaper, because the

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A capable boat for both work and play

30 30 Years of Innovation

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Sailors Ted Welles and Glenn Squires started Maine’s first high school sailing team on Mt. Desert Island in 1996. Today over 20 high schools in the state offer sailing programs; 11 are affiliated with the New England Schools Sailing Association.

Shada, a Holland 38 built by Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast and finished by D.N. Hylan in Brooklin, can handle rough weather and still look elegant.


LEN HOLLAND’S long-time advertising slogan for his Holland boats is: “Likes to work. Likes to play. You make the call.” In my case, the call is for both, and the ratio is about 80/20 work to play. The work is problem solving with a side of psychology known as real estate brokerage. I’ve been a broker in midcoast Maine since the early 1980s, specializing in waterfront property and islands. Shada is my third and (I think) last “work” boat; rugged enough to get me home in a blow and set up to singlehand when necessary. All three boats have complemented my brokerage business and in fact enabled the business to develop in a way that allows me to be out on the water from May through October. Shada is a Holland 38 built by Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast, Maine, in 2007 and finished by D.N. Hylan & Associates in Brooklin, Maine. She was built for Jonesport summer resident Ted Okie. He christened her Red Head after an imposing bluff on the eastern end of Great Wass Island that reflects the sun rising over the Atlantic. Apparently, Ted was bitten early in life by the boat bug and has collaborated with Doug Hylan on a number of other projects including the restoration and conversion of the sardine carrier, Grayling, and the building of the 43-foot

Deliverance, a modern interpretation of a coastal cargo vessel. In the 1990s, I owned a rugged 1972 Boston Whaler Outrage, Half Moon, that I restored and repowered with a Yamaha 115-hp 4-stroke engine. We cruised from Swans Island to Muscongus Bay and she proved the efficiency of being able to move quickly, and land on homeowners’ docks or on the beach as needed. (Many thanks to Dave Getchell Sr.’s The Outboard Boater’s Handbook for shoreside mooring techniques and more.) Half Moon enabled me to sell Fog Island, east of Isle au Haut, my first sale of an entire island, and in the process get to know the Reed family, which owned the island as well as Northeast Point, the northern entrance to Camden Harbor. Half Moon could handle a lot of weather but she was a wet ride and normally I’d wear a full set of foul-weather gear and duck the spray flying over the bow. When I started thinking about a bigger boat, Ken Weed, caretaker for the Reeds, suggested I look at their island boat, the Sophie, a Holland 32 that had been in laid up in storage at Bud Chater’s Camden yard for a few years. She was one of Glen’s earlier 32s with a big Chrysler V-8 gas engine. I couldn’t resist, struck a deal, and into the water we went. At the end of the season,

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The last human lighthouse keeper on Maine’s coast, at Portland Head Light, retired in 1989, as the state’s 65 lighthouses all became automated. In 1996, the Island Institute’s Peter Ralston spearheaded a program to allow the feds to transfer ownership of 36 lighthouses to local groups. In 2015, the Coast Guard began to replace weatheractivated horns with horns activated by boaters’ VHF radios.

A group of boatbuilders started the marketing entity Maine Built Boats in 2005 to strengthen and help market the state’s boatyards. Another marinerelated group, Maine Marine Trades Association, was founded in 1966.


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Proving that building wooden boats is indeed art, Ralph Stanley of Southwest Harbor was named Boatbuilder Laureate of Maine in 1999 and awarded an NEA National Heritage Medal. He is known for building and restoring Friendship sloops.

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Sophie went to Mac Pettegrow’s yard in Southwest Harbor for a major restoration and new diesel engine. What a great boat, clean and simple, with accommodations for two and a compact galley and head. Sophie widened my range and enabled my wife, Melinda, to join me more often as we cruised the coast as far downeast as Grand Manan and Passamaquoddy Bay. We had a lovely 10 years working and cruising with Sophie, but as we got older we started to think that some headroom below and a full galley would be nice. I’ll also admit to having a few long hard runs back across the bay from North Haven and Islesboro into stiff fall northwest blows with the prop ventilating as we pounded home. So, I began to look for a bigger boat. Meanwhile, Red Head had been launched in the fall of 2007 and Ted cruised her from Maine to the Bahamas for two seasons before embarking on his next boat project. I’d heard through the grapevine that he was considering selling when, out of the blue, I saw an ad saying that Red Head was for sale in Norfork, Virginia. Okay, no time like the present. Melinda and I, along with Bill Morong of Yachting Solutions, flew down for



a look and test drive. She ran great and looked better, so with a deal and a survey in hand we arranged for her transport back to Camden. I christened her Shada, the name used by both my grandfather and great grandfather for their boats. The word “shada” appears in The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in reference to the pelican. Shada’s utility and functionality are hard to beat. The enclosed pilothouse is heated and comfortable, the inflatable skiff hoists up on the rear deck with a boom and electric winch, the QSC8.3 500-hp Cummins moves her along at an easy 16 knots (the top end is 24 knots), and the roomy cockpit is perfect for sightseeing. After all, if you’re looking at real estate and getting a sense of the area, how much can you see from the roads? From landing surveyors on beaches, working with photographers, and getting customers from Camden to North Haven and Islesboro and back, Shada is the perfect vehicle. She keeps everyone safe and comfortable. The coast of Maine attracts independentminded, self-sufficient, and creative souls from all over the world. Meeting both those coming and going, and seeing the fascinating properties

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The best boats become part of the family. The author’s daughter, Julia, and her husband, Vittorio, included Shada in their wedding celebration.

can check in at the office on Main Street, and then continue to the yacht club for a ride to Shada on her inner harbor float. About 15 minutes after leaving my house, I’ll be idling out of the harbor—it’s hard to beat that commute or the workspace. Melinda and I owe many thanks to Glen Holland for building such a beautiful rugged hull, to Doug Hylan for his exquisite sense of design and top-notch fit and finish, and to Ted Okie who inspired and commissioned her. They all know far more than I’ll ever know about boats and boating. I am grateful for the opportunity to use and care for Shada (with help from the great crew at Yachting Solutions). As my son Joe grows into the real estate business with his own boat, my goal for the future is gradually to flip the 80/20 work/play ratio to 80/20 play/work. Longer quiet times at anchor with some cruises east to Nova Scotia and the Bras d’Or lakes are calling. ✮ Terry Sortwell is a Realtor and devoted boater who lives in Camden, Maine.

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Maine Design Benchmarks Just a few from the past three decades examples that it’s difficult to pick just a few; please forgive me if your personal dreamboat didn’t make this list.

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The Hinckley Picnic Boat

Designed by Knud Reimers and launched in 1990 at Brooklin Boat Yard, Steve White’s sleek 53' racer Vortex proved exceptionally fast.


T’S HARD TO BELIEVE that I’ve had the privilege of writing for this magazine for 30 years. Accuse me of prejudice, but I believe that while parts of the boating world muddled along during those decades, the New England area and particularly Maine became a focal point of excellence in terms of yacht design. With the possible exclusion of ultra-high-tech, in the form of carbon foils and flying hulls, Maine’s boatbuilders and boat designers can confidently lay claim to having disrupted the yachting world with groundbreaking work. There are so many

When the 36-foot Hinckley Picnic Boat first emerged in 1994, it was revolutionary. The design showcased the versatility of naval architect Bruce King, who was already known for stylish, large sailing vessels. The hull was only marginally short of outrageous, with impressive flare forward and “tumble-home” aft. King convinced Hinckley to break from tradition with only two facets in the windshield, as opposed to the conventional three to five. He also insisted, at indubitably increased production expense, that the shelter “cap” overhang all-round. Then there was the “jet” drive, which didn’t necessarily make the hull much faster. But it did allow owners to be entirely cavalier about skimming above lobster traps and shallow water. Add the eventual “joy stick,” the brainchild of Shep McKenney, in order to render unprecedented maneuverability, and the world of powerboating was forever changed. In 1991, Hinckley also was the first American boatbuilder to switch from fiberglass to lighter and stronger Kevlar composite for hulls and decks. Hinckley launched hull No. 1,000 of its jet boat in July 2016.

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Rockport Marine became a go-to-yard for large plank-onframe replicas. They included: Adventure, a 53' replica of a 16th century coastal trading vessel (2008); Godspeed, a copy of a vessel that sailed to Jamestown in 1607 (2006); and Lynx, a 76' topsail schooner used to educate students about the war of 1812 (2001).

Rhode Island’s Donald Tofias brought his love of classic wooden boats to Maine when he worked with Joel White to start a new class of big racing yachts. The first 76' W-Class Wild Horses was built at Brooklin Boat Yard and launched in 1998, followed by White Wings (Rockport Marine), several 46' versions, and, in 2016, two W-22s.

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Founded in 1984 by Steve Wessel and thenpartner Mac Pettegrow, Wesmac Custom Boats of Surry introduced its first hard-chine hybrid downeast-style lobsterboat four years later. The pretty, seaworthy, and efficient design has been so popular that Wesmac has a waiting list and has enlisted other builders to help construct hulls.

Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton ordered his first paddle for stand-up use in 2002, starting a new fad: stand-up paddleboarding. By 2014, an estimated 2.8 million Americans were participating, and the boards had become a common sight in Maine waters. A Maine company, Tidal Roots, made SUPs out of wood for several years. Grain Surfboards started in 2005 in York, building wooden surfboards and selling kits.

The use of computerdriven routers to cut boat parts revolutionized the boatbuilding process by removing the uncertainty of cutting duplicate pieces. Hewes and Company, one of the first big proponents in Maine, introduced CNC services in 2004.





Maine’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for classic wooden boats was a hit from its beginning in 1985. Early on, upward of 100 classic wooden sailboats arrived in Penobscot Bay on the first weekend of August to strut their stuff. The need for speed, and desire to win, led many a classic yacht owner to pursue upgrades. It became evident early on that low-freeboard models with separate fin keels and rudders were faster, to the point that a whole new class was established, called “spirit of tradition.” Steve White, captain of Brooklin Boat Yard, selected an existing Swede 55 design and supercharged her, with svelte rigging, good sails, a foil keel and rudder, and a crackerjack crew. Launched in 1990, Vortex won races right from the start, enticing customers toward Brooklin Boat Yard in search of similar glory. Nowadays Spirit of Tradition wooden sloops race all over the world, and have proven capable of beating even the grand prix racers of fiberglass and carbon-foam. I can’t cite any better example than Vortex.


and nearly 300 boats have been sold thus far. Early Zurns took a page from downeast-styled powerboats, but they quickly evolved into stateof-the-art examples of disciplined design, known for fuel-efficiency, stability, and comfort. Stephens-Waring and Isobel

I’ve already mentioned that Steve White’s Brooklin Boat Yard had thrived on Spirit of Tradition upgrades. Steve’s dad Joel White recognized that he could benefit from an in-house yacht design office, and that need was filled by Bob Stephens, with the eventual addition of sidekick Paul Waring. Stephens had a good eye for the elements of sailing tradition and the essences of sailing boat

Doug Zurn and the MJMs

Yacht designer Doug Zurn isn’t commonly thought of as having much of a connection with Maine, but it was here that his career began. Doug worked briefly (as did I) at my twin brother Chuck Paine’s Camden design office. Two chance meetings changed Zurn’s life. Soon after he left us and went out on his own he met singer Billy Joel, who commissioned him to design a powerboat for the waters near his home on Shelter Island, New York. Several of those Shelter Island Runabouts were built under Zurn’s watchful eye, along with molds for production, by Chris White at North End Composites in the Rockland Industrial Park. These boats displayed fanatical sailboat-racer thinking, in that every effort was made to render them as light as possible, the result being that they planed early, level, and fast. Chance meeting number two had Zurn speeding along Somes Sound in a torpedosterned Shelter Island Runabout, when he crossed wakes with Bob Johnstone, of J/Boats fame. Soon afterward Zurn was sweeping the dust off his drawing board one Friday evening when Johnstone phoned to suggest collaborating on fast powerboats. So Johnstone, Mark Lindsay (known for building world champion 505 and Fireball planing dinghies), and Zurn set out to do for powerboating what the Johnstones had done for sail. The result was the MJM line of powerboats. Zurn has designed all the models,

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Isobel, a 68' sloop designed by Stephens and Waring and built at Brooklin Boat Yard, was launched in 2011.

speed. He understudied with Joel, laboring alongside him on details of the first W-Class sloop, the 46. Once on their own, Stephens and Waring handled all the in-house work that arrived from clients seeking new winners for the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta races and other Classic Yacht contests. Their designs are often long and low, keels with bulbs at the bottom, and lowdrag rigs. At some point a customer came along who wanted something radically different, which in anybody’s career can represent the opportunity to either fail or succeed spectacularly. Isobel allowed Stephens and Waring to pull out all the stops. She had a square-topped mainsail, plumb stem, rakish cabin, mostly flush decks, and a silver paint job with metal flake—all the antithesis

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of everything Maine. Had she lost it would’ve been a fate reminiscent of Icarus. But Isobel blasted around the Eggemoggin racecourse at upward of 10 knots on her first outing. The Morris 36

Sparkman & Stephens designed a gorgeous little sloop in the postwar years, named Stormy. Many years later Tom Morris of Morris Yachts asked S&S to design a modern version. The result, launched in 2004, was the Morris 36, which was marketed specifically as a daysailer, rather than a cruiser. The boat exhibited legendary Morrislevel workmanship, and Tom’s son and partner in the business, Cuyler, combined his salesmanship with his sailor-manship to demonstrate how easy she was to maneuver and to sail fast. Not only did the boat sell like hotcakes, but it also helped inspire a new archetype. Other Maine companies produced daysailers and Morris offered a few much larger ones. None of them, in my view, surpasses the lovable looks of the original Morris 36.


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Nat Herreshoff, his designs, and re-interpretations

Cold-molded wooden boat construction went mainstream, with Maine boatyards, most notably Brooklin Boat Yard, Rockport Marine, French and Webb, and Hodgdon leading the way. The process involves laminating together thin layers of wood veneer or thin planks to create a light, strong, watertight hull.

My last inclusion in this short list is not one boat, but the complete oeuvre of the designer Nathanael Herreshoff. This man’s eye and mechanical savvy were so far ahead of their time that his designs have been copied—and sometimes improved by materials and methods he could’ve only dreamed about.

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When Bruce King moved to Maine he had been designing production boats. Once on the East Coast he was inspired by a long tradition of beautiful superyachts. An early effort in Maine was Whitehawk. A larger version of L. Francis Herreshoff ’s famous Ticonderoga, the boat was built on a tennis court in Camden and trucked to Rockport for launching. One great boat led to another, and King stayed busy designing a succession of huge new classics. One of the largest was Scheherazade, a 154' LOA ketch, now sailing under the name Asolare. She was built by Hodgdon Yachts at East Boothbay out of cold-molded wood—the second largest vessel in the world ever built that way. The interior of the boat was paneled in fiddle-grained European sycamore, with metal fixtures in

The 154' ketch Scheherazade was the second largest coldmolded vessel ever built when she was launched in 2000.

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Hodgdon Yachts, Bruce King, and Scheherazade

Marilee, a sleek Herreshoff-designed NY40 first launched in 1926, was restored by French and Webb in 2016.

The Herreshoff 12½ is so pretty, wholesome, and lovable that 100-year-old boats can still command thousands of dollars. Builders and designers from Cape Cod to Cranberry Island have “interpreted” Herreshoff’s best boats. Joel White re-designed the 12½ as a centerboarder and called it the Haven, and he similarly reworked the Herreshoff Fish, naming it the Flatfish. Chuck Paine reworked the Fish into the Pisces, a best-selling daysailer, and has created more designs in recent years inspired by Herreshoff. Herreshoff sailboats get restored at Maine boatyards at considerable expense but it’s always worth it. One good example is Marilee, made reperfect in 2016 by French and Webb in Belfast, Maine.

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For the past 30 years we’ve been calling my column, “Off the Drawing Board.” That deserves some consideration or perhaps better said, reconsideration. Soon before our first issue hit the presses, a brilliant mathematician and sailor named John Letcher bought a big house in the woods near Southwest Harbor and started a company that revolutionized boat design. Partly because he wanted to design his own boat and found pencils and wooden splines tedious, he figured out how to bend lines quickly and accurately by using computer displays and math. Once he succeeded in producing a good lines plan, he integrated the hydrostatic computations for saltwater immersion of computerized volume, and soon added algorithms that predicted flotation, stability, and even performance. Letcher marketed all this useful software under the moniker “fairline system” and in so doing threw the whole yacht design world slightly off kilter. We consider computers essential nowadays in design. It’s likely that no particular boat design, no matter how it was drawn, has been as influential as the product of a man who lived as off the grid as possible while still using an electrical computer. The eccentricity and the genius of this last example illuminates my belief that there is something special in the air—or in the water—of Maine that inspires beauty, invention, and excellence. How fortunate that this magazine has been extant for 30 years to share in, display, and celebrate every aspect of our specialness. ✮ Contributing Author Art Paine is a boat designer, fine artist, freelance writer, aesthete, and photographer who lives in Bernard, Maine. He contributed to the magazine’s very first issue.

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Classic Boat Shop Finding a niche with the Pisces 21

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Pontoon boats have been one of the state’s hottest boat models. In 2017, out of about 120,000 boats registered in the state, 7,708 (6.5%) were pontoons, according to the state, a 60% increase over 2011’s pontoon registrations.

Jean and Margaret Beaulieu opened Classic Boat Shop in 1996. The full-service yard is going green, adding new solar panels.


EAN BEAULIEU AND HIS TEAM at Classic Boat Shop in the fishing village of Bernard, on Mount Desert Island, passed a milestone in 2016, when they splashed hull No. 50 of the yard’s signature small sailboat, the Pisces 21. The Pisces was designed in 1999 by naval architect Chuck Paine, with input from Beaulieu, as a takeoff on the Fish class sloop designed and built by Nathanael Herreshoff in the early 20th century. The Pisces has similarly classic lines but incorporates features that make it more seakindly and stable for boaters of all abilities. Praised as a

Beaulieu has sold Pisces 21s across the nation, one to Bermuda, and two to Japan, thanks to a Japanese group that happened upon Classic Boat. Lately, the yard has come full circle as older 21s come into the brokerage—and quickly sell. wonderful family boat and great for singlehanding, the Pisces gets attention from boaters aiming to downsize from large yachts but still yearning for traditional styling and top-quality workmanship, albeit in a smaller package.

Beaulieu and his wife, Margaret, started Classic Boat in 1996. In addition to being the exclusive builder of the Pisces 21, the full-service yard also offers boat repairs, storage, and yacht brokerage services. Beaulieu got his start in the business by way of nearby high-end boatbuilder Morris Yachts. In the 1970s, while living in southern Maine, he bought a bare Morris hull, spent time with his wife finishing it, and sailed up the coast to Southwest Harbor, where he showed his handiwork to the late Tom Morris, then the owner of Morris Yachts. “He said, ‘If you’re ever looking for a job, come on in,’” Beaulieu recalled. Ten years later, he took up the offer. At that time Morris was building smaller boats in the 30-foot range. Beaulieu loved the work. But when the yard moved toward bigger yachts, the Beaulieus saw an opportunity to focus on daysailers and left to start Classic Boat. They started with storage and maintenance in the new yard, then rebuilds of Bullseyes, also designed by Herreshoff. Beaulieu finished a Morris 34, which was designed by Chuck Paine, for Tom Morris and the boat won best boat in show at the Annapolis Boat Show. He then connected with Paine to design a new boat, one like the 12.5-foot Bullseye, but larger. “In 1914, people loved the Bullseye. Adults bought them for the kids, then realized they were

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Sabre Yachts, previously known for its sailboats, launched its first powerboat in 1989 and now offers a line of powerboats ranging from 38' to 66'. The company acquired North End Composites in Rockland in 1995, and began Back Cove Yachts there in 2002. More than 200 people now work at the Rockland plant.

The most expensive ship ever built in Maine, the USS Zumwalt, left Bath Iron Works in 2016 and was delivered to the US Navy. The first of a line of cuttingedge stealth destroyers, it cost about $4 billion. Technology on the 610' by 81' vessel makes it appear the size of a fishing boat on radar screens.





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In 1988, Portland Yacht Services began the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland. Always held in March, the show was moved to the Portland Sports Complex in 2017 after the company sold its former site to developers and moved to a new location at 100 Commercial Street.

MBH&H magazine started the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show on the Rockland waterfront in 2003, featuring boats, art, fine furniture, home products, and the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials.

After several attempts to rezone part of Wayfarer Marine’s site as residential, the owners of the long-time Camden yard sold it to Lyman-Morse in 2015, preserving Camden’s working waterfront and allowing the Thomaston company to expand.

Beaulieu produced the mold for his fiberglass Pisces 21 from Sherrie Ann, one of his early cold-molded wood versions.

a lot of fun. But the major complaint was that it was too small and too wet for an adult. So Herreshoff rescaled the boat and designed the Fish,” Beaulieu said. Paine and Beaulieu went with the same rescaling concept, studying the Fish lines and old Fish boats. First launched in 1999, the Pisces 21 draws 2 inches less than the Fish. “The bilge is fuller, and that translated into more initial stability,” Beaulieu said. “We tweaked the sail plan and the keel to take some of the weather helm off, making the boat easier to drive. The rig looks traditional, but it’s modern and efficient.” Beaulieu initially offered a diesel motor option, and in 2001 became an early adopter of the electric motor as an alternative. “It’s helpful that it’s been mainstreamed in the auto industry,” he said. “Talking with customers about electric drives, it used to be, ‘Nooo.’ Now it’s, ‘Oh, you have electric!’ So it’s turned around.” Initially, the Pisces was offered in coldmolded wood; in 2004, Beaulieu began to offer it

in fiberglass, as well. Both versions feature meticulously crafted varnished mahogany woodwork. “When you step back and look at a fiberglass boat and you look at a wood boat, they look the same,” Beaulieu said on a spring day when the crew was busy commissioning storage boats for launching, and readying a brokerage Pisces for shipment. “I think it shows that, aesthetically, you can have either one, and it will look like a wooden boat.” Beaulieu has sold Pisces 21s across the nation, one to Bermuda, and two to Japan, thanks to a Japanese group that happened upon Classic Boat. Lately, the yard has come full circle as older Pisces 21s come into the brokerage—and quickly sell to new owners. Beaulieu credits his wife and their employees for playing an essential role in the yard’s success. “I consider our employees to be just as important as our customers,” he said. “Most have been with us for 10 years on average. We try to keep a steady workforce busy during all four seasons. Thanks to our large capacity of indoor heated storage, our employees are able to accom-

In 2011, Belfast became a world-class boating destination when four boat businesses formed a partnership to buy the derelict Stinson sardine cannery, and created Front Street Shipyard. The cold-molded wood Pisces, center, belongs to Beaulieu and is the second in the line. Fiberglass hulls are on either side.


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plish all that’s needed during the lessbusy colder months so that, come spring and summer, we can focus on launching all our boats on time.” As much as he’s passionate about small, classic boats, Beaulieu is also an adherent to clean and safe boatyard practices. The yard is one of approximately a dozen in Maine certified under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program, which recognizes small employers who achieve exemplary injury and illness prevention through measures like safe handling and storage of tools, equipment, and materials, and proper protective gear. The yard is also a designated facility of the Maine Clean Boatyards & Marinas Program, a partnership among industry, state and federal agencies, and environmental organizations promoting best management practices in areas like fueling activities and petroleum control, as well as waste recycling, disposal, and storage. “It’s a higher standard for the way we handle waste,” Beaulieu said. “We educate our employees on how to achieve zero spills of hazardous material. We hire recycling companies to haul hazardous substances. All of our bottom wash water is collected over a concrete sealed pad and goes through a polishing system— like a mini sewer treatment plant—that takes out the impurities and metals.” This year, the yard is taking another step toward environmental stewardship, with the addition of solar panels, expected to produce 85 percent of the operation’s energy. After 23 years, Beaulieu still loves his job. “I once heard the saying, ‘Do what you love and don’t let it feel like work,’” he said. “I think that keeps you young at heart.” ✮ MBH&H Contributing Editor Laurie Schreiber is also a Mainebiz staff writer and has covered topics in Maine for more than 25 years. For More Information: CLASSIC BOAT SHOP 369 Tremont Road, Bernard, ME 207-244-3374; www.classicboatshop.com

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Emptying the Harbor As autumn arrives, boats are hauled and quiet descends

30 Years of Innovation

The O’Hara family, which has run fishprocessing plants and other marine-related businesses in Maine since the early 1900s (and in Rockland since the 1950s), opened Journey’s End Marina in the 1990s, boosting Rockland’s transformation to a visitor destination, and the harbor’s transition from largely commercial to recreational.

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HERE WILL COME A DAY, it comes every year, when Castine’s floating town docks will be hoisted out of the water with a crane and stacked in the municipal parking lot for the winter. Our platform for mackerel fishing is gone; the red and white “20-minute tie up” sign becomes sentinel to nothing. The harbor seals venture closer as the human activity withdraws and the yacht club has long stopped firing its cannon at the official, precise moment of sunset. Like turning back the clocks on Halloween weekend, we will be recalibrated for the impending season beside a winter ocean. We will be reefed. The docks will rest until April, the barnacles, algae and seaweed gradually releasing their hold, shedding onto the macadam to stink on a surprise warm day in January. Dudley’s Refresher, the town’s dockside takeout stand, has closed for the winter, though its menu under the awning still advertises fish tacos, “a better chippy,” and ice cream—staples for summer visitors and hovering seagulls. This storing of the docks is the final phase of a ritual preparation for winter: freezing weather, flowing ice, and punishing Nor’easters that will sweep up the bay. Just as

people begin to wrap the house, skirt the foundation with plastic sheeting, stack the firewood close to the ell, and call the man about snowplowing, the harbor too must hunker down. We are on the verge of the season in which it is weather’s turn to impose. It is the season of storage, of firesides, of interior work, of waiting. Kenny Eaton, whose father, Alonzo, and grandfather, Mace, ran the adjacent boatyard before him, has been hauling boats out of the water for weeks… or generations. The landside of the boatyard fills with sailboats standing on their keels, braced by stanchions, to be power washed and then shrink-wrapped for hibernation. The weathered shingles of Eaton’s Boatyard, the steady retreat of equipment to the sheds amidst the cultch of boat-servicing hardware, the abatement of dockside activity, like the shortening days, herald yachting’s torpor. When you can see the propeller, rudder, and keel of a sleek sailboat, its charm is fled: the ungainly innards of some of its trick of flying before the wind with sheets has been exposed. The boat becomes an object of maintenance, not romance. Eaton’s yard isn’t large and fills quickly, so the

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SW Boatworks of Lamoine, founded by Stewart Workman in 2000, bought the classic Calvin Beal and Young Brothers molds and rebooted the lines with huge success in both commercial and pleasure markets.

Maine Yacht Center put Maine on the map for high-tech, ocean-racing yachts when it outfitted Bruce Schwab’s Open 60 Ocean Planet to race around the world in 2003. Other Maine Yacht Center projects included rehabbing two Open 60s sailed by Rich Wilson in the grueling Vendée Globe Races of 2008 and 2017.


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Hodgdon Yachts, which got its start building wooden fishing boats in 1816 in East Boothbay, went high-tech, building Navy stealth boats and expanding to Europe where its luxury limousine tenders were a hit with megayacht owners. In 2014, the company built Comanche, a 100' hightech ocean racing monohull that set several speed records.

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larger boats must be taken by trailer right out of town. Like a parade of nautical floats, mastless ketches and sloops, bulky cabin cruisers, and muscular workboats slip up Main Street by the Trinitarian church on their way out of town. Kenny tows them to his upland winter harbor for storage and repair: a massive Quonset hut next to a peat bog, 10 miles from the harbor, where the maintenance work of winter can proceed in the shelter of the woods. The engines’ vital fluids will be drained, the hulls scraped and caulked, sanded and painted; rigging retooled, remounted, revived. The wooden boats come up for air, dry and shrink, the fiberglass boats shed algae. Gallons of marine varnish are brushed into teak and mahogany decking, extending the usefulness of wood plying corrosive salt water. Even Kenny wonders, “why would anyone want to get involved with a boat?� Back at the shore, the boatyard is a forlorn regiment of white rubber globes, buoys stenciled with the names of boat owners. They bob on the tide, but without a boat to turn its bow into the current they give no telltale sign of the direction of flow. A forest of masts during the summer, the harbor is now a field of buoy “erratics.� Nothing



much interrupts flat water, skerries, and whitecaps except a channel marker. Nothing interrupts our inspection of the farms and forest on the opposite shore. All the leaves are down; buildings ghoulishly emerge from their summer cover. The hillsides are mizzened by maples and oaks. Nothing interrupts the perception of distance. There is no longer a middle ground in this picture. But for a lone lobstermen, whose catch has not yet migrated farther out into the bay, the human boating presence on the water recedes, a tide of activity that will be out until the spring equinox, when the migratory process reverses. Kenny will haul the boats back down to the water and re-insert them, following some improvised sequence, parading back from bog side to harbor side. Freshly painted, newly engineered, ready for rigging, one by one, the boats float back to their globes. The docks will be dropped back in place at the town dock and patrons of Dudley’s will flock back like the seagulls at just around the time that “lilacs in the dooryard bloom.� And the 20-minute tie-ups will resume. ✎ Todd R. Nelson is a writer living in Penobscot, Maine.

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theOcean The psychology and physiology behind our attraction to the water


T Like the sea itself, the shore fascinates us who return to it, the place of our dim ancestral beginnings. In the recurrent rhythms of tides and surf and in the varied life of the tide lines there is the obvious attraction of movement and change and beauty. There is also, I am convinced, a deeper fascination born of inner meaning and significance.

HE SAND, SMOOTHED BY THE TIDE, glitters with flecks of mica and quartz. The beach ends at an outcropping of rocks draped with seaweed and rough with barnacles. Tidal pools of seawater glisten with life: rusty splotches and pink-crusted algae, leaves of sea lettuce, baby fishes hiding in miniature caves. Beyond, the Atlantic Ocean roars. Spending time near the water is good for our mental and physical health. For many years now, and lately more frequently, scientists from an array of disciplines have studied the effect of environment on our brains and bodies. I’ve read too many studies to list them individually, but the consensus is robust. In the presence of nature, stress and anxiety quickly ebb. The body heals. Mood lifts. Thoughts clarify. Memory sharpens. Attention focuses. The mind expands. Most studies to date have evaluated the visual effect of green space like parks, trees, or forests. Many of these studies used photographs or simulations of nature, but the effects were always greater with the real thing—and the more sustained the engagement, the better. While water is seldom evaluated separately, and salt water even less often, a focus on “blue space” is emerging, offering both theory and evidence for our instinctive love of the sea.

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tangles of vegetation than rigid grids of pavement or lawn. Built environments, devoid of life’s color and texture, are harder for the human brain to comprehend, while natural information appears to be easier for the brain to process. Color helps fasten moments into memories, yet we seem to derive pleasure from an ocean view even in black-andwhite, because of the lines, edges, and textures, the layers of sky, water, and knotted wrack. The detail, contrast, ornament, complexity, symmetry, and hierarchies of an ocean view cascade, from the broad expanse beyond to the lighter shade of shallow water; rows of waves transform into individual lines of foam-trimmed surf. The silvery flash of schooling fish and spiraled shells on the beach reflect patterns—the golden ratio (1:1.618), the Fibonacci sequence—that reveal mathmatical order behind the seemingly chaotic. These same fractal patterns occur inside our brains and nervous systems. Experiencing the wonder of natural beauty might actually decrease the

inflammation that contributes to heart failure, depression, and autoimmune diseases, according to some research. Looking at the ocean activates opiate receptors in the brain, releasing dopamine and its rush of reward. Even when people are in a good mood, they still seek out the water. The thin line where blue meets blue holds the gaze a bit longer, allowing the mind to wander. The ocean provides space for physical activity: people row and paddle, cast lines, haul sails. Children love to run toward the water. We swim, boat, surf, fish, dig, carry buckets of water, build sand castles, bend down to collect shells and hermit crabs. We feel the rocks and sand with our bared feet, smell the brine of low tide, and taste the salt spray. Wading out through the seaweed, salt water soaks the skin—a nourishing ritual sought by fellow humans throughout history. The ancient Greeks built Aesculapian healing temples on hilltops and promontories overlooking the Mediterranean. The Celts sought remedy in seas, lakes, rivers, and springs. The coast was an important place for Dawnland ances-

Salt water can help heal cuts, and marine algae have been used to treat burns and wounds.

tors of the native Wabanaki people. In 19th century England, France, and America, seaside resorts offered escape from urban contamination and congestion. Salt water heals cuts, and soothes irritated skin. Marine algae have been

used to treat burns and other wounds. There’s more. Breaking waves and splashing surf hydrate the air with negative ions, invisible molecules that have been linked to improved moods, perhaps by oxygenating the blood. Here the


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at the contact points between neurons where learning and memory happens. A coastal diet provided access to abundant sources of energy and nutrients that were limited in the interior, allowing hominid brains to grow and expand. With more time for solving problems, communicating, and relating with each other, hominids gained the capacity to conceive of stone tools, to hunt, to evolve. The ocean evokes our love for all life. Biophilia, a term used by Erich

“The living world is the natural domain of the most restless and paradoxical part of the human spirit.” —Edward O. Wilson Fromm and expanded by Edward O. Wilson, holds that our affiliation for nature is a large part of what makes us human. It explains our universal ability to sort, name, and remember different types of plants and animals. In modern

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Bob Vaughan’s son Sam (right) left a corporate job in the city to work with his father (left) at Seal Cove Boatyard. He has found new ways of doing things, but also values his father’s 50 years of experience.

Passing the Torch Next generation brings a new touch to family-run yards BY LAURIE SCHREIBER


ROWING UP, Don Ellis remembers the way his father, Ralph, always smelled like cedar. Don runs his boatbuilding, storage, and service yard, the Ellis Boat Company, on the same property in Manset, Maine, where Ralph Ellis and his partner, Raymond Bunker, ran their renowned Bunker and Ellis boatbuilding company. “They worked with cedar planking on the boats, and that smell was every-


where in the house,” Don recalled. Bunker and Ralph Ellis began building boats in 1946, working together into the 1970s. Eventually Don’s brother Dennis took over and began to build fiberglass boats. Don soon joined him. Dennis moved on, but Don continued as Ellis Boat Co., expanding new construction, storage, and service offerings. This year, a new five-bay production and service building was added.

In the 1990s, Don’s son Shane took time off from being a professional musician and music teacher to work on company projects such as web design, database management, and marketing, then came on full-time five years ago. Now Don focuses on major projects. “Having Shane here takes away jobs I wasn’t fond of doing—getting client proposals out, working with computers,” Don said. “I like the nuts and bolts of building.”

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Like Don did in his time, Shane has brought a new outlook and energy that’s advancing the company into the future. It’s a scene being repeated up and down the Maine coast in recent years as the next generation becomes involved in family-run boatbuilding shops—a sign of the resilience of the industry and the allure of boatbuilding. Some of the

“A lot of our customer base likes to be here because they feel it’s special,” she explained. “It’s not just about volume for the yard. It’s about relationships.” younger generation of builders have come back from high-powered city careers, others have simply worked their way up the ladder at home. The sense of commitment to, and pride in, the family business is a theme. Next gens who have grown up around these yards have an innate understanding of the product and culture. And there’s a give and take: the younger gen-

eration explores new ways of doing things, while the older generation offers years of experience. Susan Swanton, executive director of the Maine Marine Trade Association in Biddeford, has noticed the trend. “The generation I grew up with, in the industry, is starting to age out, and I think many are blessed to have kids who want to carry on the family business,” she said. Maine is unusual in having many family-owned boatyards, as opposed to increasingly corporate operations elsewhere in the nation. “That corporate trend hasn’t caught on in Maine quite as boldly as it has in other places,” Swanton said. “I’d like to think that’s part of what makes Maine a little bit different from the rest of the universe.” Customers like knowing that when they walk through the door at a familyowned yard people know them and their boats and are happy to see them, she said. “A lot of our customer base likes to be here because they feel it’s special,” she explained. “It’s not just about volume for the yard. It’s about relationships.”

Don Ellis (top) and his son Shane are the second and third generations working at the boatyard founded by Bunker and Ellis. They are shown here on an Ellis 36 Flybridge Cruiser.

John and Ingrid Kachmar purchased Wilbur Yachts in Manset from Ingrid’s parents, Lee Wilbur and Heidi Crock, in 2001.

At Ellis Boat, Don Ellis depended on his personal connections with customers to develop boat projects. Shane has added new technology and organizational capabilities, and introduced more ways to use computers. At the 200-year-old Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay, Audrey Hodgdon is the sixth generation in her family to work at the yard. She is director of sales and marketing, working for her father Timothy Hodgdon, the company’s CEO and president. “When your name is on the outside of the business, it means a lot to you,” Audrey said. “If it’s a family business, you’re going to do everything you can to keep it successful.” In Thomaston, Drew Lyman took over the job as president of LymanMorse Boatbuilding from his father Cabot, who started the company with his wife Heidi in 1978. But his father is still there to offer advice. “Dad lets me do what I need to do to run the company and learn from my mistakes and successes,” said Drew. “But he’s always there for me. So when I have a decision that needs to be fleshed out, he’s great to have as a sounding board.” That’s the way it should be, said Cabot. “I always had the attitude that if


Gabe Pendleton (right) worked as an attorney before his father Stanley finally persuaded him to take over the boatyard four years ago. He has slowly been modernizing the business.


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my sons got involved in the business, I would get the hell out of the way. At that point, it’s time for the next generation to come in.” The longest-lived passing-of-thetorch story belongs to the Hodgdon family, which has been building boats since 1816—approximately 450 vessels in 200 years. Like other kids with parents in the business, young Tim Hodgdon worked at the yard during school vacations in the 1970s, learning from his father and employees. After getting a degree in engineering from Wentworth Institute in Boston, Tim joined the company full-time in 1980. Under his leadership the company evolved and diversified, shifting from primarily plankon-frame work to cold-molded and advanced composite construction, building large cruising and hi-tech racing sailboats and a broad spectrum of motoryachts, from high-speed express cruisers to projects for the U.S. Navy. His daughter Audrey never expected that she’d work for the family business and credits her parents for not pressuring her. But after graduating in 2007

from college with a degree in marketing and working for firms as far away as New Zealand, she returned in 2014. “It took going far away to realize this was where I wanted to be,” she said. “It’s an exciting place to be, and I enjoy the family dynamic.”

“He’s got a whole different management style, much more modern,” Cabot said of Drew. “A company that has a 30-year run—it’s time to make changes.” Unlike Audrey, Drew Lyman grew up working in the family business. Cabot and Heidi Lyman moved to Maine in the late 1970s, and bought the century-old Morse Boatbuilding Company in Thomaston, forming LymanMorse Boatbuilding. Drew recalled working there during school vacations, earning $1 a day to sweep floors. While there was no pressure to join the business, he did eventually. Drew started the

brokerage side of the company with his wife Mackenzie, and was named president in 2012. He’s diversified the company’s work, adding technical and metal fabrication, new construction, and marina services with the 2015 purchase of Wayfarer Marine in Camden. “He’s got a whole different management style, much more modern,” Cabot said of Drew. “A company that has a 30year run—it’s time to make changes. I was more hands-on in the shop. He builds a more corporate business atmosphere. We needed that, to grow.” Back in East Boothbay, Paul and Verna Luke started the Paul E. Luke Boatyard in 1939 specializing in wood and aluminum yacht construction, machining, and metal work. Their sons, Frank and John, grew up working in the yard. “It was a fun place to be,” said Frank. “The fellows were just back from World War II and there wasn’t anything they couldn’t do or wouldn’t try.” Frank and his wife, Nora, took over in 1992, adding infrastructure and services.

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Drew Lyman, with his father Cabot watching at his side, cuts the ribbon officially opening Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine.

“When we took over, it was going to change and my father wasn’t going to like some of it, but that’s the way it was,” said Frank. That happened again under the lead-

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down there or come home and reinvent myself here,” he said. Said Frank, “Andy’s making of it what he wants it to be. Some I’ll accept and some I won’t like. But it’s his future, not mine.” Out on Islesboro at Pendleton Yacht Yard, Gabe Pendleton had earned a law degree, and worked as an attorney for four years in Vermont and Brunswick, Maine, before his father Stanley finally persuaded him to take over the business four years ago. He has brought new organization systems to the business and added new technologies, including using email more to communicate with customers and vendors. Up the coast in Seal Cove, Bob Vaughan’s grandfather, John F. “Jack” Vaughan discovered the area as a summer person in the 1920s, commuting weekly by steamer from Boston to his shorefront property in Brooksville. In 1936, Jack’s son John H. “Hal” Vaughan became a year-round resident and started what became Seal Cove Boatyard. Hal’s son, Bob, grew up around the yard, learning by doing.

“My father was not a person to give instruction,” said Bob. “If you were interested, you watched and learned.” Thinking he did not want to become a boatbuilder, Bob became a lawyer instead. But when his father’s health began to fail, Bob returned home to run the yard. Like his father, Bob’s son Sam also had other plans. Then after college and five years of big-city corporate work, Sam realized the yard was more in line with what he wanted out of life. He returned 10 years ago as second in command, quickly becoming the go-to for new boating technologies and materials and modern racing/rigging techniques. “At this point, I’m trying to gain as much knowledge as I can and I doubt that will ever change,” said Sam, who values his father’s 50 years on the job. On Great Cranberry Island, where Ed Gray started Newman and Gray Boatyard in the early 1990s with Jarvis Newman, Gray’s two sons have taken over the business. His older son Josh started working at the yard when he was 14 and found he liked the combination

of physical and cerebral work. After college and a year at The Landing School studying yacht design, he leapt at the chance to buy the business when Ed wanted to retire. Josh’s brother Seth has since joined him as a partner. “It couldn’t be better for me to have them take over,” said Ed. He joked, “I get free dock space.”

“It couldn’t be better for me to have them take over,” said Ed Gray. He joked, “I get free dock space.” Some yards have passed to children and their spouses. John and Ingrid Kachmar purchased Wilbur Yachts in Manset from Ingrid’s parents, Lee Wilbur and Heidi Crock, in 2001. John had previously worked in the insurance industry in Portland. After the sale, Wilbur and Crock stayed on for two years, while the Kachmars learned the ropes in production and office operations. “It was a vertical learning curve,” Ingrid said. “Jump in feet first and figure it out.”

Ingrid is now executive director of the Harbor House Community Service Center, while John runs the yard, which offers new construction, sales, service, and storage. In boatbuilding, the multi-generation experience sometimes means next gens watching their parents struggle with a lot of work for not a whole lot of money, but also seeing the excitement of finished products and happy customers, Don Ellis said. “Some will follow in their parents’ footsteps because they like that,” he said. “Others will take a different path. But if they love it, they’re going to become involved in the business. That’s what you see in second- and thirdgeneration boatyards—the kids fell in love with building boats. I don’t know of anybody who would take over a boat business because it makes so much money. It’s got to be something you enjoy doing.” ✮ MBH&H Contributing Editor Laurie Schreiber is also a Mainebiz staff writer and has covered topics in Maine for more than 25 years.

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Future Skippers Innovative program keeps young fishermen in school


UCCESSFULLY navigating high school takes perseverance. Not only do you have to thread the shoals of complex social relationships but you also have to round the mark in subjects like English and social studies. And what’s the point of all that effort if all you want to do is fish for a living? That was the question troubling teachers at Deer Isle-Stonington High School four years ago. Most of the students at the high school came from local fishing communities. Their fathers fished, their uncles fished, and in many cases they themselves already had lobsterboats and fished after school and on the weekends. Attending high school classes when there was money to be made at sea didn’t make sense to many. 48

“We had a meeting with local fishermen on a January evening four and half years ago,” recalled Deer Isle-Stonington Principal Todd West. “We asked them how well school prepared them to work in the fishing industry, what else they

“Our goal is for students who intend to pursue a fishing career to gain skills that will allow them to successfully participate in the industry.” would have wanted to learn, and what the kids should be learning today.” What he heard surprised him. The fishermen wanted their children to learn the skills necessary to speak and argue at

the many regulatory meetings that govern how fishermen make a living. “They said ‘Our industry is run at meetings. We need people who can speak effectively, not yell, and can represent us.’ That was the number one thing they mentioned,” West recalled. As a result, West, marine trades teacher Tom Duym, and staff from the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (formerly the Penobscot East Resource Center) sat down to think of a different way to teach. And so the Eastern Maine Skippers Program was born. “Our goal is for students who intend to pursue a fishing career to gain skills that will allow them to successfully participate in the industry,” West said. In May this year, Skippers Program students from eight downeast high

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schools gathered at The Grand theater in Ellsworth to make their final presentations on the theme of sustainable ocean systems. In the audience were dozens of teachers, family members, and friends. The students clustered at the edge of the stage, laughing nervously and adjusting clothes. One young man from Deer Isle, now a junior, who had been in the program since his freshman year, got ready to speak as West watched from his seat in the darkened theater. The student gave a 10-minute presentation on his innovative redesign of a shrimp trawl. Traditional shrimp trawls drag across the bottom, tearing up the seafloor as they move. Using principles of hydrodynamics, this student had come up with a way to make the trawl fly just above the bottom in order to keep impacts to a minimum. “It was amazing to hear him,” West said. “When he began the program he was terrified to speak, incredibly nervous. This year he spoke without a script, just notes, and he was so engaging, so confident.” At the beginning of each school year, the schools participating in the Skippers Program (Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy, Ellsworth, JonesportBeals, Mount Desert Island, Narraguagus, North Haven, and Vinalhaven High Schools) are given a topic related to the ocean. Students in the program decide how to tackle that topic. During the program’s first year in 2013-2014, the topic was the viability of an inshore winter flounder fishery. Currently lobster is the dominant fishery along the coast of Maine, an uncomfortable economic position to be in for the small fishing communities in downeast Maine. Could local fishermen develop a winter flounder fishery in order to diversify their income? To answer that question the students studied the life history and biology of winter flounder. They researched how to apply for a special fishing license from the Department of Marine Resources, designed a trap specifically for winter flounder, and collected relevant data on the trap and its bycatch. The students spoke about their project at the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum and then

Opposite page: Narraguagus High School student Betsey Brown was invited to the Slow Food Conference in Italy last May to talk about the Eastern Maine Skippers Program. She is shown here (middle) with Christina Fifield and Paul Molyneaux (left), staff at the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington, and French plankton expert Pierre Mollo (far right). Top: A Skippers Program student from Mt. Desert Island dissects an oyster during a workshop at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Bottom: Seaweed harvesting is a sustainable industry in Maine and provides year-round employment on the coast. Shown here, Skippers Program students from Jonesport-Beals Island High School learn about rockweed botany.

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made a final presentation to DMR Commissioner Pat Keliher in June. Since that first year, other topics have included methods of controlling the state’s expanding green crab population, and innovations in the lobster fishery. This year’s topic was the complex question of how to maintain sustainable ocean food systems. The teachers involved in the program receive training on project-based learning during the summer months, explained Val Peacock, an education specialist with Rural Aspirations, an educational consulting non-profit organization. Peacock got involved in the program while working with Tom Duym in the Marine Pathways program at Deer Isle-Stonington. “I helped draft the curriculum [that first year] and got it out to the teachers,” she explained. Now she is working with Skippers Program teachers in all eight schools to develop curricula particular to each year’s topic. Teachers in the program meet for a three-day project-based learning training session during the summer. Professional development days are also held


throughout the school year. All the students meet as a group off campus several times each year. Project-based learning removes the teacher from the center of the classroom. “The premise is that students come up with a big question that they must answer themselves. It is not a question that can be answered through Google. Students have

In four years, the Skippers Program has grown from 40 to nearly 100 students from the eight schools. to talk to people. The teacher acts as a facilitator, not an expert,” Peacock explained. Students must draft a specific question related to the year’s topic, decide what information they need to answer it, what resources they have already and what more they need to know. “The teachers in this program are super passionate about it. They see these kids doing amazing work and standing up in front of others. They see their lights turn on,” Peacock said.

West acknowledges that project-based learning does pose some difficulties in this age of constant standards-based testing. But he believes that teachers can accurately assess how well students are learning subjects like math and English as they progress through the year. “We work history, social studies, and science standards [into the program],” he explained. In four years, the Skippers Program has grown from 40 to nearly 100 students from the eight schools. West remains enthused about this innovative way to keep students in school while strengthening the skills they bring to their fishing communities. What delights him is the enthusiasm for the program from students themselves. “We spoke to the eighth grade class this year and there’s a buzz and sort of expectation about the going in to the program when they reach ninth grade. It’s great.” ✮ Melissa Waterman is a freelance environmental writer based in Rockland whose work has appeared in many New England publications. Her articles focus on the interconnections among people and the marine environment.

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Fishing’s Future? Shoreside research center sets the stage for aquaculture advances BY LAURIE SCHREIBER

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T MIGHT SEEM IRONIC that a state known for its wild-caught marine species is also home to a world-class facility for raising fish on land. Not only is one of the world’s foremost aquaculture research and business incubator facilities located in coastal Maine, but in order to get there you have to drive down a dirt lane (appropriately named Salmon Farm Road), through spruce woods, in a rural town of scarcely 1,500 residents. The University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, known as CCAR (“sea-car”), has become a center of cutting-edge experimentation for cultivating a myriad of sea creatures on land. UMaine bought the 25-acre property in Franklin at auction in 1999 from what was at the time a state-of-the-art salmon farming company. Since then CCAR has installed the latest technologies in water circulation and wastewater treatment and now has 100,000 square feet of lab, tank room, and business incubator space. Two more tanks, at 300,000 gallons each, which are expected to support up to 121,000 pounds of fish, are slated for completion in coming years. Aquaculture has been a growing focus for research in Maine. In 1999, the state legislature made it one of seven economic sectors slated for state R&D money through the Maine Economic Innovation Fund, which provides substantial funding for CCAR. Another boost came in 2016 when UMaine received a $20 million National Science Foundation grant to establish a research and education entity called the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET).

Søren Hansen, founder of Sea & Reef Aquaculture, views a crop of designer clownfish cultivated at CCAR.

At CCAR’s end, the focus is on hatching and rearing of fish, invertebrates, and algae in support of start-up companies. Over the years, CCAR researchers and commercial interests have looked into culturing food species such as Atlantic cod and halibut, California yellowtail, sea urchins, and edible seaweeds, as well as polychaete worms for the bait market, and ornamental tropical fish for hobbyists. Some of the research has made the leap to commer-

cial production. Other projects are still in development or have fallen by the wayside, due either to technical or financial challenges. The goal is intellectual advances to support the industry. On a recent visit, Director of Facilities Steve Eddy led the way into one of the rearing units. Each of the 18 massive tanks (12 feet wide and 5 feet deep) holds 3,800 gallons of recirculating seawater. When stocked at full capacity, the combined hold of the tanks is nearly

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Aquaculture, identified by the private business group FocusMaine as one of Maine’s three signature industries, has grown 10 percent per year for the past 10 years, said Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center’s executive director, Chris Davis. Salmon makes up the bulk of the approximately $120 million industry, followed by shellfish, notably oysters and mussels. The industry leases about 1,300 acres of ocean bottom. That’s pretty small, Davis said. “We could grow by 50 percent and still fit the entire aquaculture industry in Rockland harbor,” he said. “That’s an amazing amount of economic activity in a relatively small area.”

Yellowtail juveniles are transferred to larger tanks with more room to grow.

Maine has tremendous potential, he said. And there’s interest, as illustrated by the scores of small sites permitted under the state’s limited-purpose access program. “There’s a lot of interest both in shellfish and sea vegetables,” said Davis. “Sea vegetables can be a winter crop with minimal work. And there’s tremendous demand for white-cloth half-shell oysters. Maine has a great reputation and there’s a strong market. That’s been drawing a lot of people into the industry.” Among its programs, MAIC, with partners, offers aquaculture training for commercial fishermen, funds research, and hosts the annual Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition. 54

29,000 pounds of fish. They’re rented by a company called Acadia Harvest, which for five years has experimented with techniques for growing a couple of fish species, including California yellowtail—its buttery smooth texture and mild flavor are perfect for sushi—to marketable size. Eddy climbed the stairs to the top of one tank and peered in at the yellowtail serenely swimming below. At two years old, they’re ready for harvest. “One of the things we think will make this fish successful on a land-based farm is their fast growth rate,” Eddy said. Acadia Harvest was founded in 2011 by marine biologists Chris Heinig and Tap Pryor. They focused on yellowtail because it’s a proven product in the global market. “There’s already substantial market demand,” said the company’s third partner, Ed Robinson. “Yellowtail ranks number two in global sales, behind salmon, for saltwater fish.” In Maine’s salmon farming industry, fish are hatched in a land-based system, then placed in ocean pens for grow-out. By contrast, Acadia Harvest grows fish to marketable size entirely in land-based tanks. This allows Acadia’s researchers to grow a warm-water fish, like California yellowtail, in a cold-water state like Maine. They get the benefit of Maine’s pristine seawater, which they can warm to the temperature needed by the fish. They also control all other aspects of the closed system, such as optimal stocking density and feed for robust fish production. One idea now under study is integrated multi-trophic aquaculture: Rather than dispose of fish waste in the traditional manner—processing it through biofilters and sending solid waste to a sewage treatment facility—waste becomes a nutrient source for growing other species such as oysters and kelp. Kelp cleans the water going back into the fish tanks and the oysters become an additional marketable product. Growing fish at CCAR has allowed Acadia Harvest to refine its production system while doing more than three years of market testing before investing in a purpose-built commercial farm—a project it has planned for a nearby industrial park in Corea.

“There’s no way a start-up could run the range of experiments, let alone begin small-scale production and sales without access to an incubator facility like CCAR—not just the tanks, but the experienced people as well,” said Robinson. Another thriving enterprise at CCAR is Sea & Reef Aquaculture. The start-up arrived in 2010, built specialty infrastructure, and now raises more than 50 different species and color morphs of marine ornamental fish. The company ships thousands of fish every month to pet stores across the country. “We have our own breeding proPhoto courtesy Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research

Maine’s Aquaculture Boom

An aerial view of CCAR, which leverages proximity to the pristine water of Taunton Bay.

gram and we do the whole life cycle inhouse,” said Søren Hansen, who started the enterprise as a University of Maine student, aided by a Maine Technology Institute small-business grant. Now the company has signature lines of designer clownfish that take advantage of the fish’s distinctive color and pattern mutations. Like Acadia Harvest, Hansen deals with warm-water fish. “Because of this efficient production system, we can produce a lot of fish in a fairly modest footprint,” Hansen said. CCAR’s core is not really those huge tanks, though; it’s the seawater. Pumped from nearby Taunton Bay, the salt water travels through sand filters, then a UV sterilizer, to three insulated storage reservoirs (onsite wells also provide fresh and brackish water). The water is then distributed by gravity feed to rearing facilities. There, additional systems include degassers (assemblages of metal plates

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and accordion-like structures that break water into fine droplets and allow the release of excess CO2), cleaning drum filters, UV disinfectors, circulating pumps, climate-control systems, generator back-ups, and oxygenators. A biological filtration system features countless plastic bits that look like tiny Lego gears, each finely layered with beneficial bacteria that consume toxic compounds carried by fish excretion. Seawater continuously recirculates through these systems—only a small portion at a time comes in from the bay. The system reduces dependence on external water supplies, minimizes CCAR’s environmental footprint, and can be optimized for water chemistry, temperature, photoperiod, and other rearing requirements, Eddy explained. That infrastructure was a crucial springboard for a start-up like Sea & Reef. “We couldn’t have grown as fast as we have without CCAR,” Hansen said. “We built the production system ourselves, but we didn’t have to build the physical location. Also, CCAR has great

Yellowtail are raised in these 3,800-gallon tanks at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research.

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CCAR’s Steve Eddy holds an adult urchin, bred and grown for projects like reseeding the wild.

Eddy continues the tour into a light- and temperature-controlled fish hatchery that’s home to broodstocks for Acadia Harvest’s yellowtail, and for Atlantic halibut. Offspring from the latter is sold to Canadian aquaculture companies. Elsewhere, tanks are being

modified for a start-up that will grow eels, escape artists that can climb walls and slither through drains. Several tanks hold sediment containing thousands of marine worms. Left behind from a failed venture to develop indoor worm farming for bait and aquafeeds,

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from macular degeneration, to read the newspaper. We were there to talk about the creative process and were treated to what can only be called a performance: Thon bringing into existence a stunning watercolor of a fishing boat in full fog. After his death in 2000 (Helen had died the year before), the painter left $4 million to the Portland Museum of Art. He had a very successful career in art,

selling many paintings, but the size of the gift was somehow astounding. The tradition of philanthropy in Maine is well known as are the names of the great benefactors—Baxter, Noyce, Rockefeller, Alfond, et al.—but who could have foreseen that this artist and his wife, who had lived such a modest life, would be the source of such a remarkable legacy?

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N 1997 I WAS PART OF A TEAM of filmmakers who visited painter William Thon and his wife Helen at their home in Port Clyde. We were there to interview Thon for the Maine Masters video series. Certain details come to memory: the elderly couple welcoming us into their humble home, the unpretentious studio, the machine in the front hallway that enabled Thon, who suffered

Helen and William Thon, shown here in their Port Clyde home in 1997, left $4 million to the Portland Museum of Art.


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Among Joseph Fiore’s most important work was a series of paintings portraying abstracted rocks, including Virgo Tiger, oil on canvas, 1986, 38" x 48".

The bequest was designated to support the Portland Museum of Art’s biennial, a showcase of contemporary artists connected to Maine. The most recent edition, curated by Alison Ferris in 2015, for the first time ever featured objects made by Native American Maine artists. Theresa Secord, Sarah Sockebeson, George Neptune, and Jeremy Frey joined the likes of Lois Dodd, John Bisbee, Emily Nelligan, and John Walker. It felt like a kind of cultural ceiling had been broken. Thon would have loved it. He is among a handful of Maine artists in the past three decades whose artistic legacies include funding and promotion for future artists. It’s a classic example of paying it forward. In addition to young artists, the beneficiaries include all art lovers in Maine. Not far inland from Port Clyde, in Jefferson, Joseph Fiore was painting the

A handful of Maine artists in the past three decades left artistic legacies that include funding and promotion for future artists. It’s a classic example of paying it forward. In addition to young artists, the beneficiaries include all art lovers in Maine. Maine landscape with equal passion. Where Thon had specialized in seascapes, Fiore (1925-2008) preferred the countryside: farms, trees, meadows. Fiore, too, had the future in mind when he planned his estate: In addition to pro-

viding an endowment for the preservation and display of his work and that of other Maine artists at the Firehouse Center in Damariscotta, Fiore directed that an artist-in-residence program be set up on his farm in Jefferson. The residency at Rolling Acres Farm, now in its second summer, is managed by Maine Farmland Trust. Fiore admired the trust’s mission to preserve farms and wanted to further support its work. The trust received a substantial gift of his work, which it has been selling but also donating to nonprofits. The latter effort has led to the creation of the Fiore Art Trail comprising 50 organizations that have acquired his work. The list is diverse, ranging from many land trusts and several colleges (Bates, Colby, College of the Atlantic, Unity) to the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Maine Association of Nonprofits.

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Speaking of trails, in 2014 the Colby College Museum of Art in partnership with the Kohler Foundation launched the Bernard Langlais Art Trail. The trail grew out of the bequest of the Langlais estate by the artist’s wife, Helen, to Colby in 2010. After acquiring 180 works for its collection, the Colby Museum gave nearly 3,000 works to the Wisconsin-based Kohler Foundation to preserve and distribute. The foundation has found homes for Langlais’s drawings, paintings, and sculptural works with more than 50 nonprofits. The trail stretches from Waterfall Arts in Belfast to the Monhegan Memorial Library, from the Ogunquit Museum to the Solon Town Office, from the Cushing Historical Society to the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. Helen Langlais’s bequest included the couple’s 90-acre property in Cushing, part of which her husband had transformed into a kind of sculpture park. In 2014 the Kohler Foundation

turned it over to the Georges River Land Trust to manage. This fall, the trust will open it to the public as the Bernard Langlais Sculpture Preserve.

The Heliker-LaHotan foundation has hosted more than 100 artists and organized numerous projects and public events. On Great Cranberry Island, the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation is marking its 23rd season of residencies for artists from Maine and far beyond. The foundation is the gift of the painters John Heliker (1909-2000) and Robert LaHotan (1927-2002), who purchased the home of Captain Enoch B. Stanley in 1958 and spent every summer there painting. To date, the foundation has hosted more than 100 artists and organized

Bernard “Blackie” Langlais’s Bear Group, restored by the Kohler Foundation, is on view at the sculptor’s former home in Cushing.

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Beverly Hallam in her York, Maine, studio in 2010 during the filming of the Maine Masters documentary.

numerous projects and public events on the island. The residency provides board and lodging. Residents have included Joellyn Duesberry, Judy Taylor, Holly Meade, Siri Beckman, Philip Frey, and Nina Jerome. This summer for the first time the foundation is offering plein air workshops in July followed by residencies in August and September. Two Maine-

based artists are in the mix: Priscilla Stevens of East Winthrop and Jessyca Broekman of Brunswick. The program also hosts several visiting artists over the summer and fall. An example of a legacy in the making is the Surf Point Foundation established by painter Beverly Hallam (19232013) and her long-time companion, collector and art patron Mary-Leigh

Smart (1917-2017). Their 41-acre oceanfront estate on the coast of York will become an artist residency next spring, with the goal of having a half dozen or so artists on site through fall 2018. My last example of an artist’s legacy is personal. When my uncle, the painter William Kienbusch died in 1980, he left his house and studio on Great Cranberry Island to my brother David and me. Uncle Bill felt that his nephews should have a place to go to paint and write poetry—a most generous and thoughtful gift that keeps on nurturing our creative endeavors. In the first decades of the new century, artists and their families are creating new opportunities for artists who might not otherwise afford to spend time in Maine. Paying it forward and giving back are both clichés of philanthropic action, but for good reason: these individuals have chosen to share their good fortune with future generations. That’s the art of leaving a legacy. ✮ Carl Little’s most recent book is Philip Barter: Forever Maine (Marshall Wilkes).

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FarmTo Table How chef Sam Hayward helped start Maine’s food movement BY NANCY HARMON JENKINS | PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUSSELL FRENCH


HEN YOU THINK about food in Maine over the last 30 years or so, three names invariably come up—a farmer, a gardener, and a chef, all of whom have had a profound influence in this food-blessed state, on what we grow, how we eat it, and how we think about it. These three, Eliot Coleman, Sam Hayward, and Russell Libby, have changed the way we eat in the Dirigo state, and changed it very much for the better. Libby, the farmer, was the inspired

Hayward, by paying close attention to the source of his ingredients, taught the rest of us—farmers, fishers, and consumers alike— to think about where our food comes from. and inspirational leader of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years, until his untimely

death in 2012. Nationally, he was known as an advocate for locally grown food and a powerful voice for small family farmers. “Spend just $10 a week on locally sourced food,” Russell would say, “and the result will be a stronger, more vital local economy.” Coleman, the gardener, continually proves, in his genial but stubborn way, that even in a cold, northern, short-season climate we can grow and store tasty, Story continues after recipe on page 64 >>>

Chef Sam Hayward (right) says he will take any vegetable raised by farmer Frank Gross of Lisbon Falls, whom he refers to as “Oz.” Gross is shown here with produce that includes a box of cardoons, a member of the thistle family.


Hayward’s Scotian Lobster Chowder SEVERAL YEARS AGO I stood in Sam Hayward’s home kitchen, on the banks of Merrymeeting Bay, and watched him make this rich lobster chowder, which he says is a family favorite for Christmas Eve—though it’s darned good any time of the year. He calls it Scotian chowder because he first had it in Nova Scotia. In winter, he uses about half a box of frozen shoepeg corn but whenever fresh local corn is available, that goes into the chowder instead. Like most recipes for deliciousness, this has a number of steps, but it’s actually an easy recipe, even for novice cooks. Basically, you cook the vegetables, cook the lobsters, heat up the milk and cream, combine them all, and you’re done. And the slight effort is rewarded with a magnificent dish. For me, an interesting trick is the use of russet potatoes, aka baking potatoes, which break down partially in the course of cooking and add some thickening to the chowder. Good Maine cooks eschew the use of flour to thicken. Chowder-like library paste, as served in far too many restaurants, is not what we want when we come to the table.

Ingredients: 3 ounces slab bacon, cut in 1/4 inch dice Butter (unsalted) — about 1/4 cup (half a stick) 5 medium russet (baking) potatoes, peeled, quartered, and sliced 2 medium leeks cut in 1/4 inch dice 6 live lobsters weighing 1 1/4 pounds each 1 cup whole milk 1 cup heavy cream, preferably not ultra-pasteurized 1/2 pound (about 2 cups) corn cut from the cobs, or half a box of frozen shoepeg corn Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a heavy stock pot or soup kettle, gently stew the bacon in a teaspoon of butter until it yields its fat and starts to turn crisp on the edges. Add the potatoes and leeks and a finger of water, just enough to keep the potatoes from catching, cover the pan and cook gently until the vegetables are soft, 20 to 30 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking, put about 2 inches of water into a separate stock pot large enough to hold all the lobsters, and bring the water to a rapid boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, set the lobsters on their backs in the pot (they cook faster, Sam says, if they go in on their backs), cover and boil for 4 minutes. Have a pan or tub of cold water in the sink for chilling the

The secret to Hayward’s chowder is to use baking potatoes as a thickener.

lobsters. At 4 minutes, when the lobsters will have begun to change color but are not yet bright red, remove the pot from the heat, add cold water to stop the lobsters from cooking, then drain and immerse the lobsters in the tub of cold water. When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, set a sieve over a large bowl and break the critters open in the sieve, draining out their body liquids into the bowl. Break the claws and tails away from the bodies, and set them aside. Pull apart the body sections (carapaces) and remove any red coral or greenish tomalley. Push the coral and tomalley through the sieve, using a wooden spoon, and combine it with the liquid in the bowl. Add all this liquid to the potatoes and leeks and continue to simmer gently. Now extract the translucent, gelatinous lobster meat from the claws and tails. Cut it in bite-sized chunks and set it in a skillet, along with the remaining butter, over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until the lobster meat firms up in texture and becomes opaque in color. Then scrape the meat and buttery juices into the chowder pot. Continue simmering gently. Combine the milk and cream in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to get rid of the rawness, then add to the chowder. Once the chowder comes to a simmer again, turn off the heat, cover the pan, and leave it for 20 minutes. When ready to serve, bring the chowder to a simmer once more, stir in the corn and simmer 5 minutes, or until the corn is just done. Adjust the seasoning and serve immediately. If you wish, float a little more butter (a little more richness) on the surface of each bowl as you serve up the chowder. Makes 8 servings.

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>>> continued from page 62 high-quality and nourishing fresh vegetables year round, and that technology, put to the right uses, can be a worthy partner to something as down-home as growing your own food. It can be profitable, too—witness the many Maine market gardeners who follow his advice and example. But neither of these notables would have had such a profound effect on food in Maine had it not been for the James Beard Award-winning chef, Sam Hayward, co-owner of Portland’s much lauded Fore Street Restaurant, and now semi-retired from a long and distinguished career. Hayward has worked closely with farmers, food producers, and fishermen since the early days in his first restaurant, 22 Lincoln in Brunswick, moving on to The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, and finally to Fore Street. At all these places, Hayward made a point of showcasing the finest kind of Maine food, from Bang’s Island mussels and Lee Straw’s semi-feral Maine island lamb to Dave Berry’s Bowdoinham



rabbits and the amazing produce from Frank Gross’s Lisbon Falls garden, including roots, leaves, herbs, and leeks that were “blanched,� Hayward said, “two feet high.� “Frank is still supplying me even today,� Hayward added. “I’ll take anything that comes out of his ground.�

Here in Maine, where terms like “fresh,� “local,� and “sustainable� have real meaning, Hayward has been one of the foremost leaders in quietly pointing out those connections. That kind of quiet enthusiasm is typical of Hayward, who is noted for his modesty. Ask him if he played a role in Maine’s food revolution and he is apt to cite at least half a dozen other restaurateurs, chefs, and even food writers who, in his view, were more responsible for


how Maine went from a white-bread empire of bland food to today’s exciting, sky’s the limit scene. New restaurants seem to open almost daily, at least in the southern tier of the state, and consumers seem willing to try new flavors, textures and, yes, even new vegetables that go way beyond green beans, peas, and carrots. I happened to be in Fore Street one day several years ago when a young farmer from York County came in with a handful of fava beans (broad beans), hoping to interest Hayward. Another chef might have brushed him aside with his box of overly mature, tough beans, but not Hayward. Instead, he sat down at a booth, picked up one bean pod after another, showed the farmer exactly where he’d made a mistake, and then said encouragingly, “If you can come back next season with fava beans the way I want, the way we can use them, we’ll have a deal.� More than anyone else, Hayward, by paying such close attention to the source of his ingredients, taught the rest of us— farmers, fishers, and consumers alike—




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to think about where our food comes from, how it’s grown, how to prepare it, and how a restaurant that trades above all on that kind of honesty can be a whopping success. Look at one of his signature dishes, for instance: Bang’s Island mussels, roasted in Fore Street’s wood-fired oven in an almond-garlicbutter-wine mixture that calls to mind similar Spanish renditions, the warm, nutty sauce playing off the briny astringency of the seafood. It has been on the menu at Fore Street since the restaurant opened more than 20 years ago—Hayward says the recipe came from a former chef de cuisine, Alan McGrath. Maine-sourced seafood has always played a major role in Hayward’s kitchen and on his table. It’s an element that goes back to his earliest days as a professional cook. Out of the blue he was offered a summer job in the mid 1970s on Appledore Island, in the Isles of Shoals. Without much experience, he was hired to cook for the staff, students, and building crew who were creating the then new Shoals Marine Laboratory. In such a remote place, located

10 miles off Portsmouth, he learned he could rely to a certain extent on what was brought in by fishing boats that stopped by sporadically on their way to shore-side markets. “These little boats were bringing in 40 to 60 pound codfish and we’d have the students filleting them as part of their studies. It was constant experimentation, constant exposure to the chain of life in the Gulf of Maine,” Hayward said. He did that for three seasons and came away “thinking about the environment in a way that infected me and has never gone away.” During his last year at Shoals, he said, out on the horizon at night he could see the lights of big foreign factory fishing ships, Russian, Polish, East German. “They were vacuuming up the Gulf of Maine,” he said. It was his first awareness of the threat that over-fishing presented to fish stocks in the Northwest Atlantic. When he opened his own place at 22 Lincoln in Brunswick several years later, Hayward carried that sensibility with him—not just in relation to the fragility of seafood but in general about the envi-

ronment, the food supply, and the chain of being that connects it all. Here in Maine, where terms like “fresh,” “local,” and “sustainable” have real meaning, instead of paying lip service to current fads, Hayward has been one of the foremost leaders in quietly pointing out those connections. It’s true, he had a receptive audience as consumers all over the country were beginning to question where their food came from and what was in it. And there was a growing network of providers in Maine, where Libby at MOFGA and Coleman over on Cape Rosier were leading the way. It took Sam Hayward, however, in his earnest, quiet, deeply questioning way, to bring the movement together, to give it coherence and meaning in a Maine context. ✮ Nancy Harmon Jenkins is the author of many books and contributes to many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Saveur. Her most recent book, The Four Seasons of Pasta (Avery Books), was written with her daughter Sara Jenkins, chefowner of Nīna June Restaurant in Rockport.

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HAVE BEEN SEEKING membership into the Club of People Who Build Things With Their Hands for as long as I can remember. Oh, to join the ranks of guys and gals who know how to make furniture from scrap wood, engineer solar dehydrators, and use pneumatic drills underwater to restore old boats just for fun. Self-sufficient badasses. Kings and queens of DIY. Those I’ve come to recognize as the average Mainer. I’ve applied to the club before. During my college days I worked in a theater shop. We’d spend months building a set for a play, and then, with crowbars in hand and hammers dangling from a belt,

we’d tear it all down in one night with great relish. I also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to build houses in Florida during spring break. I was the assistant who caught the 2x4 as it came off the table saw, the one who held the wood stable while someone else drilled. The one who admired the tough savvy builder women who could hold their own in the male-dominated world of drills and saws. I was not one of them. What’s holding me back? One: No tools. I don’t know what kind of tools I need to make a cold frame, or a bookcase, or the tiny house of my dreams. Two: No time. Ugh, there’s never enough

time. Three: Despite theater shop and Habitat for Humanity, I still lack knowledge and experience. So, this past winter I signed up for an entire week devoted to building something, access to a dream set of tools, and a course called “Build Your Own Skin-on-Frame Canoe.” Not only would I get to build something, I could take it home with me, and it would be a canoe. A freaking canoe! In late January I drove over the mountains to Yestermorrow, a design and build school in Waitsfield, Vermont. Our class assembled for orientation on a snowy Sunday night: five students, two instructors, and one tall, dark, and hand-

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ing wiggle room and eyeballing techniques can take you pretty far. Our canoes would not be 100 percent natural, not like a birch bark canoe. They would be made using a combination of traditional woodworking skills, power tools, polyester and polyurethane, some glue, staples, and a few well-placed screws, and a fair amount of artificial sinew. We began Monday morning by

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some apprentice. I was the only gal in the group. Hilary Russel, a connoisseur of hand-built canoes, was our canoe-building guide. It turns out that a skin-on-frame canoe is an excellent starter project for a beginning boatbuilder, particularly the mathematically un-inclined such as myself. You don’t have to be so exact in your measurements. A smidge of forgiv-

An inside look at the low-seater skin-on-frame canoe.


squeezing very rusty, very hard-to-pryopen clamps and securing three or four pieces of wood together at a time—the inwales, gunwales, keel, stringers, deck, and the stem-knee. It took a few days to build up the muscles in my hands, but by day three I was clamping like a champ. We steamed strips of wood and bent it against our own ribs to form the ribs of the canoes. We lashed the stringers and the ribs together with artificial sinew (a polyester string coated in wax). The sinew gradually dug into my skin and I happily took someone’s suggestion to bandage my knuckles with black electric tape. For nearly two solid days I repeated: loop, pull, tighten, cross, cross, surgeon’s knot, surgeon’s knot, regular knot, and trim. It became a meditation. Next came the water-based polyurethane, which smelled like a cross between banana cream pie and fish. We brushed this stuff onto every available surface. We only had five days to build our canoes. Eager to make use of every spare moment, I found my way back into the shop after dinner and early before breakfast to glue, clamp, and sand important side projects: floorboards, back rests, thwart, and a double-ended paddle. Blowing out blackened boogers into tissue, I realized I really needed to wear a scarf around my nose and mouth when using the sander; turning the automatic vent on helped too. Each night in my room, I creaked my aching body to the floor to stretch, grateful I had brought along my yoga mat, body roller, and Epsom salts for nightly baths. I was learning an important life and boat lesson: by taking care of my body I could take care of my boat, and vice versa. Each morning I woke fresh and elated to get back into the shop to work on my canoe. My favorite part of building the canoe was skinning it. There was a time when some boatbuilders used animal hide to skin boats: the Irish made Currachs with cowhide, the Inuits stretched walrus and seal skin over their umiaks, while the Welsh skinned their coracles with horse and bullock hide. For our modern-day boat skin Hilary unwrapped packages of white polyester fabric big enough to cover a car. To attach the fabric and make it tight, I first draped the fabric over the frame of the boat and secured it with clamps. Then I sewed the ends of

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fabric across the open-side of the canoe to make the skin pull tightly against the frame. After the first initial threading, I went along my boat tightening the strings while a friend helped pull the excess string away. I made several tightening rounds, and by the time I’d gone through five or six times, the strings were taught and musical, like plucking a stringed instrument, pling, pling, pling. I spent the last day stapling the fabric to the gunwales with hundreds of staples, drawing a methodical line with a hot iron to burn off the excess fabric, and wielding a heat gun to tighten and smooth the skin like insulating plastic on a window. Lastly, I applied several coats of bananacream-fishy polyurethane to the skin. At one point in the middle of the week, I cut myself, nothing big, just a little nick, but enough to shed a few drops of blood on the frame of my boat. I was so proud of those drops. I had marked my boat and the boat had marked me too. By the end of the week I was covered in sawdust, my sweater streaked and my pants speckled in polyurethane, gorilla glue in my hair, and black electric

tape decorated my knuckles—a look I proudly wore even in town. On the last night we each loaded up our canoes onto the tops of our cars in an early February snow flurry, and soon everyone scattered to the winds, back to our regular lives. I felt one-part silly, onepart badass driving around New England with my beautiful self-made canoe on top of my car, as if I had intentions of canoeing in early February. Back home in Maine my skin-onframe canoe waited for spring in the garage, lit like a giant paper lamp by a single bulb. I showed it off to anyone who came to my house. “Look, see. I built it.” They’d ooh and ahh, and marvel, and ask how I did it, how much does it weigh? I’d tell them it is super light for a canoe, only 27 pounds, less than your average toddler. It’s thirteen and a half feet long and held together with 179 lashings. It is evident I am in love with my boat. In early May I launched it on a windier-than-average day, white caps crested on the open pond. My trusty canoe partner and I found a tributary where the water was calmer. At the shore

I said a few words of benediction, “To you dear boat, may there be many adventures ahead for us.” Forgoing the tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne on my delicate boat, I dribbled a little champagne on the bow and saved the rest for drinking. After a somewhat tippy launch into the water and a zigzagging paddle against the current at the mouth of the river we were soon welcomed by sights of ospreys diving for prey and the bright orange of an oriole. I spent the first ten minutes exclaiming, “It floats! I’m sitting in this thing I made and it’s in the water and we’re moving and we haven’t sunk yet!” As we floated peacefully out of the wind, warm in the sun, and utterly blissed out, I thought to myself, “I did it. I’ve joined the Club of People Who Build Things With Their Hands.” Now, I need to start building my tool collection. ✮ Meghan Vigeant lives in Hope, Maine, and is an oral historian and writer who creates custom books and audio memoirs for individuals and organizations through her business, Stories to Tell.

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UTUMNS ONCE were a time of winding down and enjoying the last, spectacular splendor of living on the Maine coast. The garden was finished and its bounty stored. Summer digs were closed up and all the bric-abrac brought home. The boat stood dockside, decommissioned, and readied to be hauled and delivered to its winter retreat. The seasons had come full circle and you were done playing in the sunshine for the time being. Or were you? Many autumns ago, I took a chance and followed the ospreys, the alewives, and the well-to-do south to more gentle climes and scenery. Since I was living aboard a rather elderly boat anyway, extending the summer seemed like a pretty smart idea. Autumn that year was a beginning more than an ending. Hard data is scarce. No one really knows exactly how many Maine boat

owners cast off from their home dock and head south for the winter—whether once in a lifetime or annually for years at a time. It’s certainly more common now than when I was doing it in the 1970s. My semi-educated guess would be a couple hundred depart from Maine each year, headed south. Regardless of the numbers, I’ve found that those who have done it at least once end up viewing autumn in an entirely different light. A boat tied up dockside could just as easily mean a lifechanging departure rather than the annual homecoming rite. Fiery maple leaves might no longer mean rooting around in the garage, looking for a rake. The weird inverted fogs created by cold air settling over warmer waters may conjure a singular autumn image of Maine, or hundreds of images between Cape Elizabeth and Hatteras.

In any case, every year part of me still wants to depart when the sunlight achieves a certain slant and fallen oak leaves litter the outgoing tide. To follow the ospreys, alewives, and others south includes more autumn beauties, some almost as spectacular as Maine. It’s not as snowy either. But I no longer go south. Life has piled up obligations and various physical obstructions over the years. So I stay and enjoy autumn in Maine as it is. To anyone contemplating a departure, I say, go for it! To those who stay, that’s a good choice, too, because you really can’t lose with autumn in Maine waters. ✮ Ken Textor is a sailor and writer, and Joe Devenney is a freelance photographer. The two collaborated on The Hidden Coast of Maine: Isles of Shoals to West Quoddy Head, published in 2014 by Tilbury House.

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Hinckley Company, known for its custom sailboats, introduced the Picnic Boat in 1994. The groundbreaking boat featured jet propulsion, and a JetStick Helm was added in 1998. The company, which was sold by the Hinckley family in 1997, added yards up and down the East Coast. Tara Regan was hired in 2016 as general manager of the Southwest Harbor operation, the first woman to hold that job.

GPS was made available for public use in 1989 under the order of thenPresident Ronald Reagan after a commercial airliner carrying 269 people was shot down after straying into Russian airspace. By 2017, navigation had been changed forever and boaters could navigate using their smartphones.

Fireplaces are just the beginning. Brooklin Boat Yard put the state on the map in the architectural world in 2015 when it launched a 74' sloop designed by German Frers with major tweaking by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. Named Foggy, the yacht featured Gehry’s fantastical curves and hundreds of intricate hull cut-outs.

Before cell phones made calling home so simple, the Camden Marine Radio operator helped those at sea connect with loved ones. Boaters could place calls via VHF, and the shoreside operator would connect them to a landline. Anyone listening on Channels 28 or 64 could hear everything, sometimes too much. The business closed in 1999.

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A Salty Stopover

Photo by Mimi Bigelow Steadman


’VE ALWAYS LOVED THE VIEW of Stonington from the Deer Island Thorofare: a clutch of old clapboard and shingled buildings, many topped with Mansard roofs, snugged up along the waterfront and piled onto a low hill in the background. It looks so inviting. But is it a good place for a stopover? Yes—if you aren’t expecting a fancy, polished and buffed resort town. Stonington is a hardworking fishing harbor, not a yachting center. Its annual lobster landings—17.4 million pounds in 2016, with a value of more than $65 million—far outstrip those of any other Maine port. Understandably, the needs of its 372 lobstermen take precedence over those of visiting yachts. That said, Harbormaster Raelene Pert told me visitors are welcome to “throw an anchor, as long as it’s not in the channel, and they’re not going to bang into other boats.” The key, she said, is for everyone to respect everyone else. There are no transient moorings in the harbor. They may be rented at Billings Marine, west of the harbor (full-service marina, too); and at Old Quarry Ocean Adventures Campground, farther east. Don’t even think of tying up at the commercial fish pier. Complimentary two-hour stays are permitted at the public landing (pick your tide: three feet at low). As you come in to the harbor, the public landing is in the center and is marked. Look for the statue of a quarry worker holding a mallet in his raised hand. Ashore, Stonington is equal parts salty and sweet. Browse the handful of shops and galleries; pick up provisions at Harbor View Store; and lunch on fish and chips at the Harbor Café, a sandwich at Water’s Edge Wines or Stonecutters Kitchen, or a lobster roll and cone from Stonington Ice Cream Company. For upscale dining, try Aragosta. Looking to buy lobsters? You’ve come to the right town.

In Maine’s highest-producing lobstering port, commercial vessels far outnumber pleasure craft. Ashore, small shops, galleries, and restaurants flank the busy fish pier.

On July and August afternoons, the doors are open at the small Deer Isle Granite Museum. Through artifacts and a working quarry model, it tells the story of Stonington’s glory days in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when thousands of workers in a dozen quarries barely kept up with demand for the local pink granite, which went into such major landmarks as Rockefeller Center. As reinforced concrete became the preferred building material, business petered out. Quarrying does continue on Crotch Island, across the harbor. Today, most of the granite goes into decorative accessories and countertops; it was also used in a new wing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. If you’re overnighting here, check out the historic Opera House, its dark green façade rising just above the fish pier. Built in 1912, at the height of the quarrying boom, the stage hosted many a traveling Vaudeville act. As times changed and the population dwindled with the demise of quarrying, the theater became a cinema; later, it was used for basketball and roller-skating. By the

1990s, it was abandoned. Then along came a small group of visionaries who inspired a groundswell of community support. Today, the completely renovated structure draws audiences year round to a vibrant variety of theater, music, and films. For all these reasons, this authentic fishing town merits a stopover. Even if you’re planning to anchor in the exquisite islands of nearby Merchants Row, or transiting the Thorofare en route to Mount Desert or Penobscot Bay, consider a detour. If you’re traveling by land, go ahead and drive the 36-mile zigzag down Route 15 from Route 1 in Orland. Stonington just might surprise you. Virginia Burnett, proprietor of an antiques emporium called Unexpected Treasures, moved here from metropolitan New York right after her first visit three decades ago. “You come here,” she declared, “and you don’t want to leave.” Perhaps that’s because Stonington is an unexpected treasure, too. ✮ Contributing Editor Mimi Bigelow Steadman lives on the Damariscotta River in Edgecomb.

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The Boats I’ve Loved, 20 Classic Sailboats Designs

by Nic Compton, illustrated by Peter Scott; Rizzoli, New York. 2017.

by Chuck Paine; Chuck Paine.com LLC Productions. 2016.

This wonderful little book celebrates small boats and adventures, both real and imagined, well-known and not, ranging from circumnavigator Joshua Slocum’s Spray and Squeak, a 12' peapod-like yawl that carried a former city planner 15,000 miles over three years, to the raft Mark Twain’s literary hero Huckleberry Finn rode down the Mississippi (Compton calls it the “Raft of Hope”). Each boat gets a drawing and stats, followed by a page or so of text with the story. I love this book because it reminds me why we love boats so much—they are vessels of achievement and adventure.

Paine, one of Maine’s most successful yacht designers, designed many wonderful daysailers and cruising yachts, including the double-ended Frances and the Pisces, which—like many of his designs—is a modern take on a Herreshoff classic. In this self-published book, he describes some of his favorites and how they came to be. It’s a fun read for anyone who loves well-designed boats.

Corinthian Resolve, The Story of the Marion-Bermuda Race

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The Seaside House, Living on the Water

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

by Nick Voulgaris III, photos by Douglas Friedman, foreword by Martha Stewart; Rizzoli, New York. 2017.

by Jonathan White, Trinity University Press, San Antonio. 2017.

A large-format look at elegant waterfront homes, this book is full of eye candy for house junkies. The one Maine home featured is lifestyle diva Stewart’s own Seal Harbor estate.

Boatyard Dogs

A writer and a sailor, White was inspired to write this book after a spectacular tidal-influenced grounding in Alaska. Lucky for us! This riveting book explores the history and science of the tide (did you know it’s a fast-moving wave that infinitesimally slows the earth’s rotation as it races around the globe at over 400 mph?) interspersed with accounts of White’s travels to places like China’s Qiantang River—the site of the world’s largest tidal bore, Mont Saint-Michel, and the Bay of Fundy.

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Welcome Downeast The Towns, the Bays, the Mountains

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” —Emily Bronte

Dear Friends:

This is the season of seeds. Not only are the wildflowers all around us going from bud to bloom to seed, but so also are the towering trees. The familiar maple “whirligigs” come twirling down on the breeze in late summer or early fall just before the trees lose their leaves. By the way, these seeds are edible for anyone who has the patience to shell them out and parboil them. Birch trees are dropping their small seeds, as are evergreens, known as “conifers” or “cone-bearers.” Spruces, firs, and pines bear their cones mostly in their topmost branches. The cones of balsam fir Abies balsamea grow upward from the branches, starting off a deep green decorated with jewels of golden resin then turning brown in early fall when the scales separate. Our spruces—black and red Picea mariana and Picea rubens—bear their cones downward from top branches. These start out green, then turn purple, then brown as the season unfolds.

Red squirrels, called “mikhu” by the Passamaquoddy, love the seeds of spruce and fir. If you come across a pile of cone scales on a rock or log, that is where Mikhu has been having a feast. And if you intrude on his territory, he might very well drop a few cones on your head from his treetop just to remind you in whose woods you are wandering. The small pink to brown cones of the Eastern larch Larix laricina or “hackmatack” grow upward from limbs throughout the tree and may hang on for two or three years. As autumn approaches, wild cherries grow

These are the waterbearers for a nearby hive, coming steadily to carry water back to their kin.

never seen so many. These are the waterbearers for a nearby hive, coming steadily to carry water back to their kin. With very little rain and little standing fresh water, these bees have found refreshment in our bird bath. They will fill their empty crops with water and return to the hive to pass the water to workers who will drink it and spread it over the brood for cooling on hot days. Bees normally quench their thirst with rainfall or dew, but we have seen very little of either recently. Native bees, of which Maine has over 270 varieties, do not use so much water because they are either solitary or their hives are much smaller. You might try putting out a flat dish of water for the honeybees yourself, and watch them drink. Saltwater report

red, serviceberries blue, and mountain ash berries a deep orange, all ripe and ready to feed the birds into winter. Field and forest report

In the fields, orange and yellow hawkweed plants reach for the sun, blooming again as they did in the spring. While they look like dandelions they are more closely related to asters, which are also coming into bloom now with fine white or purple petals. Orange hawkweed is sometimes called “Indian paintbrush.”

Atlantic puffins, Fratercula arctica, on Maine islands are dwindling due to warming waters and declining fish stocks in the Gulf of Maine, which is at the southern edge of their range. For several years, there have been reports that Maine puffin populations are under stress. Herring provide the prime food for these iconic birds and herring stocks are low due to overfishing. Puffin populations farther North appear to be safer; Iceland alone has five million breeding pairs. Garden report

Natural events

Filling the bird bath the other day your commentator was quickly greeted by the buzzing of a halfdozen domestic honeybees waiting for a drink. They ringed the bowl at the edge of the water like cattle at a watering hole. Although we have seen them there before, we’ve I L LU ST R AT I O N S


It was not more than a month ago that sunflowers stood tall and upright in many a garden, waving heart-shaped leaves outstretched like green hands, faces spiraled with ebony seeds and wreathed with yellow, turning to follow the sun through the sky during the day. Now they stand stiffly with heads bowed, their dried leaves rattling in the wind, their seeds pulled out by finches or fallen to the ground. What a rich bounty sun-





flowers bear each year. From birds to squirrels to mice to deer there are few animals that don’t relish those handsome, oily seeds. Sunflowers (Helianthus spp) are native to North America and are now farmed all over the world, but few of us have ever seen a commercial sunflower farm. Imagine the sight of acres and acres of these giant members of the aster family scanning the sky. Sunflowers are grown both for the oil and for the seeds. Just about every two-legged or four-legged being loves them. The other morning before dawn I saw a pair of skunks browsing on spilled seed under


the bird feeders. We get our sunflower seed in 50 pound bags and keep it in a steel trash can with a bungee cord holding the lid to prevent pilfering by raccoons, red squirrels, and bears. Field and forest report

As the sun sinks lower in the sky and the first few frosts occur, living things undergo some big changes. Many creatures simply leave for warmer climes; our migrating birds, our whales and seals, and even our neighbors begin heading South for the coming season. Others fill themselves with food and burrow deep into dirt and duff to stay warm and dream for a time. Most creatures carry these preparations out without thought, without lists, without money, without worry. They simply do what their kind has always done at this season. Theirs is an enviable freedom.

Every now and then your commentator goes alone to our Cobscook Bay field station to do research on young bones, old rocks, older stars, and the underside of clouds, as well as culinary experiments like finding one more way to serve up a can of sardines. With no phone or electricity or human companionship this solitude could well be a sure recipe for loneliness, but it is not. Blue jays and ravens chattered, sea ducks flocked and flapped, chipmunks chirped, asters smiled at the sun, and a huge furry yellow caterpillar with black tufts ambled along the deck happily stopping to taste every fallen leaf its huge black eyes could see. Believe me, I’ve been far, far lonelier at a high school dance, a ball game, a conference, or a cocktail party. That’s because, as tribal people have known for eons and geneticists are just rediscovering today, all these creatures are my true and real relatives. I was at a family reunion in the woods by the shore. All the crazy cousins were there—not in a hurry, not anxious,

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not afraid, not lonely—just content to go about their business without ambition or fear, and happy to let me do the same. Did we talk to each other? Of course we did. One dark night long before dawn, I was awakened by the shrill, soaring howls of coyotes very close by and the answering chanting hoots of loons out on the bay in antiphonal response. Rank opinion

Loneliness is one of the great and primal fears of our species because we are likely the most self-conscious of any creature. The song of the human ego is “Me-meme-me-me-me-me.� When our fourlegged and six-legged, finned and feathered and flowered relatives hear our song, they try to get out of the way as we go stomping through the tulips. Our little ego wants to be ruler of the world, and, as the saying goes, it’s awfully lonely at the top. That’s the sad thing about selfishness. The self always wants to stay up on its high horse alone and lonely above the crowd, while the heart, soul


and body are always ready to get down, make friends and party with every other cousin creature in the universe, from coyotes to caterpillars. The smallest child knows this and will treat a moth or a mouse as kindly as a man.

...not in a hurry, not anxious, not afraid, not lonely—just content to go about their business without ambition or fear, and happy to let me do the same. If we’re ever feeling lonely, all we need to do is get down off our high horse and go outside where there is a perpetual party going on. If we live, we live surrounded by the family of Creation. If we die, we die with that vast family close by on every side. But whether we live or whether we die, we belong to the family of all life: never forgotten, never friendless, never ignored, never alone, always at home. That’s what

the yellow caterpillar told me that day on Cobscook Bay. And I believe it to the bottom of my heart. Seedpods to carry around with you

From Lao Tzu 6th century BC: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.� And from Yogi Berra: You can observe a lot by watching. That’s the Almanack for this time. But don’t take it from us—we’re no experts. Go out and see for yourself. Yr. mst. humble & obd’nt servant, Rob McCall. ✎ Rob McCall lives way downeast on Moose Island. This almanack is excerpted from his weekly radio show, which can be heard on WERU FM (89.9 in Blue Hill, 99.9 in Bangor) and streamed live via www.weru.org. Email Rob: awanadjoalmanack@gmail.com.


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>>> continued from page 17 Steve White and his BBY crew, who were worried the vessel might hit the sides of the launching bay on launch day, padded the edges with blankets. Designed for ocean cruising by the Spain-based Botin Partners, Toroa has a T-bulb (lifting) keel and twin rudders. The accommodations include a galley with pewter countertops and a nav station level with the deck, but also open to the living cabin below, which allows the captain to see where the boat is going but still be part of the action inside. Botin Partners has worked on America’s Cup challengers as well as many of today’s successful box rule racers. Yards team up for boat sales

Yarmouth Boat Yard has teamed up with Rockport-based Yachting Solutions to expand sales of the new- and used-boat inventory of Yarmouth Boat Yard and Moose Landing Marina. Steve Arnold, owner of Yarmouth Boat Yard and Moose Landing Marina, said the sales agreement will help his companies better meet growing demand in the midcoast area. Yachting Solutions owner Bill Morong said his company was thrilled to be able to add lines like Pursuit Boats, Ranger Tugs, Regal, and Sweetwater, just to name a few. Grants for dock expansions

Customers who buy one of those boats and go cruising might have an easier time finding dock space, thanks to $1.8 million in federal grants to two Maine marinas: Yachting Solutions in Rockland and Spring Point Marina in South Portland. Maine will also receive more than $400,000 in Clean Vessel Act funds to improve its system of boat wastewater pumpout stations. Funded through taxes and fees on motorboat fuel and related equipment, the grants are administered by the National Park Service. At Spring Point Marina, the Maine DOT will work with Port Harbor Marine to construct 916 linear feet of berthing space dedicated specifically to eligible transient boaters and provide 15 new power pedestals to provide shore power and potable water for up to 30 transient vessels. The $843,405 grant requires a non-federal match of $877,830. 82





In Rockland, the Maine DOT will work with Yachting Solutions to expand its boat basin, by adding 2,200 linear feet of new dockage that will be dedicated solely to eligible transient vessels. Also included are the installation of 100-amp and 480V 3-phase power, inslip fueling, and the conversion of an existing upland gazebo structure into a transient boater’s lounge. The $1.05 million federal grant calls for a non-federal match of $737,941. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will use the coastal grant funds to install or upgrade 10 pumpout stations and provide maintenance stipends to pumpout boats and stationary facilities. Tesla recruits at MMA

Maine Maritime Academy may be one of the state’s best-kept secrets. But it’s time to get the word out that this excellent college is not just for students who want to join the merchant marine. Increasingly in recent years, MMA grads have found jobs in engineering, business, and other non-maritime sectors.

We’d like to say we can hear the engines purring, but since they are electric they don’t make any noise. Last spring the high-end electric car producer Tesla made a recruiting call at the college’s Castine campus and offered jobs to eight MMA engineering students. Tesla has been ramping up production at its Fremont, California, factory and needed talented engineers to make that possible. A Tesla rep had worked with MMA grads at a nuclear power plant in New Hampshire and knew they had the necessary skills, according to an article in MMA’s alumni magazine. “MMA grads have the functional skills, knowledge, and diligence that are a perfect fit for Tesla’s situation where problems have to be solved on the floor in a practical way quickly,” said MMA Director of Career Services Tim Leach. We’d like to say we can hear the engines purring, but since they are electric they don’t make any noise.

Sea training ship in Belfast for work

One of Sea Education’s tall ship research vessels, the Corwith Cramer, arrived at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast in June for major work, including maintenance on the rigging, engineering systems, galley and living spaces. The work was to take place from June through August 2017. The Cramer, a 134-foot brigantine launched in Spain in 1987, is one of two sailing ships owned and operated by SEA, which educates undergraduate students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University–accredited program, SEA Semester, based at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Hodgdon launches twin luxury tenders

Hodgdon Custom Tenders, a division of the East Boothbay-based Hodgdon Yachts, launched a 10.5 meter limousine tender and a 10.5 meter open tender in early July. The matching pair was designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design of Sarasota, Florida, and will be delivered later this year to a Dutch shipyard. The limousine tender features accommodations for up to 12 guests, a high-definition entertainment system, refrigerator/bar, climate controlled interior, and leather upholstery. The port and starboard side windows power down for boarding access. The entire salon hardtop rises hydraulically, which allows full-height headroom for ease of boarding and 360-degree visibility. Highlights of the open tender include seating for up to 12 guests in a variety of configurations, a custom varnished teak table, aft sun pad, and ample storage under seats and below decks for water toys and beach amenities. Much of the exterior stainless steel hardware, including the Hodgdon signature flush anchor, is custom fabricated. Both tenders are powered by Volvo D6-370 engines and have recorded speeds up to 35 knots during builder’s trials. With tenders like these, who needs a yacht? Coastal Fisheries Center staff

Paul Anderson, director of the University of Maine Sea Grant College Program, has been named the new executive director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, following Robin Alden’s departure. ✮

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Rare listing, 180' on Head Harbor, sand beach, deep-water access, open views, sturdy post & beam cabin with separate bath cabin, gardens and field space, 2.1 acres. $425,000

Comfortable, well-kept 3-BR/2-BA farmhouse, built in 1846, offers water views, 365' on Hatch Cove, large attached barn, covered porch with views of the cove, sandy beach. $315,000

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VINAL COVE, VINALHAVEN: Choice of 7 acres with 700' tidal frontage with 2 soil tests for septic for $299,000 or 17 acres with 1,700' waterfront with deep water and 4 soil tests. $1,100,000


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THE CALIFORNIA HOUSE, VINALHAVEN: GREEK REVIVAL, VINALHAVEN: Village 34 E. MAIN, VINALHAVEN: “The Black Maine Farmhouse & Barn on 1.5 acres, nicely set back from the road, just outside the Village. Many recent updates and plenty of period charm to $299,000 work with.

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Dark Harbor Boat Yard.......................40 Derecktor Robinhood .........................70 Dock Works..........................................23 Dowling Walsh ....................................28 East Coast Yacht Sales ......................83 Edgecomb Boatworks ........................74 Ellis Boat Company.............................69 Epifanes ................................................13 Experience Maritime Maine .............46 Farrin’s Boat Shop ..............................16 Freshwater Stone ...............................74 Front Street Shipyard .........................77 Gray & Gray .........................................86 Great Island Boat Yard.......................34 Holly Hamilton Jewelry......................23 Hamilton Marine .................................C3 Hansen Marine....................................16 Hinckley Company ..............................11 Hinckley Service Company .................7 Hinckley Yacht Brokerage.................84 A.B & J.R. Hodgkins .............................8 Houses & Barns by John Libby ........28 Huckins Yacht ......................................85 Ironbound Gallery ...............................45 Island Agency......................................87 Island Institute/Archipelago .............31 Island Teak ...........................................70 Jacobson Antiques.............................92 Jaret & Cohn Island Group ...............90

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MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS | 30 TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE | September / October 2017 | Issue 148

Photo by Peach Frederick


OHN K. HANSON JR. was tooling around Penobscot Bay in his 22-foot wooden powerboat when he had an epiphany. He and friends were chatting about boats, art, and summer houses, while porpoises jumped in the boat’s frothy wake. This is what makes Maine special, he thought… it should all be in a magazine. So in 1987, he quit his full-time job at WoodenBoat magazine, took out a $10,000 home equity loan, and with the help of a group of dedicated colleagues started the magazine known then as Maine Boats & Harbors—the Homes part was added in 2006. Hanson said then that the intent was to showcase the quality of Maine craftsmanship and induce readers to “buy Maine.” The magazine has been doing that and more ever since! In the image above, with the second issue are (left to right): Assistant to the Publisher Pauline Carr, Art Director Peter Koons, Hanson, Managing Editor Park Morrison, and Graphic Artist Joe Ryan. Not shown is Circulation Director Helen Hanson. The magazine was published five times a year; a sixth issue was added in 2015. Also shown: the cover of the first issue (photo by Art Paine), and the current magazine staff with a recent cover poster. ✮

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