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Maine Coastal News FREE Maine Boatbuilders and Repairs Still Busy - Future Looks Good

The 74-foot German Frers designed sailboat under construction at Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin. She is scheduled to be launched in 2015.

PORTLAND – At 6 am Wednesday Brownell Systems began trailering the 125- foot schooner SPIRIT OF MASSACHU- SETTS down Commercial Street from the former Gowan yard behind Becky’s Diner, and then across a large open expanse to the new Portland Yacht Services shipyard to be- gin an extensive restoration. The move took about an hour to move down Commercial Street and did not signifi cantly affect morn- ing traffi c except for those that stopped to watch the move. Utility workers were at the site and assisted in the clearance of overhead utility wires.

The 30-year-old SPIRIT is one of three traditional schooners owned by Maine- based Ocean Classroom Foundation (OCF), one of the largest operators of educational sailing vessels in the country. OCF recently moved its marine operations from Boothbay to Portland and has partnered with Portland Yacht Services as part of a long-term expan- sion of its fl eet and programs. “The restoration of SPIRIT is an excit- ing turning point for us and our new pres- ence here in Portland,” said Greg Belanger, OCF’s Executive Director. “This day would not have been possible without the support of Portland Yacht Services and the tremen- dous cooperation provided by the City of Portland. This will be the largest traditional ship restoration done in Portland in decades and will employ professional shipwrights as well as students and apprentices from boat

building programs throughout Maine.” Since SPIRIT’s launch in 1984, she has welcomed aboard up to twenty high school or college students at a time and engaged them in fully accredited, educational pro- grams in maritime history, literature, marine science, and seamanship/navigation. Ocean Classroom has also offered a variety of unaccredited and contract programs aboard SPIRIT and its other vessels, HARVEY GAMAGE and WESTWARD. Over the years some 30,000 students have sailed SPIRIT everywhere from Newfoundland to Venezuela, throughout the Caribbean Sea and along the Atlantic Seaboard. Also she has logged between 300,000 to 350,000 sea miles.

Fogg Boatworks in North Yarmouth is

fi nishing a27½ foot Foggcraft with a cuddy cabin. Down below she sports berths and a head. This hull was built using aluminum and is nearly indestructible. They proved this by fi lming them hitting the hull with a sledgehammer and showing that no damage occurred and then posted it on Facebook. This boat is also unsinkable due to the foam they placed under the platform deck. This boat was started at Christmas and will be ready for a spring launch. She was built on spec and is for sale. While this boat was under construction they also cut pieces for a second, which they may start soon. Also in the shop is a Lyman runabout

which they have started to rebuild. They have gutted the boat and are working on making repairs.

The main jobs this spring are on a

47-foot Alden sailboat, built in 1947 and a 55-foot Grebe powerboat, which they rebuilt about fi ve years ago. Both these boats need annual maintenance and will take a couple of months to complete.

The Lowell Brothers in Yarmouth have a 43 foot hull inside and they are putting in her bulkheads. This boat will be fi nished out as a lobster boat.

Also underway is a 22 foot hull which

will be fi nished out as a center console boat for a local customer.

At the end of last year they sent a

38-footer to Alaska. She is being fi nished out as a salmon boat.

There have been a lot of inquiries for both of 38 and the 43, but as of yet nothing concrete.

Casey Yacht Enterprise in Freeport has a Padebco 23 in the shop. They replaced the cockpit sole and then Awlgripped it. Then they stripped the bottom and repainted it with Seahawk and redid her varnish. An Etchell sailboat is in shop getting

a bottom job. They made a minor repair to the keel and are now getting ready to do the bottom. They also have another Etchell out in the yard to do.

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After this, they have a couple of J 24s and a J 105 for annual maintenance. A Sa- bre 36 will be in for keel and bottom work. Then an Andrews36 will come in to repair a small core issue in the hull. Once this repair is completed they will repaint the topsides with Awlgrip.

Johnson’s Winter Yacht Care &

Storage in Harpswell has a RP 40, formally RISKY BUSINESS, and now owned by a fi sherman from Gloucester in the shop. She is in to repair wet core and cosmetic work and repair a broken rail. They also changed the tailgate so that it is now fully hydraulic. In the next bay MAGNUM, a local lobster boat, is having a coupler replaced. Next in will be the lobster boat WHIS-

TLIN’ DIXIE, which will be getting her annual maintenance.

They also have a sailboat coming in following a survey. Her owners are opted to have a few things done to her before the season begins. Once this is completed, she will go to Finestkind Boatyard to be painted.

Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay has several projects underway. The most impressive is the 100-foot ocean racer being built for Jim Clark. She has been designed to break existing sailing records around the world. Her fi rst test will be at the Sydney Ho-

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