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Page 14. MAINE COASTAL NEWS June 2013

Boat And Ship Yard News

Strouts Point is nearing completion on KESTREL, a Concordia 30, they have been restoring.

Thompson Marine in Eliot has worked on a number of engine issues this winter. A major project was rebuilding a Nanni diesel, which is a Kubota marinized engine from Australia. The hardest aspect of this job was fi nding parts for this engine. They also rebuilt a 26M20 Yanmar

diesel and a Westerbeke 27B. The Wester- beke 27B came out of a boat that had been repowered last winter and is currently for sale.

This winter, a trawler came in and was repowered. They removed her 3208 Caterpillar diesel and replaced it with a 5.9 Cummins.

Rollins Boat Shop in Eliot is always an interesting place to stop.

In one shop is a 44-foot 18 ton ketch,

built by German Frers at Rio de Janiero in 1946. She had suffered some damage to her bulwarks and keel in Hurricane Sandy so she was in for some repair work. Once this work is complete they will do her annual maintenance. A really interesting project underway on the 36-foot long by 5 foot 6-inch wide launch KEEN KUTTER, built by Goodhue and Hawkins in Wolfeboro, NH 102 years ago. She has received repairs to her stem, frames have been sistered, and they are now replacing the planking below the waterline. They will also make repairs to the transom. She is scheduled to be fi nished in June. The yard where she was built is still operating, but now it does boat sales and rentals, storage and repair. They began as the Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard in

The launch KEEN KUTTER under going a refi t at Paul Rollin's shop in Eliot.

1903 and built a number of boats for Lake Winnipesaukee and beyond.

The original owner of KEEN KUTTER

was Thomas Gustave Plant, who was born at Bath on 5 January 1859. His father, Anthony, was a fi sherman and a veteran of the Civil War, in which he had been wounded, cap- tured and later exchanged for a Confederate soldier. It was a modest life until his father went to Virginia with the family and returned with money to invest. However, Thomas and his brother decided to go out on their own. Thomas cut ice and worked as a boilermaker before working at a local shoe factory. He later headed to Lynn, Massachusetts to work in a shoe factory, but it damaged his eyesight so he packed up and headed for California. He returned and over a 20 year period built up the Thomas G. Plant Company of Boston

Yarmouth Boat Yard is pleased to announce our new afliation as an authorized dealer for Parker Marine and Regal Boats. With the addition of these quality boats, along with our existing lineup of Pursuit and Eastern boats, Yarmouth Boat Yard has just the right it for your boating needs.

· Full-service marina

· New and pre-owned boat sales · Parts & Service department with full staff of certifi ed technicians and in-house parts store

· New indoor service and storage center

· Slip rentals available from our location on the Royal River, only minutes to open ocean and the islands of Casco Bay.

72 Lafayette Street

Yarmouth, ME 04096 (207) 846-9050

into one of the largest shoe companies in the world. During this time he developed and patented shoe-making equipment. He then became embroiled in an industrial confrontation and sold out to United Show Machinery Company in 1910.

Just after this he built his home, Luc-

know, but now known as Castle in the Clouds, which is a 6,300 acre estate on Ossipee Mountain range overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in 1913-14. The home was designed by J. Williams Beal & Son of Bos- ton. Unfortunately his acquired wealth was beginning to head in the wrong direction. He had invested in companies and land that did not work out. When he died in 1941, he was broke. His estate sold and is now open to the public and owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.

For those that live in Bath, there is another Plant Home, which is a retirement community overlooking the Kennebec Riv- er. This home was founded in 1917 and was endowed by Thomas with $440,000.

Lowell Brothers in Yarmouth had a Lowell 43 hull constructed at Northeast Composites while they lay-up a Lowell 38 for a customer from Alaska. They have added a 20 inch extension to her stern deck and raised the sheered so as to fl atten it out so that it is easier to gillnet for salmon. There have been a lot of inquiries on both the 38 and 43 but nothing solid yet.

Greene Marine in Yarmouth has Awl- gripped the 37-foot trimaran SCOUT.

From winning races to

cruising or power boating use Hallett Canvas & Sails to get you there. Made in the USA.

Still time to winterize your canvas and sails

•Wash, Check & Repair (In house) • Clean & Waterproof (Canvas) • Repair & Store Only •Wash & Store Only

HALLET T CANVAS & SAILS 215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, Maine

(207) 781-7070 (800) 639-9907


· Custom wooden boat construction · Restoration · Maintenance · Repair and storage · Custom metal fabrication · Electrical and electronics design and installation

ROCKPORT MARINE, INC. P.O. Box 203, Rockport, Maine 04856 TEL: 207-236-9651 · FAX: 207-236-0758


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