The Maine Boat Builders Show

Another Exhibit of Great Work, Skills, and Dreams

 

The Maine Boat Builders Show presented another array of things of interest this year. The regulars were there, of course, with either their prime boat model or their spread of goods with a few things to check out.

New exhibitors displayed interesting items such as an electric motor that drives an old lobster boat, an exceptional 17th century wooden boat built by teenagers, and a small sail boat that gets up out of the water and flies with just the winged tip of its rudder in the water.

The biggest crowds were there on Saturday. The weather was exceptional outside and in. Maine boat builders have had a rough few years. A few are building boats, but not like a decade ago. Innovation continues and it is places like the boat show where these innovations test the market waters.

The Maine’s First Ship organization sponsored a project to have kids build an authentic early 1600's vessel. Last summer students built, with the help of a traditional boat builder, this oak sail/row pinnace. One of the teachers called the project a real leveler. Rather than a couple of stars doing most of the work with all the other kids just watching, the project brought out particular abilities in every kid. They were all able to contribute to the effort she said. Fishermen's Voice Photo

 

The latest in lighter weight, high efficiency, and low emissions engines were getting a lot of attention at the show. Fishermen's Voice Photo

 

Since before the Civil War Chase Leavitt has been selling marine supplies a
few blocks from where they were on Saturday at the show. Fishermen's Voice Photo

 

Students, six pairs, from schools in the region competed to solve an electrical problem at the boat show.
Portland Yacht Services and the Marine Mechanical Institute sponsored the competition to
highlight the need for marine technicians. Fishermen's Voice Photo

 

The Kirbys of New Bedford, MA. George Jr. IV, left, makes paint the way his ancestors have since they began supplying whaling ships, fishing schooners and yachts at New Bedford in 1846. Fishermen's Voice Photo

 

CONTENTS

Local Over Federal Action on Fish Protection

Pilley House – Best Little Museum in Maine

Editorial

Catch-Monitoring for Herring Fishery

Nicholas Walsh, PA – Maritime Liens: The Nuts and Bolts

Vertical Trap Line Outlook Changes

Ernest Libby, Jr.

Boston Seafood Show

Obituary – Ernest Libby, Jr.

2012 Maine Fishermen’s Forum

The Maine Boat Builders Show

Collapse of Cod Fishery

Chillin’ at the Forum

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Community Dentistry

Back Then

Lee S. Wilbur

Capt. Mark East

Classfied Ads

Swimathon Pledge Drive

Farmer’s Documentary

MLA Awards Dierdre Gilbert

Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Agriculture Tour

Court Rules for Wind Generator Neighbors

Meetings