Oil painting by Donald Demers
Don Demers was working on a little seascape, a painting of the Maine coast around Boothbay, with the sea, a tree-covered island and a picture-perfect sky. Then something happened.
Chuck and Donna Berry’s home in South Bristol, Maine, offers a commanding view across Johns Bay and of the passing boats. Yet Berry is more enthralled by what he can catch in those waters. The avid fisherman, who retired at 45 to go fishing, now wants to spend even more time afloat seeking the big ones.
I’ve conducted interviews over the years with many well-known boatbuilders, designers, naval architects, and propulsion and construction experts, and they usually offer advice that’s useful to boat buyers — tips that can help you navigate a boat show or guide you through the boat-buying process.
The 172-year-old Charles W. Morgan is in the final phases of a restoration that should keep the venerable whaleship sailing for another 172 years
The whaleship Charles W. Morgan is a powerful American maritime icon. Built and launched in New Bedford, Mass., in 1841, the 113-foot full-rigged whaler is this country’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The only U.S. ship still on the water that is older is the naval frigate USS Constitution, which was launched in 1797.
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