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Maine boatbuilder up for sale

Southport Island Marine, an 11-year-old Maine boatbuilder and service yard, is for sale.

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Owner Douglas Goldhirsch, a sail training instructor, boat designer and boatbuilder, plans to step away from the business to spend more time with his family. He says he is optimistic that a buyer can be found who will share his passion for building beautiful boats and providing outstanding service.

The business is on Southport Island in the Boothbay region of Mid-Coast Maine.

"In the 11 years that I have operated Southport Island Marine, the yard has built a strong reputation as a quality boatbuilder and a top-shelf service yard," Goldhirsch said. "We're committed to maintaining that level of service as we seek the right buyer. Someone who wants to continue and maintain what we have worked so hard to establish, both in the boatbuilding and the service areas of the business."

Southport Island Marine is known for producing, building and marketing vessels that include the Southport 30, Handy Billy 21, Hurricane Island 30 and Celebrity Class Sloop.

Included in the sale are 13 acres of commercially zoned real estate; a large heated workspace with four work bays; two large cold storage sheds; four small outbuildings; two trucks; a hydraulic boat transport trailer; a Kubota tractor; a 17-foot Aquasport workboat with a 90-hp E-TEC engine; office equipment; shop tools; molds for the Southport 30; and the business name and customer base.

Information about the sale is available by contacting Kim Latour of Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty at (207) 687-9663 or