Maine Built Boats prepares to open doors

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Maine Built Boats will work with boatbuilders, boatyards and affiliated businesses across Maine to present "Open Boatyard Days."

The Open Boatyard Days will be held Aug. 16-17 in boatyards and boatbuilding companies across the state. People will be allowed to tour the insides of companies of all sizes.

"This is a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about boatbuilding in Maine, and to see firsthand the passion that boatbuilders have for their art," said Jane Wellehan, president of Maine Built Boats.

The dates will build upon the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, held Aug. 13-15 in Rockland. People can visit the show and see an array of boats, then go on to visit the boatbuilders, boatyards and affiliated businesses at their location. Two days are planned to allow time to visit different regions. Tours will be available at participating businesses every hour, on the hour, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The companies committed to date are (by region): Kittery to Portland: Clint Chase Boatbuilder, Colortec Powder Coating, Kittery Point Yacht Yard, New England Fiberglass Company, and Portland Yacht Services; Sebago Lake Region: Sabre Yachts; Portland to Brunswick: Six River Marine, North Yarmouth; Maine Maritime Museum's Boat Shop; Boothbay Region: Samoset Boatworks; Mid-Coast: Artisan Boatworks, Back Cove Yachts, Johanson Boatworks, Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, and Rockport Marine; Belfast: French & Webb; Brooklin Peninsula: Brooklin Boatyard, Hewes & Company, and WoodenBoat School; Mount Desert Island: Classic Boat Shop, Ellis Boat Company, Great Harbor Boatworks (formerly Ralph Stanley Inc.), The Hinckley Company (Trenton Location), John Williams Boat Company, Morris Yachts, Nautilus Marine, and Wilbur Yachts; Downeast: The Boat School, Husson, Eastport Maine, and West Bay Boats, Steuben, Maine.

There will be continual updates of which businesses are open to the public during "Open Boatyard Days" at www.mainebuiltboats.com.