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New marina/yard coming Down East

The Hinckley-backed facility, expected to open in the spring, will be part of a new upscale development

The Hinckley-backed facility, expected to open in the spring, will be part of a new upscale development

The Hinckley Company of Southwest Harbor, Maine, will open their sixth full-service facility this spring in Wiscasset, Maine.

The 239-slip marina and repair yard with Travelift for 70- to 80-foot yachts will be part of the Point East Maritime Village under construction on the Sheepscot River. Federal, state, local and company officials broke ground July 27, 2006, for the upscale complex of single-family cottages, condominiums, shops, restaurants and recreational facilities on the 33-acre site of the former Mason Station oil-fired power plant.

By spring, the Hinckley Marina is expected to be operational with new dockage and 50 slips for yachts to 150 feet, pumpout, restrooms, showers, brokerage, chandlery, Travelift and a heated off-site storage building.

“All slips will be rented — to transients, and to Point East Maritime Village residents and others, preferably on a seasonal basis [May 15 to Oct. 15],” says John Glessner of Yarmouth, who is 41 and Wiscasset Operations Manager. Slip customers may use all shoreside amenities, which include hiking trails, fitness center, laundry facilities, retail area, and bike, canoe and kayak rentals.

He expects a mix of power- and sailboats to cruise to the marina.

“The Sheepscot is a wide, deep, beautiful, navigable river with no industry,” says Glessner, who cruises the area in his 1990 Pulsifer Hampton, Hull No. 38. “In the prevailing breeze a sailboat can run right up to Wiscasset, and we have good protection in a storm.”

Point East is behind the northwestern tip of Westport Island, just off the main channel. In two to three years, plans call for the marina to have 25 to 30 staffmembers and 239 slips for yachts of any size and draft.

“Point East [Maritime Village] is very exciting and a great opportunity for Hinckley to expand to six service yards,” says Gerry DiSchino, 49, president and CEO of The Hinckley Co. “We’re all about service, and this marina will offer more convenience for our Northern New England customers.

“Our facility will be a destination for boaters in this beautiful area — to get out of the fog, take a shower, hike the woodland trails or go ashore to dine. Wiscasset is such a pretty town,” says DiSchino. “We will also be a destination for people who love to come to the waterfront and watch big yachts being hauled out. There’s something magical about that process.”

Point East — (207) 882-8098, — a subsidiary of National RE/sources, is developing the project. Phase 1 includes the marina, 15 cottages and a waterside multistory building of 16 residential condominiums, health club and marina amenities. At build-out, the development will include 80 single-family cottages, 160 condos in five waterfront buildings and Maritime Square (boutiques, fine dining restaurants, sidewalk cafes, gourmet grocery and art galleries) in the renovated power plant building adjoining the marina. A footbridge may be constructed to connect the village to downtown Wiscasset.

The five period-style cottage models, custom designed by the Point East team and built by Waterford Homes of Waterford, Maine, range from 1,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet, with two to four-plus bedrooms. Many will feature first-floor master suite options, one-car garages and basements. Clients can first select a cottage model, then choose one of the lots available for that model, or select a lot and accept the cottage designed for that lot, says Poe Cilley, director of sales and marketing.

The condominiums range from 800 square-foot studios to 1,500 square-foot four-bedroom models.

Prices for all residences range from the mid-$400,000s to $1.5 million. The Kennebec Co. of Bath, Maine (named by This Old House magazine as among the best cabinetmakers in the country), Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers of Portland, Heritage Lanterns of Yarmouth, Day Break Manor Antiques of Wiscasset and Sheepscot Emporium Oriental Rugs of Wiscasset are partnering with Point East on the interiors. They feature artisan cabinetry and millwork, stone countertops, hardwood floors, energy-saving appliances, windows and climate-control systems. Three levels of interior finish on cottages and condo upgrade amenity packages are available.

A Master Association of all residential owners will maintain the grounds and common facilities year-round.

At the ground-breaking ceremony, government and civic officials on all levels praised the developer’s vision to convert an unused industrial site into a high-end residential/commercial community that creates area jobs and economic growth, yet protects the environment and Wiscasset’s small-town quality of life. Many speakers noted how well the developers involved local residents, businesses and organizations from the beginning of the permitting process.

Maine’s Gov. John Baldacci also commended the developers for “returning Wiscasset to its maritime roots, preserving public use of this beautiful river and encouraging people to enjoy the waterfront.”

Point East Maritime Village is one mile from U.S. 1, 15 minutes from Interstate 295 in Brunswick, one hour from Portland International Jetport and two miles from Wiscasset Airport.