Windjammer seasonreturns to Maine
All of the vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet offer cruises along the coast of Maine from late May to mid-October. The following events include the participation of most vessels.
• Schooner Gam, held the week of June 13, includes more than a dozen 19th-century-style sailing ships; location is determined by weather of the day.
• Windjammer Days, week of June 20, feature shoreside activities, and a grand sail parade through Boothbay Harbor with windjammers from up and down the coast.
• More than two dozen tall ships will gather for the Great Schooner Race, held the week of July 4. Guests may participate in North America’s largest gathering of tall ships.
• July 15 is the date of the Maine Windjammer Parade, when the entire windjammer fleet parades past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater; tours of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse are included.
• The Music Festival will take place Aug. 1, during which the fleet will raft up in Rockland Harbor for live sea chanteys, blues and folk music.
• Camden Windjammer Weekend, slated for the week of Aug. 29, features festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront, and will include a parade of sail, live music, dancing and fireworks.
• WoodenBoat Sail-in, held the week of Sept. 12, includes a gathering of the fleet in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat magazine, and includes live music, tours, and a harbor full of historic schooners.
For information call the Maine Windjammer Association at (207) 620-9463. www.sailmainecoast.com
Morris Yachts opening Maine service yard
In business for more than three decades, Morris Yachts is expanding by offering a service yard in Northeast Harbor, Maine.
The Bass Harbor, Maine, boatbuilder signed a long-term lease to operate at the Mount Desert Yacht Yard. The yard will be renamed Morris Service Northeast Harbor and is scheduled to open July 1.
“It is undoubtedly a great location for sales and service,” says Cuyler Morris, president of Morris Yachts. “Not to mention the fact that it is one of the most protected harbors on the coast.”
Morris plans to offer an array of services, including haulout (with a 23-ton Travelift), electrical, mechanical and machinery capabilities, and varnish work. Transient slips, indoor heated or non-heated storage and outside storage will also be available for Morris customers. A sales office and ship store is also part of the plan. www.morrisyachts.com
Maine yard unveils its winter project
While winter held tight to Maine and the rest of the Northeast, the crew at Six River Marine in North Yarmouth stayed busy working on a number of restoration and repair jobs.
The most extensive job was on a 47-year-old mahogany runabout, the 21-foot Coronado named July Calls, originally built in 1958 at the Century Boat Co. plant in Manistee, Mich. During the four-month project, all of the mahogany bottom planking and approximately 85 percent of the topside planking was replaced and fastened with bronze screws. The aft covering boards were replaced, the aft deck was recaulked, and the transom was reframed and planked. In addition, a number of battens were replaced. The remaining original wood was completely stripped and prepped for new paint and varnish, and the hull was sealed with epoxy.
For information, call (207) 846-6675. www.sixrivermarine.com