Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]
  • Trojans win in Marblehead but Eagles get skunked

    Trojans win in Marblehead but Eagles get skunked gallery

    BLUE HILL — It was cold. It was windy. It even snowed on the bus trip from Maine to Massachusetts. Weather notwithstanding, the George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island High School sailing teams had a successful weekend of racing at the Pleon Yacht Club in Marblehead against the Magicians of Marblehead High School. It

  • DMR gets grant to improve data on whales and fishing gear

    DMR gets grant to improve data on whales and fishing gear

    BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has given the Department of Marine Resources more than $700,000 to improve the data used to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The $714,245 award is funded through the Section 6 Species Recovery Grants to States Program administered by NOAA. The three-year project, which begins this

  • New Hinckley outboards may go overboard

    TRENTON — For the boating enthusiast who has everything, how about putting a Cadillac in a Hinckley? Or, rather, two Cadillac-based outboard motors on the transom of a cutting-edge powerboat that gives new meaning to the term. Last month, Hinckley introduced a pair of brand new 42-footers at the Palm Beach Boat Show, each powered

  • The elver report: landings picking up, prices staying up

    The elver report: landings picking up, prices staying up

    ELLSWORTH — Nine days into the fishing season, it appears that cold water temperatures are slowing the annual spring run of elvers into Maine rivers. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Department of Marine Resources reported, licensed dealers had purchased just 776.1 pounds of the translucent baby eels, worth $1,914,037, since the season began on

  • High school sailing season arrives

    High school sailing season arrives

    BLUE HILL — For those who are hardy enough sailing season is here. At least that’s what the respective coaches of both the George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island High School sailing teams say. And the evidence bears them out. Barring unforeseen weather complications, both teams will head for Marblehead, Mass., early Saturday morning

  • 31st Maine Boatbuilders Show again a hit in its new home

    31st Maine Boatbuilders Show again a hit in its new home

    PORTLAND — The Maine Boatbuilders Show rang down the curtain at the Portland Sports Complex on Sunday in a new home that, while less convenient to the waterfront, is a far more comfortable venue to explore the output of Maine’s boatbuilders and the state’s diverse marine industry. While some familiar faces were missing from the

  • Early elver landings slow

    Early elver landings slow

    ELLSWORTH — Forecasters predicting a slow but lucrative start to the elver fishing season were right on both counts. The season got under way last Thursday and, by the close of business on Tuesday, the Department of Marine Resources said dealers reported buying 114.95 pounds of elvers and paying harvesters $315,789 for their landings —

  • City to host forum on dam relicensing

    City to host forum on dam relicensing

    ELLSWORTH — Stirred by a rising tide of concern among owners of land along the shores of Graham Lake and area residents interested in the Union River watershed, the city will host a workshop to discuss the proposed relicensing of the Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project — the Leonard Lake and Graham Lake dams — by the

  • Scallop fishermen near end of season

    Scallop fishermen near end of season

    PEMBROKE — The Maine scallop fishing season opened during the first week of December and now, with two weeks or less remaining, reports on how good a season it has been are decidedly mixed. On the good side of the ledger, there seemed to be plenty of scallops, often in places where none have been