Waterfront

  • Shellfish farming is likely to expand in Taunton Bay

    HANCOCK — There was a time when the announcement that a shellfish farmer was going to hold a scoping session to talk about expanding operations in Taunton Bay would likely have produced howls of outrage and a large, hostile turnout at the event itself. That time seems to have passed. Last Thursday, the Taunton Bay

  • Look out, Charlie, a new tuna boat is on your trail

    Look out, Charlie, a new tuna boat is on your trail

    MOUNT DESERT — Although Maine’s boatbuilding industry doesn’t slow much during the winter, and a few lobster boats may be launched in the dead of winter, it’s always a good sign when newly built pleasure boats show up on the waterfront. Last week, while spring weather flashed its skirts in Hancock County, SW Boatworks launched

  • Will Welles Wins J/24 North Americans

    Will Welles Wins J/24 North Americans

    ELLSWORTH — Time flies when you’re having fun, or even when you’re just thinking about it. Though it’s hard to believe, 26 years have gone by since Will Welles was a star skipper for the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing 420 dinghies against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. Though

  • Elver landings reflect still chilly waters

    Elver landings reflect still chilly waters

    ELLSWORTH — Spring is here and, at least in some sheltered spots, the daffodils are starting to bloom. But the water is still cold and Maine streams are just beginning to see their first big runs of the tiny moneymakers known as elvers. The fishing season opened on March 22 and, as of Sunday evening,

  • Island boat builder, captain Steve Spurling remembered

    Island boat builder, captain Steve Spurling remembered

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Anyone who regularly drives Main Street here will know the shingled house that, in the summer, often has skiffs for sale out on the lawn. That’s the house where yacht captain and boatbuilder Steve Spurling, who recently died hours shy of his 98th birthday, lived with his wife, Arlene. When he retired

  • Sailing yacht Anna wins international award

    Sailing yacht Anna wins international award

    BELFAST — Sailors around the Northeast with a love of boats that look like they were designed in the early 20th century but sail with modern speed and efficiency have long been familiar with Stephens Waring Yacht Design. Bob Stephens and Paul Waring began their design careers at Brooklin Boat Yard and were responsible for

  • Trout Unlimited meeting in Ellsworth April 17

    ELLSWORTH — Georges River Trout Unlimited will host a Downeast Chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth. At 7 p.m., Evelyn King, founder of Maine Women Fly Fishers, will discuss the contributions women have made to fly fishing in Maine. King, a registered Maine Guide and certified casting instructor, has been

  • Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting set for this weekend

    Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting set for this weekend

    PORTLAND — The University of Maine’s Lobster Institute will host the 15th edition of the Canadian-U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Two Nations, Two Fisheries: Shared Challenges, Shared Opportunities.” Lobstermen, dealers, processors, scientists and policymakers from