Maine Built Boats announces the second annual “Open Boatyard Days” to be held on Aug. 15-16.

During this two-day event, participating boatbuilders, boatyards, and marine-related businesses from Kittery to Eastport will open their doors to the public and even offer guided tours (on the hour, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.). From refits of existing yachts to new builds of both power and sail boats, participants will enjoy a rare opportunity to witness firsthand one of Maine’s signature industries.

“Boatbuilding is Maine’s oldest industry, going back more than 400 years, and yet few people actually get to see the craftsmanship as it unfolds in Maine boatyards,” said Kerri Russell, president of Maine Built Boats, in a news release. “During last year’s event we had between 700 and 1,000 people and this year we hope to see even more.”

Companies participating include, by region:


Hewes & Co. Blue Hill, ME

Atlantic Boat Brooklin, ME

Brooklin Boat Yard Brooklin, ME

D.N. Hylan Brooklin, ME

WoodenBoat School Brooklin, ME

Cranberry Island Boatyard Cranberry Isles, ME

The Boat School – Husson Eastport, ME

John Williams Boat Company Mount Desert, ME

Wilbur Yachts Southwest Harbor, ME

Great Harbor Boatworks Southwest Harbor, ME

Hinckley Yachts Southwest Harbor & Trenton, ME

West Bay Boats Steuben, ME

Nautilus Marine Trenton, ME


Front Street Shipyard Belfast, ME

Great Island Boatyard Harpswell, ME

Rockport Marine Rockport, ME

Artisan Boatworks (Aug. 15 only) Rockport, ME

Back Cove Yachts Rockland, ME

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Thomaston, ME


The Landing School Arundel, ME

Six River Marine North Yarmouth, ME

Portland Yacht Services Portland, ME

Sabre Yachts Raymond, ME

The most up-to-date listing of participating businesses is available at