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Rich Jones
06-24-2013, 08:58 AM
After decades of reading WoodenBoat and building many small craft, I feel it's now time to make my pilgrimage to Brooklin from my home in Vermont. My wife and I are thinking of doing an autumn tour of the Maine coast in mid to late September. Is it possible for folks to just drop in during the off season to take a look around? The transformation of WoodenBoat from Jon Wilson sitting on a tree stump to what it is today is truly amazing!

Tom Jackson
06-24-2013, 11:34 AM
Sure it's possible to visit. The school continues through September, and you can see a course schedule here: http://www.thewoodenboatschool.com/courses-glance.php

Most of the boats will be out of the water by the end of September, but you can see most of them in the boatsheds.

jimkeen
06-24-2013, 08:16 PM
Sure it's possible to visit. The school continues through September, and you can see a course schedule here: http://www.thewoodenboatschool.com/courses-glance.php

Most of the boats will be out of the water by the end of September, but you can see most of them in the boatsheds.

How cool is that. Just drop in the light is always on.

wdnbt
06-24-2013, 09:21 PM
you might consider a visit to Woodenboat via a windjammer cruise ...................

September 10 WoodenBoat Sail-in

The fall gathering of the fleet takes place in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and WoodenBoat School. Live music, local refreshments, boatschool tours.

http://www.sailmainecoast.com/

Rich Jones
06-24-2013, 09:46 PM
you might consider a visit to Woodenboat via a windjammer cruise ...................

September 10 WoodenBoat Sail-in

The fall gathering of the fleet takes place in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and WoodenBoat School. Live music, local refreshments, boatschool tours.

http://www.sailmainecoast.com/

The wife wanted to go a little later in the month to see fall foliage. I say, "Screw the leaves, I want to see that fleet!"

Tom Jackson
06-25-2013, 07:46 AM
The foliage is very nice, but it doesn't reach its peak until something like the second week of October. It's a little like perfect powder snow in the mountains —*wonderful to ski, but very difficult to predict, so you almost have to be there.

The post above about the schooner fleet is good advice. There usually are on the order of 15 schooners in Great Cove. Best way to see them is by the water, if you're intending to bring a kayak or something. There is a boat ramp at WoodenBoat (not a very good one), but you'll have to ask permission to use it.

Rich Jones
06-27-2013, 08:02 AM
The wife agrees and the decision has been made. We'll definitely by there on Sept. 10th. We won't have a boat to view the fleet, my binoculars will have to do. Got to start looking for a hotel in the area. Any suggestions?

Dave Lesser
07-08-2013, 06:35 PM
I had the good fortune to be there in September a few years ago. Here is what the harbor looks like after the schooner fleet has arrived:

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/88/251011063_a1fa3fcd28_o.jpg

Carl Cramer
07-09-2013, 02:56 PM
Places to stay in Brooklin:

Brooklin Inn
The Lookout (cabins + inn rooms)
The Maples -- b&b-ish
The 9th Wave (used to be Eggemoggin Lodge)

Google them up.

Rich Jones
07-09-2013, 03:30 PM
Places to stay in Brooklin:

Brooklin Inn
The Lookout (cabins + inn rooms)
The Maples -- b&b-ish
The 9th Wave (used to be Eggemoggin Lodge)

Google them up.
Thanks. Will look them up.