View Full Version : A Pilgrimage to WoodenBoat

Rich Jones
09-11-2013, 06:39 PM
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Rich Jones
09-11-2013, 06:53 PM
On Monday morning, my wife and I took a little road trip to coastal Maine and made Brooklin our northern most point. If you want to know the meaning of the word "remote", just go to Brooklin! As the local would say, "you can't get theah from heah". We got there late in the day and stayed at a little B&B recommended to me in another thread by Carl Crammer. Tuesday, we wandered around the grounds for an hour or two, drinking in the sights. Classes were in session at the boat building school, so I didn't bother them with a lot of questions. But, we did have a nice talk with Heidi at the WoodenBoat Store and a couple of other folks.
Pictures: First is part of the mooring field. My brain was going into "wooden boat overload" with all the beautiful craft at their moorings. Next comes a couple of shots of the wharf and boathouse. Then the main building and woodenboat school building. Lastly is a shot of what's going on inside. A catspaw dinghy and a couple of small Whitehalls.

Rich Jones
09-11-2013, 07:01 PM
The reason this post is in sections is that we're having a wicked thunderstorm and the lights keep going out. I lost the whole post once, and don't want it to happen again!!

After WoodenBoat, we went over to Brooklin Boat Yard. Again, I was in overload with the boats in Center Harbor and in the sheds. They just launched a large yacht last week and have another two to build this winter. It's good to see the yard busy. Lots of men busy at their tasks. The now empty main boat building shed was receiving the wood for the next build.

It was great to see the things in Brooklin that I've been reading about in the magazine for years. Now, I can scratch that off my bucket list!

J. Dillon
09-11-2013, 07:02 PM
I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

So did you see your birthplace ?


09-11-2013, 07:20 PM
Congrats. Certainly a must do for anyone that has enjoyed all the doors and dreams that WoodenBoat magazine has opened.


Rich Jones
09-11-2013, 07:35 PM
Congrats. Certainly a must do for anyone that has enjoyed all the doors and dreams that WoodenBoat magazine has opened.


I certainly wouldn't have a garage full of wooden boats if it weren't for that magazine.

09-11-2013, 07:45 PM
It's certainly a lovely area. I've spent some time along the reach & on the small islands in your background + Deer Isle of course. Just down a ways from there (near Stonington) is an area of islands a friend described as "a cruising ground designed by Disney". Literally 100's of small islands - some a stone's throw apart. Fantastic spot to cruise a small boat you can sleep aboard - protected & beautiful.