Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating organization, is sponsoring a

tour of three Belfast boat shops on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to

noon. Tour participants will be able to see a variety of boats under

construction and learn about the type of work each shop does. The tour will

start at Holland’s Boat Shop and proceed to the Front Street Shipyard and

French and Webb on the Belfast waterfront, ending at Belfast Boathouse

for a film and refreshments.

 

Since 1972 Holland’s Boat Shop, Inc. has produced boats for commercial and

pleasure use. Their traditional round- bilge design is sea-kindly, and a

true downeast style boat. Owner Glenn Holland has won many Maine Lobster

Boat Races. Holland’s Boat Shop is located at 7 Mill Lane in East Belfast,

off Route 1 opposite the East Belfast Garage.

 

JB Turner, former president of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co., Taylor Allen,

owner of Rockport Marine, Inc., Steve White, owner of the Brooklin Boatyard,

and Kenneth Priest, President of Kenway Corporation in Augusta, joined

together to open the Front Street Shipyard, Inc. in 2011 on the site of the

former Stinson sardine processing plant, just south of the Belfast

footbridge. The company offers custom boat building, a service yard, and a

composite manufacturing facility.

 

Todd French and Peter Webb, who met while teaching at The Landing School in

Kennebunkport, started French & Webb, Inc. in 1996.. Over the years the

company has earned a distinct reputation for high standards and precision

joinery as well as exceptional aesthetics, award- winning top-speed sailing

vessels, and superb personal customer services. Located on the Belfast

waterfront, French and Webb builds wooden boats of the highest quality using

cutting-edge methods in combination with traditional craftsmanship.

 

 

The tour will end at the Belfast Boathouse, where ” Maine Built Boats: Art

and Soul,” a 1-hour film that features Holland’s Boat Shop, French and Webb

Inc., and JB Turner at his former work site, will be shown and light

refreshments served.

 

The tour is a fundraiser for Come Boating! to help cover expenses for boat

maintenance and insurance. The cost is $20 per person, and preregistration

is required. To register call 338-1225 and leave your name and

phone number.

 

More information about Come Boating! and its activities and events is

available at comeboating.org.