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Come Boating! adventure series continues with 'Boats Light up My Life'

Jan 27, 2021
Art Paine’s Luders 16, “Ludicrous.”

Belfast — Come Boating! Belfast’s Community Boating Organization and the Belfast Free Library are teaming up once again to offer the Winter Adventure Series. This year the series of evening programs about adventures on the water will be offered virtually.

The next program, Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m., features a presentation by Art Paine entitled “Boats Light Up My Life” where a 76-year-old sea dog describes his lifelong love of designing, building and restoring boats. And why he can’t quit working in boat shops.

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Art and his twin brother, Chuck Paine, got an early start in boat building, building their first boat together at age 14. Nowadays Art is a well known boating journalist (Wooden Boat Magazine, Maine Boats and Harbors), and an even better known marine artist. But he especially enjoys what he describes as the best job of his life, rebuilding vintage classic boats at Jim Elk’s Spar and Boat shop on Mt. Desert Island. Art will present a beautiful video of their work made by Leif Heimbolt: “TRIES: Another Hundred Years. A Luders 16 Restoration.”

Art and Jim have restored many of this classic racing class and sail them out of Northeast Harbor. The club there has the largest fleet of Luders in all of North America.

The series continues on Tuesday, March 9, where Leigh Dorsey and Damian Colbry will give a slide talk, “Rowing to Wild,” about their 10-day row of the entire coast of Maine in 2018.

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