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Issue 137 Table of Contents

November/December 2015

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Beyond the Black Lines
Open water swimming has seen a surge in popularity
recently, especially in Maine. Long-time swimmer
Hodding Carter explains why.
By W. Hodding Carter | Photos by Heather Perry

Wooden Boat Love: It’s Alive and Well
Builders John O’Donovan and Patrick Dole bring
youth and a love of wooden boats to their work.
By Bill Mayher

Bohemian Princess
This mystical gypsy caravan, built as a garden folly,
features fine boatbuilding touches and is perfect for
parties or afternoon naps.
By Ann Costello | Photos by Sarah Szwajkos

Aliens Among Us
Non-native plants such as burning bush may look pretty
but they can cause problems by pushing out native
stock. We take a look at a few.
Story & photographs by Lynette L. Walther

Eight Lighthouses where you can spend the night
We visit two, and tell you where to find the other six.
By Mimi Bigelow Steadman & Polly Saltonstall

From Boats to Art
Dan West has taken skills he learned as a boatbuilder
to make whimsical and timeless sculptures.
By Carl Little

John Atkins’ Ninigret
Some boats are better suited for older folks, while others
work better for the younger set, as Bill Boyd and his
son, Ben, learned when they each went looking for a boat.
Story & photographs by Bill Boyd

From Awkward Spaces to Glorious Vistas
Artists Fred and Hope Angier use murals and other painted
touches to add life to otherwise empty spaces.
By Kay Stephens

Dr. Gould’s Flying Nurses
Rockland physician Dr. Edwin Gould used homing pigeons to communicate with his patients on Penobscot Bay islands, where telephones did not yet exist.
By Elizabeth G. Macalaster

A Whale of a Time
13th Annual MBH&H Show was a hit with boaters.
By Polly Saltonstall





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Photo Essay / It’s All In A Tide
Photo by Steven Callahan

My Boat, My Harbor
Internet pioneer and university professor Bob
Metcalfe has owned the same 32-foot Ellis cruiser
for 25 years. He explains why this sturdy vessel
makes him happy.
By Bob Metcalfe

A Letter From Home
Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are a popular way
to get on the water. Thor Emory is one of a growing
number of athletes who have taken the sport to a
higher level, using specifically designed SUPs for
open-water surfing.
By Thor Emory

Off the Drawing Board
This powerboat was designed specifically for the
“Great Loop”—up the East Coast, through the
Great Lakes, down the Mississippi, and back up
the coast to New York.
By Art Paine

Small Adventures
Eagle Island in Casco Bay has some nice hiking
trails as well as the former summer home of
Arctic explorer Robert Peary.
By Mimi Bigelow Steadman

Saltwater Foodways
Cooks in the past were comfortable about adapting
recipes to ingredients at hand, including finding
sweet substitutes for white sugar such as maple
sugar, molasses, and even thickened apple cider.
By Sandra Oliver


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WHALER RENDEZVOUS: View 2015 Boston Whaler Rendezvous winners and photos.

CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF WHALERS?: Explore the history of the Whaler and more.

VIDEO: Ride along with Thor Emory as he paddles across
Penobscot Bay in a November gale.

VIDEO (COMING SOON): Visit with John O’Donovan and Patrick Dole in their boatshop as they work their wooden boat magic in a video made by our friends at



Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Issue 136
Issue 137 | November/December 2015 Volume 28 | Number 5
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On the cover: Maine has become a mecca for open water swimming. Here a swimmer, followed by a partner in a kayak, crosses from Lincolnville to Islesboro as part of a fundraiser for LifeFlight of Maine.  Photo by Heather Perry.

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