My winter to-do list barely got started. I did get the vintage potbellied stove fired up in my office at home, but the rowboat oars that I want to varnish are still a work in progress. The used John Deere snow blower has worked great so far. We survived the record cold snap in early February with no frozen pipes, and now it’s time to make some plans for the summer. The groundhog saw his shadow so we have some time. There will be a lot going on in our office in Rockland this spring as we prepare for the 2023 Maine Boat & Home Show. Mark your calendars for August 11-13. You will find a page promoting the show in this issue. We can’t wait to reconnect with readers, boat-lovers, and all the awesome boatbuilders and craftspeople who make the coast so special..
In the meantime, to get you in the mood for spring, there’s a little something for everyone in this issue: adventure on the high seas aboard a tall ship, a Maine-built electric carbon-fiber hydrofoil, and an essay on the challenges sea level rise poses to the Maine coast. My friend Tim Murphy takes us aboard a high-tech Class40 that’s been racing around the world in the Globe 40 race, with two intrepid Mainers hanging on for dear life. They may have finished with more sea stories to tell by the time you are reading this. We take a tour of Lincolnville with all its charm. Meet an artist from Mount Desert and enjoy her work on canvas and in the streets of Ellsworth; and fall in love with a cute, practical little dinghy named Sea Weed.
This all reminds me I have to get back to sanding those oars. It will give me something to do while I sit, warm and dry by the wood stove.