Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Wonder Years at Hamlin's Marina

This year, we are celebrating our seventh year on the water at Hamlin's Marina on the Penobscot River.  When we started, my wife Katie and I were in our twenties with stars in our eyes.  We had all the energy and hope in the world...and zero experience. 
When I look back, we didn't have many responsibilities.  We had a destructive (and loveable) Golden Retriever named Max, dreams of grandeur, and a penchant for staying up late.
Here's what Hamlin's Marina looked like back then...

Things are different now, and better!  We've grown to a staff of sixteen this summer, with the addition of a showroom on Rt. 1A and Puffin Dinghy manufacturing.
This Saturday, Hamlin's Marina is celebrating National Marina Day.  Although the weather forecast calls for rain, I know our community of boaters and staff will come out to show our pride on the river. 
We're hosting our biggest sale of the year.  With seven boats in the water, this is an opportunity to drive the boat of your dreams.  Try a pontoon, a deckboat, a lobster boat, sport fish boat, or ski boat!
For our dock customers, we'll be hosting a Horseshoe tournament at 10:00 A.M.  I'm sure with all the new faces and veterans out on the docks, there will be stiff competition.  Make sure to check all your boats for a welcome package for the summer!
By the way, Jeromy Hamel is the dockmaster this year and will be keeping office hours on the waterfront Thursday-Sunday 10-4 for all your needs.  This year we'll have a ship store with charts, accessories, and equipment right on the water for convenience.
Here is our list of activities/events for the Marina this Summer:
Saturday, June 8th 10-4:                National Marina Day Celebration

Boat Demos and Sale, Horseshoe Tournament For Dock Stars, Welcome Bags, Food Specials & Live Music at McLaughlin’s.    

Sunday, June 16th 10 A.M.:           Dock Stars Badminton Tournament

Sunday, June 23rd 10 A.M.:           Dock Stars Obstacle Course

Sunday, June 30th 10 A.M.:           Dock Stars Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, July 4th 12:00- 2:          Boat Parade

                    Theme “America the Beautiful”
1st Place: $1000 Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: Big Mable Tube; 3rd Place: Pair of Anatomically Correct Mermaid Fenders     

Sunday, July 9th 10 A.M.:             Dock Stars Docking Contest

Fri. July 19th- Sun. July 21st:                    Flotilla

Maine Celtic Festival in Belfast

Sunday, July 20th 10 A.M.:            Dock Stars Bocce Tournament

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