Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Scout 151 Built By Puffin Boats in Maine

Scout 151 Dorado
If you would like a versatile and affordable boat built to last a lifetime, come to the New England Boat Show this week and set your eyes upon the Scout 151.  Hamlin's Marine has been a long time dealer of the entire line of Scout Boats built in Summersville, SC for many years.  However, the 151 is special, as these boats are now built at Hamlin's manufacturing wing...Puffin Boats in Hampden, Maine.  Puffin Boats is also building components for Hinckley Yachts, display units for Vineyard Vines, as well as our classic line of dinghies.

The 151 is offered in two configurations, a dual console and a center console.  The center console model, the Scout 151 Sportfish, is an excellent fishing rig for fresh or salt water and may be equipped with electronics and a trolling motor.

Scout 151 Sportfish with Big Brother in Background

Demand for both models has been high as the Scout 151 Sportfish, Yamaha F40, and trailer starts at just $16,995 which prices well below competing small boats offered by Boston Whaler and Edgewater.  Unlike competing models the 151 features and on-board 10 gallon fuel tank versus and gaumy portable tank.  It also features a self-bailing deck which is not common in this segment.  Powered by a base 40 HP outboard, the boat tops out at 32 MPH which is great for pulling a tube with the kids.  Know also, that you can upgrade to a 50 HP option.

Best of all, the Scout will be built by Maine craftsmen in Hampden, Maine.  Puffin Boats puts their heart and soul into producing the finest quality on the market today.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hamlin's Wolfpack & The Boston Boat Show

The Hamlin's Marine sales team....aka "The Wolfpack" has temporarily moved from our homes in the Maine woods to the mean streets of Boston for the annual New England Boat Show.  This year, Hamlin's Marine went big and hauled seven boats down to display.  Of course, as my luck would have it, our move in was during a blizzard...again!

City living is akin to visiting Mars for us. Despite Josh Cottrell's defensive driving, I am afraid for my life during our commute from the Convention Center to our very humble rental tenement in Jamaica Plain.  Our only salvation is that we have been adopted by a pillar of the community down here, Gerry the proprietor of Doyle's Cafe.  Doyle's is an Irish Pub in Jamaica Plain and it provides the Hamlin's Wolfpack with the shelter and courage we need to survive in our strange elements.  Gerry has given us free parking and has shown us true hospitality.  If you are ever in Jamaica Plain, do not miss an opportunity to visit Doyle's Cafe and tell Gerry the Wolfpack sent you.

The New England boat show has been open for three days now and we have six to go.  Hamlin's has already sold as many boats as we did during last year's show. You can find us in the Scout and Cutwater booths.  The new Scout 151 that we are building at Puffin Boats in Hampden is having a world debut and is a hot, hot boat.  Cutwater's new 24 with a Yamaha F300 outboard is a game changer.

 If you want to attend the show to buy a boat, make sure you call Hamlin's so we can leave some tickets at will call for you

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Still Boating in February

It's been such a mild winter in Maine!  
A couple of guys from Hamlin's were actually trolling for fish on Branch Pond  on New Year's Day.  On the first day of February,  the Kennebec River was still open clear up to Hallowell; that hasn't happened in over sixty years.

If you are a boating addict, we may be in for a very early spring.

Reid Garrity of Hamlin's and I haven't stopped boating.  Two weeks ago, we were in Wrightsville Beach, NC on a mission to test drive a 25' Hunt Surfhunt.  That boat will be arriving in Hampden on Friday or Saturday, so come down and check her out if are looking for a beautiful New England style coastal cruiser.

On Sunday, we attended the Seattle boat show to check out the Cutwater booth.

Today... Reid and I are in Everett,   Washington with fellow boaters, Penny and Steve. We are impatiently waiting to head to Jetty's Landing so we can test run the most eagerly awaited boat ever, the Cutwater 24 Outboard.

Yesterday we watched another 24 get launched and run performance trials up and down the river.  The 300 HP Yamaha put her instantly on plane; after running her up to the mid forties, Captain Ronnie from Cutwater pulled a 180 degree turn on a dime.  

It's Penny's birthday today, and we are hoping it will be her best one yet!  All of us will be boating on the Pacific for the first time.  We all are hoping to spot an Orca or two!  Reminds me of all those hopeful of seeing a moose in our neck of the woods.