Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bennington 28RSBX...Super Size Me!

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, boat, ocean, outdoor and water

Yesterday I had an epic boating adventure that will not soon be forgotten.  The setting was perfect...bright sun and a slight breeze beckoned us to the marina just as we buttoned up our work for the day.  Our crew of twenty was a combination of battle-weary Hamlin's employees, friends, and a handful of excited little girls.  We left the docks around six and bombed down the river from Hampden to Bucksport.

The Bennington 28RSBX is a super boat by any measure.  A standard pontoon boat measures either 8' or 8.5" wide (beam).  This boat is 10' wide and features Bennington's exclusive ESP- 10' Wide Beam performance triple pontoon package.  What that means is that there are (3) 32" diameter oval pontoons running over 28' long underneath the deck.


Our boat was powered by Yamaha's only V8 model, an F350XCA.  The boys from Puffin Boat Co painted this particular motor Pearl White to match the fiberglass base of the swing back seat.  The boat looks hot!  

Image may contain: people sitting, ocean, outdoor and water

As we rounded the bend in Winterport toward Bucksport, we could feel the temperature drop and felt the tell-tale turbulence of the turning ocean tide.  The Bennington's platform was super stable and dry and would put any Deep V boat to shame when it comes to overall comfort in the slop.  After a quick landfall in Bucksport to take advantage of the public restrooms, we turned back up river to our destination...the Bangor Waterfront to poach a concert on a beautiful night.  

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, sky and outdoor

Imagine Dragons rocked the waterfront, while twenty friends made quick work of a floating dance floor!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Teddy Ball Game Goes Yard in Waterville

Teddy Ball Game Pre-Show Prep in Presque Isle

Hamlin's Marine recently welcomed Ted Ross to our sales team in Waterville.  From his very first day, we knew that Ted was special.  He isn't one of those guys that comes around very often...maybe once in a generation.  It's not many that can carry a nickname like "Teddy Ball Game".

The other "Teddy Ball Game" was Red Sox royalty and one of the greatest hitters that ever lived.  Ted Williams also served 39 combat missions as an aviator in the Korean War.  When Ted wasn't hitting home runs, or shooting down bad guys over the South Pacific...he was busy becoming a legend in the world of fly fishing.  The old-timers around Bangor still talk about spotting Ted at fishing camps up north or on the famous Miramichi River in Canada.

Ted Williams has passed to the afterlife, but there is hope that one day he may return.  After all, Ted's been Cryonically Frozen in the hopes he will some be thawed out and re-born.

Until then, we still have our own "Teddy Ball Game", and he is happy to help you purchase your next boat from Hamlin's Marine.  Like Williams, Ted Ross is multi-talented.  Our "Teddy Ballgame" is an avid skier, golfer, and fisherman.  He also has a wicked sense of humor!  Check out this video of Ted when we told the local Hibachi restaurant that it was his birthday (it wasn't...)

Ted started with us earlier this year and has done an outstanding job learning our product lines.   You'll find Ted to be a pleasure to work with and willing to spend all day to help you find the right boat for your needs.

In fact, Ted has already become our leading Alumacraft salesman this year, and can make sure you get the right boat with the right equipment to get on the fish.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

It's Time to Think About Boating Again

Josh Cottrell Captains a Scout 300LXF

Hamlin's Marine and Puffin Boat Co has been busy digging out and preparing for our first show of the year in Boston, The New England Boat Show.  The show runs from February 10th through the 18th and features one of the largest indoor displays of new power boats and sailboats in the world.

Early reports from the New York Boat Show reflect record breaking sales due to increased consumer confidence and a booming economy.  More families are moving forward to purchase new boats meaning that more people will be having more fun on the water this year.

A growing economy will mean new boaters will be in the market once again.  The joy of being on the water isn't easily described.  Boating lends a feeling of freedom and fulfils a sense of adventure. 

When I look back to 2004 when I first started in the business, I remember the same climate of optimism from our customers.  Many young people and growing families sought the adventure and freedom of boating.  The satisfaction of introducing people to our world of boating was so much fun!

Cutwater 28 at the World's Largest Rendezvous
For the last ten years, the boating industry has been through a cycle of extremes.  For many years manufacturers and dealers went into survival mode.  Manufacturers struggled to keep their doors open while dealers squeaked out a living serving their base of seasoned, life-long boaters.  Nothing stands between a life-long boater and getting on the water...not even a sluggish economy.

Edendriver at the Tampa Bay Boat Show
But over the last couple years, our industry has come roaring back.  Manufacturers are building larger and more feature-rich boats once again.  Boat engines have shifted from heavy, maintenance hogs, to lighter and more efficient outboards.  Pontoon manufacturers have lost the stigma of just being grandpa's boat, and they are delivering luxury and performance that rivals any fiberglass alternative.

Chris Duffy and Josh Cottrell Visit Chris-Craft in Sarasota, FL
Here is a sample of innovations and highlights from each of our brands:
  • Bennington Pontoons: As the world's #1 pontoon manufacturer, Bennington must provide the best experience for the customer when it comes to quality and value.  This year, Bennington will build over 12,000 boats.  As usual, Bennington has been innovating with new floor plans.  Currently, the Swing Back option on many models continues to be a hit because it provides versatility, comfort, and space saving design.  Couple that with the Simtex upholstery providing the durability of vinyl and the feel of fabric, and the owner experiences next level comfort.  Another big update:  Bennington will continue to offer seat covers for the upholstery as an alternative to a large mooring cover which saves about 1/2 hour of installation at the end of a day on the water.  
  • Stingray Deckboats: The release of the 236 CC as a larger center console deck boat should prove a versatile family boat that fishes with the best of them.
  • Alumacraft Fishing Boats:  Since exiting Polarkraft a couple of years ago, Hamlin's Marine has been building our relationship with Alumacraft.  Last summer, my family attended the Alumacraft dealer meeting in Minnesota, and we managed to negotiate huge discounts to pass on to Maine fishing fanatics.  You no longer have to settle for lower quality on a "No Haggle, No Hassle" can now buy a 2018 Alumacraft 165 Classic Sport (Full Windshield) well equipped with a Yamaha F50, trailer, and full enclosure for only $18,242!
  • Mastercraft Tow Boats: Mastercraft just won an NMMA Innovation award for the new DockStar Handling System.  If you have ever captained a straight inboard V8, you've experienced the exhilaration of carving tight turns with seemingly unlimited power.  That's cool!  What isn't cool is crashing into docks and looking like a stooge at the ramp at low speed.  DockStar now allows you to handle a Mastercraft at low speeds without having to grow up in a Lobstering community.  
  • Cutwater Cruising Boats:  This West Coast builder has made affordable full-featured, ocean cruising possible.  Experience the true adventure of island hopping and long distance travel by water without being the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.  The new 302 Coupe with twin Yamaha 300s is in such huge demand, that it's nearly impossible to see one without placing an order a year in advance or travelling to Seattle.  Hamlin's has finally landed one in inventory, and we will be showcasing it at the Boston Boat Show.  Do not let this one get away!
  • Scout Boats:  Hamlin's Marine has a boat building company that builds the Scout 151 in Hampden, Maine.  The Scout 151 is available in three different layouts, with fishing and watersports options.  Build one online and see how affordable the best can be!
  • Chris-Craft:  New to Hamlin's but on the water since 1874, Chris-Craft allows us to serve a new market of boaters that simply want to have the best boat on the lake.  Hamlin's Marine will be serving the New England Market at the Boston Boat Show.  Our showcase will include a 21 Carina and a 30 Calypso.
  • Edendriver:  Built at Hamlin's Marine, the Edendriver is now showing up all over the country.  This year, we will be releasing side console models in addition to the popular center console model.  
Chris Duffy and our Scout 151 Dealer in Lake Placid, NY
All of us at Hamlin's are looking forward to seeing you on the water this spring!  Come see us in our showrooms and at the boat shows!