Monday, May 16, 2022

Belfast Saltwater Boat Show This Weekend


In-Water Boat Demos

This weekend Hamlin's Marine is hosting a Boat Show on the Belfast waterfront located at 7 Front Street.  This event will be focused on saltwater models from builders including Scout, Jeanneau, Chris CraftWeldcraft, Sea Chaser, Hurricane, & Carolina Skiff.

In addition to the boats, we will have Yamaha and Honda gas outboards and our new line of battery-powered Torqueedo motors on display.  Come for great deals on Helly Hansen nautical clothing and Maui Jim sunglasses.  Pre-Register HERE to win $1000 worth of Helly Hansen gear.

Stylish Helly Hansen Gear

The best part about this event is that you can test drive the boat of your dreams!   Check out the boats displayed at our last on-water event in Belfast:

Model Showcase This Weekend


This boat is the most anticipated arrival for the 2022 season.  This plate aluminum, industrial grade fishing machine is powered by twin Yamaha F250s with the latest version of Helm Master for joystick navigation and autopilot.   The boat is currently in the shop getting anti-fouling bottom paint and a new Garmin 8612 Chartplotter.  She will be heading to Belfast via the Penobscot just in time for the show.


This super-cool weekender is built for adventure and is surprisingly affordable.  Our NC695 Sport is equipped with some key options including an upgraded Garmin suite, a Fishing Kit, Roof Storage Rack for Paddleboard, Extra Cockpit Seating, and enough LED Lumens to search a shoreline in an inky black night.


This 24 ft. Center Console with twin Yamaha F150s is in-stock!   At the show, Hamlin's will also have the popular 22 HFC & 20 HFC center console models on display.  Sea Chaser gives the most for your dollar including one of the sickest sound systems integrated into the molded hard top.  The Evening Sky hull color and powder coated black T-Top frame is strikingly beautiful!

Come see Hamlin's Marine in Belfast this Friday-Sunday!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

June Opening for Hamlin's Marine on Sebasticook Lake in Newport


Last fall, Hamlin's Marine purchased an aging factory that has long produced most of the world's drumsticks.  Vic Firth is famous for making over 40,000 wooden drumsticks every day that end up in the hands or rock stars, school bands, and enthusiastic drummers all over the world.  The business is so successful that Vic Firth recently upgraded to a modern facility and moved into the Newport industrial park.  

Here is more on that story:

Included in the purchase was nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor space, 400 feet of waterfront shoreline adjacent to the municipal boat ramp, and an enormous amount to tidy up.  Check out some of these Before pictures:

Future Seasonal Sales Office

Cover Art for the Movie Saw III

Future Boat Display Area

The project is pretty enormous, so I am very thankful that my father-in-law & Newport resident, David Hamlin, and his grandson, Chris Duffy, have been enthusiastic to help get Hamlin's going in Newport.  

Chris Duffy & Dan Higgins (Me)

Here is what Chris is planning in Newport from a recent email (some redactions):

Hello Beautiful People!!!

Dan, David & Chris Hamlin, and I spent the morning in Newport putting together a plan to take advantage of a great situation for us there. We are excited to officially announce that we are going to get underway to open a seasonal sales office that can double as a great winter showroom to take advantage of a market that is ripe for the taking.  Along with sales, we will be advertising             storage for all toys, not just boats.

With our company resources, the on-water facility, and the team we have in place Hamlin’s Marine(a) is going to establish yet another giant footprint in the Maine boating market. WHEN this is a major success, the opportunities will be endless for us. A marina, outdoor concert series, live entertainment, food trucks, boat demos, boat shows, boat rentals, fishing events, to list a few. This is a big deal for the entire company and will be a great opportunity for the sales team to be able to show boats on the water to give the true experience.

We have established an opening date of goal of              and have a lot of work to do to achieve the goal.                                                                                                                                                                          but it is going to open a whole new world for the business. We have long wanted to be able to access the Moosehead market and now we will.

 The tentative schedule when we do open is I will be there Thurs-Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-12, and by appointment only on the other days of the week. If it takes off like we know it will we will revisit.

Get excited because we are about to accomplish some really cool stuff.




Chris Duffy

Sales Department

You will see our Hamlin's Marine team on the waterfront in Newport throughout the month of May.  We will be patching, landscaping, grading, painting, and hopefully sweating due to warmer weather. 

Hamlin's Marine will soon be displaying new boat packages on land and in water.  Hewitt boat lifts and Candock floating modular docking will soon be on site as well.  

Candock Custom Docking

Weldcraft 210 Revolution