Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Hamlin's Marine Toy Drive and Holiday Celebration


Hamlin's Marine is a drop center for Toys For Tots, a charitable program dedicated to providing joy and holiday gifts to less fortunate children during the holiday season.

Our goal this season is to fill this Chris Craft 27 Launch with toys to distribute to area families.  From now until Friday, December 8th you can spread joy by donating a gift and dropping it at our Waterville, Hampden, or Belfast location Monday-Friday 9:00 to 3:00.  

Unfortunately, we had a visit from the Grinch this morning...we will be vigilant and ensure that he does not steal any donations!

If you find yourself in Belfast this Saturday from 10:00-4:00, stop by the showroom for a Holiday Celebration with seasonal eats and drinks.  

Friday, October 27, 2023

Redesigned Leader 9.0 From Jeanneau


My family’s favorite model from Jeanneau is the Leader 9.0.  With a length of 30’8”, Beam of 9’9”, and 500 HP compliments of Yamaha…the boat is the perfect package to entertain families and pack gear for our annual camping trip to Warren Island in Penobscot Bay.  

Last month, the Hamlin’s Marine found a new application for a Leader 9.0.  We pulled the cushions and tables out and went offshore fishing for sharks!  The Leader 9.0 was comfortable and capable for a crew of 8.  Here are some highlights of the trip:

Today, I’m at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, far from home and the terrible mass shooting that has rocked my home state of Maine.  It feels strange to be showing boats to prospective buyers while my family is dealing with cancelled dances and sporting events, but it also reminds me of how boating has pulled my family closer together over the years.  Boating provides both connection and escape when necessary.

The Leader 9.0 Series 2 was just released with some very nice upgrades from past models.  The hard top now has a powder- coated aluminum frame that cuts a lot of weight, and provides a more contemporary look.

The interior upholstery and cushion set has also been updated for a more sporty, edgy look.

Also, new for the Leader 9.0 Series 2 is the ultra cool drop down terrace for boarding from the side and opening up the cockpit.

The Leader 9.0 Series 2 is available for sale at FLIBS through the weekend.  Special show discounts, financing as low as 5.99%, and Yamaha extended warranties will apply.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Grand Debut of Jeanneau Power Boats' DB 37 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is renowned for showcasing some of the most luxurious and innovative boats in the world. This year, all eyes were on Jeanneau Power Boats as they unveiled their highly anticipated DB 37. The debut of this magnificent vessel left enthusiasts and industry experts in awe, setting a new standard for powerboats. Let's dive into the remarkable features and the buzz surrounding the DB 37.

Unparalleled Design and Craftsmanship:

Jeanneau Power Boats has long been known for its exceptional design and craftsmanship, and the DB 37 is no exception. This powerboat boasts sleek lines, modern aesthetics, and meticulous attention to detail. From the moment you step on board, you're enveloped in a world of luxury and elegance.

Spacious and Comfortable Interior:

The DB 37 offers a spacious interior that maximizes comfort and functionality. The open-plan layout seamlessly integrates the saloon, galley, and helm station, creating a sense of fluidity and freedom. Large windows flood the interior with natural light, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding waters.

Versatile and Innovative Features:

One of the standout features of the DB 37 is its versatility. Whether you're seeking a thrilling adventure or a relaxing day on the water, this powerboat can cater to your every need. Equipped with powerful engines and advanced technology, it offers excellent performance and maneuverability.

Jeanneau Power Boats understands the importance of providing luxurious accommodations for both owners and guests. The DB 37 offers spacious cabins with elegant finishes and ample storage. The master cabin, located in the bow, provides a private retreat with a comfortable double bed and an en-suite bathroom. The guest cabins are equally well-appointed, ensuring a comfortable stay for all on board.

The DB 37 incorporates the latest technology, enhancing the boating experience in numerous ways. From advanced navigation systems to state-of-the-art entertainment options, this powerboat integrates seamlessly with the modern lifestyle. The intuitive helm station, equipped with touchscreen controls, ensures ease of operation and enhances safety for the captain and crew.

The debut of Jeanneau Power Boats' DB 37 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show was nothing short of spectacular. This extraordinary powerboat sets a new benchmark in design, craftsmanship, and innovation. With its luxurious accommodations, versatile features, and cutting-edge technology, the DB 37 has captivated boating enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you're an avid sailor or simply appreciate the finer things in life, the DB 37 is a testament to Jeanneau Power Boats' unwavering commitment to excellence.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Jeanneau NC1295 Fly @ FLIBs


Jeanneau Life at Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

The NC 1295 Fly features 3 staterooms, 2 enclosed heads with showers, a spacious island galley in the main salon, and a king-sized fly bridge.

Compared to other boats in the same class from Beneteau, Regal, or Prestige…the Jeanneau NC1295 Fly is the only boat well equipped with Sea Keeper gyro stabilizer and triple Yamaha 300s for under the $1 Million mark.

The Jeanneau NC1295 Fly is a serious Bluewater cruiser for Maine, and it’s finally available in the United State!

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Why Worry? Go Fishing.


When life gives you lemons, Go Fishing.   I can't complain...well, maybe I can.  I live in a country with an identity crisis, am raising teenage girls in the Tik Tok age, and watching the morning news makes me want to go on an anti-depressant.  

You know what doesn't suck?  Fishing.  Fishing never sucks even when it sucks.  I had the opportunity to take two amazing fishing trips last month with some guys at Hamlin's Marine.  

The first one kind was a tough one...rough seas, putrified bait, and fog as thick as wool.  Spent too much time getting tangled in lobster trawls southeast of Matinicus Rock and ended up getting skunked.  

A Long Day on the Water

The second trip may be the best day I've ever spent on the water.  Fresh mackerel bait, perfect weather, and six hookups.  Our men fought the king of Maine sharks...the Mako!  Goal was to harvest one for some steaks, but weren't able to hook onto a keeper.  Next Time!

The Dutton Brothers Ready For Action

Norman "Reggae Shark" Shirley

Here is a highlight video of our fishing trips to Matinicus Rock and Isle au Haut.

At Hamlin's Marine, we have the best fishing boat packages to choose from whether you prefer lake or ocean fishing...aluminum or fiberglass construction.  Choose from brands like Scout, Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, Weldcraft, Alumacraft, or the boat featured on our trip...Jeanneau.

Right now, Hamlin's has a huge selection of fishing boats for you to choose from for next season.   In addition to manufacturer incentives and steep discounts, Hamlin's Marine has an incredible offer for you right now.

Buy any new fishing boat package from $25 K to $50 K and earn $2500 in credit toward electronics. 

High rollers spending over $50 K on a new fishing boat package will earn $5000 in credit for fishing gadgets like fish finders, trolling motors, or down riggers.

Here are some of my favorite weapons to trick the fish:

Garmin Force Trolling Motor

Raymarine Axiom 12

Cannon Optimum 10

Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Boat Sale of the Century Part 2...It's Mastercraft Week!


Leftover 2023 NXT22

Hamlin's Marine is extending the Boat Sale of the Century into September.

Each week we feature a different one of our boat lines with extra special incentives to make your dream boat a reality.  

Purchase one of the few remaining 2023 model Mastercraft models, and your family with get the Pro Treatment at your home lake:

Alex Wiken

1.) A day of surf instruction with Alex Wiken our local expert.

2.) Custom board fitting.

3.) Surfboard and Gear Package.

Mastercraft does not allow us to publish the low pricing we are featuring on the last remaining models.  Please contact us for details on individual models.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Hamlin's Marine Presents..."The Boat Sale of the Century" Part. 1


It's safe to say the American consumer is back in the driver's seat again.  When it comes to buying a boat for your family, there has never been a better time.  

It started earlier this year when inventory levels returned to normal after a period of supply shock that created shortages of boats.

Then, there was this...

Many areas of New England experienced the wettest July on record.  

While inventories last, Hamlin's Marine is making it impossible to pass on a deal.  All boat packages including pontoons, fishing boats, sport boats, and cruisers are deeply discounted and include your first season of storage.  Manufacturer rebates, extended warranties, and special financing terms apply.  

Bennington and Godfrey pontoon deals are making a splash.  Check out these deals...

Jeanneau power boats are the answer when it comes to exploring the Maine coast and big lakes in comfort and style.  Hamlin's Marine has Jeanneau power boats in stock and ready for delivery now.

If you are a fan of the hit series "The Outer Banks", you know there is only one proper boat for a Pogue family...a Carolina Skiff.

You can practically steal a Carolina Skiff at Hamlin's right now.  Check out these deals...

Don't miss out on the Boat Sale of the Century on all boat packages at our Waterville, Hampden, and Belfast locations!

Thursday, May 18, 2023


If you're in the market for a new boat or just love being around them, then you won't want to miss Hamlin's Marine's open house and boat sale! From Thursday through Saturday, we'll be offering manufacturer rebates, deep discounts, and special financing on new boat packages at our Waterville, Hampden, and Belfast locations.

 Not only will you have the opportunity to take advantage of unbeatable deals, but we'll also be providing food, refreshments, and door prizes throughout the weekend. Whether you're searching for a fishing boat, a pontoon boat, or a recreational boat, we have plenty of options available from top brands like Alumacraft, Bennington/Godfrey, and Weldcraft.

 Our team of experts will be on-hand to answer any questions you have about the boats we have available, as well as help you find the perfect boat that meets your needs and budget. We understand that purchasing a boat is a big investment, which is why we're committed to helping you find the best boat for your lifestyle and budget.

 In addition to the great deals and expert guidance, our open house and boat sale is also a great opportunity to connect with other boating enthusiasts and learn more about the latest trends and technology in the boating industry. You'll get to see firsthand the latest models and features, and even take some of them out for a test drive!

 So, mark your calendars for this Thursday May 18th through Saturday May 20th and head on over to Hamlin's Marine in Waterville, Hampden, or Belfast to take advantage of our open house and boat sale event. We can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Belfast Showroom To Open For the Season With a Coastal Boat Sale


It's been an exciting couple weeks at our flagship boat showroom on the shores of Penobscot Bay in Belfast.  Warmer temperatures are driving people back to the Harbor Walk, a sure sign of spring.  Belfast Marina and the City docks are installed, and boat traffic is picking up.

At Hamlin's Marine we are preparing for an exciting season in Belfast.  Justin & Kelli Clark are back for the season, but this time they are wearing wedding rings.  Congratulations, newlyweds!  

Our showroom located at 7 Front Street will have a different flavor this year.  After two years of anemic inventory of cruising, saltwater fishing, and coastal day boats...we are fully stocked with beautiful packages from Scout, Weldcraft, Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, Edendriver, and other brands.  

Besides the new boats, we are starting a rental fleet.  For now, you can rent a 22' Eastern named "Mogwai".  Or, if you want to get around our 2-Seater electric GEM car for the day.

Justin and Kelli are organizing a meeting to launch our PenBay Explorers Cruising Club for the 2023 season.  We are planning several events including socials, day cruises, and a multi-day group cruise.  Email Kelli at if you are interested in joining the club.

Come see us for our big opening at the Coastal Boat Sale running from Friday April 28th- Sunday April 30th.  You can register here to win $1000 worth of Helly Hansen marine gear and sign up for the cocktail hour on Friday from 5-6.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Last Remaining 2022 Bennington Pontoon Packages Must Go By Friday, March 31st


Last season Hamlin's Marine waited forever for the lost load of 2022 model Bennington pontoon boats.  Simply put, the supply chain crisis was especially hard on our Bennington line.

Why?  Because nothing on a Bennington is average.  Every single component of a Bennington is upgraded including the lighting packages, the audio packages, & the exclusive Simtex upholstery that is soft & cool to the touch.

2022 was the year to order an average boat, because they were easier to assemble.  

These six Bennington models arrived too late for season, so Hamlin's was offered a special program to move them out at heavy discounts.

 Do not miss out on these six deals:

2022 Bennington 22LSB Powered By a Yamaha VF115 SHO

Was $83,771     Less $20,708    Now $63,063

2022 Bennington 24LSB Powered By a Yamaha F150

Was $82,837    Less $20,532    Now $62,305

2022 Bennington 20SSR Triple Powered By a Yamaha F115

Was $64,119    Less $17,024     Now $47,095

2022 Bennington 21 LL Powered By a Yamaha VF90

Was $64,200    Less $17,039    Now $47,161

2022 Bennington 20SSBX Triple Powered by a Yamaha F115

Was $84,612    Less $20,866    Now $63,746

2022 Bennington 25LTFB Bowrider Powered by a Yamaha 250SHO

Was $119,065    Less $27,324    Now $91,741

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Bangor Boat Show Returns to the Cross Center This Weekend


It has been so long since Bangor held a boat show that my daughter is now a teenager!  

Way back in 2019, Hamlin's Marine blew the doors off the Cross Center and helped put 40 new families on the water that summer.  Our team had to go to the Way Back Machine (Youtube) to remember how to put on a boat show.  It's a really simple set up as you can see...

Hamlin's Marine can't wait to see you this weekend at the Boat Show.  This year there is plenty of inventory, outstanding financing, and big consumer rebates!  

 This is your opportunity to find the boat of your dreams from brands like Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane, Stingray, Mastercraft, Weldcraft, & Alumacraft.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show Returns After 3 Years


Weldcraft 240 Ocean King

Yesterday, Hamlin's Marine moved into the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show at the Field House on the University of Maine Campus in Orono, Maine.  Check out our team using every inch of the 12' overhead door:

Three years ago, over one hundred vendors had the doors shut in our faces when the world went into lockdown.  So, this show is going to be something very special.  For 82 years, this show has served as a rite of spring.  Now in 2023, I expect this particular event to be the best in the history of the show!

For me, the spring boat show season has been a mix of excitement, anxiety, and a straight up scavenger hunt to find all the equipment, personnel, and grit to pull off boat shows again.  March show season typically yields up to 100 boat sales for Hamlin's Marine.  This is not a sport for the faint of heart.  

The UMaine Field House will serve as our proving grounds for 2023, and we are ready for our customers, friends, & fishermen.  

This weekend will be the best time to pick up a deal on a fishing boat from Hamlin's Marine.  We are well stocked with used packages and holdover units that are priced thousands below 2023 prices.  

Unlike the last couple of years, buyers can get what they want now!  Get there early to take advantage of the very best deals on fishing packages from Alumacraft, G3, Weldcraft, Bennington & Godfrey.  These deals are the best of the best and will not last the weekend:

All of us at Hamlin's Marine look forward to getting you on the water in 2023!