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!

Thursday, February 16, 2023

2023 Chris-Craft 25 GT Launch Stuns at the Boston Boat Show


I'm writing this from my hotel room on the morning of the second day of the Boston Boat Show.  The view of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is very different from the view of the Penobscot river back home in Maine.  I love it all the same, as it marks the annual return of the boating season.  This year the streets are clear of snow, and the forecast today is sunny and 64 degrees!

My goal is to find a buyer this week for a very special boat, the Chris-Craft 25 GT Launch.  

I'm typically a Yamaha outboard guy, but this 6.2 L, 350 HP Mercruiser with the Selectable Exhaust option (Turn it off for quiet, stealthy power.  Or turn it on, and let the 8 cylinders roar and reverberate across a quiet cove.) makes for a nice alternative.

The 25 GT also has the comes with the new Sea Keeper Ride which is as described:

Sea Keeper Ride controllers are mounted to your boat's transom below the waterline.  Using custom, proprietary inertial sensing hardware and software, the system understands how the boat is behaving in all three axes and commands deployment of the rotary blades to counteract pitch, roll, and yaw.  As the blades are deployed, they create lift at the transom, managing the vessel's motion instantaneously.

If you understand that, you are likely a Mechanical Engineer or an Airline Pilot. 

To the layperson, Sea Keeper Ride eliminates a large part of the rocking, rolling, and pitching in rough water, busy inlets, or crossing wakes.  Say goodbye to Dramamine!

Enough of the physics lesson!  The Chris-Craft 25 GT is the most stunning and comfortable 25' runabout I've seen in many years.  The Almond interior, paired with the Metallic Portofino Blue painted hull will illuminate in the sun.  Nothing is common on this stunner.

Hope to see you in Boston.  Or if you happen to be lucky enough to be at the Miami Show, Andy & Hutch from Hamlin's Marine can give you a tour of the Chris-Craft booth. 

Summer is around the corner!

Friday, February 10, 2023

Edendriver Adds New Features For 2023


Puffin Team Members Eric, Richard, & Katie

An Edendriver boat is just as seaworthy as it is beautiful.  For the unfamiliar, Edendriver is a narrow-beamed 17' center console that features uncommon design features such as a tumblehome transom, molded spray rails, and a stem that is part Downeast & part Carolina.   

The team at Puffin Boat Company in Hampden, Maine is working on Hull #16, and we intend to build a dozen or so for model year 2023.  

New for 2023, we've flush mounted a Garmin 7" Multi Function Display that provides all Yamaha engine data, GPS, Sonar, and controls the Fusion Stereo.  Also on the dash is an induction phone charger, since nobody ever leaves shore without Instagram anymore.  

7" Garmin Multi Function Display

Also, for 2023 Edendriver is available with a Rough Water Package featuring a smoked windshield, stainless console grab bar, stern seat security rails, and forward split bow rails.  

Eric Test Fits the Console Grab Bar

If you are interested in building an Edendriver for your family, please visit us at Puffin Boat Company or schedule a factory visit.