More quality for the money than any yard I've worked with.
“I am extremely grateful for your patience and commitment (the former doesn't usually beget the latter) to the Wise Child project last summer. That goes for everyone who worked on the boat.
Your collective guidance and focus meant that what needed to happen, did, and it was done well. I learned from your decisions the subtle art of steering a neophyte like me away from ridiculous and costly demands. And in the end, sailed away with confidence, less impoverished than I could have been and all for $$$ well spent.”
_-Capt. Frank Gibney, Owner/Skipper of “Wild Child"
Many thanks to Will, Nathan and all the crew at Maine Yacht Center for truly caring and putting pride in what you do!
“There are a number of great boat yards in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine but wanted to share the exceptional experience I had at Maine Yacht Center in Portland this past winter. Like many boats owners my Downeaster is my pride and joy and ensuring a partnership with a reputable yard has been paramount.
Right from the fall haul I knew the boat was going to be in good hands. They were very accommodating in providing time to allow the spray rails to be blocked appropriately during the haul and making sure the slings were well protected. After the haul the boat got washed, moved inside and blocked making sure everything went well. Knowing I was a little particular about keeping the boat clean over the winter they took the initiative to propose covering it a dust cover shortly thereafter.
During the winter I worked with the yard on a number of projects. These included a lot of gel coat repair, fabrication of a rocket launcher (Cumberland Ironworks - thank you), boot strip repair and bottom paint touch up. During any of the work the yard always took precautions to protect the surrounding areas and the quality is indicative of a best in class yard. Jeff always kept informed of the status. I tend to have a fairly good eye for gel coat matches but they pushed the envelope providing undetectable repairs.
Many thanks to Will, Nathan and all the crew at Maine Yacht Center for truly caring and putting pride in what you do!”
-Capt. John Sakovits, Owner/Skipper of “Northern Lights"
I’ve had boats in various yards on both sides of the Atlantic over the years, and I’ve rarely encountered one as competent, professional, and user-friendly as yours.
“Just a quick note here to thank you and Jeff and all the rest of the crew at MYC for the excellent care you’ve lavished upon Lunacy over the past couple of years. I’ve had boats in various yards on both sides of the Atlantic over the years, and I’ve rarely encountered one as competent, professional, and user-friendly as yours. From designing and creating a new bowsprit to the boat to ad hoc rudder repairs to coping with her creative wiring, the MYC crew have proven to be invaluable partners in upgrading and maintaining the old girl. The great stability of your team and their depth of knowledge make MYC a great resource for anyone looking to refit and/or maintain a boat in southern Maine. If you do post this letter on your website, I would urge those interested in learning more about the work MYC has performed on Lunacy to check out The Lunacy Report on my blog WaveTrain.”
-Charles J. Doane, Executive Editor at SAIL Magazine, Owner/Skipper of “Lunacy"
My expectation was completely fulfilled by the MYC team.
"In undertaking the Vendee Globe (the solo, non-stop, round-the-world race in Open 60s), a skipper must have total confidence in his or her boat. Having worked with Brian Harris on previous voyages aboard our trimaran Great American II, I knew that for our Vendee Globe 2008-9 aboard Great American III, he and his team at Maine Yacht Center would be the perfect place for a major re-fit of my Open 60. My expectation was completely fulfilled by the MYC team. They were skilled and creative in all the disciplines of an offshore boat, found problems to be solved that I hadn't identified, were collaborative with my ideas, on time in our schedule, and friendly. Our 9th place of 11 finishers of 30 starters proved the point of world-class boat preparation."
-Rich Wilson, Owner/Skipper of Open 60 "Great American III"
The facility is first class and the care, professionalism & attention of the crew was excellent.
“On behalf of my family and myself, I want to thank you and your team for a great experience at Maine Yacht Center in the launching, hauling (for hurricane “Irene”) and re-launching of my sailboat Sanderling. The facility is first class and the care, professionalism & attention of the crew was excellent. Sanderling being over forty years old and not in the water for almost 8 years, I had my trepidations; however, with the great service of Maine Yacht Center all went well and Sanderling is now sailing Casco Bay.”
-Tony Theriault, Owner/Skipper of “Sanderling”
I know that Fianna and I are safe in relying upon Maine Yacht Center's thoughtful engineering and high quality craftsmanship.
"Fianna, my 1985 Wauqiuez Pretorian, has been completely restored by the world class craftsmen at Maine Yacht Center. Under their care she has received a stem to stern refit. MYC's convenient location, new dock facilities, caring and responsible dock staff and their network of partners, tradesmen, and marine experts makes MYC the center of my yachting experience. As a single-hander, I know that Fianna and I are safe in relying upon Maine Yacht Center's thoughtful engineering and high quality craftsmanship."
-Richard Buchanan, Owner/Skipper of Wauqiuez Pretorian “Fianna"
Doing business with Maine Yacht Center is reminiscent of times past when integrity, fairness and keeping one’s word characterized all transactions.
"Doing business with Maine Yacht Center is reminiscent of times past when integrity, fairness and keeping one’s word characterized all transactions. Add to that world class skills in a broad array of marine disciplines, real value for money spent and a staff that cares about the customer’s satisfaction and safety at sea. That’s why I continue to return to MYC for my storage and maintenance needs."
-Bruce Blessington, Owner/Skipper- Alden Yachts 43, “Dress Blue”
The team at the Maine Yacht Center is absolutely first rate.
"The team at the Maine Yacht Center is absolutely first rate. They have assisted with the preparation of my Class 40 for two major ocean races which required a variety of complex tasks from rigging to painting. The work was always completed in a thoroughly professional manner and at a price that was very competitive compared to my options in southern New England."
-Nick Halmos, Owner/Skipper of Class 40 "Cutlass"
Thank you and all at MYC for the hard work...
“Hope all is well in Maine and you all are managing to stay warm. I write to you from Antigua having just finished our first trip. Systems-wise everything on Hound preformed beautifully, so I thank you, and all at MYC for the hard work put into her. Hi to the rest at MYC and look forward to seeing you in May.”
-Nick Pucello, Skipper of “Hound”
Thank you for providing us with such fine facilities...
(after winning the Class 40 Quebec to France trans-Atlantic race)
"This victory (which has yet to sink in) is for all the people who have supported us along the way with this project, which very much includes you all at MYC - thank you for providing us with such fine facilities for preparing Campagne de France!"
-Miranda & Halvard, Class 40 “Campagne de France”
I say great things about your yard whenever I have a chance.
"Hello! I hope this note finds you and your team at MYC well. I am writing just to say hello and wish you well. I am reading Rich Wilson's book on the Vendee Globe and just came to the part where he describes the refit in your yard... I felt a deep connection to your team when I read this. While my project was tiny compared to the work you did on Great American III, it was handled with the same care and professionalism. I say great things about your yard whenever I have a chance.
All the best!"
You have a top notch team...
“We have really enjoyed our trips north and hope we have a chance to use your terrific facilities and services again in the future. You have top notch team and you all have been most supportive over these past seasons. Have a good winter and best wishes.
-Ralph and Nick, 43' Power Catamaran “Phat Cat"