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All things boat-related in Brooklin, ME

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I might have a day or two to visit Brooklin, Maine. Can someone recommend some things to do to take in as much as this boating Mecca has to offer? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Brooklin is pretty small. There's a library with original drawings from some of E.B. White's books. A tree-lined street. A General Store. A low-key but nice Yacht Club, and Woodenboat. At Woodenboat, inspecting the store and all the classes and projects going on took us a good couple of hours when we went. There's also a boatyard, but they're trying to focus on business, not tourists. Also in the area are Belfast - a much bigger town with interesting shops, Searsport, which has a renowned museum, Bucks Harbor, where there's a good restaurant, and Blue Hill, where you can find the oil paintings, cheese, wine, patť and other trinkets you forgot to get in East Hampton, NY when you were there last. .
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Maybe you could get a tour of Brooklin Boat. I have a friend who is parts manager there.
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Is Brooklin Boat the same thing as Brooklin Boatyard? That would be a real treat!
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Is Brooklin Boat the same thing as Brooklin Boatyard? That would be a real treat!
yeah.... but I don't know if they give tours. And my friend would shoot me if I gave you his name. Call them and ask.
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Camden and Stonington are my fav places, windjammers are my most loved of things to do but, because of the high cost, I tend to sit on the wharf eating lobstah roll while watching to see if any of the skippers need my advice lol
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...., I tend to sit on the wharf eating lobstah roll while watching to see if any of the skippers need my advice lol
Do they need your advice?
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Z, that one went right over your head? Maybe only women skippers know what it means? You've never been given "advice" from watchers on the dock, wharf. or even the ones on-board other boats?
No... You have to understand:

1. I haven't sailed actively since I was 16 on a friend of my father's boat with the friends 12 year old kid. This makes my experience a newbie, expect for the experiences I actually have had, which people tend to be glad that it didn't happen to them, or to argue with me that it didn't really happen that way(which is ridiculous of course).

2. I had a break of 50 years where I wished I could sail, bought and read every book on sailing, got every magazine, and visited every show, but didn't actually sail, because I didn't have money to buy one and put it anywhere. I almost build one. I bought the plans even.

3. I do belong to yacht club, but there is rarely anyone there, and all our boats are moored. Mine is moored 1000 feet out into the channel from the dock.

So.... You are right. I have no idea what the secret language you used actually means.
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That's the place. We dinghied in there for a look around, but most of the boats were out on moorings or gone cruising for the summer. The building shed was totally empty, with nothing going on and no one around. If they have something under construction it will likely be a different scene.
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That's the place. We dinghied in there for a look around, but most of the boats were out on moorings or gone cruising for the summer. The building shed was totally empty, with nothing going on and no one around. If they have something under construction it will likely be a different scene.
They are continually building boats. You must have gone to the wrong place.
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