Business is booming at boatyards    

MOUNT DESERT — A lot of industries saw demand dry up during the pandemic but one that has managed to stay afloat is boatbuilding. In fact, several boatyards across the region reported that things are full steam ahead.   

“We’ve been busier than ever,” said Steve White, the president of Brooklin Boat Yard.   

At the onset of the pandemic, White’s yard closed for three weeks, but since they reopened, demand has been through the roof.  

“I’m not exactly sure what’s driving it,” he said.   

He’s seen repeat customers and new customers ask for every service the boatyard offers.  

“It’s really the full range,” he said. “We’re fully booked through this year and we are booking work next year now…We’re rarely more than eight or nine months booked completely.”   

Business at Wesmac Custom Boats in Surry has been booming as well, but they…

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