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Lake Winnipesaukee marinas combine ownership

WOLFEBORO — Two historic Winnipesaukee marinas come together under common ownership.

The Pratt family has announced the acquisition of Shep Brown’s Boat Basin in Meredith, NH, pairing it with Goodhue Hawkins Navy Yard, their existing boat dealership located in Wolfeboro, NH. Shep Brown’s will also begin offering Chaparral Boat sales and service.

In a deal that combines two of the most historic marinas on Lake Winnipesaukee, Goodhue and Shep’s have more than 200 years of combined operation on the Lake. That kind of longevity doesn’t come easily, and can only be maintained through sound business practices and a dedication to customer service. “As a family-owned and operated business, we truly strive to treat our customers as we would like to be treated” says owner Cameron Pratt.

Goodhue Hawkins Navy Yard traces its history back to 1903 when Nathaniel H. Goodhue and Chester E. Hawkins began building, and even renting, new boats at the marina on Sewall Road in Wolfeboro. Shep Brown’s Boat Basin in Meredith also bears the name of the original owner who began the company in 1919.

While boat building is no longer part of the businesses, there is exciting news regarding the boat brands offered at these two locations. Goodhue Hawkins will continue to offer premium Cobalt boats, the most popular runabout on the Lake. They will now also sell and service new Boston Whaler boats from the Wolfeboro location. Whaler will continue to be available at Shep Brown’s, where they have been sold and serviced for over two decades.

Additionally, Chaparral Boats has announced a partnership with the Pratt family and will be available at the Shep Brown’s location almost immediately. “Lake Winnipesaukee and New Hampshire are an important area to the team at Chaparral Boats. The Pratt family has initiatives in place to grow our brands for many years to come. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship”- says Aaron Krenzer, Northeast Sales Manager for Chaparral Boats.


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Info-Link: Boat sales up 5 percent in July

Boat sales grew by about 5 percent in July, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report.

The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market (varies by market segment and time of year).

Boat sales in July were slightly higher than in June, when boat sales were up just over 4 percent. However, the growth rate has been mostly declining since its peak of 11 percent in 2016.

Sportfish boats, personal watercraft and tow boats all led the way in July, with sales up about 7 percent over the previous year in all three categories.

Outboard sales were up 6 percent for the period, slightly up from June’s growth. The sterndrive/jet segment was the only category to decline, with sales down almost 5 percent from last year.



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‘Art for the Seasons’ on display, for sale at Porto Cima event

Local artist and Lake Arts Council Visual Arts Vice-President Mary Andeline invites the public to view the exhibit and purchase or commission fine artwork.

Described as a fine art extravaganza, “Art for the Seasons” features fine artwork by local and nationally-known artists as well as the opportunity to explore some of the amenities of Porto Cima.

The overwhelming success of the art exhibit last fall held at the Porto Cima Clubhouse led the owners, Susan and Peter Brown, to offer the more spacious and well lighted areas of the Yacht Club and grounds this year.

The event will be Sept. 16 and 17 at The Club at Porto Cima Yacht Club, Club House Drive, Sunrise Beach. A reception with the artists will also be held Sept. 15.

Local artist and Lake Arts Council Visual Arts Vice-President Mary Andeline invites the public to view the exhibit and purchase or commission fine artwork.

All art work will be original, framed and wired ready for hanging unless they are gallery wrapped board or canvas, according to Andeline, who added, “last year there was an unusually high amount of sales which is a testament to the quality and affordability of the art pieces.”

Others in attendance heard a patron say that she had attended many art shows throughout the Midwest and pronounced this one as the “classiest and most organized.”

In addition to viewing the full exhibit of fine art on Saturday and Sunday, Porto Cima is hosting a “Meet and Greet the Artist “celebration at the Golf Clubhouse, 133 Club House Drive, on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Food and wine will be offered by the hosts at a special exhibit price throughout the weekend.

Proceeds from the entry fees will benefit both the Lake Arts Council to further its educational and enlightening art programs held year round throughout the lake area and the Ozark Brush and Palette Student Mentoring Program. Donations for each organization will also be gratefully accepted.

The public viewing for the “Art for the Seasons” exhibit is 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The Porto Cima Yacht Club facility is easy to find by exiting Highway MM at Porto Cima Drive, then taking a right turn at the first intersection to the Yacht Club.

Attendees may also come by boat as docks are available at the marina located in the cove between the Porto Cima Golf course and the community toll bridge.

The entry deadline for artists was officially Aug. 1, but if you missed it, there still might be space available. Please contact Mary Andeline for that information or any other questions regarding the art exhibit at 573-374-9297 or email at maryandeline@yahoo.com.


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