In Arthur Martin's Wake

 Twenty-three years ago, Hargy Heap, of Yarmouth, who was then in the paint business in Massachusetts, decided to sell the beloved family catboat, a twenty-two-foot Crocker keel model. Two growing Heaps were disenchanted with the cruising scene and Hargy and his wife, Judy, decided their cruising days were over. No sooner was the boat's sale accomplished, however, than Hargy panicked. "I just had to get out on the water," he recalls.
 A sailing friend suggested that Heap go see Arthur Martin, the Boston naval architect and sculling enthusiast who was just then moving to Maine to manufacture ocean rowing shells in a labor of love that was to make him widely revered as the father of modern recreational rowing. After delivering his old catboat to Rye, New Hampshire, Heap took off on a four-mile row in Martin's wake.
 "Like a lot of others who went rowing with Arthur," Heap reports, "I was hooked!" Within a couple of months, he had purchased one of Martin's Alden shells and had become sufficiently accomplished to enter Martin's annual, seven-mile, open-ocean Isles of Shoals race. He's been rowing Alden shells and participating in the race, which he has won four times, ever since.
 In 1975, Heap transferred his rowing full time to Maine after he bought a decoy-making business in Freeport, later moving it to Bowdoinham. He sold that business in 1990, and the following year combined avocation with vocation when he took over an Alden dealership, selling shells from the top of his car and taking them to the Yarmouth Town Landing for demonstrations. Car-top selling proved frustrating, however, he reports, so the next year he made a deal to install a float and a runway in a shallow portion of Ralph Stevens' Yankee Marina in Yarmouth, creating the Casco Bay Rowing center. The center, now with two floats and room to stow a growing fleet of shells, fulfills a longtime dream of rowers in the Portland area, making it easier for scullers to launch their boats. From May through October, Heap offered rowing lessons, rentals, and sales at the center to a growing clientele of rowing enthusiasts of both sexes and all ages. For many, he says, rowing has become an important part of their fitness regimen as well as a relaxing pleasure.
 A couple of years ago, Heap tried taking his shells south to Florida for the winter, but he has decided to discontinue the practice. "I'm a cross-country skier," he says, "and I missed skiing and the Maine winter," This past winter in Maine suited him just fine, but Hargy and a lot of his clients are getting itchy right now for those first mild days of May.
 Rowing, anyone?

Breadcrumbs

The Features of the Alden - Marjorie Martin - 1981

Martin Marine Product Line

The Alden Single

Ideal for the recreational rower and racer

Hull Length: 16'
Waterline Beam: 24"
Overall Beam: 25"
Hull Weight: approx. 40#
Features: Fiberglass hull and deck with coaming, bow line, sealed flotation, flat bottom, low seating position, drainage plugs, ample storage and access port.
Benefits: Designed for optimum combination of satisfying speed and assuring stability, with extra space for for storing gear and a personal flotation device.

The Alden Double

Ideal for tandem rowing, versatile enough for one.

Hull Length: 18'
Waterline Beam: 29"
Overall Beam: 30"
Hull Weight: approx. 68#
Features: Same as the Alden Single, but offers three locations for the Oarmaster.
Benefits: Converts easily for tandem or single rowing - with or without a passenger.

The Martin

The original high performance single.

Hull Length: 20'6"
Waterline Beam: 19"
Overall Beam: 22"
Hull Weight: approx. 50#
Features: Similar hull to the Alden, but longer and narrower with high coaming.
Benefits: Offers a higher hull speed with more glide. The Martin's performance has been proven time and again in racing events from Maine to California. Ideal for competitive training in less than perfect conditions.

The Appledore Pod

Ideal for rough water or camping trips.

Hull Length: 16'
Waterline Beam: 33.5"
Overall Beam: 35.5"
Hull Weight: approx. 97 lbs. (Fiberglass)
approx. 70 lbs. (Cedar)
Features: Offers three locations for the Oarmaster, higher freeboard, a wider beam and optional sailing rig. The Appledore comes in elegant Western Red Cedar using the WEST System, or fiberglass with teak trim.
Benefits: This boat offers the unbeatable combination of seaworthiness, stability, and the full body power of sliding seat rowing. The Appledore may be rowed by one or two, with plenty of extra room for passengers or gear. Plus, the optional sailing rig shifts muscle power to wind power for exceptional speed and grace.

The Kittery Skiff Kit

Enjoy building and rowing this traditional craft.

The Kittery Skiff Kit includes all pre-cut wood parts ready to stitch-and-glue in place, epoxy resin and hardener with precise metering pumps, all fasteners and even a pair of rubber gloves. This kit is simple enough for a first time boat builder to assemble.

Hull Length: 15'8"
Waterline Beam: 24"
Overall Beam: 28 1/2"
Hull Weight: approx. 40 lbs.
Features: Classic double-ender design using the Oarmaster.
Benefits: Inexpensive, easy to build, carries a passenger and fun to row.

 

Visit the Arthur E Martin exhibit!

Kittery Historical & Naval Museum
200 Rogers Road Extension
Kittery, Maine 03904
www.kitterymuseum.com/
Telephone:
(207)439-3080

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"It is never a waste of time to sit and watch the tide come in and go out..."

Arthur E. Martin, 1917-1990