Marina Spotlights

Journey's End Marina

New England
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July 2015
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By
Olivia
Schleicher

Journey's End Marina is set in the thriving Midcoast Maine port of Rockland in West Penobscot Bay. The property is owned by the O'Hara Corporation, which has been active in the marine industry for more than 100 years and also operates O'Hara Bait out of Rockland and an Alaskan fishing fleet in the Bering Sea.

The idea for the marina first took hold in the 1990s, when the fishing industry gravitated toward the West Coast. The O'Hara family decided to purchase some vacant waterfront fish processing plants around Rockland's harbor. Soon Journey's End began to take shape, and a full-service yachting center which caters to both recreational vessels and commercial lobster boats was born.Rockland is a popular destination for cruisers heading north during the summer, and Journey's End quickly became one of the premiere places to stop. The deep-water marina can accommodate vessels up to 275 feet and offers everything a boater may need, including WiFi, well-lit ramps and docks, water and electric, a ship store, clean shower and bathroom facilities, laundry and both diesel and gasoline fuel. The marina has the largest indoor boat storage facility in Maine, and the service crew happily works on everything from the smallest boats to the largest mega-yachts. This August, a heated 18,000-square-foot indoor service and storage facility will be completed, along with an 85-foot indoor spray booth. The extensive services available include fiberglass repairs, full re-paint jobs, hull and keel repairs, electrical and refrigeration maintenance, metal fabrication, and general engine repairs. Journey's End also runs a transport service that safely gets your vessel anywhere you need it within the United States and Canada.

The heart of quaint Rockland is just a stone's throw from the marina. Browse through the many shops and art galleries and grab a bite to eat at one of the excellent restaurants, including the award-winning Primo, which offers farm-to-table cuisine by celebrated chef Melissa Kelly. Tour the Rock Harbor Brewing Company, sample one of the many beers on tap, and kick back to the soulful beats of the live bands. The many festivals throughout the summer include the North Atlantic Blues Festival (July 11-12), the Maine Lobster Festival (July 29-August 2) and the 13th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show (August 14-16). What's more, Rockland is home to many historic schooners, including the magnificent Victory Chimes.Perhaps Journey's End general manager Shane Strause sums up the facility's appeal best: If you're boating in New england, there's no need to compromise. Journey's End is a spectacular summer destination for boaters, no matter what you're looking for a seasonal slip, a paint job, indoor winter storage, you name it. Journey's End Marina is the one place that offers you everything you and your boat may need. Come and see what sets us apart from everyone else.

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