On Thursday 28 January, during a rather cold day, Josh Hale, of the Portland Maritime Group, tied up at our wharf with his LST. We had invited a group of guides, dealers, tour organizers and the like to view the boat and talk to Josh about carrying kayaks out to Islands rather than have customers slog across a long bay etc. to get there. We had an excellent turnout including representatives from almost all the touring companies, guides and MITA reps. The boat can easily carry 6 kayaks, up to 20′ long, along with gear and supplies. There are tie-down points for securing kayaks and gear, and the boat can easily cruise at 20 knots in open water. With a shallow draft and retractable sterndrives, the boat can make beach landings on unimproved shorelines and uninhabited islands. Additionally, the bow door and dive ladder door can be used to launch kayaks from a mooring or while at anchor. With a covered, heated cabin and a wide beam, you’re assured a comfortable and safe ride on the Katahdin. Pretty cool way to get around. Here’s a quick photo showing some of the visitors. Congrats to all those who braved the weather but hey, this is Maine!