Museum’s “Boat Talk” Series to Feature “Working With Composites in Boat Repair & Construction” (2/3/24)

by | Jan 30, 2024

Whether you own a boat or are thinking about buying a boat, and whether that boat is a canoe or a yacht, there are always questions about maintenance and materials.  Rockland’s Sail, Power, and Steam Museum series, “Boat Talk,” brings staff and local experts together with current or prospective boat owners over coffee and donuts to help answer questions and to think through decisions that must be made.

Sail, Power, and Steam Museum staff member Ben Diamond will be the featured “Boat Talk” speaker on Saturday, February 3, at 9:00am.  Diamond has spent a decade in marine construction utilizing composites in production, custom restoration, and repair work.  The series takes place in person at the museum, which is located at 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland.  Registration is not required, and there is a suggested $10 donation at the door.

“No matter how you use your boat, encountering composites along the way is inevitable in this day and age. This talk will cover common composite materials and resins, their properties, as well as various techniques used in practical applications. Whether you aim to DIY or utilize professionals with your boat projects, education is the best first step,” noted Diamond.

Robin McIntosh, museum Executive Director, noted that the museum is thrilled to be presenting this Saturday morning series for boaters.  “The Boat Talk series will bring in experts on coatings and finishes, composites, electronics, USCG rules and regulations, and more.  It gives prospective and current boat owners the opportunity to get answers to their boating questions and to connect with fellow boaters and industry experts.”

For a listing of the Boat Talk series and other museum events (including the popular online speaker series, Captains’ Quarters” visit the “Music and Events” page of their website:

The mission of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum is to celebrate, honor, experience, and share the story of Maine’s maritime heritage.  Hosting an extensive maritime history collection and active waterfront programs, the museum is located on the shores of Rockland’s working waterfront.