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York ME wooden boat builder Paul Rollins is back after health scare

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York, Maine — The 1965 sloop was launched in York Harbor, a new vessel, renamed Cedar and restored by a man known as one of the area’s remaining master boat builders.

Paul Rawlins watched as the crane lifted Cedar’s mast into the air while he and a crew of friends waited to be secured in place over the center of the boat. , will remain in port for several weeks until the timber settles before setting sail for its maiden voyage.

“The wood is always in motion,” Rollins explained. “Before you go out and hit the waves, you need to calm down.”

71-year-old local shipbuilding legend Paul Rawlins continues to work on projects such as the restoration of the 1965 sloop Cedar, which was launched in York Harbor on Wednesday.

Boat-building family, friends and colleagues gathered at Donnell’s Boat Launch this week to help local captains who have worked on famous ships like the Piscataqua Gandalow in Portsmouth.

A friend said Rollins had been talking about retirement in recent years when he discovered a 1965 sloop built by his famous mentor Bud McIntosh.

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