In June of 1965 an abandoned fish cannery on the South Portland shore of the Fore River was converted into a small marina. By the winter of 1974 the marina had only experienced limited growth, provided few services and had less than 20 usable boat slips.
In April of 1974 the marina was sold to its present owner and under its new management expanded to a full service marina. Sales of boats and motors were added. Slips increased to 30 and 30 moorings were added.
In 1979 Port Harbor Marine was the successful bidder to develop a new marina with the City of South Portland. In 1980 Port Harbor Marine sold its old location and relocated to its present location at Spring Point Marina. The marina facility consists of over 18,000 square feet of buildings on 6 acres of land and 250 boat slips on 6 acres of water, making us one of the largest marine dealer/marina facilities in the Northeast. Since then Port Harbor Marine has become the leader and trendsetter for the marine industry in the Northeast.
In 1989, Breakwater Marina, a 121 slip dockominium marina was built adjacent to Spring Point Marina. In 1993 Port Harbor Marine purchased 104 of the 121 slips and was awarded management of the marina. Breakwater’s premier slips continue to be a valued addition to our company and sought after by our customers.
In 1993 Port Harbor Marine opened its first satellite location in Brewer, ME. This full service facility offers boats, motors, trailers, parts and accessories, sales and service. Port Harbor Marine is now the leading provider of marine recreational products in the Bangor and Brewer region. In 2002 Port Harbor moved this location to a new larger facility in Holden, ME.
In 1996 Port Harbor Marine was the successful bidder to develop and construct a new marina in the town of Bucksport, ME. In 1997 the first phase of construction was completed and the new “Bucksport Marina” opened for business. Phase two, completed in 1998, provides for 36 seasonal slips, deepwater transient slips with up to 100’ fuel and accessories sales. In 2004 the marina was expanded to 46 slips. The beautiful setting and panoramic view makes this an excellent location for another Port Harbor Marine facility.
In late 1996 Port Harbor Marine was fortunate enough to acquire highly respected and successful Jordan Bay Marina. Located on several acres on Sebago Lake in Raymond, Me., the full service facility offers slip space for 50 boats, dry stack service for 150 boats, sales and service of boats, motors, trailers, parts, and accessories. The addition of Jordan Bay Marina to the Port Harbor Marine family has improved our ability to service our customers in the Lakes Region.
In December of 2000, Port Harbor Marine purchased the D & G property located at 110-120 Breakwater Annex. The property located within a ¼ mile of our Spring Point Marina and Breakwater Marina slips, added 2+ acres and 20,000sf+ of buildings to our facilities. The addition of this facility allows us to expand our sales and service operations. 9,000sf is now being used as our new Delivery Center, improving our customers’ total sales experience.
In September of 2005, Port Harbor Marine purchased Wayfarer Marine’s location in Rockport, Maine. The Rockport location is a valuable addition the Port Harbor Marine family. It is a fairly new facility that offers boats, motors, trailers, parts and accessories sales, as well as storage and a full service department. We are proud to have added an excellent crew to our team and happy to have been able to expand to this area of Maine.
The owners and management of Port Harbor Marine are committed to continue the growth of the company and maintain its position of leadership in the marine recreational industry. We will maintain our leadership position by providing quality products and service with exceptional customer care. It is also our commitment to maintain this leadership by operating a financially strong and profitable company. We believe that the rewards for our efforts are derived from our profits.
It is our desire to establish a long and beneficial association with all our crewmembers. There are many opportunities for personal growth and achievement within the company. Rewards will be equal to your achievement. Our wages and benefits are designed to keep us the leader in our field. Port Harbor Marine attempts to offer an environment where responsible, mature, crewmembers can grow and prosper along with the company’s growth and prosperity. We will try our utmost to be a responsible employer, to be fair to all and to earn your respect and trust.
Port Harbor Marine is the state’s largest and most progressively managed marine dealer with an excellent reputation for quality and reliability, and we need crewmembers willing to adopt this kind of dedication if we hope to reach our goals. The company expects each crewmember to be concerned about the firm’s efficient growth, good customer relations, crewmembers and the right of the company to achieve its fair and just objectives.
We are proud of our company and our crewmembers. We believe that Port Harbor Marine provides the best services available to the boating community and want to continue this tradition. Therefore, it is important that we never forget that the customer is the reason we are here.
Robert C. Soucy Jr, President