Maine Man Building Schooner from Scrap
August 10, 2012
Portland Press Herald: You might imagine a schooner, its sails full to bursting with the wind, slicing across Casco Bay. That’s how Harold Arndt sees his schooner, though 20 years after he started building the Island Rover, it remains a rusting steel hulk rising from piles of scrap metal and other junk strewn across five wooded acres behind his home on Flying Point [in Freeport, Maine].
“I can imagine it,” Arndt said Friday, grinning at the prospect of setting sail. “I’ve been on enough boats.”
For now, Arndt is high and dry, and once again facing scrutiny from local and state officials for continuing to violate land-use rules in a residential area where neighbors seem divided on whether his boat-building operation is a problem.
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