Up the driveway are a 19th-century Cape-style house, a boat shed, a bright green 1954 Willys pickup truck and a wood-heated workshop. This is where Greg Rossel has plied his craft for some three decades, establishing himself as one of the many small cogs in Maine’s diverse boat-building industry.
In the United States, boat building is a $1 billion a year industry, and nearly two-thirds of it—around $600 million worth, according to a 2002 study by University of Southern Maine economics professor Charles Colgan—is done in Maine. The industry organization Maine Built Boats estimates there are about 450 boat-building companies employing about 5,000 people in the state.
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