secondary-1The Leadership
Steve and Stephanie Rowe left General Electric to take the helm at Great Island in 2005. Both are engineers by degree but have worked in many capacities and industries ranging from small family businesses in New England to power plant construction in Asia and Europe. Steve’s last role at GE was General Manager of the GE Environmental Services business. The boat yard offered a refreshing change. The Rowes have two boys, Gavin and Keegan, and live less than a mile down the road from the boat yard. When Steve and Stephanie acquired the yard they made a long-term commitment to Harpswell, Maine and to building a quality boat yard and marina. For 15 years, they ran it as a family business. On June 15, 2020, they joined the Safe Harbor group and became Safe Harbor Great Island and Safe Harbor’s 100th location. Steve continues to serve as the General Manager, with the same dedicated staff.

The Crew
Our team of year-round professionals is our most important asset.  The capability, pride and attention to detail of our crew allows us to care for the fleet of quality boats that are entrusted to us. We seek out technicians and craftsmen who want to be the very best, and then give them the tools and training they need to accomplish their work.

The Business
Safe Harbor Great Island cares for well over 200 boats in the winter and hosts over 100 in the marina during the summer. We offer “shipyard” capabilities with the personal and friendly service of a small family business. Over half of our customers come to us from other New England states. A parade of boats makes the 120-mile trip between Great Island and the Cape Cod Canal every spring and fall. The team paints, repairs, repowers, and refits dozens of sailboats and motor yachts annually.

SHGI 2023 – 2024 Rate Sheet

Quick Facts


  • 57 Slips
  • Max 90’ LOA
  • MLW 10’ depth max
  • 15 – 30 – 50A Service

Mooring Field

  • 40 Moorings
  • Max 65’ LOA
  • 10-14’ MLW depth


  • 94,400ft² indoor heated
  • 1,500ft² indoor cold
  • 220 vessels stored annually


  • 15 Acres
  • 1,000’ Waterfront


  • Hydraulic Trailer:
    • Max 70’ LOA
    • Max 60 Tons
    • Max 8’6” Draft
  • Travel Lift (available fall 2022):
    • Max 70′ LOA
    • Max 75 Tons
    • Max 9′ draft


  • Rigging
  • Mechanical
  • Electronics
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Refrigeration
  • Carpentry
  • Glass Repair
  • Awlgrip
  • Varnish & Paint
  • Canvas
  • Fabrication


  • 35 Marine Technicians
  • 45 Total Employees

Driving Miles To

  • Portland – 35
  • Camden – 60
  • Boston – 140
  • Freeport – 15


Safe Harbor Great Island is situated at the head of Orr’s Cove on the north end of Quahog Bay.

Our address is: 419 Harpswell Islands Road in Harpswell, Maine  04079.


  • We’re located about 40 minutes north of Portland.
  • Take I-295 North to Exit 28, Brunswick.
  • Follow Route 1 toward Bath; exit at Cook’s Corner.
  • Continue straight through the light on Route 24 South for six miles.
  • Safe Harbor Great Island will be on your left.
  • Get Detailed Driving Directions.


  • Safe Harbor Great Island is located at 43˚49.792N and 069˚54.915W.
  • Enter between Green Can #3 and Saddleback Ledge (split the difference between the two). 
  • From there, steer approximately 28˚magnetic, keeping an eye on ledges, both sides.
  • Enter Quahog Bay keeping Pole Island to starboard; there’s a red marker south of Pole (R N “4”) – keep that to starboard.  From there, it’s straight up into Orr’s Cove. 
  • You’ll see our mooring field and to the north, four sets of T-docks in front of the white marina building on the west side of the cove.
  • The dinghy dock is located on the opposite side of the fuel dock, right outside the marina office.

Bruckmann Yachts + GIBY Partnership



Great Island Boat Yard has been selected by Bruckmann Yachts, a highly respected builder of custom motor and sailing vessels, as an authorized commissioning, warranty, and service yard for their boats.  Bruckmann Yachts, an Ontario-based company with a worldwide presence, is often compared to the likes of more well-known manufacturers such as Hinckley, Alden, and Morris Yachts.  From the stylish and practical Abaco 40 Daycruiser, to the superior 50′ MK II Cruising Sailboat, these vessels showcase classic lines while giving their owners great performance.  We are honored that they have entrusted GIBY to help ensure long-term reliability and owner satisfaction of their vessels.

GIBY currently has six world class Bruckmanns under our care, including hulls #2 and #3 of the Abaco 40.  Hull #2 came to Harpswell in the summer of 2014 for commissioning.  After joining us at the Newport International Boat Show, she came under new ownership in the fall and was stored in our new facility over the winter.  Once the finishing touches were complete this spring, Winifred was delivered by the crew at True Course Yachting, who made the trip down to Long Island.  

The owner of Abaco 40 Hull #3 had the boat delivered from Toronto to GIBY on July 1,2015, and she went directly from the truck to the paint bay.  Our crew will be performing an Awlgrip job on her hull and installing a full Garmin navigation, communications and auto pilot package.  We plan to complete any final owner requests – including custom canvas and cushions – and commission the boat this summer.

The other Bruckmanns we store and maintain are Bonaventure, Loveseatoo, Mad Dash, and Surprise, all classic Bruckmann MK II Sailing Yachts.  Through this partnership our team at GIBY continues to build upon our existing knowledge of Bruckmann Yachts with a commitment to learning their designs, cataloging their drawings, and working with their team professionally and effectively.  Our close proximity to Portland makes the yard a convenient home base while providing Bruckmann yacht owners with state of the art facilities, and the superior service they should come to expect to maintain owner confidence.

Great Island Boat Yard appreciates the values and traditions that the Bruckmann name has carried for 50 years.  Both companies are family-owned and operated, and each shares a dedication to using old world skills with today’s most modern materials, techniques and equipment to achieve the highest caliber product and outcome.  Our entire team here at GIBY looks forward to a long and solid relationship with Bruckmann and their vessel owners for years to come.

2016 Update:  Check out this great write-up on the Bruckmann Abaco 40 featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Maine Boats, Harbors & Homes magazine!