ROCKLAND, Maine — A longtime Rockland organization that has taught traditional wooden boat building skills for generations has put its harborfront property up for sale.
But Atlantic Challenge, also known as the Apprenticeshop, plans to remain in the city.
The nonprofit organization put its nearly 2.5 acres of waterfront property on the market about six months ago. The organization is asking $1.495 million for the property, which includes a dock on its 822 feet of water frontage.
The property has two buildings with total square footage of 17,500 square feet.
John Rosenblum, the chairman of the board of trustees for Atlantic Challenge, said that the organization will remain in Rockland. He said the ideal scenario would be for someone to purchase the property and then lease part of it to Atlantic Challenge.
He said the decision to put the property up for sale reflects a couple of realities.
“We’re a small organization. We are not property managers. We have more property than we need to fulfill our mission,” Rosenblum said.
Lance Lee founded the Apprenticeshop in 1972 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, according to the organization’s website.
The Apprenticeshop moved from Bath to Rockport in 1982 and in the early 1990s to Nobleboro before moving to Rockland in 1995. The Apprenticeshop became part of the Atlantic Challenge Foundation, which purchased the current site at 643 Main St. in 1999.
The organization has looked at other locations in Rockland but didn’t find a suitable one, according to Rosenblum, who said that the organization would consider taking less money in exchange for the long-term lease to remain there. He said the a new owner could develop a marina and other waterfront activities on the property.
In addition to teaching boatbuilding, the organization offers both adult and youth sailing lessons.