The idea for The Float Cottage started on a chilly January business trip to Oregon and the “other” Portland.

Looking for something different to see or do during his weekend off, Float Cottage owner David Shipman stumbled upon a TripAdvisor review for floating and decided to give it a go. One 90 minute session in a float tank is all it took to realize the tremendous benefit that floating offers. Realizing that there was an opportunity to bring this service to coastal Maine, he began intensive research in the area of floatation therapy. Over the course of the following years, he visited numerous  float centers across the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia to gain more insight and expand his knowledge of floatation;  attended the 2014, 2015 and 2016 float conferences;  helped install a float tank at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots in their winning 2014 season; and found a great location in Trenton ME allowing convenient access to those on MDI, Ellsworth and the surrounding areas.   Progress still doesn’t happen as fast or as neatly as planned.

The substantial delays that we have faced have been indeed frustrating but we are not prepared to cut corners or scale back our plans.    We appreciate your patience and look forward to bringing you the best full commercial float center in Maine.    We had started to rehabilitate the existing structure at the present location and found the structure much worse than anticipated.    After seriously considering the options, it was decided that the existing building will be demolished and brand new modern state of the art facility will replace it.   The big important question that everyone wants to know is when will this be done?  To be honest, we don’t know.   The costs continue to increase as does the difficulty to finance the project.   We have not given up and are grateful for your continued support.

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The Float Cottage
1184 Bar Harbor Road
Trenton, ME 04605