The boat was constructed out of necessity because the workers at the Newman and Gray boat yard have been commuting to work in a small outboard-powered vessel.
The boat is custom built specifically to the needs of the boatyard. Josh Gray and Russ Cummings headed the project. Cadillac is a built down semi-displacement hull that is designed for her sea keeping abilities.
The boat is designed for the transport of customers and cargo, year round.
“The boat is enclosed for winter use,” said Ed Gray, owner of Newman and Gray.
The boat is licensed for six passengers and will transport Newman and Gray employees and other Cranberry Island workmen year round.
The Gray family has three licensed captains who will be running the boat. Josh will be the primary captain. His brother Seth and sister Hannah also will be spending some time behind the wheel. All three captains also are licensed for towing.
Having his children aboard the family business is somewhat of a dream come true for Mr. Gray. “It works out great. I have enjoyed it quite a lot. It doesn’t get much better for a father.”
For Newman and Gray water taxi services, call 244-0575.
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