Photo Courtesy Lorraine Stanley

Boat shop refinishes a piece of its past

Photo Courtesy Lorraine Stanley
The Mbuoya, pictured, is in winter storage at Great Harbor Boatworks awaiting a new owner. Craftsmen and show owners, Richard and Lorraine Stanley, are seeing a buyer on behalf of the current owner of the powerboat, Ed Roney. The wooden picnic boat was designed and built in 1990 by Mr. Stanley and his father Ralph Stanley.

TREMONT — Great Harbor Boatworks recently finished repairs on the Mbuoya, a boat built and designed by shop owner Richard Stanley and his father Ralph decades ago.

Its owner Ed Roney, from Massachusetts, recently commissioned Stanley and his business partner and wife, Lorraine Stanley, to refinish the picnic boat and find a new owner.

Stanley and his father, Ralph, designed and built the classic cedar-on-oak pleasure craft in 1990 in Ralph’s shop. Roney gave the 29-foot powerboat its unusual name, Mbuoya, after traveling to Africa on a safari.

The Stanleys recently finished repairs, sanding down the decks and areas inside the cabin before re-coating everything – white, inside the open cabin, and blue and turquoise on the outside of the hull.

The Mbuoya was designed with an eye toward simplicity. She was made with practical features such as a cabin top encased in fiberglass, to reduce maintenance. Her basic features include a closed head, an icebox and a camp stove for cooking.

The Spartan layout is completed with a teak platform and trim. Below deck there is a galley area with room for storage. The engine cover doubles as a table for picnics. She is powered by a six-cylinder, Volvo diesel engine with 170 horsepower.

Presently, the Stanleys are searching for a new owner on behalf of Roney.

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Blake Davis

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter Blake Davis covered sports and maritime events. He is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

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