Bunker and Ellis Boat Enjoying 66th Year

The Adequate, a slim lobster yacht from 1946, is in shop at Bass Harbor Boat Company. She is one of the oldest Bunker and Ellis boats still on the water.

TREMONT — The Adequate, possibly the second oldest Bunker and Ellis motor yacht still in use, is in the shop at Bass Harbor Boat Co. for her annual checkup. In addition to a fresh coat of paint, the slim lobster yacht from 1946 is being outfitted for what could be another 50 years.

“These boats need care and maintenance, but kept up they’re a superior boat,” said Richard Helmke, who is heading the repairs. Around 36 feet long, the Adequate is constructed of cedar on oak. Her low, sweeping lines mimic an old wood lobster boat.

The repairs being made are largely to the interior and drive components. The deck – originally cedar, now fir – is being replaced for the third time. The underlying framework that supports the deck is also being replaced to cradle a new Mercruiser 350 engine and exhaust system.

After weathering more than 60 years, just one length of planking has been replaced. The oak frames are sound despite being fitted just after World War II. That resilience may also be an indication of how well Mr. Rodman has cared for the yacht.

“Everyone who has ever had her has looked after her,” said Mr. Rodman. “I look forward to it [being repaired]. I do love her.”

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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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