New Skiff Ticket to Big Dreams



TRENTON — John Farley, a senior at Mount Desert Island High School, has launched a 10-foot fiberglass skiff that he and Brian Stan from Morris Yachts have been working on for just shy of a month.

 

John Farley holds the painter on Abigail to keep her from drifting away while Brian Stan fetches the truck to load the skiff. — JEFF WALLS
John Farley holds the painter on Abigail to keep her from drifting away while Brian Stan fetches the truck to load the skiff. — JEFF WALLS

Seated in the stern of the boat April 1, a look of anxious anticipation spread across John’s face as Mr. Stan stepped aboard the skiff, named Abigail after John’s 2-week-old niece. Mr. Stan took the oars and life skill educator Erin Allen guided Abigail into the waters of the narrows in upper Frenchman Bay by the Morris Yachts facility in Trenton for her first voyage.

The launching of the skiff was the culmination of a three-week-long endeavor by Mr. Stan and John. The duo spent roughly three hours a day, three days a week, working on Abigail.

John said that working on the boat was a far cry from the boat repairs he had been doing on a small boat he had in his yard, which he used to row around in a small stream there. He recounted how he had patched a hole with Laffy Taffy (yes, the candy). He was displeased when one day he launched the boat only to find that ants had made off with his filler.

Abigail was laid up at Morris Yachts who already had a mold for the skiff.

The construction was a straightforward project, with all of the material being hand laid. “It is done in several layers. You start with the gelcoat in the mold,” said Mr. Stan. “Then you put in a mat, then you put in the fabric and another mat on top of that. Then as you add parts like the seat and the rails it makes it stiffer as you go along.”

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