Ed Davis of Tremont has cruised the Bahamas in a number of boats, ranging from a replica of Joshua Slocum’s 37-foot converted oyster boat, Spray, to a modified 20-foot surf dory he designed called Tropic Bird. So, when it came time to build a new boat to explore the Caribbean, the boatbuilder, marine surveyor and artist knew exactly what he wanted.
“What we really needed was a houseboat,” he said during a recent interview at his family’s wharf on Goose Cove. Moored a short distance away in the cove is Dancing Seahorse, the recently launched catamaran he and his partner, Lisbeth Faulkner will be living aboard this winter.Mr. Davis and Ms. Faulkner own Seal Cove Pottery on the Kellytown Road. After a busy summer season of making and selling pots and paintings, the couple typically heads to the Bahamas for some rest and relaxation during the winter months. Mr. Davis also uses the time to paint watercolors and oils.
Dancing Seahorse is the culmination of six years of work. The first two years were spent doodling and making models, “getting ideas I thought would work,” he said.
The new boat had to meet certain criteria. It had to be roomy and well lit; Mr. Davis didn’t want to live below decks “in the basement.” It also had to be seaworthy and have extremely good fuel economy and shallow draft. In short, Mr. Davis said, “We needed a whole different concept for a boat.”
A catamaran seemed the logical place to start.
For more details, see the Mount Desert Islander, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.