Local Luders Fleet Grows

BAR HARBOR — The local Luders fleet has increased by two in the past three weeks as Jim Elk and his crew at Elk Spar and Boat Shop have been busy churning out rebuilt Luders L-16’s. Ned Johnston’s Domino hit the water on June 1 and Matthew Baird’s Sea Wolf was launched on June 25.

Sea Wolf’s tale began with Mr. Baird’s grandfather, Frederick Dempwolf, back in the mid-1940s. He purchased Sea Wolf, which is hull 19, straight from the factory and sailed her in the original Luders fleet out of Northeast Harbor. Mr. Johnston’s Domino was one of five Luders that arrived on Mount Desert Island after being bludgeoned by Hurricane Katrina.

The process of meeting the two owners’ expectations was eased by their personalities. “From my point of view it was really great working with both of those guys,” Mr. Elk said. They are really great people. That always makes it easy.”

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