Lobsterman Scott Bracy rows his new dinghy. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM DONALD

New dinghy replaces a ‘hulking dinosaur’

CRANBERRY ISLES — Great Cranberry lobsterman Scott Bracy had an old dinghy that had been patched and repaired so many times that Cranberry Island Boatyard owner Sam Donald described it as a “hulking dinosaur that weighed a million pounds.”

A new dinghy in the shop. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM DONALD

But it was sound and reliable. Then it broke off its painter during a storm last fall and hasn’t been seen since.

“We hatched a scheme to replace it by finding another one of the same original shape and then rebuilding it to the specifications it had acquired over the years,” Donald said.

“We built a mold and started laying up new boats in it. Now, we have some more orders, and we’re excited to keep building them.”

Donald bought Cranberry Island Boatyard from longtime owner Barbara Stainton in January.

He said the new dinghy has three times as much fiberglass as the typical craft of its size.

“That makes it more durable and impact-resistant,” he said. “The specification was that this dinghy is going to get beat to hell all winter long, so it needs to be able to stand up to that,” he said. “It is meant to go in all weather, all conditions, year-round.”

Bracy said of his new dinghy, “It’s amazing. It has met and exceeded all my expectations.

“It was hard to find one that was suitable for using year-round here. This one is sleek enough that you can row it out when it’s rough, but at the same time, it’s really stable,” Bracy said.

“I highly recommend it for anybody looking for a skiff.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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