A Legacy of Artistry in Wood
During his years working at his father Ralph Stanley's shop, Richard repaired or rebuilt boats built by Herreshoff, Nevins, Direktor, Hinckley, and local builders Bunker and Ellis, Chester Clements, Sim Davis, Ronald Rich and Bobby Rich — as well as building custom commercial and pleasure boats designed by Ralph. Richard has worked on R class racing sloops and old Friendship sloops built by both Wilbur and Charles Morse, rowing skiffs built by Arthur "Chummy" Spurling and Beetle cats built by Beetle/ Concordia. Richard's early experience includes a lot of spare-time work on older wooden fishing boats. Richard began working in Ralph's shop full time after graduating from The Boat School in Eastport in 1982. He eventually became part owner and ran the boatbuilding shop from 1988 - 2008, when he bought the business outright and moved to a new facility in Bass Harbor. Today Richard and his crew offer custom design and new construction as well as rebuilds and repairs large and small.
All estimates are free and flexible according to materials and scheduling.