News from the Yard

Trumpa, Hull 1 of the new Williams 28 Bass Boat

Launched, Monday June 23, 2008

To celebrate the completion of hull 1 of the new Williams 28 Trumpa, John Williams Boat Company hosted a launching party at the Hall Quarry, Maine yard for the crew and owners of Trumpa on Monday June 23, 2008. 

Three years after selling their Stanley 36, a couple from Marion, MA. decided they needed a new way to enjoy fishing and cruising around Buzzards Bay with their grandchildren. They had something smaller than the 36 in mind but they wanted to retain the inherent stability, sea kindliness and the good looks of their previous boat. The natural choice was to move to the Williams 28. The family was attracted to the looks of the Mackenzie Bass Boat and the Fortier 26. These vessels embody classic good looks with excellent reputations. The new Williams 28 Bass Boat has combined some of the characteristics of these boats along with the JW Boat Company reputation, solid construction, hull design and performance with a new generation Yanmar 260hp electronic engine. The result is a fast, comfortable platform on which to chase stripers.

Construction started in February 2008. The hull is hand-laid up solid fiberglass with the decks and platform using composite panel construction. The idea is to keep the boat light and simple with the engine and steering being the only mechanical systems aboard. A small head is being installed in the forepeak for comfort. A lovely varnished teak windshield, side panels and cockpit coaming will be the defining component of the boat. This unique feature will set this boat apart from the other designs and give it that signature Stanley Yacht look and feel. Natural teak toe and guard rails will complete the wood package keeping maintenance at a minimum.

Trumpa is the nickname given to the owner by one of his grandchildren who prefers Trumpa to Grandpa. The hull is to be burgundy with tan decks and platform. Besides being fun to zip around in, the Williams 28 Bass Boat will be a head turner in any harbor. 

Founded in 1971, the John Williams Boat Company combines the best of traditional Maine boat building techniques with modern technology and the kind of personal service that only a small company can provide. With just over twenty employees, the crew can take a very personal interest in your project. We can respond to a customer’s very specific requests.

The company builds a line of seven beautiful and unique boats, which enjoy the ideal combination of form and function. The late Lyford Stanley, who was involved with the John Williams Boat Company from the beginning, designed five of these boats. In addition to building yachts, the company also offers full repair and restoration services, plus facilities for indoor and outdoor storage for more that 100 boats.

Jock Williams, the company’s founder, has been around boats all his life. He served a year’s apprenticeship in wooden boatbuilding at Poul Molich’s shipyard in Hundstead, Denmark. He then joined the Hinckley Company as fiberglass production manager before founding the John Williams Boat Company. With a background in traditional wooden boatbuilding and a full understanding of the advantages of fiberglass hull construction, his boats incorporate the best of both worlds. As president, Jock must spend time in the office tending to business, but his first love has always been “simply messing around in boats.”  For more information: John Williams Boat Company PO Box 80  Shipwright Lane, Hall Quarry, Mount Desert, Maine, 04660. 207-244-7854  


John Williams Boat Company to Launch SURVIVOR Stanley 36

Launching ceremony will take place at 11:30am Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the boat yard in Hall Quarry

Hall Quarry, Maine:  John “Jock” Williams and the crew of John Williams Boat Company are pleased to announce the launching of SURVIVOR, a Stanley 36. A launching ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 2 at 11:30am. The press is invited to attend.

The following day the boat and crew will head south to the boat’s new home on Long Island Sound. SURVIVOR is a true downeast lobster boat with a traditional pilothouse, open sides and back.  It's a very pretty boat with perfect proportions.  The teak cabin sides & pilothouse compliment the black hull making a stunning combination.  This boat is modern in that it has Mastervolt Mastervision Modular Electrical System, including a generator and air conditioning.  But the lines, hardware and interior finish are all very classic.  The interior is in the Herreshoff style -white with mahogany trim. The forward cabin sole is teak & holly.  There are stainless steel and corian countertops.  She has a beautiful custom butterfly hatch, custom hardware & furniture including a pilothouse table, settee, helm chair and stern seat. The handsomely finished cabin is designed with a full 6’3”of head room. The galley is to port and the enclosed head, with shower, is to starboard. Next forward are port and starboard settees, and outboard drawers and hanging locker. In the bow there is a large comfortable V-berth with generous storage below. Additional sleeping accommodations, depending upon your preference, could be fold-down pilot berths forward or a pullout double in the pilothouse. The diesel engine is YANMAR 440 with an Evolution Drive propulsion system capable of developing a cruising speed of 18 knots, topping at 22 knots. She carries 300 gallons of fuel in two tanks. There is also tankage for 100 gallons of water. The pilothouse, which has an impressive 6’7” of headroom, is fitted with a conveniently placed steering station, seat, and storage compartment. The three-panel windshield plus two-side windows provide excellent visibility, and the stamoid side and stern curtains provide an enclosure that can be easily lowered during periods of inclement weather.

The road and the decision to build with Williams was carefully researched and tested. The owner’s brother was tasked to compile a list of twelve builders. From that list three were chosen for more careful inspection. After visiting each yard, Williams was chosen. “We were able to show them JAVA, a 1997 Stanley 36,” explained Williams. “She matched their cruising and boating requirements and they just loved the lines of the boat.”

The flagship of John Williams Boat Company, the Stanley 36 offers the best of both worlds. Its rugged hull gives a stable, sea kindly ride even in choppy conditions, while the beautifully crafted accommodations provide civilized cruising comforts.

For more information contact: John Williams Boat Company – 207-244-7854, email  on the web at

John Williams Boat Company Launched Hope, Tuesday, March 14, 2007  9am.

Hope Lobster Boat

Hope Lobster Boat


Shipwright’s Lane, Hall Quarry, Mount Desert, Maine

Hall Quarry, Maine:  John Williams is pleased to announce the launching of Hope on Tuesday, March 14th. The Stanley 38 was built for lobster fisherman Ted Spurling of Islesford, Maine.

Williams and Spurling go way back, Ted’s father, Captain Ted Spurling, Sr. wrote the first article about the Williams yard for National Fisherman magazine more than 20 years ago. At the time Williams was primarily building work boats. Since that time and the craze for lobster yachts, the firm has evolved into a semi-custom builder of motor yachts. But because the hulls are designed so well and the construction is so solid, Williams still receives the occasional order for a commercial boat. The last work boat was launched six years ago and is working in Rhode Island.

Spurling’s previous boat, Pandora was a wooden and has seen 32-years at sea. Spurling choose the 38 because her shape was the most similar to Pandora and Hope’s layout is almost identical. But that is where the similarities end, Hope’s hull is made of unidirectional fiberglass and was laid up with vinylester resin. She is powered by a single 267 hp John Deere diesel and has a fuel capacity of 300 gallons.

Spurling chose the name Hope because according to the myth, after Pandora opened her infamous box the only thing left inside was Hope.

For more information contact John Williams Boat Company, 207-244-7854

Launching Higgins III

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A pre-launching viewing for the friends, family and crew of Williams Boat Company.

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Champagne launchings

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Jock, Charles and Irene toast the occasion.

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Maiden voyage

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She's launched!

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Charles Hamm at the helm steams down Somes Sound

The yard had sweaters made for the Hamm's two dogs

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