New generation, new name at family boatbuilder

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Ralph W. Stanley Inc., a Maine boatbuilder, was renamed Great Harbor Boatworks as the second generation of Stanleys takes the helm.

Richard Stanley - Ralph's son - and his wife, Lorraine, plan to continue the traditions Ralph Stanley established during his decades-long career as a designer and boatbuilder in Southwest Harbor.

"We offer the same high-quality boats that we always have," said Richard Stanley, who helped his father in the boatyard at an early age and later graduated from a boat school in Eastport. "We want to stay small, but grow with modern technology."

Great Harbor Boatworks also will continue to custom-design and build powerboats, sailboats and rowing skiffs, as well as maintain and restore these and other wooden boats.

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