“Pounding is for Hammers.” So reads an advertisement for the Western Way 19, an able, versatile semi-custom launch built by the Cranberry Island Boatyard on Great Cranberry Island, just outside Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Our Western Way 19 test boat demonstrated that slogan on a run through her namesake waterway, a narrow slot between Great Cranberry and the mainland. The wind was from the east, in the ‘teens, with a strong ebb current pushing against it, creating short, steady 4-to-5-footers. With a Yamaha 90 four-stroke purring on her transom bracket, the 19 slid cheerfully into the seas at 15 to 16 mph, rolled only modestly in neutral when turned side-to, and rode their backs happily at 18 to 20 mph going back to the yard. Top speed in calm water was 31 mph.

Designed by the boatyard’s late owner, David Stainton, with input from longtime friend Captain Dick Avery, the Western Way 19 has a traditional look but a sophisticated variable-deadrise bottom that includes reverse chines, one planing strake on each side, a fine bow entry, and an 8’ planing pad from the transom forward. Laid up with modern composite materials, she combines strength and stability with fine woodwork built to the customer’s order by the yard’s skillful craftsmen, under the direction of Stainton’s wife and current yard owner, Barbara.


  • LOA: 19’ 6”
  • Beam: 7’ 2”
  • Draft: 1’
  • Displacement: 1,600 lbs.
  • Fuel: 40 gals.
  • Recommended power: 90-hp 4-stroke
  • Base price w/o power: $29,575

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