What Happened to the Edey & Duff Boats?

After the dissolution of Edey & Duff, the venerable boatbuilding company based in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, the molds and tooling for the various E&D models—including the Sakonnet 23, the Stone Horse 23 and the Fatty Knees—were scattered to the 4 winds. With the help of David Foynes and Kathryn Harding, New England Boating has tracked them down for boaters who are interested in the fate and availability of these timeless designs.

Fatty Knees:

David Foynes, an avid boater and boat lover based in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, is building the Lyle Hess-designed Fatty Knees sailing dinghies in 7-, 8- and 9-foot versions, and plans to aggressively market the brand in 2011. He has already built and shipped 2 boats, one of them to New Zealand. The boats are currently being finished by John Dietenhoffer of Hejira Wood Works in Duxbury, Massachusetts, who also finishes Mellonseed dinghies. The hulls are being built by Pine Grove Plastics, also of Duxbury. Foynes can be reached at (781-307-2466).

Sakonnet 23:

As previously reported on New England Boating, Marshall Marine, makers of Marshall Catboats, has purchased the molds and tooling for the Sakonnet 23 to round out its line of classic sailboats. The South Dartmouth, Massachusetts-based company already has plans to build 2 Sakonnet 23s in the next year.

Stone Horse 23:

The molds and tooling for the distinctive Stone Horse 23 have been picked up by Crocker’s Boatyard of Manchester, Massachusetts. Crocker’s has been building and finishing power and sailboats since 1946, and also serves as a full-service marina, storage and repair facility. Owner Skip Crocker tells us that he does not have any definitive plans for the Stone Horse as of yet.

Stuart Knockabout:

Steve and Amy Ballentine of Ballentine’s Boat Shop in Cataumet, Massachusetts, have purchased the molds for the L. Francis Herreshoff–designed Stuart Knockabout. The Knockabout is a fiberglass version of the sleek 28-foot, shallow-draft sloop designed by Herreshoff in 1932. E&D was subcontracted by Harding Sails to build the Knockabout, and did not own the molds. Like the Fatty Knees, the hulls for the Knockabout are now being laid up by Pine Grove Plastics in Duxbury, Mass.

Dough Dish:

Ballentine’s has also added the Dough Dish to its line of sailing dinghies, which includes the Shellback, the Peadpod, the BB25 and the Callaban. The Dough Dish is a reproduction fiberglass version of the original and extremely popular 12 1/2-footer designed by NG Herreshoff in 1914 and seen all over New England. Ballentine’s has one Dough Dish built and ready to ship, and hopes to take more orders soon. Like the Kockabout, the Dough Dish was owned by Harding Sails, which subcontracted E&D to build the boats. The Dough Dish hulls are being built by Pine Grove Plastics in Duxbury.

Rowing Whaleboat:

This unique multi-person rowing dory, based on a historic whaleboat design, was built on a limited custom basis by E&D for various rowing clubs. As of November 24, no party had opted to purchase the molds.

Whaleboat Video:


Edey and Duff Whale Boat Launching (2009)

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5 thoughts on “What Happened to the Edey & Duff Boats?”

  1. I still own both a Fatty Knees 7′ and a Stone Horse which I sailed and lived on board year round for 10 years from Massachusetts to Florida. When I was looking around for a proper vessel, I couldn’t find a small boat that was as comfortable and when I found the Stone Horse, I thought she was perfect, because she has the most comfortable cockpit I had been in. I’m only 5′ 4” and her low headroom below didn’t bother me as much as it did others. Now, I’m writing a book about this long adventure and these cute and well-built vessels and the custom features I added. They both did everything I asked of them and more. They both sail like dreams….I just today found out that Dave Davignon died. He was a nice friend and helped me everytime I went to the yard. I’ll miss him.   Joseph J. Young 

  2. I have been looking for the sailboat that would fit me and my wife! I ran across the Stone Horse and just fell in love with the vessel, the lines, cockpit the cabin it’s perfect!  I can’t wait to find one to fill my dreams! 

  3. Hi folks, I worked for Edey and Duff and of course David. He was great person as were most of the crew, so much attention to detail and quality work. Peter Duff allowed me to keep and finish my Newick Trimaran in the yard. So any free time I was working on something or planning with the full support. When I launched Pearly it was with the full crew, how cool was that. I feel the loss of David and sorry the business went by the board. Thanks for the information.

  4. Chris Gerkin
    I bought a 20 foot Pilot Cutter that was built in the yard but not by the yard in 1971 by Matt Falcon. I know very little about the boat and would be interested in knowing more.

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