Article Profiles Maine Boatbuilder Steve Spurling

Working Waterfront: Steve Spurling, who is 92, has been a boat captain and boat builder all his life. He still builds small craft, including Whitehalls and dinghies of his own design, in a shop behind his house. Come spring, he pulls the small boats out onto his front lawn to sell.

Spurling grew up on Great Cranberry Island [Maine]. As a young man, pre-World War II, he rode every morning from the island to Southwest Harbor, and back in the late afternoon, so he could work for the Southwest Boat Corporation, run at the time by Lennox “Bing” Sargent and owned by Sargent and Henry Hinckley. The first boat he worked on was a 90’ wooden dragger which was being built outdoors; the crew had to work in all kinds of weather.

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