Eaton’s Boat Shop & Fiberglassing in Deer Isle, Maine, has rebuilt a 40-year-old Stanley 36 lobster boat that has been owned by a local fisherman for six or seven years. She carries the name Zytanna, which is a nickname given to the current owner by an older island fisherman, says the boatyard’s owner, Jeff Eaton.
Zytanna was gutted to the bare hull from the winter-back forward. The Eaton’s crew built a new rope locker in the bow as well as storage for buoys and toggles. They removed the platform and installed a new fuel tank, along with new hydraulic tanks and lines. A 440-hp Yanmar that replaced the boat’s 370-hp Volvo went down on new fiberglass engine beds with rubber mounts.
“She should be nice and smooth now,” says Eaton, referring to the 440-hp Yanmar, a 10-year-old engine with only 1,900 hours that came out of a yacht at Hinckley Yachts in Southwest Harbor, Maine. The shaft received a new coupling and the rudder a new rudder box.
“We’ve gone all through the boat. Everything we put back is all Coosa material,” Eaton says. Eaton describes the condition of the hull when it came in his shop as “rough” since many boats of that era were finished off with a woven roving finish. “We did away with that, the roving texture, and finished with mat. Now we’ve got a pretty smooth finish.”
Eaton’s Boat Shop is also building a 25 Northern Bay hull that it pulled from a Northern Bay mold that Eaton purchased about six years ago. This will be a lobster boat for a local fisherman.
The 25 Northern Bay has proven to be very popular. After the first one was laid up, it went on the Eaton’s Boat Shop & Fiberglassing Facebook page and “took off like wildfire. I have all kinds of orders on them. People looking for a Downeast-style lobster boat in the 25-foot range,” says Eaton.
Once the 25-footer that’s currently being finished is completed, there are two for New York owners, two for Massachusetts owners, and “a guy from Georgia wants to come up and see it.”