Bar Harbor Wooden Boat
Rejuvenating the historic power cruiser Spray
Welcome to the web site of Bar Harbor Wooden Boat.  Learn more about Spray and her restoration by navigating the links above.  Welcome!
Spray is a mahogany-on-oak power cruiser designed by Kenneth Smith and built in 1962 at the Wharton Shipyard.  She is considered to be the prototype for the first Grand Banks 36' trawlers built in the 1960s and 70s.
Bar Harbor Wooden Boat became a reality in July 2009 upon the arrival in Maine of the historic Spray, after nearly four decades of life on the Great Lakes.  The owner of Bar Harbor Wooden Boat and boat builder David Towle has more that 25 years of experience in furniture craftsmanship and house and barn construction, and decided to apply his woodworking skills to the repair and restoration of Spray.  A full shelf of boat-building books, courses at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, and many conversations with traditional boat builders have given David confidence that his project is a realistic one.  Retirement from a career in academia and scientific research requires new goals and new learning ~~ Spray provides just such an opportunity!
Photo of Spray taken in 2006 by former owner, Donald Moeller

David in his "laboratory" ~~ no micropipettes here!