Built to Last
Clark Island Boat Works
Clark Island Boat Works is located in the active fishing community of St. George. You can find a Clark Island Boat along the Maine coast, as well as in many areas of New England.
Dan’s list of boats include over 40 lobster boats, a cargo yacht, 42-45′ fishing draggers, Coast Guard certified sightseeing passenger vessels, sailboats and 12′ custom skiffs.
Clark Island Boat Works was established in 1978 by Charles Daniel “Dan” MacCaffray. Dan’s strategy is to build boats that are “built to last” at a price people can afford. The boat shop has been in its present location since 1982.
Clark island boat works
Our Building Process
The process begins with a bare hull; the size and style are decided upon by the customer. The hulls usually vary in size from 35’ to 42’. After that, plywood bulkheads are cut to shape giving the boat the strength and structure to support the floor. The bulkheads are then fiberglassed into the hull with seven layers of fiberglass.
After all the bulkheads have been glassed, they are sanded and gel coated. These bays then can be utilized for wet or dry storage. Stringers will be added and the floor will start to take shape. Then, oak stringers are bolted to the bulkheads running port and starboard, and then spruce stringers are bolted to the oak running forward and aft. The final step to building the floor is fastening ¾” plywood to the top of the spruce stringers using stainless steel screws. It is followed by the dual ram steering system and fuel tanks being built under the deck. We use a 3406 CAT to lower the Clark Island custom designed engine beds.
Then the finer details: forward handrail, hatch, port lights, bit and toe rail. The engine room shows a well organized carefully laid out view of the fuel and water system. The electronics are positioned according to the boat owners needs. Then we build out the split wheel house configuration – Yes, there are two steering wheels. The interior of a modern day large fishing vessel can have all the comforts of home. This is a finished deck with Freeman Hatches, as well as Clark Island custom hatch to access tanks and storage areas.
“It’s been 18 years and 24000 hours, fishing, and cruising Maine to Bahamas on the Windemere finish by Clark Island. Built to last and it has. Thank you Dan and Andrew.“