John Williams Boat Company is a Maine-based custom builder.
In recent years, we’re excited to be collaborating with Doug Zurn of Zurn Yacht Design, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to create designs that meld the graceful style, elegant amenities, and ease of operation that we’re known for, with modern performance characteristics and power packages.
Our heritage models – standard-bearers in the industry – are also available. Designed by Lyford Stanley, these models are grounded in the style of the traditional Maine lobsterboat, a working vessel known far and wide for its stable, seakindly ride even in choppy conditions. We leveraged the platform to create a gracious yacht that will carry you smoothly, swiftly, and stylishly along the coast.
“Custom” is the operative word at our yard. Few of our parts are preformed. Most are made individually, with your specific requirements and personal needs in mind.
Our boats offer the ideal combination of form and function. We specialize in joining molded fiberglass hulls and superstructures with cabins finished in fine woods, while incorporating contemporary performance concepts. This approach leverages the best of all worlds. Fiberglass molds easily to create a graceful hull while also providing strength, durability, low maintenance, and economy. For onboard accommodations, however, nothing compares with the warmth of wood’s glow, the “friendliness” of its touch.
All interior finish work is done to the highest yacht standards. Unlike other yards that offer cabin soles in plywood veneer, we craft and lay individual pieces of teak splined together with T-shaped sections of holly. This approach evokes a sense of old-time yachting elegance that has otherwise all but disappeared from today’s cruising grounds. In the same spirit, we customize our distinctive vessels to suit your personality and lifestyle.
Half of all the hulls we’ve built since 1972 are owned by commercial fishermen. That’s a powerful endorsement of our models’ safety in open waters, seakindliness, and durability. We don’t build for the latest trendy fashions. We offer classic lines along with engineering and construction integrity.
We also welcome the opportunity to build an all-wooden boat or a one-off sailboat or powerboat to another design, if you prefer.
Outboard Power in an Elegant Dayboat
Our new Williams 29 is the perfect package of elegance and performance. An open, outboard-powered, center-console dayboat, it combines graceful lines with modern components and an updated powerplant. Designed in collaboration with Doug Zurn of Zurn Yacht Design, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, we had a vision for a smaller dayboat that would embody the exactly “right” charm … Read More
A hybrid of Down East superstructure and go-fast hull
In 2016, we embarked on an exciting project – construction of a new Williams 38. This was a takeoff of our Stanley 38, a model that, like all of our Stanley lines, was popular in large part because of its attractive Down East style. A customer was looking to combine that classic look with a speedy … Read More
Somes Sound 26
An eye-catching open launch
The “Open Launch” configuration of the Somes Sound 26 diverges from the more extensive accommodations we offer in our larger vessels. The design was based on the OldPort 26 Marine Launch hull, a 1980s semi-displacement classic with a graceful shear, flared bow, and wide beam carried to the transom – roomy and easily driven. Our hull is … Read More
A splended small day boat with overnight accomodations
The Stanley 28 is solidly constructed throughout, from the proven unidirectional fiberglass hull to her mahogany and teak joinery work. Powered by either a gas or diesel engine, the 28 has a very quiet soundproofed, wet-muffler stern exhaust system. Take the ST 28 out for a spin and be back in plenty of time for … Read More
The perfect picnic boat, overnighter, and weekend coastal cruiser
The Stanley 36 is our flagship, a perfect blend of rugged hull, beautifully crafted accommodations, and comfortable amenities. The design of the Stanley 36 was inspired by the Maine lobsterboat, a working vessel known far and wide for its stable, sea kindly ride even in choppy conditions. We leveraged the platform to create a gracious yacht … Read More
A traditional hull for gracious cruising and overnight accomodations
The Stanley 38 evolved from our Stanley 36, the company’s flagship, when one of our customers wanted more room in the forecastle. Rather than design an entirely new mold, we extended the length of the Stanley 36 by adding 36 inches right in the middle of the hull. The extension lengthens and accentuates the original … Read More
A comfortable long-distance cruiser that is workboat-tough and sea kindly
A comfortable long-distance cruiser that is workboat-tough and sea kindly. From stem to stern, this handsome extension of our Stanley 36, the company’s flagship, is a wonderful marriage of traditional lobsterboat and refined cruising yacht. True to its solid Down East pedigree, its design is clean, functional, and beautiful. This model was designed with comfort in … Read More
Perfect accommodations, great handling
The Stanley 42 evolved as a “just the right size” compromise that involved “stretching” a Stanley 39. In 2007, we were contacted by a summer family that was attracted to the Stanley style. The 39, though, was too small for the accommodation package they envisioned. Our 44 was a tad too large for their handling requirements. So … Read More
A Gulf of Maine classic, fully customizable down below
The Stanley 44 was designed to provide ample room for different design concepts. The boat can comfortably sleep up to seven persons and can have a private head and shower in the owner cabin. Items may be customized during the building process in order to achieve the perfect boat. LOA 44’ 7” LWL 42’ 3” Beam 14’ 8” Draft … Read More
Williams 28 Bass Boat
A new way to enjoy fishing and cruising
Our Williams 28 Bass Boat was inspired by an old favorite – the classic Stanley 28. Almost three years after selling their Stanley 36, a couple from Marion, Massachusetts, decided they needed a new way to enjoy fishing and cruising Buzzards Bay with their grandchildren. More than satisfied by their experience with the Stanley style and with … Read More