Catching Up with Peter Kass
Thirty years of wooden lobsterboats
by Matthew P. Murphy
Three years ago, for the first winter since opening its doors for business in 1983, John’s Bay Boat Co. didn’t have a new-boat customer. “In the winter of 2009–10, we basically closed,” says Peter Kass, the company’s founder. “I had to lay everyone off.” With seven boats now on order, things have turned around for the South Bristol, Maine, shop. WoodenBoat editor Matthew Murphy visited there in April this year, just days after the launch of Kass's 63rd boat—a beautifully proportioned 38-footer called DELUSIONAL.