John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.

DECEMBER 2012
 
   
LOA  19' 6"
Beam  7' 2"
Draft 1'
Displ. 1,600 lb  
Fuel 40 gal
Recommended Power 90 hp Four-Stroke Outboard

“Pounding is for Hammers.” So reads an advertisement for the Western Way 19, an able and versatile semi-custom launch built by the Cranberry Island Boatyard on Maine’s Great Cranberry Island. Our Western Way 19 test boat demonstrated that slogan on a two-way run through her namesake waterway, a narrow slot between Great Cranberry and the mainland. The wind came from the east, in the teens, as a strong ebb current pushed against it, creating short, steady 4- to 5-foot seas. With a Yamaha 90 four-stroke outboard purring on a transom bracket, she slid cheerfully into them at 15 to 16 mph, rolled only modestly in neutral when turned side-to, and rode their backs happily at 18 to 20 mph going back to the yard. Top speed in calm water was 31 mph.

Designed by the boatyard’s late owner, David Stainton, with input from longtime friend Captain Dick Avery, the Western Way 19 has a traditional look but a sophisticated variable-deadrise bottom that includes reversed chines, one planing strake on each side, a fine bow entry, and an 8-foot planing pad from the transom forward. Laid up with modern composite materials, she combines strength and stability with fine woodwork—built to the customer’s order by the yard’s skillful craftsmen, under the direction of Stainton’s widow and current yard owner, Barbara.

Base price for a Western Way 19 Center-Console is $29,575, plus $12,000 for a Yamaha F90 (mounted); add $7,000 for Stainton’s elegant bass boat layout, with a varnished windshield frame and compact cuddy cabin. Cranberry Island Boatyard, Cranberry Isles, Maine. 207-244-7316; www.cranberryisles.com/great/ciby.html.