Stetson Stories: Rhode Island Cruising Part II

By Maaike Bernstrom

Bozeman Outdoor Hat in Light Brown

Maria and Andrew Coughlin live in a small seaside town outside of Newport, RI called Tiverton along with their Bernese Mountain Dogs Whiskey (8mo) and Moose (3). Andrew is a wooden boat builder and boat captain; Maria is a photographer and former boat captain. They bought “Seven Girls” in September 2018 up in Elliot, Maine. They were on the lookout for a wooden lobster boat that they could transform into a comfortable cruiser for their family. “We love the lines of lobster boats, the easy handling and the back decks for entertaining.”

Explorer Outdoor Hat

“Seven Girls” is a wooden 33-foot, 1960 Ralph Stanley lobster boat, originally built by Ralph for his father and named after his seven sisters, in Southwest Harbor, Maine. In 1999, Ralph Stanley received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship and now the lines drawings for “Seven Girls” are in the Library of Congress (fun fact!).