HOMARUS John Williams Stanley 28 1988

Annapolis, MD


28 ft
9.5 ft
230 hp
2.92 ft


HOMARUS is a classic Downeast dayboat with newer Yanmar power and many recent updates including new Garmin electronics.  Based on the traditional lobster boat design, she features comfortable overnight accommodations for two and ample deck space for entertaining.  Her solid fiberglass hull with keel provides a very secure ride, and a bow thruster makes this great-handling boat even better.  She’s maintained by Hinckley Service and easily shown in Annapolis, MD.    


  • Boat Name: John Williams Stanley 28 1988
  • Builder: John Williams
  • Designer: Lyford Stanley
  • Location: Annapolis, MD
  • Displacement Measure: 8,500 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4LH-STE
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 497
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Power: 230|horsepower

Vessel Walkthrough


HOMARUS is traditional Stanley lobster yacht design and built by John Williams Boat Company in Maine.  She beautiful dayboat with overnight accommodations for a weekend of coastal cruising, and entertains beautifully with ample deck space and seating.  Her hull is solid fiberglass, a keel protects her running gear and adds stability and tracking enhancing her good ride.  Stunning red hull paint, varnished teak accents, teak decks, and an Herreshoff-style interior accentuate her style. 


This past winter Hinckley Yacht Service completed many projects including a Garmin electronics suite, converted the fixed windshield to an opening center section, painted the decks, installed a new opening cabin hatch, added a cabin heater, and numerous small and often overlooked items.  Her original engine was replaced in 1999 with a quieter, more powerful gas engine.


HOMARUS’ Significant features include

  • 2000 Yanmar 230hp diesel
  • New Garmin electronics suite
  • Opening center windshield
  • Side-Power bow thruster
  • Natural teak decks


Recent upgrades and improvements-

  • Garmin multi-function display, radar, AIS, and autopilot (2022)
  • Cabin paint and deck non-skid paint (2022)
  • Opening center windshield section (2022)
  • Engine heat “bus heater” for cabin (2022)
  • Custom coach roof hatch (2022)
  • Cockpit scuppers (2022)
  • Deep keel bilge pump (2022)
  • Engine box latches (2022)
  • Bottom paint (2022)
  • Varnish (2022)




  • Solid fiberglass hull with integral keel and skeg
  • Fiberglass decks with painted non-skid (new 2022)
  • Wooden cabin house with varnished sides and trim, and painted coach and pilothouse roof
  • Molded fiberglass rudder with 1 ½” stainless bronze post and bearing
  • Quarterguard/spray rail painted to match hull
  • Natural teak swim platform
  • Varnished teak rubrail and toerail with bronze chafe strip
  • Red Awlgrip hull with white boot stripe and green bottom




  • Varnished teak and painted house sides (varnish and paint in 2022)
  • Painted nonskid side decks and foredeck (new 2022)
  • Natural teak cockpit and pilothouse deck
  • Varnished teak toe rails, handrails, and window frames  
  • Teak bowsprit with integrated bronze anchor roller and anchor storage chocks
  • Single large bronze samson post with bronze fairleads
  • Bronze bow rail with bump out onto bowsprit
  • Removable varnished teak boarding steps with mounts on coamings port and starboard
  • Natural teak removable bench seat across transom with cushions, and hinged storage compartment below seat
  • Storage for boathooks under port coaming
  • Bronze fishing rod holders port and starboard
  • Bronze midship and stern cleats



  • Varnished teak pilothouse interior and dash
  • Custom varnished John Williams Boat company helm chair which folds down for additional space when not in use and improved access to systems below
  • Two fixed forward windows with custom opening center window (new 2022)
  • Electric wipers for forward two pilothouse windows
  • Large, hinged, insulated engine box with cushioned top and hinged top panels for storage
  • Teak footrests for helm and passenger seats
  • Hinged sole lift up panels on either side of engine box provide excellent access to systems below
  • Varnished teak louvered companionway doors and solid varnished teak companionway hatch
  • Removable aft curtains with mesh screen and isinglass panels for ventilation or to completely enclose the space
  • Sound absorbing overhead panels with varnished teak battens
  • Overhead dome light
  • Removable brass ship’s bell
  • 12v fan
  • Hot and cold cockpit shower



  • Garmin 943 XSV multi-function display (2022)
  • Garmin GHC-20 autopilot (2022)
  • Garmin 18” Fantom radar dome (2022)
  • Garmin AIS module
  • Icom IC-M59 VHF radio
  • Ritchie Powerdamp compass
  • Traditional bronze six spoke helm wheel with teak handles
  • Yanmar engine control, monitoring, and alarm panel
  • Twin lever engine control
  • Side-Power bow thruster with dedicated battery
  • Bennett trim tabs with indicator
  • Bilge pump switches and alarms



The cabin below provides everything needed for an overnight with a 6’ v-berth forward, a small yet complete galley to port with hanging locker, and an enclosed head to starboard with a shower. 


  • Herreshoff-style white bulkheads and countertops with varnished trim and ceiling boards
  • Teak cabin sole and companionway steps
  • Opening overhead Bomar hatch (new 2022)
  • Opening bronze portlights provide natural light and ventilation, with curtains
  • Heater Craft ‘bus heater’ (new 2022)
  • Five drawer storage locker with fiddled top
  • Electrical panel and main battery switch
  • Overhead dome and adjustable brass Frigast reading lights
  • Smooth white overhead
  • Chain locker access forward
  • Fire extinguisher


Berth forward

  • 6 foot berth with blue and white stripe upholstery
  • Removable, cushioned, center filler
  • Cushioned seat under filler piece
  • Shelves outboard with varnished fiddles
  • 12v fan
  • Storage and system access under berth


Galley to port

  • Large white countertop with wood nosing
  • Stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurized water
  • GE microwave
  • Top loading refrigerator with removable shelf
  • Fiddled shelf
  • Storage in two compartments outboard and under sink
  • Hanging locker aft with swing-out access and mirror inside
  • 12v overhead dome light and adjustable reading light
  • 120v outlet
  • Hinged trash compartment opposite galley


 Head to starboard

  • Natural teak sole
  • Pullout shower with hot and cold pressure water
  • Manual pump head under fold-down natural teak seat
  • Fiddled shelf outboard
  • Smooth white bulkeads for easy cleaning
  • Opening bronze portlight for light and ventilation
  • Adjustable brass Frigast light
  • Multiple hanging hooks
  • Smooth white overhead
  • Locker storage outboard



  • 2000 Yanmar 4LH-STE 230hp four cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with freshwater cooling
  • ZF Hurth transmission
  • 1 ½” bronze propeller shaft with four bladed bronze propeller
  • Fiberglass rudder
  • Manual hydraulic steering
  • Twin lever engine control
  • Yanmar engine control, monitoring, and alarm panel
  • Side-Power bow thruster with dedicated battery
  • Bennett trim tabs with position indicator
  • Heater Craft ‘bus heater’
  • Racor fuel filter/separator
  • (2) 57 gallon aluminum fuel tanks with top-mounted gauges and portlights in sole
  • Seaward 6 gallon hot water heater
  • Groco bronze seawater strainer
  • 25 gallon polyethylene holding tank
  • 40 gallon water tank
  • (2) Rule bilge pumps with high water alarm
  • Insulated engine box
  • 12v engine compartment blower
  • Wet exhaust with muffler
  • Polished twin trumpet horn
  • Spotlight with manual control handle
  • Fresh water pump
  • Raritan manual head
  • Freshwater shower in cockpit



  • Bass 12v DC and 120v AC electrical panel with meters for volts and amps, and breakers for ships load
  • Guest battery switch
  • Three group 27 AGM batteries (one dedicated for thruster)
  • Mariner ProSport 20amp, 3 bank battery charger (new 2022)
  • 30amp shore power cord and inlet



  • Galvanized anchor mounted on pulpit with chain and rode
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • Varnished teak flagpole with bronze base
  • Bow burgee staff
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cockpit steps
  • Director style deck chairs
  • Pilothouse enclosure with mesh screens and isinglass panels

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