Thomas Winer Malone

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Thomas Winer Malone
Born(1929-11-01)November 1, 1929
DiedJanuary 22, 2018(2018-01-22) (aged 88)
Other namesWiner Malone
Known forProminent Bahamian boat builder, having built more than 200 Abaco dinghies
Joanne Malone
(m. 1962)

Thomas Winer Malone (November 1, 1929 – January 22, 2018) was a Bahamian wooden boat builder who single-handedly crafted over 200 dinghies in his lifetime.[1] Ranging 10–14 ft (3.0–4.3 m), his boats were hewn from memory without the use of power tools, jigs, or templates. Malone used wood from trees he cut himself on the Abaco Islands.[2]

Malone's Abaco dinghy is open-hulled and single-masted with a small "banana board" supporting the top of the sail.[3]

Before the advent of outboard motors in the 1950s, Bahamian dinghies often provided the sole means of transportation for fishermen, farmers, and visiting families, as well as the occasional smuggler (or rum runner). If the wind died, a boat could be propelled with a single, long sculling oar off the transom. When fiberglass hulls finally supplanted wood construction in the 1960s, Malone's Abaco dinghies remained in strong demand, primarily from American sailing enthusiasts.


  1. ^ Collins, E. (2005). Winer Malone and the Abaco Dinghy. Maple City, Michigan: Good Harbor Publications.
  2. ^ Malone, Thomas Winer (March–April 1997). "[Cover Story]". Wooden Boat Magazine. No. 135. Brooklin, Maine.
  3. ^ Dodge, S (2005). Abaco: The History of an Out Island and Its Cays (3rd ed.). New Smyrna Beach, Florida: White Sound Press. ISBN 0-932265-76-6.

Additional references[edit]

  • Baker, Christopher P. (2001). Bahamas, Turks & Caicos. Footscray, VIC: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd. ISBN 9781864501995.