Thomas Winer Malone

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Thomas Winer Malone
Born (1929-11-01) November 1, 1929 (age 88)
Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas
Died (2018-01-22)January 22, 2018
Nationality Bahamian
Other names Winer Malone
Known for Prominent Bahamian boat builder, having built more than 200 Abaco dinghies.
Joanne Malone (m. 1962)
Children 3

Thomas Winer Malone (November 1, 1929 – January 22, 2018) was a Bahamian wooden boat builder who single-handedly crafted over 200 Abaco dinghies in his lifetime.[1] Ranging from 10–14 feet, his boats were hewn from memory without the use of power tools, jigs, or templates, and 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 and 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 2005
  2. ^ Wooden Boat Magazine
  3. ^ Dodge 2005


  • Baker, Christopher P (2001). Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Footscray, Victoria 3011, Australia: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd. ABN 36 005 607 983
  • Collins, E (2005). Winer Malone and the Abaco Dinghy, Maple City, MI: Good Harbor Publications.
  • Winer Malone, Cover Story, (1997), Wooden Boat Magazine, Issue 135, March/April; Brooklin, ME
  • Dodge, S (2005), Abaco: The History of an Out Island and Its Cays, 3rd edition, New Syrmna Beach FL: White Sound Press. ISBN 0-932265-76-6