NAPLES – Steve Arnold, the owner of Yarmouth Boat Yard, finalized his purchase of Moose Landing Marina in Naples on Friday, Feb. 1.

Arnold bought the 11-acre property from Casco resident Dan Craffey, who owned the Brandy Pond facility since 2003.

Arnold, who said he had been crafting a deal over the last year with Craffey, said he doesn’t plan any big changes and that he’ll retain the employees, which ranges from 16 to 40 depending on the season.

“Dan wanted to make sure when he sold Moose Landing that it would go to a capable operator that’s going to keep the business intact and take it to the next level, so it was a very good arrangement,” Arnold said.

Craffey, 55, grew Moose Landing from a four-employee operation to one of the area’s largest marinas. He said he’s been working 12 hours a day seven days a week on his business for the last 10 years and that he’s going to make some time for himself. He plans to enjoy his new 300 horsepower pontoon boat this summer, play more golf, and hike in the mountains.

Craffey also wants to devote himself more to his growing supermarket franchise. He owns two Hannaford-affiliated storess in New Hampshire and one in Gray. He’s also looking to develop a Hannaford in Naples, on property he owns adjacent to Moose Landing Marina.

“This is a move to reposition priorities and enjoy some of the fruit of my hard work,” Craffey said. “But I’m also looking to acquire more supermarkets and some other stuff so this will give me a lot more time because I was spending a lot of time at the marina.”

Besides the supermarkets, Craffey is working to lure the Narrow Gauge Railroad, based in Portland, to his Gray Plaza property along Route 100 in Gray. Unable to speak to specifics regarding the long-awaited railroad’s arrival, Craffey says the project, first made public more than a year ago, is still on track.

“It’s coming along nicely, and everything is coming into place, and it’s going to be good for Gray,” Craffey said.


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