UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2018 – Many thanks to all the folks who have asked, “When are you gonna update DownEast BoatPorn?” I truly do appreciate your appreciation for what I do!
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Welcome to DownEast BoatPorn! All photos by Brian Robbins, usually taken after telling the skipper: “Run right at me and when you think you’re getting too close, count to three … and then turn the wheel.”
You can find detailed specs and background on these beauties in my monthly New Boats, Shakedown Cruise, Off Course, and Wheel Watch features in Commercial Fisheries News.
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This Vondell Lea replaces the one Calvin S. Beal (son of the well-known designer/builder Calvin Beal Jr.) built in 2016, fished, and then sold – both of them Calvin Beal 42s. SW Boatworks of Lamoine, ME built the Vondell Lea‘s hull and molded top. 
Clark Island Boat Works of St. George, ME finished the 46’x15′ Moon Dancer for Gloucester, MA lobsterman Ryan Browne. Moon Dancer was birthed as a 46 Mussel Ridge hull and molded top from Hutchinson Composites in Cushing, ME. 
Jared Fagonde’s Jessica Danielle was a team effort. The 41’x15’8″ Ernest Libby-designed hull was built by Norman Libby (Ernest’s son); East Side Boat Shop of Machiasport built the top; and Jared (who fishes out of Jonesport) turned to Kennedy Marine Engineering of Steuben for the finish work. 
Adam Cousins’ Cassie Lu is a Mussel Ridge 42 from Hutchinson Composites in Cushing, ME. Mainely Boats of Cushing did the finish work for Adam, who fishes out of Stonington. 
Simmons Boatworks of Friendship, ME finished the 44’x17’6″ Taylor Nichole for local lobsterman Frank Guptill. The 44 Calvin Beal’s hull and top were laid up by SW Boatworks of Lamoine. 
A close-up view of Matt Finn’s 42′ Mussel Ridge Cinnamon Girl. Hutchinson Composites of Cushing, ME built the 42’x15′ hull and top; Clark Island Boat Works in nearby St. George installed the engine and driveline; and Matt had Cinnamon Girl trucked down to his shop in Marblehead, MA to be finished. 
Veteran fishermen Benny Beal of Jonesport, ME launched his latest boat – Benny’s Mistake – a couple months before his 85th birthday. Sargent’s Custom Boats of Milbridge built the 33’x12′ Crowley’s hull and top; Benny and his crew took the project from there. 
Claire Elizabeth is an Osmond 49 owned by Owls Head, ME lobsterman Micah Philbrook. Claire Elizabeth was birthed from an Osmond 47 (47’4”x19’2”) hull and top from H&H Marine Inc. of Steuben; Little River Boat Shop took things from there, increasing the overall length to 49’11” and custom finishing her to Micah’s specs. 
Zach Donnell’s Mussel Ridge 42 Stephanie M rips out of the mouth of the York River. Hutchinson Composites of Cushing, ME built the 42’x15′ hull and molded top; Warren Pond Boatworks of South Berwick finished the Stephanie M for Zach, who hails from York, ME. 
Taylored Boats of Addison, ME finished the Kerriann Lynn for lobsterman Cameron Farris of Jonesport, ME. Kerriann Lynn‘s raised-sheer 42’x17’6″ hull and molded top were built by H&H Marine, Inc. of Steuben, ME. 
Weather Oar Knot is a Mitchell Cove 32 owned by Sullivan, ME lobsterman Allen Doughty. It was the last Mitchell Cove built by Journey’s End Marina in Rockland, ME before they sold the molds for the MC-20, 32, 35, and 37 models in 2016. Light’s Fiberglass in Steuben finished the 32’x12’2″ Weather Oar Knot. 
Split S.E.C.O.N.D. is a Crowley Beal 33 owned by lobsterman David Osgood of Vinalhaven, ME. Dave donated his 33’s services as photo boat to shoot fellow Vinalhavener Manny Walker’s Sea Ghost (below). 
Sea Ghost is a Northern Bay 36 built by General Marine Inc. of Biddeford, ME. Sea Ghost makes the second Northern Bay Vinalhaven, ME lobsterman Manny Walker has owned; he had the second 36’x13’8″ hull out of the mold back when they were first being built in the mid-90s. 
Freedom is a Wesmac 46 owned by Stonington, ME lobsterman Sherm Hutchins. The 46’x14’6″ Freedom was built by Wesmac Custom Boats of Surry, ME. 
H&H Marine in Steuben, ME built the Osmond 40 Morning Star III for lobsterman Dan Ames of Vinalhaven, ME. The 40’x14’10” Morning Star III replaced an Osmond 35 that Dan owned for over 20 years. 
Corea, ME lobsterman Michael Hunt heads offshore aboard Gavin & Dawson, a Super 46 laid up by Wesmac Custom Boats in Surry, ME. Hunt chose Boricua Custom Boats in Gouldsboro, ME to do the finish work. 
Miss Attitude is a wide (17’6″ beam) Osmond 42 built by H&H Marine of Steuben, ME for Cushing lobsterman Lucas Cocks. 
There are Mussel Ridge 42s … and there are Mussel Ridge 46s … but Justin Osgood’s Katrina Paige is the first (and, for now, the only) Mussel Ridge 44.5. Hutchinson Composites of Cushing, ME built Katrina Paige‘s 44’6″x15’ solid fiberglass hull and foam-cored molded top. Osgood, who hails from Vinalhaven, ME, chose Clark Island Boat Works of St. George to do the custom finish work. 
Volition, a Young Brothers 42 owned by Matinicus, ME lobsterman Jarod Bray, stretching her legs. SW Boatworks of Lamoine, ME built the 42’6″x15’8″ hull; Mainely Boats of Cushing, ME did the finish work (including a custom top). 
H&H Marine Inc. in Steuben, ME built the 46’x17’6″ Bacc At It for Vinalhaven lobsterman Arthur Farnham. Bacc At It‘s Osmond 46 hull is essentially one of H&H’s “wide 42s” lengthened 4’ on the transom. 
Bottom Line is a Wesmac Super 46 owned by Corea, ME lobsterman Dan Rodgers. Oceanville Boatworks in Stonington, ME did the custom finish work, starting with a 46’x17’1″ hull and molded top from Wesmac Custom Boats in Surry. 
Friendship, ME lobsterman Jeromy Simmons’ Avery & Alden is a Calvin Beal 42 finished by local builder Simmons Boatworks. SW Boatworks of Lamoine built the 42’x15′ solid fiberglass hull and molded top. 
Gregory Simmons’ Natalie & Rose is a Wayne Beal 46 finished by Friendship Boat of Friendship, ME. Wayne Beal’s Boat Shop in Jonesport built the 46’x17’10” hull and top. 
Sea Pearl is a Super 46 Wesmac owned by lobsterman Randy Pinkham of Steuben, ME. Wesmac Custom Boats of Surry built Sea Pearl‘s 46’x17’1″ hull and molded top; Light’s Fiberglass of Steuben did the finish work. 
Alex Thompson’s Carlee Marie is an Osmond 47 finished by Taylored Boats of South Addison, ME. Carlee Marie‘s 47’4″x19’2″ hull and molded top were built by H&H Marine of Steuben. 
Taylored Boats of South Addison, ME finished the 46′ Heather Ann for Harrington lobsterman Frank Thompson. Wayne Beal’s Boat Shop in Jonesport laid up Heather Ann‘s 46’x17’10” hull and molded top. 
Chix Dig It tears up Moosabec Reach off Jonesport, ME. Dixon’s Marine Group in Lower Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia built the 49’11″x20′ Chix Dig It for lobsterman Matt Merchant. 
Harpswell, ME lobsterman Tom Clemons built the 36′ Motivation to work and play hard. With a “freshened up” C18 Cat, Motivation turned in 50 mph-plus performances during her debut season on the Maine Lobster Boat Race circuit in 2016. General Marine in Biddeford built the Northern Bay 36’s hull and top. 
Shandrelyn is a 46′ Mussel Ridge owned by Harpswell, ME lobsterman Jon Tanguay. Tanguay finished Shandrelyn himself, starting with a 46’x15′ hull and molded top from Hutchinson Composites in Cushing. 
Stevie Johnson of Long Island, ME is not only a veteran fisherman and boat builder, but a legendary figure on the Maine Lobster Boat Racing circuit, as well. Stevie’s projects over the years have included including a 50-mph sailboat and a floating Pontiac Sunbird (convertible, of course) – but his 2016 entry was a heart-warmer as well as a crowd-pleaser. Stevie and his crew resurrected Elizabeth, a 44-year-old REPCO 30 that belonged to Allan “Skee” Dennison, Sr., who passed away in December of 2015. Some folks have statues erected in their memory; others become the subject of verse or song … but the best memorial anyone could’ve come up with for Skee (Long Island’s resident mechanic and jack-of-all-trades) was just what Johnson’s Boatyard did: completely rebuild Elizabeth and stuff a 1100-horse Chevy into her bilges. With a set of “cheeks” molded to her sides to help steady her at speeds in the 50 mph range, Elizabeth made the crowds smile – and made plenty of noise doing it.
“I’m pretty sure Skee could hear her,” says Stevie.
Light’s Fiberglass of Steuben, ME finished the Kimberly Ann starting with a Calvin Beal 42 hull and top laid up by SW Boatworks of Lamoine. Lobsterman Eric Beal of Milbridge is the proud owner of the 42’x15′ Kimberly Ann – one in a string of blue-hulled beauties in the family. 
Josh Joyce’s 40′ Atonement right in the bucket off Bass Harbor Light on Mt. Desert Island, ME. Atonement (a North Shore 40) was finished by Marine Systems of Southwest Harbor for the Swans Island lobsterman back in 2004; it was repowered with a 730 HP MAN diesel this summer. 
Simmons Boatworks of Friendship, ME finished the 44’x17’6″ Chelsea Ruth for local lobsterman Travis Harrington. A Calvin Beal Jr. design, Chelsea Ruth‘s solid fiberglass hull and molded top were built by SW Boatworks of Lamoine. 
Jason Hamilton’s Head A.C.H.E. is an Osmond 46 built by H&H Marine Inc. in Steuben, ME. H&H began with an extra-wide (17’6″) version of their 42′ model, stretching it to 46′ LOA for the Vinalhaven lobsterman. 
Cameron Crawford of Lamoine, ME at the helm of the 28′ Wild, Wild West. Originally finished by Sargent’s Custom Boats in Milbridge back in 2001, the Wild, Wild West (a West 28 hull) has competed in both the gas and diesel classes in the Maine Lobster Boat Races over the years (and spent a few of those summers tending lobster gear, as well). But 2016 was all about speed: with her twin-turboed V12 Isotta Fraschini running stronger than she ever has and her propeller dialed in, Wild, Wild West set a new record in the diesel classes at the Bass Harbor event with a top speed of 60.6 mph. (2016)
First comes the smoke … then all hell breaks loose.
You could refer to Bucks Harbor, ME fisherman Billy Moore’s Terry Lea as a 42’ Osmond, but it’s actually a hybrid: Terry Lea was birthed as an Osmond 40 hull by H&H Marine in Steuben, then lengthened and widened before heading to Feeney’s Boat Shop in Cutler to be finished. The result (42’x16’x4’6”) gives Moore the workspace of a standard Osmond 42, but a much shoaler draft for fishing around the shores. (2016)
2016 marked the addition of the new Calvin Beal 42 to SW Boaworks’ model line. The 42’x15′ Vondell Lea is owned by Jonesport, ME lobsterman Calvin S. Beal, son of designer Calvin Beal Jr. As mentioned, SW Boatworks of Lamoine built the hull and top, while young Calvin and his father did the finish work in the latter’s shop on Beals Island. (2016)
Stonington, ME lobsterman Ben Hardy’s Aislynn Faye is a Wesmac 46. Clark Island Boat Works of St. George, ME did the custom finish, starting with a 46’x14’6″ hull built by Wesmac Custom Boats in Surry. (2016)
Feeney’s Boat Shop in Cutler, ME finished the 46′ Nikki Elizabeth for Jonesport lobsterman Zach Geel, starting with a 46’x17’10” hull and molded top from Wayne Beal’s Boat Shop. Zach had his sights set on a big Wayne Beal of his own ever since his brother Ryan launched his own 46′ Caleb & Brayden back in 2014. (2016)
The Brothers Geel.
H&H Marine, Inc. in Steuben, ME built the 42′ Miss Ryan for lobsterman Dennis Warren of Vinalhaven. With H&H offering widths up to 17’6” on their Osmond 42 model, there was a darn good reason why Dennis spec’d a 16’ beam for Miss Ryann: the width of the local Travelift. She’ll just fit,” he says. (2016)
Deer Isle, ME lobsterman Ron Alley’s Kalley ‘n’ Aubrey is a Calvin Beal 36. SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME built the hull and top; Eaton’s Boat Shop in Deer Isle did the custom finish work. (2016)
Jacalawa is a Wesmac 46 owned by Portland, ME lobsterman Marshall Spear. Wesmac Custom Boats of Surry, ME built Jacalawa‘s 46’x15’6″ hull; Clark Island Boat Works of St. George took things from there. (2016)
Jordan Alec is a 33′ Crowley Beal owned by Vinalhaven,ME lobsterman Chris Radley. Sargent’s Custom Boats of Milbridge built the 33’x12′ hull and molded top; Johnson’s Boatyard out on Long Island, ME did the finish work. (2016)
Insubordinate is an Osmond 40, owned by Roger & Jessica Redimarker – a lobstering couple from Addison, ME. H&H Marine Inc. built Insubordinate‘s 40’x14’10” hull and top; Roger and his brother Jeff did the finish work. (2016)
Dan’s Boat Shop, LLC of Friendship,ME finished the 42′ Leanne Rene for local lobsterman Chad Benner. The 42’6″x15’8″ Young Brothers hull was built by SW Boatworks of Lamoine; the house and deck were modified by finisher Dan Campbell from a molded unit built by Hutchinson Composites of Cushing. (2016)
Sargent’s Custom Boats of Milbridge, ME built the 38′ tuna boat Black Gold for Shawn Howard of Cape Jellison. Black Gold is a Calvin Beal Jr.-designed South Shore, measuring in at 38’x14’4″. (2016)
Her color scheme and diamond-shaped trunk windows may have a vintage look, but Vinalhaven, ME lobsterman Lee Osgood’s Isabelle Laurini is brand-new. H&H Marine of Steuben built the 34 Osmond’s hull; J.O. Brown & Son of North Haven did the finish work (including the time machine stylings). (2016)
Feeney’s Boat Shop in Cutler, ME finished the 45′ Outnumbered for local lobsterman Brad Cates. Dixon’s Marine Group of Lower Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia built Outnumbered‘s 44’11″x16’9″ hull and top. (2006)
Cutler, ME lobsterman Jeremy Cates’ Miss Isabel is a 48’x18’4″ Dixon. Dixon’s Marine Group in Lower Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia built the 48-footer’s hull and top; Little River Boat Shop in Cutler did the custom finish work. (2016)
Catch ‘Em All is a Wayne Beal 46 finished by Taylored Custom Boats in Addison, ME for Beals Island lobsterman Nathan Barrett. The 46’x17’10” hull is the largest model offered by Wayne Beal’s Boat Shop in Jonesport. (2016)
Light’s Fiberglass in Steuben, ME finished the Brittan A, a Calvin Beal 44 owned by lobsterman Michael Porter of Cutler. SW Boatworks in Lamoine built the 44’x17’6″ hull and top. (2016)
Anna Mary is an RP 40 owned by lobsterman David Sullivan of Kittery, ME. RP Boat Shop in Steuben laid up the Willis Beal-designed 40’x15′ hull in 2004; Little River Boat Shop down in Cutler did the custom finish work. (2016)
Ella V is a Mitchell Cove 35 owned by Pemaquid, ME lobsterman Jamien Hallowell. Journey’s End Marina in Rockland built Ella V‘s hull; John Brackett (John’s Marine Care) in New Harbor took it from there, including a custom wheelhouse. (2016)
That’s My Boy is a Calvin Beal 44 owned by lobsterman Jason Simmons of Friendship, ME. SW Boatworks in Lamoine built the hull and molded top; Simmons Boatworks (that would be Jason, his father Gilbert and their crew) did the finish work. (2016)
Outnumbered is a 46′ Mussel Ridge owned by Milbridge, ME lobsterman Jason “Cobra” Colby (and yes: that’s a cobra on the bow). Hutchinson Composites of Cushing built Outnumbered‘s 46’x15’ hull and molded top; she was then trucked to Light’s Fiberglass in Steuben to be finished. (2016)
First brand-new boat out of the doors at Stonington, ME’s Oceanville Boatworks was the Mussel Ridge 46 Rock Bottom for local lobsterman Richard Larrabee Jr. Hutchinson Composites of Cushing, ME built Rock Bottom‘s 46’x15’ hull and molded top. (2016)
Sargent’s Custom Boats of Milbridge, ME finished the 45′ Haley Mae for Sorrento lobsterman Joe Bennett. Haley Mae – a 45′ x 16’9″ hard-chined Dixon from Dixon’s Marine Group in Wood’s Harbour, Nova Scotia – is the second of three boats Sargent’s will be building for the Bennett family. (2016)
Renegade is a Mussel Ridge 42 finished by Mainely Boats of Cushing, ME for Matinicus lobsterman David Ames. Hutchinson Composites of Cushing built Renegade‘s 42’x 15’ hull and molded top. (2015)
Alison Jo is an Osmond 40 built for lobstering and scallop dragging. H&H Marine in Steuben, ME built the 40’x14’10” hull and top; owner Alton Wallace and his then-7-year-old son Carlton did the finish work at their home in Milbridge, ME. (2015)
Susan Lynn is a Calvin Beal 44 owned by father/son lobstermen Shawn and Chris Costa of Provincetown, MA. SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME built the 44’x17’6″ hull and molded top; Light’s Fiberglass of Steuben did the finishing. (2015)
The cover feature of the January 2016 issue of Commercial Fisheries News was “There And Back With Tommy Porter” – my sit-down with a veteran fisherman who’s lived a lot of life. We talked about everything from swordfishing with the late Bob Brown aboard the Hannah Boden to a wild-assed ride in a USCG helicopter rescue basket. But the chapter that will always give me chills was Tommy’s memory of getting caught in a no’theast gale coming home from the southern side of Georges Bank aboard the 45′ wooden Donna Marie. The following is an excerpt from “Out And Back”:
Benny Beal’s father built the Donna Marie for us up on Beals Island – that was our first offshore lobster boat. We had her the same time that Bob Brown had his wooden Sea Fever.
The Donna Marie was a great work platform, but I don’t know why she didn’t have a trunk cabin or something … it might’ve saved the windows the night we got caught in a gale offshore. Blew the windows out and just about ripped the house off her coming home.
She took an awful beating, but just the house … the rest of it was solid.
It was a horrible night: snowing … cold. I was on the engine box cover and we took a sea that washed me right through the half-inch plywood door onto the rail – in a sleeping bag.
If you look aboard the boat, my fingernail marks are probably still in that rail.
The engine box cover washed off and the deck was flooded because we had extra redfish on deck – they plugged all the scuppers.
The engine died when we took that sea and she was full of water rail-to-rail. She was going down.
So my younger brother Billy and I were trying to clear the scuppers, heaving everything over the side, while my old brother Manny’s supposed to be heading her downwind, right? And all of a sudden Manny’s hollering back at us, “Those are my new totes – you can’t throw those over!”
I said, “You’re gonna die and you’re worried about your totes? Bill – heave ‘em!”
I’d just made some plywood covers for the lobster tank a couple days before we left – plus I bought a 20’ length of 3” hose with a quick-release for the Lister pump we used for the lobsters.
Manny’d yelled at me for spending the money, but that stuff saved our lives.
When the main engine was out … it was like being sunk on the beach; totally awash and sunk. But I got that new 3” hose down into the bilge and started pumping her out. We managed to get the main engine started back up just before the batteries went under. Don’t ask me how … we should all be dead.
And the plywood covers I’d made? There’s my brother Billy up on the bow with a rope around him in the middle of the night – blowing about 80. She’d roll down and you’d hear him up there, trying to nail the covers over the blown-out windows on one side: bang bang bang! And then she’d roll the other way – and he’s trying not to wash overboard while I’m hanging onto the rope.
The stovepipe was gone and the stove was flooded; no heat; no liferaft; no survival suits – nothing.
But we kept her afloat and started heading for home.
That night it was three of us in a wet sleeping bag at a time, trying to stay warm – with the fourth man on the wheel for a half hour at a time.
Bob was coming in that same night with the Sea Fever and he busted up a bunch of her 2”x2” oak ribs. Afterwards, he took her back up to Boothbay where she was built to be repaired and they tweaked those broken ribs back together and made steel gussets to go over them.
It was a hell of a storm.
When we got close to the Cape, I ended up shooting flares at a dragger off the GRS buoy because we had no lights. I mean, everything was gone – the front windows; the side windows … gone.
We got into Harwichport and I grabbed a handful of dirt.
I said, “Manny – you see this?”
And I ate the dirt.
“I says, ‘I ain’t ever going out there again.’”
But I did.
Benny bought the Donna Marie back years later and fished it … I think somebody else had it for a while after that.
She’s sitting in a field up there now as you’re driving down to Jonesport.
Weather Oar Knot is a widened (17’6″ beam) Osmond 42 owned by Jonesport, ME lobsterman Shane Farris. H&H Marine of Steuben built the modified hull and top; Taylored Boats of Addison did the finish work. (2015)
Buck’s Harbor, ME is the homeport of the 50’x20′ Logan & Olivia, built by Dixon’s Marine in Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia for lobsterman Dallas Huckins. (2015)
Elizabeth Grace is a Calvin Beal 38 built and finished by SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME for Stonington lobsterman Jay Clough. (2015)
Seeker is a 37’x14′ Stanley Greenwood, originally built in 1989. Lobsterman Matt Finn completely refurbished the 37-footer and put her to work tending gear out of Marblehead, MA. (2015)
Clark Island Boatworks of St. George, ME finished the 41′ Bug Catcha for Port Clyde lobsterman Gerry Cushman. Holland’s Boat Shop of Belfast stretched one of their 38’x12’10” hulls, giving Cushman a 23′ cockpit. Gerry’s wife Karan designed the graphics on the bow and stern. (2015)
Shelby E is a Holland 38 custom finished by Marine Systems of Southwest Harbor, ME for Bar Harbor lobsterman Seth Kane. (2015)
Keenan & Shane is a 50′ Dixon owned by Cutler, ME lobsterman Patrick Feeney. Dixon Marine Group 2000 in Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia built the Keenan & Shane‘s 50’x20’ hull and custom wheelhouse; Feeney’s Boat Shop in Cutler did the finish work. (2015)
William G. Drohan is a Lowell 43 built by the Lowell Brothers (Even Keel Marine Specialties, Inc.) of Yarmouth, ME for Rockport, MA lobsterman Ryan Drohan. The 43-footer is named for Ryan’s late father. (2015)
Harrington, ME lobstermen Jason Strout and Chad Fenton pooled their talents and finished a pair of Osmond 47s for themselves. Fenton’s Deborah Sea and Strout’s Halestorm were built from Osmond Beal-designed 47’4″x19’2″ hulls and molded tops from H&H Marine Inc. in Steuben. (2015)
Simmons Boatworks of Friendship, ME finished the 42′ Mussel Ridge Lisabeth Ann for Michael Dawson of New Harbor. Hutchinson Composites of Cushing built the 42’x15′ solid fiberglass hull and molded top. Dawson will use the Lisabeth Ann for lobstering and dragging shrimp. (2015)
The 45’x15′ Lori’O, rebuilt in 2015 for Nahant, MA lobsterman Tim O’Keefe by J.O. Brown Boatyard out on North Haven, ME. The wooden 45-footer (originally named Rebecca & Heather) was built in 1987 by Story Shipyard in Essex, MA for Bill Bartlett of Beverly. (2015)
Jenna Marie is a Northern Bay 36 finished by Leighton’s Fiberglass of Milbridge, ME for lobstermen Eric and Josh Beal. General Marine of Biddeford built the Spencer Lincoln-designed 36-footer’s hull and molded top. (2015)
Cutler, ME lobsterman Patrick Hallissey’s Mandy Jean is a modified Young Brothers 42. SW Boatworks of Lamoine built the hull and spread the transom to match the 16’8″ beam; Feeney’s Boat Shop in Cutler custom-finished Mandy Jean from there. (2015)
Sherrie Marie, a Sargent 42 custom finished by Eaton’s Boat Shop of Deer Isle, ME for local lobsterman Bill Smith. Sargent’s Custom Boats of Milbridge began the process by laying up and lengthening a South Shore 38 hull. (2015)
Krystal E is an Osmond 40 owned by Milbridge, ME lobsterman Roman Jordan. H&H Marine of Steuben built Krystal E‘s hull and top; custom finish work was done by Keegan Beal, Jeff Strout and Allen Leighton. (2015)
SW Boatworks of Lamoine, ME built the 44′ Tuna.com for Gloucester, MA fisherman Dave Carraro. A Calvin Beal 44, Tuna.com will be one of the boats featured on the National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna series (replacing Carraro’s 38′ Duffy). (2015)
Francisco Lavon is a Mussel Ridge 42 owned by Vinalhaven, ME lobsterman John Bickford Jr. John’s Marine Care of New Harbor custom-finished Francisco Lavon, starting with a hull and top built by Hutchinson Composites of Cushing. (2015)
SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME built the 38′ All Out for Boothbay Harbor lobsterman Nick Page. The 750 hp John Deere-powered All Out is a Calvin Beal 38. (2015)
Retriever II is a Calvin Beal 38 owned by lobsterman Mark Moody Jr. of New Harbor, ME. Retriever II‘s hull and top were built by SW Boatworks of Lamoine; the 38-footer was finished by Simmons Boatworks of Friendship. (2015)
April and Kristi hits the water for her 25th year of lobstering. Owned by William “Killer” Smith of Jonesport, ME, the 42’x15’6″ April and Kristi was the largest wooden boat built by Beals Island designer Willis Beal. (2015)
Chelsey Ann Brielia is a 41′ Libby built for Cushing, ME lobsterman Travis Doughty by Norman Libby & Sons in Jonesport. (2015)
The 47’x15’6″ Outer Fall is the largest new boat to roll down the ways at John’s Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, ME. The cedar-over-oak Outer Fall is owned by Spruce Head lobsterman Jim Tripp. (2015)
Cyrus Sleeper’s Centerfold is a Mussel Ridge 42 from Hutchinson Composites in Cushing, ME – finished by Don and Scott Rahkonen in St. George. (2015)
Laurie Ann came out of the mold at H&H Marine in Steuben, ME as a wide-body Osmond 42 (42’x17’6″). Taylored Boats in Addison lengthened the hull by 4′ and custom-finished the now-46′ LOA Laurie Ann for lobsterman Ryan Schoppee of Machiasport. (2015)
Reverence is a Super 46 Wesmac finished by Clark Island Boat Works of St. George, ME. Wesmac Custom Boats of Surry built Reverence‘s 46’x17’1″ hull for Owls Head lobsterman Justin Philbrook. (2015)
Black Pearl is a Calvin Beal 36 built by SW Boatworks of Lamoine, ME for Blue Hill lobsterman Phil Black. (2015)
Rattlesnake is an Osmond 47 owned by lobsterman Derek Feeney of Cutler, ME. Rattlesnake‘s hull and top were built by H&H Marine of Steuben; the 47-footer was custom finished by Feeney Boat Shop in Cutler. (2015)
Rebbie’s Mistress is a Wesmac Super 46 finished by Light’s Fiberglass of Corea, ME. Lobsterman John Drouin of Cutler is the first skipper to have moved from the original 14’6″-beamed Wesmac 46 to a wider (17’1″) Super. (2015)
First launched by Buxton Boats in Stonington, ME in 1997, Uncle’s UFO is a Northern Bay 36 lobster boat still fished by Andrew Gove, who turns 85 in May of this year. A popular contender on the Maine Lobster Boat Racing circuit, Uncle’s UFO‘s big V-8 Mack was recently replaced with a 700-hp D13 Volvo. (2015)
Mattie Lynn II is a 17’8″-beamed Osmond 42 built by H&H Marine of Steuben, ME for Bucks Harbor lobsterman Matt Huntley. (2015)
The 43’x15’6″ sportfisherman Italian Stallion is the first Flowers 43 to hit the water from Flower’s Boatworks in Walpole, ME. (2014)
Wiscasset lobsterman Scott Simpson’s Betty Jane is a Holland 32 built by Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast, ME. (2014)
Phase III, a 38′ Holland finished by Farrin’s Boat Shop of Walpole, ME for Tenants Harbor lobsterman David Hupper. (2014)
Taylored Boats of Addison, ME finished the 46′ Wayne Beal “Caleb & Brayden” for Jonesport lobsterman Ryan Geel. (2014)
Sargent’s Custom Boats of Milbridge, ME finished the Osmond 40 Gina Lynne for Sorrento lobsterman Mark Bennett. (2014)
I guarantee you’ve never seen one of these before: Beals Island, ME lobsterman Suki Pinkham turned his late father’s 37′ REPCO into a one-of-a-kind 42′ Sea Monster. (2014)
Miss G, an Osmond 40 built by H&H Marine of Steuben, ME. Jerry Brum of San Mateo, CA will fish Miss G for Dungeness crabs. (2014)
Haulin’ Ash, the first of the new “Super 46” Wesmacs to hit the water. Finished by Lash Brothers Boat Yard of Friendship, ME for lobsterman Jacob Lee. (2014)
Evolution, a 42′ Mussel Ridge owned by Eugene Harrington of Friendship, ME – finished by Simmons Boatworks. (2014)
Matt Donnell’s Samantha Anne, a Duffy 35 finished by Dana’s Boat Shop of Westport Island, ME – shot in the fog outside the mouth of York River. (2014)
Norman Libby and crew finished the Libby 41 Hakuna Matata for Jonesport, ME lobsterman Steve Geel. (2014)
MaxSam, a Calvin Beal 38 finished by Simmons Boatworks of Friendship, ME for New Harbor lobsterman Matt Moody. (2014)
QUIZ TIME! Let’s have some fun with this one.
Now, don’t peek yet … I want you to study this lobster boat and guess who the builder was.
Okay: got an answer? Let’s see if you were right:
Uh-huh: what you were looking at is a 48″ radio-controlled model built by Brent Benner of Walpole Model Boatworks in Walpole, ME. Brent will build a replica of your fave boat (even a dragger with working rigging). I’ll be writing more about Brent’s work – in the meantime, check out the Walpole Model Boatworks Facebook page right here.
Bass Harbor, ME lobsterman Sean Kelley’s Tucker & Bailee, a modified Osmond 34 finished by James H. Rich Boatyard in West Tremont, ME. When H&H Marine in Steuben layed up the Tucker & Bailee‘s hull, they widened the transom to 12’1″. (2014)
43′ Lowell Gavin & Gracie, finished by John Brackett of New Harbor, ME for Waldoboro lobsterman Derrick Parlin. (2014)
Lewis Bishop’s Provider II, a Young Brothers 40 finished by David Schlaefer of Bernard, ME. (2014)
The 46′ Resolute, built by John’s Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, ME for Ryan Larrabee of Stonington. (2014)
Lost Generation, a 44′ Calvin Beal scalloper owned by Wally Gray Sr. of Deer Isle; finished by Light’s Fiberglass in Corea, ME. Lost Generation was dedicated to the memory of Gray’s son, Wally “Chubby” Gray II, skipper of the Foxy Lady II and his crewman Wayne Young. The Foxy Lady II was lost at sea in December of 2012. (2014)
Illusion, a 45′ Young Brothers owned by Nick Hawke, Southport, ME. (2014)
Never Enough, a Newman 36 owned by Daniel Closson of Bass Harbor, ME. Originally launched in 1976; rebuilt by James Rich Boatyard in 2014.
Black Velvet, a modified Osmond 36 owned by Justin Sprague of Bass Harbor, ME. Hull was widened to 15’2″ (beam) by H&H Marine from the standard 13’3″. (2014)
Rex Benner of Friendship, ME had his 44′ Calvin Beal Lindsay’s Turn finished in 2013 by local shop Simmons Boatworks.
36′ Wayne Beal Suspicion, finished by Dana’s Boat Shop of Westport Island, ME for Boothbay lobsterman Shawn Murray. (2013)
H&H Marine in Steuben, ME built the Osmond 42 Stormi Gayle for Stonington lobsterman Garrett Steele. (2013)
Javin Edward, a Wesmac 42 owned by Harold Poole of Vinalhaven, ME and finished by SW Boatworks in 2013.
Buxton Boats of Stonington, ME launched the wooden 38’x13′ Seasong for lobsterman Frank Gotwals in 2013.
John’s Bay Boat Co. of South Bristol, ME launched the wooden 44’8″x15’3″ Emma & Andrew for Ben Weed of Deer Isle in 2013.
Nick Lemieux’s 50′ Phantom – a lengthened Osmond 47 hull. Launched in 2013 by Little River Boat Shop in Cutler, ME.
Roger Beal’s J-Lynn Zrae, finished by Calvin Beal Jr. in 2013. She was the first hull of the new 30’x12′ model Calvin designed for SW Boatworks to hit the water.
Audrey Lynne, a Libby 41 finished by Norman Libby for Frenchboro, ME lobsterman Wyatt Beal. (2013)
Dana’s Boat Shop on Westport island, ME finished the Northern Bay 38 Vicious Circle for Steve Peaslee in 2013.
Jamie Thurlow’s widened Osmond 42 Family Tradition – 42’x17’2″. (2013)
John’s Bay Boat Co. of South Bristol, ME built the 44′ Khristy Michelle for John Williams of Stonington in 2012.
Dana’s Boat Shop of Westport Island, ME finished the 42′ Wesmac Long Haul in 2012 for Hugh Bowen of Freeport.
Jeff Clark’s 33′ Young Brothers Livin’, finished by James Rich Boat Yard in 2012.
Jeff Eaton of Deer Isle, ME finished the Northern Bay 38 La Bella Vita for himself in 2012.
Alec Peasely and his father Buster finished the 34′ Calvin Beal Atlantica in just six weeks after receiving the hull and top from SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME. (2012)
Lash Brothers Boat Yard in Friendship, ME built the Holland 38 Morning Star for Walter “Sonny” Willey of Ragged Island in 2012.
Molly Hock, a Mitchell Cove 35 finished by Vaughan Clark for Mike Carroll of Southwest Harbor, ME in 2012.
Chix Dig It, a 44′ Calvin Beal owned by Matt Merchant of Jonesport, ME. (2012)
Early Bird – 33’x11′ wooden lobster boat designed by James E. Brown and originally built by J.O. Brown & Son in 1979; rebuilt by current owner Foy E. Brown in 2011.
Patrick Feeney of Cutler, ME launched the 40′ Wayne Beal Fraid Knot in 2011.
With the help of friends and family, Stonington, ME lobsterman Kevin Clough launched Deuces Wild in 2011. Originally owned by Kevin’s brother, Deuces Wild had burned to the waterline a decade previously.
Bird, a 13’x4′ peapod built by Foster Bartovics of North Haven. (2011)
Rattlesnake, an Osmond 42 built by H&H Marine in 2011 for Derek Feeney of Cutler, ME.
Calvin Beal Jr. finished the 34′ Jeannine Marie for himself in 2010; hull and top built by SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME.
Flower’s Boats of Walpole, ME launched the 36’x13’2″ Moxie in 2009.
YAH MON! Rasta Family, an Osmond 40 built for Amable Claudy of Martinique by H&H Marine in 2009.
John’s Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, ME launched the wooden 41’x14’8″ Sand Dollars III in 2008.
Lindsey E, a Calvin Beal 36 finished by Sargent’s Custom Boats. (2008)
Owner Dan Backman launched the wooden Elaine Sue in 2008. The wooden 43’8″x15′ hull is an Otto Backman design.
The 46’8″x15′ Prometheus, owned by Fred Backman of Winter Harbor, ME. Prometheus is a modified version of a 43’8″ hull from Long Beach Boatbuilders, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.(2008)
Bossy Lady II, a Wayne Beal 40 owned by Terry Lagasse of South Bristol, ME. Farrin’s Boat Shop of Walpole finished the Bossy Lady II in 2002.
The scene was Buxton Boats in Stonington, ME and it was probably early 1997. That’s Andy Gove standing down in the bilges of a Northern Bay 36 that Peter Buxton would transform into Uncle’s UFO. Andy (who was only in his mid-60s at the time – just a pup) is lovingly patting the heat exchanger of his 900-hp Mack.
From the mid-90s: Spencer Lincoln, whose designs include the Duffy & Duffy line; many of the BHM hulls; and the Northern Bay 36.
Where it all begins – From 1994 or so, I believe: sitting at Calvin Beal Jr.’s kitchen table on Beals island, ME with one of his wooden half models.
Not the greatest of photos quality-wise, but a neat moment nonetheless. Sometime in the early 90s I got Calvin Beal Jr. and Ernest Libby Jr. to sit down out by Ernest’s lobster pound with a couple of their half-models. A lot of folks may not know that Ernest (who passed away in 2012) and Calvin were in-laws; Ernest was married to Calvin’s sister Myrtle.
From around 1990: the Young Brothers – left to right: Arvin, Colby & Arvid – with one of the racing wheels off the 30′ Camel II.