Written by Jen Finn
Lobsterman goes up to 40 feet; Young Brothers' molds are sold
In Steuben, Maine, H&H Marine is building a 40' x 14' 10" lobster boat for Lance Ciomei, of Stonington, Maine.
Ciomei has been fishing in a 32-foot Mitchell Cove boat, but "he's outgrown that," says H&H Marine's Bruce Grindal. "He's going out farther now. That's a nice boat, but there's a limit to how far you can go in a 32-foot hull, and he's going that far, plus."
To gain additional deck space for traps, the main bulkhead and windshield were moved forward 16 inches, and the width of the wash rails was reduced.
Ciomei hasn't decided if he will have a trap rack, but Grindal says enough space has been left on the wash rails for the base of a trap rack.
For power, a 700-hp Caterpillar C12 was supplied by Billings Diesel and Marine in Stonington.
H&H Marine is also building a 35-footer for a sport fisherman on Cape Cod and will send out a 42-foot bare hull to be finished off as an excursion boat in New Jersey.
In the repair department, the Steuben boatshop is repowering one of its 10-year-old 38-footers for Dennis Warren of Vinalhaven, Maine.
A 650-hp Mack with nearly 14,000 hours came out of the boat, and a 700-hp Caterpillar C15 went in. The Cat came out of a pleasure boat and has "almost no hours on it," Grindal says.
With his latest acquisition, Stewart Workman of SW Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine, has doubled his number of boatbuilding molds.
After Thanksgiving in 2008, Workman took over the 34-, 36-, 38- and 44-foot molds of Beals Island, Maine, boatbuilder and designer Calvin Beal Jr.
At the end of 2009, he bought the molds from the Young Brothers boatshop in Corea, Maine, which has been closed for some time.
All of the Young Brothers boats were designed by Beal Island boatbuilder Ernest Libby Jr.
This isn't the first time Workman has thought about building hulls from Young Brothers molds.
"I toyed with the idea a while ago of buying the whole shop, but I didn't want to live there — I worked down there years ago — so I let it go. Then someone bought the property, was tearing the building down and getting rid of the molds."
He bought Young Brothers' 30-, 33-, 35-, two 38-, 40-, 42- and 45-foot molds.
Workman says while two or three of the molds have some age on them, they are "not in too bad of shape. I'm going to do some work on them, but I could get a hull out any of them." The 42-foot mold he describes as "like brand new," with only six hulls out of it.
He has had some calls about building boats from some of the molds.
It's not new, but there is a 38-foot Young Brothers boat in Workman's shop. It's owned by Lamoine lobsterman Dave Herrick and is undergoing some repair work.
The Julie Ann's 225-hp John Deere engine had to be pulled out and rebuilt. (Workman thinks the engine's demise was due to being over-wheeled.) To make room for an engine hoist to haul the John Deere out, the cockpit platform had to be removed and then rebuilt, as well as the winter-back.
While the engine was out and the platform removed, new fuel tanks went in the boat. A 2-inch shaft replaced the previous 1 3/4-inch one, and a new cutless bearing with a PYI dripless seal was installed.
SW Boatworks is building two Calvin Beal 38s. One is going to a yacht club and the second to a sport fisherman. Another 38 will go out of the shop as a kit boat, and Workman sold a Calvin Beal 36 that he had built as a spec boat to a sport fisherman. - Michael Crowley
Time Bandit primed for green; wooden troller has second life
The 113-foot king crabber Time Bandit, of "Deadliest Catch" fame, is going "green," and viewers will be able to watch part of the process when they tune into the Discovery Channel this season.
On Jan. 7, Jeff Steele, CEO of SeaLand Environmental in Bradenton, Fla., was scheduled to leave for Alaska's Dutch Harbor to spend four days installing a partial list of products designed to reduce the Time Bandit's operating costs and make it the environmental standard for future "green boats."
In October, Steele went to Dutch Harbor to inspect the boat and develop some recommendations. He came up with a list of 15 projects to tackle.
Some require that the Time Bandit be hauled, which won't happen until spring at the earliest. In fact, that's when all the work was due to take place, but "Discovery moved up our time frame. Discovery wants [the greening process] on this year's show and will film the installation of everything we do in January," Steele says.
There's only time to complete four of the 15 projects before the Time Bandit goes fishing. SeaLand's on-demand, hydrogen-assist HydroMarine system will be attached to each of the two main engines and the two gensets. The HydroMarine units generate hydrogen gas that assists in the combustion of diesel fuel.
Figures from SeaLand Environmental show the system can increase fuel efficiency by 20 percent on average and reduce emissions by up to 90 percent.
A SeaLand oil-purification system will be mounted on all engines; this will yield an anticipated savings of $6,000 in lube oil and filters and eliminate scheduled oil changes.
The boat's petroleum-based hydraulic oil will be replaced with the company's vegetable-based, non-hazardous and non-toxic HydroFluid. While the substance won't provide any cost savings, it does offer environmental and safety benefits, because it is fire resistant and biodegradable.
A bilge-water separator will be installed to remove various organic pollutants as well as emulsifying agents, such as detergents and solvents.
Possible future work includes repowering all engines and upgrading the electrical system.
Last spring the wooden-hulled Carol M was at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op in Port Townsend, Wash., to be readied for the tuna season. In November, the 62-footer returned to the shipyard for additional work.
That she is even floating is pretty amazing, considering that several years ago a fire that started in the engine room consumed most of her foredeck.
"She went from being pretty much given up on in an insurance claim to being bought and fixed up and is now a viable family fishing boat," says the yard's Martin Mills.
Rebuilding the boat's foredeck and much of the other woodworking was done at an Oregon boatyard. Then, last year, Mike Clausen of Seattle, the boat's owner, brought the Carol M to Port Townsend.
The boat was originally a longliner and may return to that fishery, but right now, Clausen wants to use her for crabbing and tuna fishing, which explains the co-op's installation of a flash-freezer unit for tuna and a crab tank that sits above the deck and can be removed when the boat goes after tuna. The fish hold was also rebuilt and lined with foam.
The hydraulic system had to be rebuilt, and the engine was extensively gone over.
"And we did a total rewiring job," Mills adds. New electronics were installed in the wheelhouse.
Mills says the boat will be back in the yard for additional mechanical work, and Clausen may go for a repower in the next couple of years.
"He's looking to do this work because he's keeping the boat for the long term," Mills says.
Looking back at 2009, he says, "It was a pretty good year for repairing fishing boats. We've done a lot of them this year."
One of those was the Miss Defiance, which had her stem and break beam replaced. In the past, fir would have been the choice for the stem, but purpleheart was used instead.
"We don't trust fir like we used to," Mills says. "For big, heavy timbers we use a lot of tropical hardwoods."
— Michael Crowley
Yard's new owner tackles refit; old buy boat is in good hands
John Collamore of the now defunct boatbuilding firm, Hulls Unlimited East, moved to Deltaville, Va., in 1972 and was a pioneer in building and designing fiberglass commercial workboats on Chesapeake Bay.
In the same building in Deltaville where for over 20 years Collamore built fishing boats, Bubbie Crown of Crown Marine now operates his own boatbuilding and repair business.
One of Collamore's boats has come back to its place of origin; a 26-foot Hulls Unlimited Deltaville Garvey is in the Crown Marine shop for some overhauling.
The boat was originally set up with a single Detroit Diesel and used primarily to tow oyster barges full of spat to private Virginia oyster grounds.
Shores and Ruark Seafood Co. in Urbanna, Va., recently purchased the boat and will use it to harvest oysters in cages from shallow creek beds. To accommodate the shoal water, the garvey's full-length keel was removed to give the boat less draft.
The Detroit was pulled out and the stern configuration is being altered to handle a single outboard motor on a bracket. The garvey originally had a pilothouse mounted nearly amidships. The house has been removed.
"We are going to make it an open boat so we will have all the space to handle oyster cages," says Shores and Ruark's, Rufus Ruark Sr.
A stainless steel mast and boom is to be mounted near the bow and an air-cooled engine will be installed to hoist oyster cages from the water.
"She is a well-built hull," says Crown. "She's got one deck cleat that pulled out and a little bit of balsa core that needs replacing. Other than that — now 20 years down the line — she is still in good shape."
The Deltaville Garvey has been used in Chesapeake Bay's oyster, crab and finfish fisheries. The late naval architect Harry Bulifant designed the boat for Collamore in the late 1970s with a V-shape built into the blunted bow. The design worked well in the bay's short, choppy seas.
In another project, Crown Marine rebuilt two 80-foot U.S. Navy Seal patrol boats and turned them into security boats to be used against Nigerian pirates.
Each boat has three Detroit Diesel 16V-92 engines rated at 1,450 horsepower. Underway the vessels top out at 55 knots. The boats need plenty of power to patrol a 40-mile area to protect Chevron oil rigs.
"Apparently, the boats are working because they are having problems elsewhere [with pirates] but not where these boats are working," Crown says.
Moving into Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay buy boat Nellie Crockett is listed in the National Historic Landmarks Program as having historical significance to the United States. The 61.7' x 20.4' x 6.5' wooden boat was built in 1926 by Charles A. Dana of Crisfield, Md.
Ted Parish of Georgetown, Md., owns the Nellie Crockett and recently installed new side planking. He has owned the boat since 2002 and does all the work on the Nellie Crockett himself.
Parish does most of the work at his dock on Maryland's Sassafras River. To install the planking while the boat was in the water, Parish placed a 5-ton water barrel on the opposite side he wanted to work on. That pushed that side down and pulled the chine and side planks up on the other side 7 inches.
"Worked like a champ," he says.
When he has to haul the vessel for bottom work it goes to Georgetown Yacht Basin in Georgetown, Md. where Parish's father, Phil, worked as general manager and built boats for 40 years.
"They have a 110-ton lift that I use, and they graciously allow me the use of their equipment and then leave me alone in a corner of the work area," Parish says.
Since he has owned the boat, Parish has replaced 100 percent of the side planking, the stern, deck, pilothouse, and mast. In addition, 80 percent of the frames are new as is 25 percent of the bottom planking.
The stem was replaced in 1954 by Deagle & Son Marine Railway in Deltaville, Va., and according to Parish is still in good shape. — Larry Chowning
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