Written by Jen Finn
Mainer goes east for 55-footer; lobster boat is launched at last
Dallas Huckins of Machiasport, Maine, obviously likes the boats built at Dixon's Marine Group 2000 in Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia. He was lobstering and scalloping out of a 48' x 18' boat built by Dixon's Marine Group 2000 until he took delivery of his most recent boat, also built by the Canadian boatyard.
The fiberglass 55' x 24' Logan & Olivia came out of a Dixon's Marine Group 2000 50-foot mold with a 5-foot extension. A standard hull right out of the mold has a 21-foot beam, but as evidenced by Huckins' boat, the yard offers various lengths and beams.
The 50-foot mold has been used for two years, and 10 hulls have been laminated in it with lengths between 50 and 55 feet. One of those was a clam dredger with the wheelhouse on the stern. "It's a design that has worked out real well for us," says the boatyard's Janine Goodwin.
Huckins' Logan & Olivia is built with a solid fiberglass hull, while the deck and wheelhouse are plywood and fiberglass. Below deck is a fish hold and live well. The live well should hold 50 crates of lobsters. Up on deck is space for at least 450 lobster traps, says Goodwin.
In the engine room there's a 500-hp Mitsubishi diesel matched up with a Twin Disc marine gear with a 3.43:1 reduction. With this power package, the boat makes about 11.5 knots.
Dixon's Marine Group 2000 just started building another 50-footer for a Canso, Nova Scotia, fisherman who will use it for crabbing and lobstering. It will have a refrigerated fish hold for the crabs.
In Milbridge, Maine, H&H Marine launched a 42' x 17' 6" lobster boat, the Rattlesnake, in July for Derek Feeney, a Cutler, Maine, lobsterman.
The night before the scheduled launching, the crew at H&H Marine worked through the night to get the Rattlesnake ready to go in the water at 11 a.m. Come the morning of July 1 — with the boat trailer on its way to H&H Marine, the boatyard crew showered and cleaned up after working until 5 a.m., the cops showing up to escort the boat trailer and Rattlesnake to the launching, and a photographer from the southern part of the state highballing it up Route 1 to get to the launch site on time — Feeney told the boatyard's Bruce Grindal that his wife had decided the Rattlesnake's launching would get in the way of a family get-together. Scrub the launching.
By the following Wednesday, family matters had been completed and Feeney's Rattlesnake floated off the boat trailer and into Milbridge harbor on July 6.
The Rattlesnake will be fishing offshore in the winter, so its trap rack will help keep the fishing gear on the boat. One thing Feeney has on his plywood deck that H&H Marine hadn't installed in a long time is half-inch deck tiles.
Beneath the deck are three storage areas. One has been plumbed as a live lobster tank and should hold about 1,200 pounds. Grindal says Feeney will eventually plumb the remaining tanks.
In the engine compartment is an 850-hp Caterpillar C15 hooked up to a ZF 360A marine gear with a 2:1 reduction, which turns a 34" x 38" four-blade prop on a 2 ?-inch Aquamet shaft.
The shaft has a bronze cutlass stern bearing and a self-aligning inside cutlass bearing from R.E. Thomas in nearby Hancock. "The self-aligning bearing does a real good job," Grindal notes.
With the Rattlesnake in the water, the crew at H&H Marine started in on a 47-foot kit boat with a hull and top for a lobsterman in New Jersey. There's also a 36-foot lobster boat to build, and Grindal hoped to sign a deal for another 47-foot kit boat. Throw in a couple of boats coming in for repairs, and H&H should have enough work to keep them busy until the fall. — Michael Crowley
Ore. yard modifies 89-footer; this mold is very well traveled
The Sea Clipper has been hauled out at Giddings Boat Works in Charleston, Ore., to be sponsoned and lengthened. Built in 1973 at Bender Shipbuilding & Repair in Mobile, Ala., the Sea Clipper is a hake, crab and shrimp boat.
When she leaves in August, her 24-foot beam will have been pushed out 4 feet on each side, and her stern will be 4 feet longer, making her a 93-footer.
This is the second sponsoning job at Giddings Boat Works since Ray Cox bought the boatyard at the end of 2007. The first was the Chellissa, a 95-foot hake and pollock boat that was widened in 2008. She came into the yard with a 27-foot beam and had 3 feet added on each side.
At the beginning of July, Giddings Boat Works had framed and plated most of the Sea Clipper's new stern. Bottom plating on the sponsons and the stern was about to commence. The 5/8-inch bottom plating would be carried down to the chine, says the boatyard's Daryl Rodgers.
The Sea Clipper was picking up length and beam to improve her stability and carrying capacity. Some sponsoning increases a boat's carrying capacity by pushing the fish hold out to the new side plating. However, the Sea Clipper had a companionway that ran between the side of the fish hold and the hull, all the way back to the lazarette. The yard added more fish-hold space by opening up the companionway to the original outside plating.
The Sea Clipper is an older steel boat, but the stern and side-shell plating were in good shape, Rodgers says. However the "frames in the companionway were pretty rotten and had to be replaced," he adds. The reason the frames had rusted out was the emergency escape hatches leaking in the companionway.
Part of the space in the newly formed lazarette is given over to seawater ballast tanks. When the Sea Clipper is going after hake, the tanks will be empty, otherwise they will be tanked down.
The Sea Clipper will also be getting a wave wall and shelter deck, and next year she'll be back in for a new aluminum pilothouse.
Up in Homer, Alaska, Freddy's Marine will be building a 58' x 20' fiberglass seiner for local fisherman Rob Nelson. The genesis of the boat's design goes back 32 years.
The whole thing started with Ed Monk Jr., who designed a 45' x 16' 6" boat to be built in fiberglass by Seaworthy Marine in Woodinville, Wash. That was in 1979, and the first boat out of the mold was the Armageddon, says Fred Martushev of Freddy's Marine.
The mold was then leased to various boatyards. Little Hoquiam Boat Shop in Hoquiam, Wash., is said to have built some hulls from the mold before Ledford Marine in Marysville, Wash., developed a longer version — 50' x 16'. And Seattle's LeClercq Marine also used the mold.
In the early 1980s half of the split mold burned in a fire at Seaworthy Marine. An existing boat of the same design was used to make a new half mold. In the fire, Beaver Nelson's Nuka Point, whose hull came out of the mold and was nearly finished, was destroyed.
Another boat with the same name was built in its place and now fishes out of Homer.
"Twenty-plus boats of different sizes have been built out of the mold. People call it the Seaworthy Marine hull," Martushev says.
He bought the mold from a boatbuilder in 2009. Now he is using the mold to build the 58-footer for Nelson, the son of Beaver Nelson.
Nelson's boat will have a pair of 525-hp John Deere engines for power.
Martushev is calling his new 58-foot model the Dutch Boy 58. — Michael Crowley
Skiff design pushed out 4 feet; chunk stern has a long history
Wally Bowler of Buoy 8 Ship's Store in Saluda, Va., had Toby Gillie of Gillie Boatworks in Deltaville, Va., lengthen an 18' x 7' 6" fiberglass skiff design by 4 feet, turning it into the Bayport 22.
Using Gillie's design, Wave Rider Manufacturing of Topping, Va., extended the existing 18-foot wooden plug to 22 feet, while working Gillie's new design features into the plug.
The first of the 22' x 7' 6" skiffs will be for Keith Hofmann of Lindenhurst, N.Y., who will use it in the commercial hook-and-line striped bass fishery.
"When Mr. Hofmann called and told me what he wanted in a boat, I went to Toby Gillie for some redesign help," Bowler says. "He changed the shape of the bow by giving it less of a pug look and added more flare in the hull."
"When [Hofmann] saw my 18-footer he liked what he saw but needed more room for fishing," says Bowler. "He requested that the center console be positioned a little further back than normal and the bow deck be expanded."
The 22-footer's bow deck reaches back 5 feet 8 inches, giving Hofmann ample storage space beneath the deck and a stable platform to stand on.
Though the skiff can handle a 175-hp outboard, Hofmann is going with a 150-hp outboard. Even that, says Bowler, is "going to make this boat get up and fly."
The Bayport 22's mold was completed the first part of July, and Hofmann's hull was to be completed by mid-August.
In Mathews County, Va., the Mathews Maritime Foundation has the classic buy boat, Peggy, on the rails at the old Gwynn Island Boatyard at Gwynn's Island, Va. The foundation is leasing a portion of the railway from Marcy Benouameur, daughter of the late Gilbert Klingel.
Klingel was a naturalist, builder of steel boats, adventurer and author. His best-known book was the "The Bay" that in 1953 won the John Burroughs Medal from the American Museum of Natural History, awarded annually to the most significant natural history book published that year.
Some readers, however, might know him better as the author of the book "Boatbuilding with Steel," published in 1973. The book introduced many future boatbuilders to the advantages and techniques used in building boats out of steel and aluminum.
Klingel started the Gwynn Island Boatyard around 1953 and built numerous steel sailboats over 20 years. His presence in that region inspired others to build boats out of steel, including several commercial fishing boats.
The Peggy was hauled out for routine maintenance and a thorough inspection of her underwater hull and fastenings. "We caulked her where needed, gave her a coat of bottom paint, and renewed her zincs," says Peter Hall with the Mathews Maritime Foundation.
"Next we will begin work on replacing some of the [wooden] chunking in her transom and renewing her deck. Our aim is to have her looking good and in good shape by the end of this year."
The Peggy has a traditional round stern built with chunks of wood, which average 12" x 8" x 4". They are laid one on top of another. The butt joints are staggered so they don't overlap.
Although the Peggy is a plank-on-frame boat, the use of wooden chunks goes back to when boats were built out of logs and called either log canoes or log boats. The chunks of wood used to build up the sides of the log-built boats were referred to as "raisin wood." In some very early log- and plank-built Chesapeake Bay boats, chunks were used in the bow, but it was not a common practice. Staving wood — short lengths placed vertically — was the primary method used to shape a deadrise bow.
The Peggy was built in 1925 by Harry A. Hudgins, in Mathews County. That Mathews County connection puts her at the top of the list of old commercial fishing boats the foundation wants to preserve. — Larry Chowning
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