Fishermen get new boats or second boats for many reasons — to go faster or to catch more or to be more efficient. But for Tim Rider of New England Fishmongers, it was a matter of consistent supply. Rider has owned and operated the Finlander I for six years In February, he grew his operation into a fleet with the Finlander II.
“We needed another boat to be able to fish other species, like monks and flounders, and to be able to supply fish to customers all year-round,” he said.
Fishing on the Finlander I was convenient and efficient in the summer months, jigging for cod or pollock. But when the weather turned colder and more volatile, it was obvious that Rider and his crew would need something bigger and safer and that would allow them to continue to catch fish to provide to their growing number of customers and clients.
Rider found Finlander II, a 47-foot LeBlanc, in Long Island, N.Y., with help from Athearn Marine and Maine Financial Group — he credits both with being helpful and thorough during the purchase as well as after. It was actually the second boat he intended to purchase, the first boat was nearly Rider’s, but the owner changed his mind at the last minute. He continued looking around for a boat that met his needs, didn’t need too much repair, and was well taken care of. Rider said the boat also came with quite a few Jessica Simpson movies stashed in the wheelhouse.
Rider chuckled when recalling his first trip on the Finlander II.
“The charts did not match, so I had to use an app on my cell phone to get home to Portsmouth, N.H.,” he said.
Like many captains thinking back on that first trip home, he recalls that it didn’t go as expected, and was much different docking than his other boat.
Rider said the boat is in good shape, a “turn-key,” but like most fishermen, there’s still some work he’d like to do to make it his own, like new electronics, and to make it “more of a northern Gulf of Maine vessel.”
Rider is driven, passionate and dedicated to identifying ways to get new people interested in fishing; he has two young captains working on his boats while he spends his time between fishing trips building his business, New England Fishmongers.
With the new boat, Rider and his team will be able to continue to offer fresh, local fish like monkfish and flounders, while still hook-fishing on the smaller boat for cod and pollock.
Home port: Gloucester, Mass.
Owner: Tim Rider
Year built: 2000
Fisheries: Groundfish, scallops
Hull material: Fiberglass
Length: 49 feet
Beam: 22 feet
Draft: 7 feet
Crew capacity: 4
Main propulsion: Caterpillar 3406 375 hp
Propeller: Specs unknown
Speed: 10 knots
Fuel capacity: 1,400 gallons
Freshwater capacity: None
Hold capacity: 10,000
Electronics: Si-Tex plotter, MaxSea, Koden radar, Furuno fishfinder