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A scallop boat being built for Lars Vinjerud of New Bedford, Massachusetts, begins on a jig in the Williams Fabrication yard. Dale Williams does all drawings of the boats the company builds, and his son Lane, who now owns the business, converts them to CAD files. Paul Molyneaux photos
The Art of Steel
Farrin’s Boatshop is finishing off this 46-foot Muscle Ridge hull for a California fisherman. Jon Johansen photo.
California dreamers are drawn to a Maine boatshop
The Norsap chairs that IMTRA have caught on with captains who spend long hours in at the helm. The Norsap chairs feature replaceable cushions and many options for customizing. Image Credit: IMTRA
New Bedford based IMTRA is a one-stop-shop for boatbuilders for new builds or retrofits
Bill Keeling, above, built his first deadrise workboat in 1976. At age 77, he has started a new 42-footer at his boat shop in Mathews County, Va. Larry Chowning photo.
Virginia boatbuilder, 77 years young, at work on new deadrise
Quarters are tight in each of Taylored Boats two boatbuilding shops but even in the preliminary stages there’s a good sense there will be enough deck space for 200 lobster traps when Taiyored Boats finishes this 46-foot lobster boat. Taylored Boats photo.
Maine boat builder resists the rubber-deck trend
The 34’ x 11’ Cobra fishes multiple fisheries off Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. Crozier Craft photo.
New boat does it all on waters off Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
The Emilie Virginia is presently up on the hard at Crown Pointe Marina in Hayes, Va., getting a new bottom, stern and pilothouse. She is shown here with her captain and owner Peyton Mason. Photo by Jimmy John Hunley.
Virginia waterman needs his classic wooden boats ‘just to keep up with the work.’
Freshly inserted cotton corking is easily visible between the Terron’s hull planks. It’s the first time the 95-year-old crabber and blackcod boat's planking — originally built wood-to-wood —needed to be corked. David Peterson photo.
After 95 years, a California crabber gets tightened up
Dana’s Boatshop is building this “left handed” Wayne Beal 36 lobster boat, so called because the hauling station is on the port side and the companionway on the starboard, which is almost unheard of. Dana's Boatshop photo.
Building a 'southpaw' lobster boat in Maine
While Mike Vernese sells the Slayer with power options including a Honda engine and a Porta bracket, Tohatsu engines also seem to be popular. All in all the hull, trailer and engine can cost fishermen around $45,000. Ugly Boats photo.
Slayer Skiffs: Multi-role boats for Gulf fishermen
This outboard profile is of a 64' x 20" steel hull oyster boat being built by Delaware Bay Shipbuilding Co. LLC of Leesburg, N. J. Courtesy of Delaware Bay Shipbuilding.
New oyster boat on the way for Delaware Bay
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