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Volume 22 Issue 2 February 2009 FREE
BOOTHBAY HARBOR – For the last year – wood. I wanted a hard-chine, inboard diesel teak varnished top with an electrically actu- was off to the Newport International Boat
many have been waiting for Samoset Boat with an enclosed head. I just wanted some- ated lid under which are the navigation in- Show in Newport, Rhode Island. The consen-
Works, owned by Matthew Sledge, of thing out there that nobody else has got.” struments. Up forward there is a fully en- sus was that she was beautiful. Sledge added,
Boothbay Harbor to finish their Samoset 30. The first layer of the hull is ½-inch Hon- closed head with a vaccu-flush and two “Doug Zurn’s opened up the hatch at the
He teased us with a bare hull at the Maine duras mahogany running fore and aft. Before bench seats under the dodger. There are also Newport show and says “Now okay, who
Boatbuilder’s Show in March and an almost they ripped the boards, they were finger two 12v DC refrigerated ice boxes, one up eats in here?” Everybody was amazed that
completed boat at the Maine Boats, Home & jointed so that they were dealing with full forward and one behind the helmsman lean- the whole bilge was Awlgripped. I have spent
Harbors show in August. After working out length boards, no butt blocks. Once these ing post. Aft is another bench seat, which too many years working on boats, crawling in
a little problem with the engine electronics were in place, they were edge glued and was built of teak and varnished. bilges and leaving blood and flesh behind.
she was finally up and running in early fall. screwed to where they were attached to the The canvas work was done by Fortune, It’s smooth and easy to clean up. I exceeded
Now she is waiting for a buyer. bulkhead, stringers, chine log and shear Inc. of Portland and the Nautilus Marine of his expectations with the level of finish. This
Sledge said that the idea for this boat clamp. Then came a layer of 10 ounce glass to Trenton built the T-top. The hardtop on the is how I finish my boats.”
came when he was working at Paul E. Luke, seal it. This was followed by a plus minus 45 T-top and the swim platform was built in- Everybody who has looked at this boat,
Inc., in East Boothbay several years ago. and a 90 of 1/8-inch Spanish cedar. The house. The stainless steel brackets for the loves it, but no one has stepped up to buy
There he worked on an open, centre console topside are a plus minus 45 all set in epoxy and swim platform were fabricated at Paul E. one. The way she is finished out no expense
design, round bilge with lifting strakes that vacuum bag down. Then they did chine flats, Lukes. has been spared. One problem is the
create a hard chine, carvel planked, and pow- lifting strakes, stem and keelson and then the Power for the Samoset 30 is a Yanmar 440 economy and the other might be that a poten-
ered with a V-6 gasoline engine. However, he entire boat got another layer of 10 ounce inboard. There was a problem with the elec- tial buyer is waiting for spring. This boat will
wanted a boat that was a little bigger and had glass over everything. Sledge said that his tronically controlled engine because of the be at the New England Boat Show in Boston
a head. best guess is that the hull weighs about 1,700 type of controls that were used. Sledge ex- and the Maine Boatbuilder’s Show this
“I had been looking for a boat to start the pounds. plained, “They had to re-do the software for spring and she should find an owner.
company with,” added Sledge. “I looked at Next they put in the deck framing and the control module to the throttle. We finally In the shop is a 23-foot Mako, which is
that boat for a while and took some pictures there is a frame located at one of the five got that figured out and she ran at a top speed undergoing extensive repairs. It is thought
and then went down and met with Doug Zurn bulkheads. There is also a sole beam that is of about 43 knots. When she is cruising at 20 that the damage to the hull was caused by the
and started preliminary designs in 2005. I then attached to the top of the bulkheads. This knot you are burning a little over 4 gallons an how the boat was stored, not level, which
had to wait until I got financing for the shop also framed out all the deck hatch openings. hour. At full throttle she burns a little over 20 allowed all the weight and water between the
and everything.” The deck framing is 1½ x 3 inch clear vertical gallons. I had eleven people on the boat and hull and liner to be centered forward. When
The shop began going up in September grain Doug fir. On top of this are two layers she still did 34 knots. She’s got trim-tabs but they scrapped the bottom they discovered a
2006 and in February 2007 he began construc- of ½-inch marine plywood glued and I haven’t used them yet. She is dry, stable and five and a half foot crack in the outside layer
tion of the boat. Sledge wanted a cold moul- screwed. Then a 14 mm teak deck was laid by quiet. You can be standing at the console, full of fiberglass. After they took out the liner and
ded hull, adding, “just for the stiffness, light- Teak Deck Systems. throttle and talk normally.”
weight, and it is a great medium to work with The centre console is all plywood with a When she was finished and running, it
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C o n t e n t s
Publisher's Note 2 Marine Scholarship Program 6
Canadian Fishing News 13 Maritime History: Various 28
Calendar of Events 2 Mystic Seaport News 7
Catch Limits 15 Classified Ads 31-39
Waterfront News Commercial Fishing News
Boat Yard News 17
America's Cup Hall of Fame 4 Misc. Commercial Fishing News 8
Not a Traditional Education 19
MMA News 5 New England Commercial Fishing 10
Yacht Racing News
Cruising Club of America 6 Fish Prices - Portland Fish Exc 12
Vendee Globe 22
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