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The West Bay 37 under way off Steuben.
STEUBEN – It is not very difficult or time hull out of the mould and then make any said that they need to change the mould so A lot of thought went into the entire
consuming for a boatbuilder to create a mould changes he saw fit to create a 36 to his liking. that it could be infused, instead of laying up cruiser, especially the mechanical spaces
and then put together a cabin cruiser. How- West agreed and when the mould was free, he by hand. They also created the hull mould in under the main salon. Below they created six
ever, if you are looking for a perfectly smooth and his crew headed to Penobscot and laid up six different pieces. This will allow them to water-tight compartments and a made sure
hull, make the next one easier to build now a hull. make changes, such as in modes of propul- that they eliminated as much of the engine
that will take some deep thought and a lot of When the original Northern Bay 36 came sion without cutting the hull up. The different sounds as possible. This was done by elimi-
time. That is exactly what Paul West and his back to Maine, West thought that there types of propulsions that you could have nating way vibration could travel and adding
crew of West Bay Boats in Steuben did when would be a problem. So he suggested to include the standard set-up, single screw; Soundown around the compartment. The
they created their newest edition, the West Hutchins that he do a 37, which he thought IPS or dual prop; jet; dual prop - counter engine is a 410-hp Sisu diesel, which is
Bay 37, which was launched in mid-August. would be a great idea. West contacted Mark rotating shaft system; and a stern drive. hooked to a Evolution shaft system.
West Bay Boats had been building the Fitzgerald, who was working for Chuck Paine When they were done the length of the PROMISE was launched just prior to the
West Bay 31 for several years and was look- Yacht Design of Camden, and asked his opin- hull was 37 feet 7 inches, waterline length, 35 Maine Boats, Home & Harbors Boat Show in
ing for a new model. The 31 was designed by ion. He thought there would not be a problem feet 9 inches; beam 13 feet 4 inches, draft three early August. Just after the show they went
Richard Alley of Beals Island for Beals Boat and that he would send him some drawings feet 10 inches and displacement will be be- on their first sea trial. West was pleased that
Shop in Milbridge, who finished them off showing where to make the changes. tween 16,500 and 24,500 pounds. she was as quiet as she was. He was also
mostly as commercial fishing boats. When The first change was taking six inches off While they were working on the moulds pleased that she reached a top speed of 29.1
the mould was sold to West Bay Boats they the stern, so the actual length of the hull they had a customer, who owned one of their mph.
opted to finish them off mostly as pleasure would be 37 feet 7 inches. They also made 31s, come looking for a bigger boat. West Her owner still had a few changes they
boats. There is only so much of a market for some changes to the shape of the stern. They offered them a 34 on another builder’s hull, wanted made and if possible, could they find
a 31-footer, so West began looking for some- made the stern nine inches wider and some of since he did not figure he was any where near a little more speed so they opted to leave
thing else. He had been doing some work for this came by lessening the amount of ready to introduce the new 37. However PROMISE at West Bay Boats for the winter.
Downeast Boats and Composites in tumblehome. Other changes included lower- West’s son, Vaughn, argued that he should. The changes included wainscoating and
Penobscot and noticed their 36, which they ing the stem, and some changes to the bot- So they next time West was talking with the some other interior joiner work. They also
were finishing out as a cruiser. He asked tom. potential buyers he told them about the 37 made some changes to the bottom in the
Richard Alley if he could work him up a 36- When they were pleased with the hull and they jumped at the chance to be the hopes of finding more speed. In late October
foot model, which he did. When West was shape they turned their attention to the deck owners of the first hull. they planned to do another sea trial and
back down to Downeast Boats & Compos- and cabin mould. West said that they used The owners wanted a more open interior hoped the changes were positive. She would
ites, he asked John Hutchins to look at his the Northern Bay 38s as a base and then and a separate shower. Down below they put be hauled out and put back in the shop so
new model. He took a look and told him to began making several changes. They added a double berth forward and on the port side they remain work could be completed. Then
come with him as he took him out to show him more width to the interior and some height to they put the shower and to starboard the in the spring she would be re-launched and
the new Northern Bay 38 moulds. Hutchins the trunk cabin. head. Up in the shelter on the starboard side leave for her homeport of Mattapoisett, Mas-
told him, “You can take that and cut it right Another change came when they began is a full galley with a nav-station forward and sachusetts.
there and make a 36 out of it.” taking courses on composite construction. to port there is seating and a table that could
Continued on Page 14.
Hutchins told him that he could take a After a few of these, Vaughn came back and be made into a double berth.
C o n t e n t s
Publisher's Note 4 Lighthouse News 8
Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna 12 Gary Jobson 19
Calendar of Events 4 Naval Shipbuilding 8
Research of Manage of Red Tide 12 America's Cup 19
Norman Hodgdon 5 Containing the Threat 9
Lobster Chef of the Year 13 Herreshoff Trophy 19
Waterfront News Commercial Fishing News
Boat Yard News 14 Maritime History-Various 1889 21
MMA News 6 Misc. Commercial Fishing News 10
Yacht Racing News Classified Ads 24-31
Mystic Seaport News 7 Herring Catch Limits 11
IRC A Success 18
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