THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 24 Issue 1 January 2011
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The lobster boat JAMBREL leaving the the dock at Interstate Lobster in Harpswell.
Last issue I wrote that things were look- ing slightly better for the boatbuilders, but since that time things got even better; how- ever, it is still not great. To quote Glenn Holland, &#x201C;We have meat and potatoes, but there is no gravy.&#x201D;
What was interesting is that most of the people looking for a commercial boat did not start to inquire until the end of November, which is relatively late. Normally fishermen begin their quest in September or October, but with fishing being so good this year, many of them were still fishing every day they could until Thanksgiving.
So the news is better and hopefully will continue to get even better over the next several months.
Paul Rollins in Elliot has inside his shop a 39-foot Concordia, which suffered exten- sive damage following a grounding this fall. They will need to replace a number of planks, the stern post, rear portion of the keel, the rudder and deadwood. The ballast will need to be removed and refaired. It is unknown when this project will be completed, but it is thought she will not be ready for the 2011 season.
Another boat coming in is a 1926 50-foot Elco powerboat, which will need a total re- build.
Rollins also has received a call from a person in Arkansas, who has a 39-foot Concordia to rebuild. It is unsure what will
happen with this project.
Another project at the yard was building an Interclub Dinghy, which was designed by Sparkman and Stephens. They were mostly used for frostbiting and this one was con- structed with a cold molded hull. This is being done for a customer from southern New En- gland.
Webhannett Boat Yard in Wells just completed hauling most of their boats for the winter. The only boats left are commercial boats, which probably will not be hauled until after the first of the year. They also spend this time to do some much needed equipment maintenance.
One project late this fall and into the winter will be on the UGLY ANNE, which needs keel bolts, frames and a head system installed.
Another project will be the restoration of a 24-foot powerboat, which was built at Southwest Boat in Southwest Harbor in the early 1960s. This has been a multiple year project, which has included frames, planks, deck and engine. This winter they are going to work on the steering and electrical system and cosmetics.
Custom Composites in West Bath has several projects underway at their shop. One is the rebuilding of a Small Point 21. They are making some repairs to the hull and will put on a lightweight deck along with new deck hard-
BLACK KNIGHT is getting a new deck at Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay.
ware. This should be completed in midwinter. They are also building parts for a flying car. They did some of the tooling and are now producing some of the parts. One of the parts is the firewall bulkhead, which was built using carbon fiber and weighs about five pounds.
Hadden Boat Works in Georgetown is progressing well on a new 36-foot Vinnie Cavanaugh power boat. The lines for this boat came off of J. J., which is now named MARIAH WILLOW, built in the 1960s. This fall they lofted the lines and ordered the wood from Charles Pike in Connecticut. After get-
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ting all of the boats hauled for the season, repairing some of the storm damage, they began cutting and shaping the backbone. At the end of November the moulds and patterns were complete, keel was almost done and they were working on the shaft log. This project will not be finished until the spring/ summer of 2012.
They also have several smaller projects on other boats, which need to be worked on before spring.
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