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Maine Coastal News FREE Builders Still Swamped - New Boats Hitting the Water

Light’s Fiberglass of Steuben puts over this Calvin Beal 44, BRITTAN A., for a fi sherman from Cutler on 4 April. To some, the weather never stops them

from doing what is on the schedule. On 4 April Light’s Fiberglass in Steuben was scheduled to launch a boat. Despite the thermometer being at 15 degrees and a nice fresh wind blow out of the northwest, out the shop BRITTAN A. went, down the road to the Milbridge town landing and into the water.

This is not the worst conditions they

have launched in. The last boat went over in a snowstorm and it was blowing a gale, but that did stop them. They even got the sea trials in.

BRITTAN A. is a Calvin Beal 44 fi n-

ished off as a simple lobster boat for a fi sh- erman from Cutler. She is powered with a 75-hp FPT, a 2:1 gear and a 34 x 32 four blade left hand propeller from Nautilus Marine in Trenton. She has a 2 1/2 inch stainless steel shaft from R. E. Thomas of Hancock, who also supplied all of the boxes. During sea trials she went 25 knots, but the propeller needs more pitch and they thought this could add as much as 3 additional knots. All the metal fabrication was done by

B. Kennedy in Steuben. She had Boman alu- minum windows, winter back and tip, two Freeman hatches; hydraulics from Marine Hydraulics in Rockland, which includes the Class II twin ram stainless steel steering and a 14 inch hauler with a 1028 motor with a P75 pump. “She has a moulded top,” said Mike Light, “We put the windshield ahead

20 inches. She was faceted for fi ve windows on the moulded top, but we faceted it for four windows, which is what the owner wanted. Everything was plywood structure. All of the under framing was pressure treated, but as far as the plywood structure, like the fl oor, that was all glassed underneath before we put it down so no moisture can penetrate into it. There are three crate tanks below the platform. Port and starboard tanks will hold eight crates and the center one 10 crates.” While this one was being launched the

rest of the crew was back at the shop moving boats around. In the big bay, the one to the left, they needed the boat in there moved out and placed in the middle bay. They then moved in a Wesmac 46 superwide, which is going to have her house stick-built. Mike ex- plained that he needs to build a crown table up on the mezzanine. This will allow him to build the parts and then just slide them over onto the boat instead of taking them down to the fi rst fl oor, out the door and over to the next bay.” This one will be powered with a 1,400-

hp MAN. Mike thinks she will have full accommodations, but as to what that has not yet been determined. It is known that she will not have any wood in her. It is getting much more common to

see no wood used in a commercial fi shing boat. Under the platform a builder normally used wood framing, with plywood decking covered with fi berglass. The problem is that

At Coastal Boat Works in Newcastle they have been restoring this 32-foot Benford steel tug, which was built on the Great Lakes in 1991.

after years of use the fi berglass gets worn through and water starts getting into the wood and starting it to rot. If not repaired quickly it may mean that the whole platform has to be removed and replaced. Today more and more fi sherman are opting to use all composite materials, but it is not inex- pensive. Mike explained, “You probably save about $30,000 if you use wood. You could go with the pressure treated framing and plywood glassed underneath and that works well. I also cut through everything so

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there are no airtight spaces anywhere under that fl oor. Everything can always breathe. Another option is where I put the hatches I actually line them with Coosa board. This is usually where the trouble starts.” The Wesmac 46 original will be fi nished

out as a lobster boat. She will be powered with a 800-hp Caterpillar. For accommoda- tions she will have bunks, hydraulic room and cabinetry for a refrigerator and micro-

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