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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wesmac Super 46

by Brian Robbins Welcome to another CFN Shakedown Cruise. Periodically, we will focus on a new launch and dig a little deeper into what went into the project – whether it be a new model or a hull well known to the New England commercial m...


EDITORIAL: This year’s new boats recap: Our own Dow Jones?

As we swing into spring show season here in New England, it’s pretty well guaranteed that much of the discussion with readers and advertisers who stop by the Commercial Fisheries News booth at the upcoming Maine Fishermen’s Forum or Commercial Ma...


Andy McGeoch’s Cape Island Boats

It’s probably fair to say that Andy McGeoch fell in love with Cape Cod before he fell in love with boat building. The Cape Cod crush started when Andy was four years old, living in the Finger Lakes region of New York. “That summer, my fathe...


New scalloper Orion joins New Bedford fleet

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The 101’ big steel scalloper Orion is the latest newbuild to join the fleet at the Eastern/Nordic Fisheries/O’Hara docks here. Like her sister ship Monomoy, (see CFN May, 2016) Orion was built on a standardized John W. ...


Goal of Young Fishermen’s Development Program: Recruit more young fishermen to greying industry

WASHINGTON, DC – As a group of small-boat commercial fishing organizations from around the country met and teleconferenced over the past two years, a recurring theme that emerged was the lack of resources available to the next generation of fisherm...


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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wesmac Super 46

by Brian Robbins Welcome to another CFN Shakedown Cruise. Periodically, we will focus on a new launch and dig a little deeper into what went into the project – whether it be a new model or a hull well known to the New England commercial market.  What we hope to do is provide insight and …

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New scalloper Orion joins New Bedford fleet

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The 101’ big steel scalloper Orion is the latest newbuild to join the fleet at the Eastern/Nordic Fisheries/O’Hara docks here. Like her sister ship Monomoy, (see CFN May, 2016) Orion was built on a standardized John W. Gilbert Associates design.  A few tweaks here and there, but overall the Gilbert design …

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A Wednesday with Rusty Wallis

BARRINGTON, RI – It all began with piss oak, actually. Back in February of 2013 I received an e-mail out of the blue from a fellow named Russ Wallis, writing in response to a Bearin’s column I’d written about long-ago smells of winter.  It read as follows: “Hi Brian, “I am a fourth (and final) …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Calvin Beal 42

 by Brian Robbins Welcome to another CFN Shakedown Cruise. Periodically, we will focus on a new launch and dig a little deeper into what went into the project – whether it be a new model or a hull well known to the New England commercial market.  What we hope to do is provide insight and …

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Fish Safe: Signed, sealed & delivered

The health information envelope In the December issue of Commercial Fisheries News, SAFE BOAT-SMART BOAT columnist Fred Mattera explained several steps important to “safety on the job” aboard fishing vessels. His comments were prefaced by the observation that many captains may currently be finding it difficult to gather a full experienced crew before heading out …

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Farrin’s Boatshop: 45 years & counting

by Brian Robbins WALPOLE, ME – For years I’ve referred to it as “the crow’s nest” – Bruce Farrin Sr.’s office high over the back bay in Farrin’s Boatshop in Walpole, ME. You have to climb some stairs to get to the crow’s nest up there on the third floor, but it’s worth it.  For …

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