Category Archive: Wheel Watch

Dan Staples:  Feeling stronger every day

We’ve used these pages in the past to pay tribute to folks – sometimes knowing they might read the words themselves; other times (too often, it seems) in memory of them. This month we wanted to do a follow-up on a story from back in the spring of this year … and bring you the …

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Wheel Watch – Stew Tuttle: turning the page on a new chapter

I’d told Stewart Tuttle to pick the spot where we could sit for a bit and talk about his retiring from the marine engine business (including his 18-year run with Milton Cat).  Byrnes Irish Pub in Bath, ME was Stew’s choice, but I wasn’t seeing him anywhere in the room. And then the guy sitting …

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Light’s Fiberglass: New location and plenty to do

There was a time when a trip down to Cranberry Point in Corea, ME would put you right in the middle of some serious boat building activity, between the Young Brothers and Light’s Fiberglass. These days, SW Boatworks in Lamoine is the source if you’re looking for a Young Brothers hull … and the YB …

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Wheel Watch: Eric Clark and Marine Systems take a breath of fresh air

After 30 years of custom boat finishing (and all sorts of repairs, repowers and rebuilds) Eric Clark says he’s built his last boat in his Marine Systems shop in Southwest Harbor, ME. (See the Shelby E on page 32.) Eric grew up around the local boat shops on Mount Desert, working for Mac Pettegrew and …

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Wheel Watch: Matt Finn – a Stanley Greenwood fan from way back

Matt Finn of Marblehead, MA knows his lobster boats – and he loves them, as well.  Over the years, the 48-year-old Finn has owned 18 lobster boats (that’s not a typo: 18).   And he’s not just an appreciator of boats – the guy is a heck of a craftsman, having done a lot of …

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WHEEL WATCH: Lori’O – J.O. Brown rebuilds a wooden classic

If you’re a longtime Commercial Fisheries News reader, you may remember it: a double-page ad featuring the late Wesley Lash of Lash Brothers in Friendship, ME.  Wes had just repowered Massachusetts lobsterman Billy Bartlett’s 45’ wooden Rebecca & Heather with a 6140 Lugger.  And when asked what he thought of the big-displacement Lugger, the always-quotable …

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