CFN Shakedown Cruise: Calvin Beal 44

shakedown-main-4-16By 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 information our readers can apply to their own setups … and, as always, offer up a little entertainment along the way.



FRIENDSHIP, ME – I asked lobsterman/boat builder Gilbert Simmons of Friendship how many boats he’s finished over the years.

“Oh, I don’t know …” Gil said, grinning.  “We don’t really keep track.  We just do ‘em.”

That would be Gil: do something and do it really well … and act like it’s no big deal.

“Well,” I say, taking a different tack, “when did you start doing finish work?”

Gil looks up into the rafters and squints one eye like he’s doing some heavy ciphering.

“19 … 84?  Yeah – 1984, I think.  I’m pretty sure it was a BHM that we finished.”

Gil’s son Jason spoke up from down in the bilges of the 44’ Calvin Beal that’s currently underway in their Simmons Boatworks shop.

“It’s around 40 boats altogether, isn’t it?”

Gil shrugged.  “Sounds about right.”

He looks around the Calvin Beal’s expansive hull…

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