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CFN Shakedown Cruise: John’s Bay 47

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.  — Editor


SOUTH BRISTOL, ME – When Nathan Jones’ new 47’ Sailor’s Way slid down over the ways and into Poorhouse Cove on Nov. 18, history was made: John’s Bay Boat Co. of South Bristol has had a number of repeat customers over the years, but Nathan is now the first three-time John’s Bay Boat owner.

For dedicated fans of wooden boat builder Peter Kass and his crew, however, room remains in the record books for someone else.  Nathan (who fishes out of Stonington) is the first three-time owner, but technically, he’s had two built for himself and purchased the one in between from someone else.  In theory, one of the current two-timers could conceivably have a third one built, right?

Don’t laugh: you’d be hard pressed to find a group of skippers any more passionate about their boats.  John’s Bay Boat owners turn out en masse for summer lobster boat races, where some of the locations along the race circuit in Maine feature a special class race just for John’s Bay vessels.

And it’s become tradition at a John’s Bay launching to have the alumni on hand line up for an owners’…

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