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 information our readers can apply to their own setups … and, as always, offer up a little entertainment along the way.
NEW HARBOR, ME – Pemaquid, ME lobsterman Jamien Hallowell may only be 23, but he’s an old soul.
His decision to go with a new 35’ lobster boat when many of his peers are having ones built that are 10 feet longer (or more) is more like that of veterans from years ago: keep things manageable and affordable, so you can weather the slack times as well as make money when the fishing’s good.
Jamien paid his dues the past four years fishing a 30’ REPCO – a classic starter boat for many lobstermen – named for his great-grandmother. The Ella V name now adorns the bow of his new Mitchell Cove.
“I was only six when she died,” he says, “but I remember her … she was pretty special to me. She grew up on the water; I think she’d get a kick out of my boat being named for her.”
But the clincher was when Jamien pointed towards the stern of the Ella V and told me she’d eventually be fitted with a jigger sail (a riding sail where I grew up).
It’s been years since I’d been aboard a brand-new boat with a riding…
To get the rest of this story and much more – you’ll need the MAY 2016 issue of Commercial Fisheries News.
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