CFN Shakedown Cruise: South Shore 38

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.           —Editor


MILBRIDGE, ME – Since working out a deal with fellow builder Jim Beal to lease his molds in 2014, brothers Joe and Josh Sargent of Sargent’s Custom Boats in Milbridge, ME have had plenty to do.

They’ve laid up hulls and tops to send to other finish jobs – both the 33’x12’ Crowley Beal and the 38’x14’4” South Shore; they’ve stretched a South Shore 38 to 44’ (see the August 2015 Shakedown Cruise) to send to another shop; they’ve even finished off another builder’s hull (see the Dixon 45 Shakedown Cruise in the March 2016 CFN); but they hadn’t finished a South Shore 38 in their own shop.

Until now.

Black Gold marks the first 38-footer Sargent’s Custom Boats has taken from the resin barrels to sea trials; and, according to Black Gold owner Shawn Howard, “They did a great job.

“I liked the idea of working with someone who had control over the whole build – start to finish,” says Howard.

“This project started with a tuna boat interior I drew up on graph paper three years ago – before I even knew for sure what I was going to get for a hull.

I ended up at Joe’s shop and he felt the South Shore could handle the kind of accommodations I wanted and still perform well.  And he was right.

“I ended up with…


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