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 – It’s kind of like looking at two different boats.
With Keith Simmons Jr.’s 46’ Isaac & Colby sitting still in the harbor in Friendship, Maine, you circle around it in a Carolina Skiff and say to yourself, “That’s a big boat.”
A few minutes later, when you’re braced off in the bow of that same Carolina with the outboard flat-out, snapping pictures of the Isaac & Colby running alongside you … and the teal-hulled Wayne Beal suddenly finds another notch or two of throttle and simply walks off and leaves you, you’re not thinking about it being 46’ long and 17’10” wide – you’re saying to yourself, “That boat flies.”
But it is the same boat – and make no mistake about it: this is no fair-weather sailor pretending to be a lobster boat. Keith Simmons puts in his share of hard weather and has paid his dues working on the water.
But he will confess to having a “need for speed” – thus the 1400-horse MAN tucked under the deck of the Isaac & Colby.
Even if it’s not your cup o’ tea, you have to admit: a 46-footer that clocks in at 32 knots ready to head offshore to haul is pretty impressive.
Let’s take a closer look…
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