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.
COREA, ME – “When it comes to wind, 30 knots is our new 20.”
That’s what Corea, ME lobsterman Dan Rodgers says he told his crew after they’d had a chance to work his new Super 46 Wesmac for a few days.
Officially, finishers Oceanville Boatworks in Stonington had Dan’s Bottom Line overboard and running the week right after Christmas; she was hauling gear for the first time on Jan. 2 and had a chance to prove herself right off the bat.
“We worked her three long days that first week and I have to tell you, I was impressed,” says the 39-year-old Rodgers. “I’ve had both skeg boats and built-downs, and to me, this Wesmac is in-between the two. You get the performance of a skeg hull, but the steadiness and comfort of a built-down.
“Even side-to, she’d only roll down a quarter of what you’d expect – and that was it.”
No doubt, the Wesmac’s molded-in chine is key to some of that steadiness.
“This hull will not pound,” says Dan. “You can…
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