FAIRHAVEN, MA – When Madelyn sailed off into the fog on her maiden voyage in late April, Fairhaven Shipyard Companies Inc. yard workers must have smiled.
Madelyn is the fourth commercial fishing vessel newbuild the yard has produced, and if repeat business is any indicator, New Jersey-based boat owner Kirk Larson would appear to be a satisfied customer.
Happy enough that Madelyn is now the second boat he’s had built at the perpetually busy South Coast yard.
His 78’ scalloper C.B. Keane was featured in these pages in March, 2015.
Contacted in mid-May, Larson said, “Madelyn hasn’t gone fishing yet, my son Kirk Jr. will run her. We expect to have the boat fishing within two weeks.”
Fairhaven Shipyard, by the way, has been focusing more and more on newbuilds in addition to maintaining its non-stop repair work schedule serving the New Bedford fleet and others. More on that later.
Many local suppliers
Madelyn was designed by Farrell and Norton Navel Architects, who
have offices in Fairhaven and in Newcastle, ME.
She measures 80’x26’x10’, and was built with 5/16” steel. Work areas are heavier – beefed up with 5/8” plating. The new scalloper is a single-chine hull equipped with rolling chocks.
Madelyn’s heart is a Kirk Larson-supplied Mitsubishi main diesel …
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