Category Archive: December ’15

Remembering Winnie Lash 7/5/18 – 11/9/15

FRIENDSHIP, ME – An era has ended. Winfield “Winnie” Lash – boat builder, designer, and co-founder of Lash Brothers Boatyard back in 1946 – passed away on November 9. He was predeceased by his son, Wesley A. Lash, in 2013.  Wesley had taken over the reins of the Lash Brothers shop in 1984 when his …

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Editorial: We need to know more about impact of warming ocean waters

For years fishermen, fisheries managers, and the academic/scientific community have been trying to understand the near collapse of Gulf of Maine cod stocks and explain the apparent failure of decades of rebuilding effort. We all know the conversation. Overfishing depleted the stocks and only a near-total suspension of effort would allow the species time to …

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Saving fuel by the barrel

Liberty outfits with the GenTech GT50/60 by Ben L. Evridge NEW BEDFORD, MA – Fifty gallons per day of fuel saved, and 100 days of working his big steel boat offshore.  That’s how vessel owner Dan Eilertsen describes the benefits so far of his new patented GenTech T50/60 AC power generation system. The 108’ x …

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Wesmac’s Steve Wessel: In for the long haul

by Brian Robbins   SURRY, ME – Mention Steve Wessel’s name to anyone familiar with Maine boat building and their reply is likely to be: “You mean the Wesmac guy? Man – they’ve built some boats over the years.” Which is true – a good 600 and counting, if you begin the tally from back …

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A year in the life of a lobster: Part 2 – Lobsters in winter

What lobsters are doing in winter depends a great deal on where they are living. The lobsters that live next door to me in the lobster pound seem to be downright inactive, but that doesn’t really mean they aren’t doing anything at all.  When I get the opportunity to look closely, I see them flick …

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