Category Archive: Boatbuilder

Farrin’s Boatshop: 45 years & counting

by Brian Robbins WALPOLE, ME – For years I’ve referred to it as “the crow’s nest” – Bruce Farrin Sr.’s office high over the back bay in Farrin’s Boatshop in Walpole, ME. You have to climb some stairs to get to the crow’s nest up there on the third floor, but it’s worth it.  For …

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Feeling good about WOOD

By Brian Robbins   When it comes to new lobster boat construction, it’s unlikely the pendulum will swing from fiberglass, as the most popular material, back to wood any time soon here in New England. There is a bit of a grassroots movement afoot, however – and if you want to take a deep, clean …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Osmond 47

SOUTH ADDISON, ME – Truth be known, Alex Thompson says he’s been wanting an Osmond 47 from H&H Marine ever since the Steuben, ME boat builders first started producing the 47’4”x19’2” model back in 2007. But, at the time, Alex elected to go with a smaller boat (although you can’t really refer to an Osmond …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Northern Bay 36

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 …

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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 …

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William Faulkingham: an MVP of Downeast boat building

by Brian Robbins BEALS ISLAND, ME – Maybe you recognize the name or the face; maybe you don’t. But chances are, if you’ve been around the boat shops of Beals Island and Jonesport, ME during the last several decades, you’ve crossed paths with William Faulkingham … whether you knew it or not. Remember the movie …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wayne Beal 46

BEALS ISLAND, ME – The thing is, Nathan Barrett’s Wayne Beal 46 Catch ‘Em All doesn’t look that big from a distance. The day we were going to meet up to talk and get some running shots on Moosabec Reach, Nate had brought his new 46 into the landing over in Alleys Bay and was …

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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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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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