CFN Shakedown Cruise: Buxton 31

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.


STONINGTON, ME – At a time when many of the builders and finishers on the Maine coast are working on some of the biggest hulls they’ve ever tackled, the latest project from Buxton Boats in Stonington, Maine is like a sweet little blast from the past (with some modern twists).

The wooden 31’6”x11’ Emma G was designed and built by Peter Buxton for Kathy Lymburner of Brooksville, ME.  Kathy, who’s been working on the water since she was a kid – and lobstering on her own for about 15 years now – was looking to upgrade from the 28’ fiberglass boat she’d been fishing.

Kathy wanted a little more deck room, but she didn’t want to get into a boat that would be too much to handle fishing up in the bay, around the shores and other lobster gear.  “I would never put a cage or rope cutters on,” she says.  “You just have to pay attention and know your boat.”

At 5’1”, visibility was also a concern for Kathy – she wanted a hull with enough bow to handle weather, but not so much flare that she’d lose sight of buoys as she approached them.

Speed?  Sure – but Kathy also wanted her new hull and engine combo to be efficient, as well…

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