CFN Shakedown Cruise: Sherrie Marie


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.



DEER ISLE, ME – When boat builders Joe and Josh Sargent of Sargent’s Custom Boats in Milbridge, ME worked out a deal last fall with fellow builder Jim Beal to lease his molds, they were simply looking to keep themselves busy.

“When you’re a finish shop, you’re at the mercy of other builders to get your hulls,” says Joe.  “Everybody was getting so busy that it got to the point where we thought we needed to have our own molds.  And that’s when Jimmy mentioned that he was ready to be done with his.  It was good timing.”

The basic lease arrangement set the Sargents up with two molds: the popular Jim Beal 33 (33’x12’) and the South Shore 38 – a beamy (14’4”) Calvin Beal Jr. design from the mid-1990s with a solid track record…




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