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.
COREA, ME – You’ve heard this story before: a lobsterman puts his head down and works hard for years, progressing through a series of boats – each bigger than the last – until he reaches the day when he has a new one built.
The boat of his dreams.
A classic tale, right?
That’s the basic story behind Trevor Hooper’s new Wesmac 50 25 To Life, except there’s a twist:
Trevor’s only 25 years old.
Tell you what, though: ask folks who’ve watched the Corea, Maine-based fisherman grow up working on the water and they’ll tell you how he’s come to have a new 50-footer at his relatively young age.
“Trevor? That fella’s a worker, right there.”
“He’s made his own way … and he catches some lobsters.”
“I don’t care how old Trevor is – he’s earned his keep.”
For Trevor himself, it was simply a matter of outgrowing what he had – in this case, a 46’ Newman that he’s fished for nearly 5 years. (Previous to that, he owned a BHM 31 and an Osmond 38.)
“The Newman was a great boat,” says Trevor. “I just needed something a little bigger … and a little faster.”
And that’s just what he had…
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