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Brad Glazer

Now, what we call a Lobster Boat, or a Maine Lobster Boat, these days, is actually a model that originated in Nova Scotia. In fact, many old-timers still call these boats Novi-boats. The key words here, however, are Nova Scotia and Maine.

The Nature of Boats, Dave Gerr

Codfish is a 1998 Northern Bay 36 FB Downeast Lobster Yacht.

Brad Glazer’s Motor Vessel (mv) Codfish, a 1998 36’ Northern Bay 36 FB (Flybridge) Downeast Lobster Yacht. The Northern Bay 36 is not one boat made by one builder. Yves-Marie Tanton is the yacht designer who designed the boat from the bare hull up. The NB 36 is a 36’ lobster boat hull designed by Spencer Lincoln, the “King” of Lobster Boat Designers.

If you were to stalk the shoreline of New England and ask sailors to name the most seamanlike and handsome workboat around, you’d find that nine times out of ten the word “Lobster Boat” would burst out emphatically. This is hardly a surprise. Lobster Boats are both handsome and seamanlike, and then some.

The Nature of Boats, Dave Gerr

Most of the hulls were built by John Hutchins of Downeast Boats and Composites. The bare hulls then go to a “finisher”, which is the company that builds the rest of the boat for the customer, mainly for lobster fishermen in Maine. Therefore, they are all different, with different purposes, finishes, and equipment. That is why prices on the used market are all over the board.

As described by Yves-Marie Tanton:

A traditional Maine activity and a very active one at that is the business of completing various builders’ fiberglass hulls over the winter by scores of “Finishers and Installers”. I am very much involved in the custom boat design business, therefore, that approach is of interest to me. The foray into custom finished yacht construction, starting from a bare lobster boat hull, has been in the making for some time at Tanton’s. The combination of design and construction is a strong temptation.

I would rather not re-invent the wheel, so a new hull designed by Spencer Lincoln and produced by Downeast Boats & Composites attracted me immensely and brought smiles to my face. As a designer, I have a good eye and hopefully good taste. The size was right, the shape excellent, the components well built, all pointing to a proven product to build on. I knew I could contribute positively to what was already there. Very important is that the customer was sold on the idea from day one.

Maine has some of the best builders in the world. They are good, busy, not inexpensive, and the numerous trips made out there were a little too much. It became obvious that my own backyard is the place to complete the boat if we want a boat! Builder Newport Yacht Joinery is “wood” talented and Rhode Island is “water” oriented. All is here to build or finish quality yachts. Conveniently located between New York and Boston, I believe it to be the right spot for this sort of project where the customer’s input is necessary and appreciated in order to achieve the result expected by all.

Let’s go to the Tanton 36′ Express Cruiser, the first version built and available in the series.

What I like about her hull and size is proven versatility. The various designed model configurations that I can offer without absurdities are proof of the chameleon quality of a good design in the first place. All credit goes to Spencer Lincoln, who has designed a superior, very adaptable “build-down” lobster boat hull.

In a build-down boat the midship wine glass section is run through the tuck and into the keel. Such model has less wetted surface, can have the engine located lower into the hull, and have more buoyancy to carry weight aft. The long keel protects the propeller and rudder, a must for the demanding task of what is after all an offshore working vessel. The round bilge hull is slippery in the middle, and fine forward with a shallow forefoot for a lobster boat and straight flat buttocks aft. This boat has been “designed”, and it shows. Every line addresses specifically the problem at hand. I like that very much, and my enthusiasm  for her bottom shape must be obvious.

The fiberglass construction runs the full spectrum of choices with this medium. Strength is not the Issue, but weight is. For instance, a cored boat with scantlings pushed to the maximum will be 1,500 lbs. lighter than the solid glass version. A balsa-cored vessel will be 1,000 lbs. lighter, and a hybrid with solid glass hull below waterline and cored topsides will shave 500 lbs. Performance and gravity go hand in hand.

The exclusive Tanton designed models cover Express and Flybridge Cruiser with the possibility of a second double cabin forward, Sport Fisherman, and Picnic Boat.

Yves-Marie Tanton, Tanton Yacht Design

The Lobster Boat is a recognizable image that people all across the country associate with Maine. It’s a symbol that has evolved over time but still always kept the same meaning of hard work, simplicity, and our way of life here in Maine. The Lobster Boat portrays a strong image of our history in the lobster industry and an image that is so unique to us here in Maine, that sometimes that’s all people from other places associate us with (which we don’t mind!) If you’ve ever visited the Portland, Maine waterfront or any of the other lobstering towns in Maine you’ll be able to pick out dozens of these vessels and find yourself fascinated just by looking at them. Each boat is different, and just by looking at one for a couple of minutes you can form a story of your own of the men and women on board. Each boat is unique to them, the name of the boat, the buoys, the scratches, paint chips, and traps all contribute to that particular story and history of that boat. That’s why the evolution and history of this famous boat is so important and intriguing in this industry and to all those that love those little creatures they catch! The first mention of the Lobster Boat was in the Boston Gazette in 1726.

The Evolution of a Maine Symbol: The Lobster Boat, Maine Lobster Now website

Codfish Boat Gallery

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Where is the Boat Now?

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