“ Slippery 38” Origins

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I’m confused as to the designer/ modeler of the Y.B. “ Slippery 38” or “ Beals Island 38 “ as I just recently learned it is also referred to as. I had understood that Earnest Libby is credited with the design of the wood boat the mold was taken from but have also read that Osmond Beal is credited as well. Any hard evidence either way out there?
Any leads to original builder specs. or figures? It would be very helpful to find a displacement value .
Thanks for the help
 

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I was under the impression it was an Osmond. Will be interested to hear what the story is!
 

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The old Slippery 38 was from a wooden boat original (either a built hull or a custom plug) by Earnest Libby.

Corned Hake provided the hull for molds for H&H, not Young Bros., according to this post here and a first-hand comment by Mainly Boats: NEW FLOWER'S 38' 1000hp CAT.
 

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That makes sense relative to a different article I found when looking for Corned Hake threads. Someone was commenting how he saw the Corned Hake in a new 45’ Dixon that was being finished. Maybe it was the 42’ Glas-spec I was thinking of.....but I could have sworn the Beals hull that served as the plug for the slippery 38’ was an Osmond.
 

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According to Jon B. Johansen, as of 8-15-19, whose affiliations include,

Publisher, Maine Coastal News

President, Maine Built Boats

President, Maine Lobster Boat Racing

Director International Maritime Library

President, Winterport Historical

Board - MS Harbor Fest

Board - Port Safety Forum

Researcher, Penobscot Marine Museum,



“The "Slippery" 38 is the first Young Brothers hull put in fiberglass. She was splashed from a new wooden boat in Corea harbor, home of the Young Brothers and is an Osmond Beal design. This incidence did not go over well with Osmond. The thought was once a Beals Island model was offered in fiberglass the future of wooden boatbuilding on the island would come to an end. The boat is still offered by S. W. Boat Works of Lamoine who also has the other Young Brother moulds”
 

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Thanks for the help with this. I think the Bonafides speak for themselves . Any thought as to the name of the original wood boat?
 

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After Frank's post I looked for the post about Earnest Libby's plug, which I thought I read here. But I couldn't find it. Stumpstalker knows the most about the Slippery 38. That reference is pretty definitive. Finally solved.
 

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Sounds very convincing to me . I’m still interested in any promotional literature from Young Bros. regarding the boats and any drawings if anyone has some or a source. I think I noticed an outboard profile and deck plan for the boat drawn by Spencer Lincoln .Does anyone have suggestions on how I can research that angle?
 

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I wonder if he may have drawn a set of lines as well?
 

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The “Slippery-38”, the first in the line of Young Brothers molded boats:

“A local fisherman (Lassie Bishop) had one of Osmond Beal's 38 footers [reportedly named, PRISCILLA CLAIRE] in the harbour, which was three years old. At that time she was a big boat, with the classic lines. They [the Young brothers] asked if he could use his boat as a plug. He said that he needed something to fish in and they told him that they would take care of that. Colby [Young] added, 'We didn't know diddly squat about building boats.'

In the fall of 1976 they hauled the boat out, took off her guards and put her in their shop. When she was launched they sold six boats, four hulls and two completions. Arvid added, 'It was now fish or cut bait and we went building boats….

… When the Young Brothers looked for their next model, enter Ernest Libby Jr. of Beals Island.”

- – from a short history of the Young brothers’ boat-building career, courtesy of Jon Johansen
 

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A great account and very specific. This fills in a lot of holes regarding the history of this hull . Thanks for digging in . I hope to put together a binder for the boat we have ,reportedly hull #14 , as we get a lot of questions from admirers of the design and I’d like to get the story right . 189E2FDE-1BE3-4610-A8ED-4550B78A43ED.jpeg

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I still want one of these although I'm not sure I would be happy with the headroom down below.......
 

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A great account and very specific. This fills in a lot of holes regarding the history of this hull . Thanks for digging in . I hope to put together a binder for the boat we have ,reportedly hull #14 , as we get a lot of questions from admirers of the design and I’d like to get the story right .
I'm sure you have seen these AG. You have a beauty! Hope you can share some pictures of your Slippery, especially deck, helm and interior below. Love to see them.

SLIPPERY 14 (1).jpg

SLIPPERY 14 (2).jpg
 
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