37' WestBay Boat

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Westbay sent me some pics of their 37' boat. Length is 37'8", beam is 13'4". I think it looks similar to a NB 38. The lifting rails are incorporated into the hull mold; they are part of the hull (which seems like a better idea than bolting them on afterwards). Looks to be an efficient hull. From what I understand, they have only built one of these new hulls. The green hull is the first and so far only hull out of the molds (as I understand).

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Not much boat in the water in the bow thats for sure. It should be fast, did they run it? Power? Hard to tell but it looks like it would need a motor box. Sharp looking boat!
 

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That is because it IS a Northern Bay 38, it just had a foot hacked off the stern
So what's the scoop on the Westbay? Are you saying they took a mold off a NB 38? Or did they make their own design heavily relying upon the chracteristics of a NB 38? I would be surprised if they actually took a mold off a NB and shortened it a foot, tweaked a few things, and called it their own... but I guess it's possible. I like how they incorporated the lifting rails into the mold, the spray rails are still bolted on.
 

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I have never seen a bow thruster so far back on a NB. It doesn't look like it can go any further fowards.
 

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It's been a while since I've had the discussion about the 37 and I cannot remember if they did a plug format in the 38 mold or just took a 38 hull, modified it and built the 37 mold (I think it was the latter). Next time I talk to John I'll see if I can remember to ask.

Fairly sure it has a 410 SisuDiesel in it.
 

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As far as the bow thruster, that's pretty much as far forward as it can go, the bow is a bit narrow up forward and to keep everything in the water one has to do some careful measuring. I remember when Paul stopped by the shop and took measurements from the one I was installing and asked many questions. With a single propeller unit it might be possible to slide it further forward than with a dual-propeller unit, however as you go forward you also come up in relation to the waterline.

We build a 36 Northern Bay and had a remote control attached to the gearbox as well as the bow thruster. We came out of the slip and through the mooring field having a party up on the bow using the thruster to turn the boat while in gear. Once past the mooring field we throttled up past idle and the thruster broke the surface of the water so we couldn't steer properly and we went back to the helm.

The look on all the peoples faces as we slid past them having a bow party was priceless though :D
 

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We do, both the tier 3 electronically controlled versions as well as some mechanicals for re-powers

Mechanically controlled are black
Electronically controlled are silver
 

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Gotcha, the thruster on my 36 is much further foward.

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TT185 8hp Lewmar. Spins the boat like a top. To be honest it does not get used much but when you need it it's nice to have.
 

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When we delivered Emme to her owner he had us pull into Montauk while they were doing a shark tourney and there wasn't a whole lot of space to stop in and pick someone up. There was however a 15 foot spot on one of the walls right in front of where they were weighing the fish so I just put the transom in the hole and tapped the thruster to keep the nose in place, owner stepped down like he owned the harbor and we were off. I brought her away from the tourney guys and handed control over to the owner and sat down, it had been a long steam from Maine to Montauk and after 11 and a half hours I needed a break.

Without the thruster it would not have been as impressive against the current running there, I just can't justify a thruster on a lobster boat :p
 

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Wow, that is one clean and organized boat shop and beautiful looking boat. Here is a link to The West Bay website where there are more pics and info on their 37.

West Bay Boats - West Bay 37'

Bow thrusters? I have a sidepower thruster on my 31 Willis Beal. I do alot of bottom fishing where we lay 2 anchors out. I use the thruster all the time to kick the stern around while anchoring. Handy to have for that. Necessary, no but as said it is a nice thing to have. The Emme is
docked on Reynolds Channel I pass her all the time - very nice boat - she is up for sale.
 
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I met the owners and toured this boat the year it was launched. I saw it at the Maine Boats Homes and harbors show. Paul West was on it with the owners. If I recall this was the 2nd boat they had Paul build for them and the were very happy. For some reason I thought it was a modified Duffy 37. But First team and certainly Paul West would know for sure.
 
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