Not counting the fact that provincials are hard to sell in states, has anyone been on either boat in weather. Times I've been on provincials in p.e.I. the weather and sea has been calm. Has anyone been on both to give me a comparison?
never been on lowell, but have fished on most sizes of downeast and novi style. The provincial are not so good in the open ocean compared to others of their size wesmac beal and dixon novi. there narrow beam lowsheer for there size and most of the ones around here are falling aprt
That is hard to answer on custom work alot of times it is hard to get the two compared apples for apples. Talk is cheep be aware that there are alot of factors that go into each design so you need to have an idea as to what, where and how the vessel is intended to be used.
Not in my estimation. Understanding the mathematical caracteristics of a design tells alot of the design so that is where I start to look at a boat. As far as the reply to the boat separating and having rot that what wood cores (end grain balsa and plywood) will do in no time then the laminate is bound to fail. As these cores get water in them then go thru a few freeze-thaw periods the swelling delaminates the consrtuction.
when i said the provincials were faling apart i meant the commercial one around 15 yrs old or so. The decks separating from the hull at the transom. rail cracks and rotten and narrow compard to other novis there length
Ive never fished a Lowell, but I have spent a couple weeks on a 45 Provincial. They are built rugged, solid glass everywhere you look. They are a monster in any kind of head sea, and go pretty damn good considering the power to length ratio. Now the Canadians say that the Provincials roll quite a bit, but I think that they are comparing them to other beamy canadian boats, and compared to some of those hulls they do roll considerably more, but I believe they are a bit narrower than most of the other canadian 45's- compared to my 35 duffy the Provincials SQUAT while drifting in heavy seas. Ive fished more than a few terrible days on the drift on a provincial, and have literally said out loud that on the same day I would deem it unfishable in my 35.
Some of the provincial owners have glassed in "training wheels" just inside of the chine essentially kindoff adding a hard chine inboard of the hulls soft chine- they claim it massively cuts down on the roll of the boat.
Im seriously considering the 45 as my next hull, they are mostly built as bare bones work boats, and have lots of room for modifications, mostly in my case extending the normally 6 ft long wheelhouse an additional 6 ft. and adding a few creature comforts.
The "training wheels" were added to 42's, the 45 is hard chine and is much steadier.