- Mar 1, 2013
- Boat Make
- 44' Stanley, 40 Webbers Cove, 19 Ocean Pointer
Started with a Turnabout sailboat at age 11. On my 9th boat now.
I know the boat Jake & Josephine. I am out of Hingham and QuincySo this list cover the past, present, future and ones that got away.
Wooden turnabout "Lightning" - Dad took me for my first sail and had it heeled over pretty good in a 20 kt SW breeze that it hindered my full on appreciation for sailing
36' Atwood Novi "Four Aces" - Bought boat and lobster business from a gentleman that was retiring and went on my own for 6 years. Sold when I got out of fishing full time.
8' Pram - "Kimba" - A pram I found floating that ended up being very handy. Ended up registering it with the state of MA and then transferred a NMFS federal lobster permit onto it after I sold the Novi as purchaser didn't want the federal permit. I can confidently say that the was probably the highest priced 8' pram ever sold.
35 Duffy "Wendy Marie" - Was partners with my dad on building the new boat, took 4 years of pecking away at it over time. I was going to fish it part time and Dad was not going to retire but downsize from the 42 OEM. Unfortunately he got sick and passed away shortly after launching so it was mine. Ended up selling as didn't need two full time boats.
42 OEM "Jake & Josephine" - Dad's boat that I inhertied after he passed. Spent many days lugging traps down the rail before and after I went out on my own. Ended up selling to an old family friend that was looking to upgrade in size.
26 Seaway CC "Anticipation" - Fun family boat I always admired that I said if that is ever for sale and I have the money I am buying. Well selling the 35 Duffy nicely preceded the Seaway coming for sale. Wife told me to buy it once she saw it but for some reason I held off a season. Great boat but looking to sell now to get something similar size to start lobstering part time again. Too nice a boat to work off.
14 David J Smith skiff " Wicked Lobstah" - Technically not mine as wife and son bought it based off a recommendation from a friend while I was overseas on a business trip. Great little skiff that has taken me to places I have been around my whole life but never had a small enough boat to get to. Past 5 years have been hauling 10-20 traps off it and with my son and leisurely cruises to the skinny water place a big boat won't take you. We are both ready for an upgrade to a bigger working platform. Wife and son say they want to sell but I am not sure.
On the lookout for:
Lobster skiff - Could be something like a 20 MC center console with outboard and hydraulic or electradyne to be able to haul 150-200 traps. Possibly a 25 BHM with diesel or 24 Leblanc with outboard set up for lobstering or if Seaway sells possibly look at building, 26 Webbers Cove with Outboard or 24 Leblanc or 26 David J Smith with outboard.
Whaler - Wife and son think they want to sell the 14 DJS and get a 17 Montauk. She want to have something with a wheel, as she doesn't like the tiller and son wants to go faster.
24 Leblanc - Missed this one twice in 6 months. 24 Leblanc set up with hauler was posted here back 2013/14 first by a forum member that was selling since he was building a new boat. Boat was out on East end of LI. Wanted to got see it but seller asked me to wait a bit until the Summer crowds left and he had time to show. I said OK and made plans to reconnect in Sept after I returned from work trip to Africa. Get back and call him and had sold 3 days prior to a buddy of his, Damn. March rolls around and surfing CL and see the same boat up for sale again in Hampton Bays. Call the seller and he was the one who bought it and used it a bit but plans changed so he was selling. Price had gone up but still in a workable range. Wife tells me take a day off and we take ferry out of New London and make a long day of it. I say no will wait until the weekend. I show up on the weekend but 2 hours too late as boat has again been sold out from underneath me. Got to look a the boat so that next time I see it I could act. It was what I wanted, had checkbook with me but just too late. Still search CL daily to see if it pops up, supposedly wen to Brooklyn.
31 BHM - Got offered a 31 BHM and cash as trade for the 42 OEM. Was being shortsighted at the time and thinking the 31 BHM was too much boat for what I wanted to do ( had missed out on the 24 Leblanc and was still thinking that way. Looking back now the BHM would have been good. I would have owned it so didn't need to fish it to support it and could have done small fishing of 50-100 traps for fun. Over time as life got less hectic could have scaled up to the eventual goal of 300-400. Had 1100 traps, sold most but kept some and could have kept more to support.
Lessons learned: Boating is fun. Don't (or try not) to get emotional over a boat when buying or selling. Don't be shortsighted on your boating goals and listen to your wife when she tells you to go buy the boat!
I have seen that SeaOx down on the Cape I think. Where are you out of?
Jeff, I remember you tell me that you left your christmas lights on year around so you would know which house was yours!Growing up a South Florida boy in the 60's & 70's, beater boats were like bicycles. I was 8 and between a paper route & scraping barnacles my brother & I bot 12' jon boat with a Ted Williams Sears kicker. That started my addiction and was followed by anything my brother, cousin & I could salvage out of my uncles boat yard. Needless to say, we learned early that, "I think it floats" means you should run and we captained quite a few sinkers. This past summer my wife was sitting on the stern of little 26 Sisu I picked up and decided to take a trip down memory lane. She started counting the boats I had drug home or hid somewhere till I could muster the courage to tell her about my new "investment". Including mud/duck boats, midnights, flats boats, bay boats, lobster boats, tuna boats & flippers the number grew to a point where told her I was happy to buy her a new car. All in all and regardless of size or cost, the 33' Young Brothers is still my favorite. Perfect boat for what it was made for and always brought us home. Mostly with a smile.
The guy that bought it was from cape (cape Elizabeth) it’s definitely a little tuna battle wagon lol.I must have seen it around portland. There is a cuddy cabin in Cape that someone rigged into a cool little tuna battle wagon. I might have been thinking about that one.