Mussel Ridge Boats

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I never heard of this company until I saw the hull for sale on the Clark Island Boat Works site. "It is similar to a WESMAC hard chine but without the keel problems."

Looks like an exceptionally good buy for a 42 ft hull. Does anyone know how it compares with WESMAC, Duffy and Lowell of similar size. I would take on project if 20 years younger.
 

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I looked at this MR 28 last year when i was boat shopping. Boat had a 365 iveco in it rode well but it sure doesn't ride like my H&H. It belongs to the owners son who also lays up the 28' hulls for Steve Law of Seaworthy. Nice folks to talk with just wish i could remember his name. His shop is a little south of Rockland. It just came to me Hutchins is their last name, Chris is the son but can't remember dads name.
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mussle ridge hull

does anyone know if clark island is still selling that 42 hull they had
 

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WESMAC Keel problems

It was a quote from the Clask Island website. Laminating a deep narrow keel may be a problem with any hull. How to you insure the mat, roving or whatever you are using is laying on the mold correctly without any voids in it?
 

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There is also another thing but not sure of the exact details on this. I do know when some downeast boats get over some speed, thinking its 22kt's or there abouts they tend to keel walk? I know for sure I've seen the keels cut down on the Wesmac 38 and Atlantic/Duffy 37.
 

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The way I understand it the MR42 is a not so good copy of the WM42, which got into a good pissin match up there along the coast.
 
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There is also another thing but not sure of the exact details on this. I do know when some downeast boats get over some speed, thinking its 22kt's or there abouts they tend to keel walk? I know for sure I've seen the keels cut down on the Wesmac 38 and Atlantic/Duffy 37.
WESMAC Keel problems

It was a quote from the Clask Island website. Laminating a deep narrow keel may be a problem with any hull. How to you insure the mat, roving or whatever you are using is laying on the mold correctly without any voids in it?
Fill the damn thing with epoxy....:-D
 

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"Fill the damn thing with epoxy....:grin:"

It will cook the keel
the smiley was supposed to indicate sarcasm.

It's funny, I used to frequent the Clark Island website/blog pretty frequently and never saw that quote about Wesmac. I know they finished one a few years back that was in Scituate for a while, and then was sold.
 
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There is also another thing but not sure of the exact details on this. I do know when some downeast boats get over some speed, thinking its 22kt's or there abouts they tend to keel walk? I know for sure I've seen the keels cut down on the Wesmac 38 and Atlantic/Duffy 37.

Care to elaborate on this "keel walk" thing?
 

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Wesmac keel

Alright enough messing around. Now that I have thousands of followers it time to cash in. The hull to the left is a 42' Mussel Ridge, very similar to the 42' Wesmac with a "better" keel and a larger engine room. There are other slight differences that are lost on me but I assure you that they are there. When the Mussel Ridge was first designed and built we built a lobster boat for a local fisherman "Xtreme Measures". Thinking that this was going to be the next popular hull we struck a deal with the manufacturer to split the cost on a second hull, expecting the hull to be scooped up very quickly. The next Mussel Ridge was built as a pleasure boat but the owner wanted to use an off-white color for the hull and use vinylester resin instead of polyester resin so the hull we had just purchased had to be passed over. After "Temperance" was completed we had orders for a few boats (2 36' Calvin Beals, and 1 37' Mitchell Cove) so the Mussel Ridge sat in the yard waiting for an owner.
 

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Ahh love the boat building pictures!

I know there is something to it because I've talked to an owner of the Duffy 37 that had to cut down the keel. I know we were trying to build a boat up in a Maine shop, next to us was a Wesmac 38, had problems on the sea trial and they trimmed down the keel. I may have the wording incorrect, but there is definitely something to the hull problems.

I think it has to do with that general idea that a downeast lobster hull lets say started out as a sailboat, but as speed increased and the engine was developed the keel always started to get smaller and smaller. I'm almost wondering if the keel walking is because as the boat goes faster, the less of it is in the water, that remaining bit of the keel acts like a rudder and carry's the boat away from its true track or that it will lean on one side and then the other... I know I can't be the only one that has heard of this... Its not on all downeast's but some models.... Two above for sure, I've seen them!
 

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Clark Island Boat Works- I love the boats these guys build. Very knowledgeable builder! Does anyone know him or can shed some light on his operation?
 

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keel walk

CEShawn,what you said is what most guys have heard about keel walk ..but my question is how does cutting the keel help when you dont have enough boat in the water to begin with???
 

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I wish I knew! I was hoping someone else could enlighten us with that. I just saw it and knew my boat wasn't going to reach that speed or heard of an issue with that in the Northern Bay 36 nor the H&H 40 we ended up with.
 

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Alright enough messing around. Now that I have thousands of followers it time to cash in. The hull to the left is a 42' Mussel Ridge, very similar to the 42' Wesmac with a "better" keel and a larger engine room. There are other slight differences that are lost on me but I assure you that they are there. When the Mussel Ridge was first designed and built we built a lobster boat for a local fisherman "Xtreme Measures". Thinking that this was going to be the next popular hull we struck a deal with the manufacturer to split the cost on a second hull, expecting the hull to be scooped up very quickly. The next Mussel Ridge was built as a pleasure boat but the owner wanted to use an off-white color for the hull and use vinylester resin instead of polyester resin so the hull we had just purchased had to be passed over. After "Temperance" was completed we had orders for a few boats (2 36' Calvin Beals, and 1 37' Mitchell Cove) so the Mussel Ridge sat in the yard waiting for an owner.
Thanks Tashmoo....I even went onto the site last night looking for this and still couldn't find it. Interesting stuff.
 

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Alright enough messing around. Now that I have thousands of followers it time to cash in. The hull to the left is a 42' Mussel Ridge, very similar to the 42' Wesmac with a "better" keel and a larger engine room. There are other slight differences that are lost on me but I assure you that they are there. When the Mussel Ridge was first designed and built we built a lobster boat for a local fisherman "Xtreme Measures". Thinking that this was going to be the next popular hull we struck a deal with the manufacturer to split the cost on a second hull, expecting the hull to be scooped up very quickly. The next Mussel Ridge was built as a pleasure boat but the owner wanted to use an off-white color for the hull and use vinylester resin instead of polyester resin so the hull we had just purchased had to be passed over. After "Temperance" was completed we had orders for a few boats (2 36' Calvin Beals, and 1 37' Mitchell Cove) so the Mussel Ridge sat in the yard waiting for an owner.
There was suppose to be a 38 footer in the making but never materialized.

That probably would have been "the " 38 footer to own.
 

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i think when he said "better" keel the quotation marks were used to say "the keel is different" and not to voice a real opinion about either hull.

at least that's what i think i ment when i typed it 2.5 years ago.

wesmac hulls are awesome.

here's a 28 mussel ridge that was launched over the summer. (i can't figure out how to put the pic in the post)

https://picasaweb.google.com/maccaffray/20110730#5665393802112086034
 
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