Maine is the most regulated state concerning lobster fishing and as a result, leads other states in lobster conservation measures. Lobstering is one of the oldest industries in the state, and supports a way of life for thousands of families in Maine.
There are no quotas on the catch; however there are numerous restrictions to protect the population of lobsters. As technology has made lobstering more efficient, laws regarding trap limits, escape vents and biodegradable panels have been implemented to further protect the resource. In 1920, Bill Atwood's grandfather, a lobster fisherman from Nova Scotia, moved his family to Boston where Bill's father soon started a wholesale lobster business on Atlantic Avenue.
In May of 2011, Atwood Lobster Company was purchased by Mazzetta Company, LLC based in Highland Park, IL.
As a lifelong sailor my experiences of motor boats is limited - small 6-7 meter ribs when we were scuba diving plus the odd fast and fairly uncomfortable ride in friends deep vee power boats. We live on the south coast of England, my thoughts are that a low power, small craft might be idea for getting across the Solent, a stretch of relatively protected water between the mainland and the isle of Wight - a dock to dock journey of around 7 miles. I'd be really keen to hear advice, experience and opinion on this type of motorboat, the small size, light weight, easy to launch and keep, low power outboard and economy are very attractive combined with reasonable speed. Are these boats viable as safe and seaworthy in the area described or would we be better off with something like Sam Devlin's Candle fish or a power dory (the latter are not popular in UK so I have no real point of reference).
Intuitively I'm thinking of the smallest boat that can be used safely and reliably, clearly we're not thinking of going out when a gale is blowing, but the afternoon winds often gust up to F 5 or 6 on a sunny day. A feller around here was building a Rescue Minor, though I don't know if it was to Robb's alterations or not. Thanks Dave, your comments on Rescue Minor seem to confirm my own intuitive impression that she's a big boat.
For my purpose the ideal would be something in the 15-18 foot range - which could be kept on a small trailer if that size fulfils the criteria for seaworthiness and safety.
I second the Diablo, it planes very easily tracks like it is on rails and is a very easy to build. 10 hp would be a minimum to get up on plane with something light and flat like a Diablo and maybe not even then with 300 or 400 lbs of crew and gear. I live on a river with lots of big speeding powerboats like you describe and when we have an F5 wind blowing against the 2mph current it's wet and very uncomfortable in my 24' runabout. It isn't that the waves are particularly big but they manage to feel extremely solid and 'square'. If your experience with displacement boats was uncomfortable, I don't think you're going to like a small planing boat, afaik displacement makes for a much smoother ride.
Given your sailing background and where you are, I'd consider a sailing boat converted to power. Much as I hate to include myself in the Oughtred cheerleaders, the Fulmar is basically a Wayfarer and his plans are apparently comprehensive.
Wind against tide on some of the Solent obstacles can create some spectacular seas, I can remember being overtaken by a Flying Fifteen (I might have been on a Laser) it was if it was in another dimension and if it had exited that dimension it would have fallen on my head. John's words "She has a narrow flat bottom panel with a very fine entry to reduce wave impact, this planing shoe gives her the ability to plane a heavy load with a relatively small motor.
I like the small bow transom, it will ensure decent forward volume when going through the infamous Solent wind against tide chop.
Hope you find just the right design, we have a nice 8hp motor which could suit such a design.
I used to run across to the IOW from Chichester in a small Robert Tucker Caprice yacht, i would not fancy doing it in a small outboard boat with wife and child unless the weather was spot on. A special exhibit at the 2010 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, titled "The Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat," demonstrated how our working heritage has shaped the pleasure craft of today by tracing the signature fishing hull form from its inception to the latest modern iterations.
This illustration by Doug Alvord tells the story of the Maine's iconic fishing boats, and inspired our exploration of the ways the lobsterboat hull evolved over time. The exhibit was inspired in large part by Doug Alvord's poster (above), which has been hanging on the MBH&H office walls as long as anyone can remember. Below is a slide show of black and white images of various iterations of the Maine lobsterboat. The dory–which was built in both slab- and round-sided styles–was used in almost all fisheries and for all sorts of waterfront occupations. The Banks dory, a straight-sided boat with removable seats that could be stacked for transport aboard the schooners that fished the Grand Banks, was made famous in paintings by Winslow Homer and others, and was one of the true workhorses of early American coastal life. The earliest known moving film footage from Maine, shot in 1901, shows a Maine fisherman hauling square-sided wooden traps aboard a dory. Annual reports from the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries from the late 19th century indicate that the peapod was developed on the island of North Haven about 1870.
To understand the name, imagine the pod of a pea, with one seam split along its length, the individual peas removed, the sides spread and held open by thwarts, and you have a peapod, the boat. The Friendship sloop was the most popular small workboat on the Maine coast in the years before the lobster fishery was revolutionized by the gasoline engine.
Fishermen used the Friendship to set and haul lobster traps; the type was also used to transport cargo and lobster. Early ancestors of the “sloop boats,” as the early Friendships were called, date back to the 1850s. Today, the Friendship’s beauty, history, and sailing qualities continue to attract new generations of admirers.
One- and two-cylinder engines with “make-and-break” ignition systems were introduced around the turn of the 20th century and were quickly adopted by commercial lobstermen along the Maine coast. The early engines were easily fitted into the boats of the day, but the search for better performance quickly led to changes in engine design.
The Camden Anchor-Rockland Machine Company, which manufactured this Knox Marine Engine, was established in 1866. The Hampton, a distinctive sailing and rowing workboat with roots in Hampton, New Hampshire, has a long history on the coast of Maine.

Boatbuilder Charlie Gomes of Harpswell, active from the early years of the 20th century through the 1950s, is credited with the development of the Casco Bay Hampton. The Casco Bay Hampton lives on today in the strip-planked Pulsifer Hampton, built by Dick Pulsifer of Brunswick to the same scantlings and design as Gomes’s later boats. So just what WAS the origin of the “torpedo stern” so popular on the Jonesport style lobsterboats of the early 1900s? Others feel that the style was originated by famed Jonesport builder Will Frost, as embodied by his racy Red Wing of 1924. This boat, built on Beals Island in 1970 by Harold Gower, is typical of boats from an earlier era when the norm was a smaller and narrower fishing vessel that could be driven easily with less power than the boats of today. The Beals Island boats, of which Brimstone is a classic example, are of a lineage begun by Nova Scotian Will “Pappy” Frost, Harold Gower’s uncle. Brimstone, like other boats from Beals Island and across Moosabec Reach in Jonesport, was planked with Maine cedar over oak timbers.
Based on the renowned Holland 38 hull, Man O War straddles the line between the working commercial fishing boat and the newer trend in classic Maine lobsteryachts for the pleasure-boating crowd. No new picture, but I did float her twice, after I finally got the trailer keel rollers added and the bunks properly adjusted.
GBCapt- Thanks for the offer, and i would have definetly taken up your invite, but unfortunately, i live in nj. I have had the Holland out a couple times since my last post - once with two additional adult, and once with a single adult. In Maine, a lobster must measure between 3A? inches and 5 inches along the carapace or they have to be thrown back in the water. All lobster harvesters play an integral role in the sustainability of Mainea€™s most important marine resource. In Maine, lobsters are harvested the old-fashioned or traditional way, utilizing traps that must be hauled one at a time by the harvester.
In the US, the minimum legal size lobster must measure at least 3A?a€? from the eye socket to the back of the carapace where the tail joins the body. This ensures that the viably reproductive female will continue to produce young lobsters until she outgrows the notch in her tail, which may take up to two molting (shedding) cycles or approximately two years. Mazzetta Company specializes in frozen seafood products, one of it's largest items being frozen lobster. To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. Although protected, the tides are big and run fast, which causes nasty wind over tide waves, steep and powerful maybe a couple of feet in height and frequent. They are usually fitted with motors around 20-25 hp but I read of one owner who used his on a lake where HP was restricted to 10 or less.
I've crossed the Solent many times in a Wayfarer, if you were to build I'd think of something like an Albacore, with slightly less rocker and more deck.
The chine panels are well veed to ease her motion in a seaway and the topsides are flared enough to keep her dry inside. Narrrow planing shoe means she planes early, beaches nicely and saves lots of money by not having to buy expensive solid wood keel. She would be good for us in the Western Solent, and Poole harbour trips to Studland and Old Harry. I have plans for Uffa Fox ankle deep, which he designed especially for motoring around the Solent,and its a great bit of work, but at 25ft with 2 9.5hp she would do 20mph through anything without slamming.
And, not one to rely on anything mechanical unless its a Perkins AD3, a bit of sail may not go amiss,so how about the Goat Island Skiff? The Maine lobsterboat hull has evolved greatly over time, so this collection began with Maine’s earliest workboats and moved through more evolved inshore craft—the peapod, the Hampton, and the Friendship sloop—to today’s high-powered fishing machines and lobsteryachts.
From it, we developed special placards that expounded on each hull type, and identified the boats on display at the show that fit into this continuum. First mentioned in the American press in the Boston Gazette of 1726, the type goes back much earlier. The footage can be viewed here at the show in the Northeast Historic Film display in the Rockland Yacht Club building. Originally these boats were simply called double-enders; the name “peapod” probably came along with the development of the tourist trade.
Their shallow draft and maneuverability allowed them to work closely around the Maine coast’s notorious ledges, where a larger, deeper boat could not go.
Built quickly and inexpensively in boatshops up and down the coast, it was a fixture in most Maine harbors. Their gaff rig made them easy to maneuver; in fact, when used for lobstering, they were often worked by just one man.
The type came to be known as the Friendship sloop in the late 19th century, since one of the principal early builders, Wilbur Morse, had a boatshop in the town of Friendship. They represented the beginning of the transition from fishing for lobster under oars and sail to an engine-powered fleet. As the engines evolved in sophistication and horsepower, lobsterboat designs changed as well, a dance that continues to this day. By 1916 it was offering engines that ranged from three to forty horsepower, as well as stock boats for the fishing industries, for pleasure boating, and for the U.S. Originally a two-masted double-ender, with the popularity of the gasoline engine it evolved into a square-sterned motorboat. This small and able workboat had a tight turning radius, just right for inshore lobstering; it is noted for its seakeeping ability, a must for the waters of Casco Bay and larger waters along the Maine coast.
No longer powered by the early “make-and-break” one-lunger–an example of which is also on display here at the show–the Pulsifer Hampton uses the more efficient modern diesel. Still others will tell you that the style was based on the naval torpedo boats of the late 19th century. One story tells of a rumrunner from New York who bought up as many Maine-built torpedo-sterned lobsterboats as he could afford for use in his illicit trade.

Some say Brimstone and others like it are the most beautiful of all lobsterboats; others suggest we should look back to these models, given the need for better fuel efficiency in the future. Its skeg-built hull grew out of the older-style Beals Island boats, but Man O War is both larger and beamier with larger flat area aft. I have a Nissan 20hp ls 4 stroke tiller motor and a nice wide 1000 pound trailer for a 14 ft boat. I've only seen photos of the boat ,myself, but I do like the looks of it.I gave the Holland shop a call ,some years back, and spoke to the builder about having one made but I decided that I needed to have something bigger as a primary boat.
I was only able to find this one picture of the "baby baron" it belongs to Glen Holland's son and the kid has been racing it at the lobster boat races this year. It was built in June 2007, and has set on the hard ever since - a long story, Google the fishing boat Save-A-Buck.
Many lobster fishermen make it a practice to "v-notch" female, egg-bearing lobsters by cutting a notch in one of the tail flippers - then gently place them back in the water. Industry members must not only comply with state and federal regulations; they support and advocate Mainea€™s laws that have historically protected the lobster resource throughout the Gulf of Maine. Though lobsters are sold by weight, they are measured with a gauge approved by Mainea€™s Department of Marine Resources (DMR), the government agency responsible for management of the resource.
The measure was increased twice in the last ten years, and allows more females to extrude eggs and reproduce before reaching legal size. The practice of notching and returning females provides a 10-30% return to the brood stock, a significant contribution to protect the resource.
By purchasing this wonderful facility on the coast of Maine, Mazzetta Company has moved into a position of complete vertical integration. The biggest hazard is motorboat wash, it's not uncommon for a 50 foot plus motorboat to come tearing past at 40 knots, often far to0 close. She is quite rib like, without the expensive collar, although you could add two side tubes to the upper hull panels if you wanted. Im not sure the lines would work on a smaller boat, the planing lines lift her head 12in and reduce her displacement from 1200lbs to just 600lbs. There were peapods, dories, a Friendship sloop, a Pulsifer Hampton, some honest-to-Pete fishing boats, and, of course, a bevy of gorgeous new lobsteryachts.
Yet the dory in all its many variations–the Banks type is but one, the round-sided Swampscott dory being another–was a uniquely American product.
Built in various sizes, with fifteen feet being a common length, their great seaworthiness made peapods a favorite with lighthouse keepers. Such engines greatly expanded both the fishing range and the season; later, with the development of the engine-powered trap hauler, more traps could be fished more quickly. To appreciate this, compare this engine to the massive diesel employed by a modern working boat, such as Man O War (on display here at the show on the docks). Percy Sinnet of Bailey Island was the first to strip plank a Hampton, and also the first to put in an engines (circa 1903), making the Hampton type one of the first Maine coast workboats to be converted to engine power. Some say it came from Moosabec Reach, where a builder named Eddie Kelley was towing a four-foot-long wooden model of a boat with rounded overhanging schooner-style stern behind his peapod, only to have it capsize.
These were copied by early gasoline racing boats and well-publicized in magazines such as Motor Boat, which was read by Maine boatbuilders of the day. The boats were long and extra narrow to maximize the speed gained from the automobile engines that became widely adopted by boatbuilders after the first world war.
This differs from “built-down” construction, a method prevalent to the westward, wherein the planking flows down into the keel in much the way the hull of a deep-keeled sailboat is planked. The advent of lighter, higher-horsepower marine diesel engines has allowed lobstermen to run these larger boats, which can carry more traps, and get out to remote fishing grounds more quickly.
I would, however, hope that you can update me and us with more pictures, and feedback on the boat once you are able to take her out more.
This allows the lobsters to produce eggs for another one to two years, or as long as it takes for the notch to grow out. For generations, lobster harvesters from Maine have realized the importance of sound resource management and their efforts have enabled the lobster industry to be the success story of New England fisheries.
If a lobster does not fall within the minimum or maximum gauge size, it must be returned to the sea. Dragging for lobster, which can damage the marine environment, is not legal in Maine waters. Larger lobsters are capable of reproducing greater and healthier numbers of offspring and Maine lobster harvesters feel very strongly about protecting this brood stock. Various exhibitors also provided more information about how their boats fit into this slice of Maine coast history. It has also allowed fishermen and pleasure users alike to run at serious speeds—40-plus mph not being out of the realm. Wardens patrol the coastline to monitor the harvesters and enforce the laws of conservation and resource management of the state. Today, the peapod is still in favor, having found new life as a family pleasure boat, with its beautiful lines, ease of handling, and good performance.
Depending on finish details, the versatile Holland 38 and its brethren can be put into service as bare bones fishing machines or teak-trimmed lobsteryachts with all the amenities.
There has been no frost here yet, but I will most likely put it away for the season by the end of the month. Is so, I would really like your feedback along with thoughts about interior arrangement since Holland builds to order.

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