South Shore Boatworks, founded by Bob Fuller in 1990, specializes in custom boat building, finishing and restoration work on wooden and fiberglass boats.
All projects are performed without subcontractors - with an emphasis on very high quality work.
At South Shore Boatworks, master craftsman Bob Fuller will complete your boat project to perfection.
The photographs on these pages are only a sample of the wide range to rebuilding and restoration work that has been completed in my shop during the last 20 years. Twist, originally Hazel W III, was designed and built in 1973 by Rhode Island boatbuilder Donald Wilcox and his sons.
Twist was gutted and beautifully rebuilt, highlighted by gorgeous custom teak deck, foredeck, and interior.
When Twist was completed, Al and Ernie Wilcox piloted her from Massachusetts back to Wickford Harbor, RI, where she had fished for so many years. Sandpiper III, a lobster yacht, was built for a Rhode Island couple as a day cruiser and has accommodations for overnight trips.
Down below, she has an enclosed head, v-berth with cushions, and hand-laid teak cabin sole. South Shore Boatworks builds the Gurnet Point 25 as lobster top, bass boat or center console models. Her strip-planked Philippine mahogany over white oak hull was still in excellent condition after 38 years of mussel dragging, research, and lobstering with the Wilcox family in Narragansett Bay.

The hull was sheathed in West system fiberglass and Awlgripped for a svelte and shiny finish. Jeff Kent of Composite Solutions, Inc., provided custom carbon-fiber components, including a folding mast which accommodates bridges in Europe's canal system and allows the mast electronics to be serviced from the cockpit. She attracted a lot of attention, especially when she started flying the Swiss flag after receiving her registration. She features a large open cockpit with custom teak trim and a teak transom seat with cushions and storage underneath.
The owners specified a galley with a single burner stove, traditional icebox and a sink with a brass hand pump.
Coincidentally, this is the same boatyard where Will Frost, the legendary designer and builder of lobsterboats, built boats during the 1940s. Megevand, a sixth-generation Swiss surgeon, saw the boat online and fell in love with the lines.
Modifications were made to meet CE standards under the direction of naval architect Bob Turcotte of Bob Turcotte Yacht Design. Accommodations include a V-berth, double berth down to port, dining table that converts to berth, 2 day beds on deck with overhead bimini, galley up with a Techempex Italian-made electric galley stove and 13-cubic-ft. The bow's flare knocked down the spray, allowing little or no water to hit the windshield or cockpit.
He asked Fuller to look it over and bought it sight unseen when Fuller reported the boat's excellent condition.

The European regulations required quite a bit of complex paperwork and it took 6 months to acquire the boat's Swiss registration. Lines drawings and stability testing were documented, and other requirements included a fixed fire extinguisher system, lifeboat with hydrostatic release, EPIRB, and a second dinghy (inflatable). The large bronze rudder provided very responsive control and the ability to turn the boat in its own length. A bronze anchor platform with teak trim was constructed to accommodate the easy use of the plow-style anchor. Megevand named the boat Twist as a nod to the twist of destiny turning a hard-working New England fisheries dragger into a day-yacht cruising the Mediterranean and the canals of Europe. Marine electrician John Crobar of Kingman Yacht Center wired the boat with a European 230 V 50 hz system and installed the Raytheon electronics. The nav station includes a fully integrated Raynav electronic package as well as the standby Ritchie compass. Nate Tynan of Windward Power Systems repowered the boat with a 500-hp Caterpillar C-9 engine modified to CE standards. Talented builders on the project team include John Karbott, Michael Bryant, and Richard Wilmore.

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