The Maine builder produces boats with excellent structural integrity and a finish that looks hand-laid
In 1994, the owner of Maine-based Sabre Yachts acquired North End Marine, a big player in making marine molds and fiberglass parts at its plant in Rockland, Maine. Now called North End Composites, the company produces hulls and decks for Sabre's larger sail- and powerboats in its 240,000-square-foot facility. It also builds powerboats from 30 to 37 feet for its Back Cove Yachts division.
Rebuilt after a half-century of hard fishing in Cape Cod Bay, the 43-footer is ready for the next 50 years
When I was a young man in the 1960s growing up on Cape Cod, Mass., a focal point of my life each summer was the charter fishing fleet down at Rock Harbor in Orleans.
Considering that the harbor is on a little tidal creek with only enough water to float most boats for about two to three hours on either side of an 8- to 11-foot high tide, the fact that it hosts one of the biggest charter fleets on the East Coast seems improbable, to say the least.
Tracking down the source of on-board noise takes some detective work, but the reward is worth the effort
Next to a hard-riding hull, excessive noise and vibration are among the worst powerboat problems. Other than fans of go-fast speedsters, most skippers I know don't think more engine noise is good, and no one likes a boat that rattles and vibrates.
To get a better take on some of the issues Bill Johnson raised when I interviewed him, I called Chris Murray, director of sales for Soundown, a company well known in the marine industry for its noise and vibration control products. He added some interesting insights on how to solve noise and vibration problems.
Phin Sprague shares his insights on design and construction, formed by his experiences at sea
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