Jim Moores, founder and president of the Beaufort, North Carolina, restoration and refit company Moores Marine, is launching a new company and boat. The M30, an elegant 30-foot center console with a fantail stern and inverted bow, will be built at the Moores Marine yard under the Moores Yachts nameplate. Construction on the first cold-molded hull is set to begin in January 2019.
“The M30’s lines are a tribute to the designers of the prewar era,” Moores stated in a press release. “The ducktail in the transom is inspired by John H. Wells. Known for his fast-running commuters, Wells designed for Consolidated, Defoe and the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Co. The transom is inspired by the late L. Francis Herreshoff, and the bow is inspired by World War I battleships.”
Moores trained in shipyards in Thomaston and Tenants Harbor, Maine, before starting his own boatbuilding shop in Lubec, Maine in 1978. He built Maine dories and more than 30 commercial fishing vessels prior to founding Moores Marine in 1986.
Moores says the boat will be able to turn in half her waterline length. The M30 will run a 550-hp Cummins QSB6.7 inboard diesel.
“We worked with B&B Yacht Design to refine the M30’s hull to reach 50-plus miles an hour,” he stated. With a moderate beam and 6,500-pound displacement, the M30 also is expected to be trailerable. “You easily can take her with you to wherever you might want her,” Moores stated. “If you plan to use her as a tender, we will install lifting eyes.”
This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue.