Dispatches

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A final resting place

Two of the latest additions to the National Register of Historic Places are work vessels — one still afloat and one resting on the seabed. The 105-foot Joffre had two chapters to her 29-year career, during which she landed more than 15 million pounds of fish. She was launched as a schooner in 1918 from a shipyard in Essex, Mass., fishing with “tub trawls” until 1939. She was then refit as a diesel-powered eastern rig dragger.

Joffre at sea in 1943 as an eastern rig dragger.

The wooden vessel caught fire Aug. 10, 1947, off Gloucester, Mass., following a fishing trip to Nova Scotia’s offshore banks. The fire quickly engulfed Joffre, and its 10 crewmembers abandoned ship. She sank in what is now the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut documented the wreck site in 2006.

The second vessel added to the register is the John N. Cobb, a NOAA fisheries research vessel based in Seattle. Launched in 1950, the 90-footer was unique as a wooden-hulled modified purse seiner that also was capable of trawling, trolling, gillnetting and long-lining. The Cobb leaves a legacy of fisheries research, including a groundfish survey from California to the Bering Sea that is still used as baseline data. The only wooden ship in the NOAA fleet still had the original 1931 design Fairbanks-Morse engine when decommissioned last year. www.noaa.gov

Noted designer, author dies

Yacht designer, sailor and sailing author W.I.B. Crealock died at his home in Carlsbad, Calif., after breaking his hip in a fall. He was 89.

A pioneer in the early “golden age” of fiberglass design in the 1960s, Crealock was perhaps best known for the Pacific Seacraft 36, which is in the American Sailboat Hall of Fame and is noted as a “classic American sailboat.”

Crealock, who died Sept. 26, is survived by his wife, daughter, stepson and a grandson. His ashes were to be scattered at sea.

Winter workshop on cruising

The Annapolis School of Seamanship will hold a new Cruiser’s Winter Workshop Jan. 23-24 at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights, Md.

Interactive presentations will offer an in-depth look at passage planning, marine weather, on-board systems and collision avoidance. Presenters include Steve D’Antonio, technical editor of PassageMaker magazine and owner of Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting; Ralph Naranjo, technical editor of Practical Sailor; Lee Chesneau, former senior marine meteorologist for NOAA and owner of Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather; and John Martino, founder and president of the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

Cost of the workshop is $475 per person and includes meals and lodging. For registration information, visit www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com or call (866) 369-2248.

C.W. Hood rolls out unique 43-footer

The C.W. Hood 43 keeps the skipper in the middle of the action, with a helm station positioned in the aft portion of the saloon.

“By being aft and central, with his guests in front and to the side of him, the helmsman can still look forward, pilot the boat and still be part of the ongoing conversation with his guests,” says Chris Hood, president of C.W. Hood Yachts in Marblehead, Mass.

A 6-inch-high platform at the helm maximizes visibility. “The driver is up high and has a good view looking through the forward windows to the bow and side decks,” says Hood. The Hood 43, which captured Best Powerboat honors in the Newport for New Products awards in September at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, can also be built with a conventional, starboard-side helm station. “We’re not set in stone with anything,” he says. “Everything inside the boat can change — within reason.”

The helm of the new Hood 43 is aft and on centerline in the saloon.

The Hood 43 is available in soft-top, sedan or flybridge versions. Standard propulsion is twin 550-hp Cummins diesels. The owner of the first Hood 43 opted for surface-piercing drives, which propel the vessel to a 38-knot top end. The builder will also offer the 43 with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Zeus pod drives or conventional prop and shaft inboards.

Both a galley-up and galley-down layout are offered, and the boat can be built with one or two staterooms. This New England-style express cruiser rides a modified-vee hull with 17-degree transom deadrise. LOA is 45 feet, 9 inches, and beam is 13 feet, 11 inches. She draws 3 feet, and displacement is 28,000 pounds.

Pricing ranges from $1.1 million to $1.8 million depending on model, accommodations and power. Contact: C.W. Hood, (781) 631-0192. www.cwhoodyachts.com

— Chris Landry

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue.