Mainely Boats in Cushing, Maine, sent a Calvin 34 about 11 miles up the coast to Rockland for an early May launching. That was the Bottom Line, and it was built for a Boston tuna fisherman.
S.W. Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine, built the Bottom Line as a bare hull and top before sending her to Mainely Boats, which finished her off with composite construction, including fiberglass I-beams under the deck.
“It’s pretty much all we do,” says Mainely Boats owner, Mike Hooper, referring to the composite construction.
The Bottom Line has a full wheelhouse that was raised 6 inches and extended aft 4 feet. That allowed the 500-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 main engine and a Cummins 5-kW Onan generator to fit under the wheelhouse, while providing ample room up above for the guy at the wheel, as well as cupboards, a table, bench and captain’s chair. Hooper figures the 500-hp Cummins should easily get the Bottom Line up to 25 knots.
Tuna will be kept on deck in iced bags; the ice will be kept cool in two small, insulated holds beneath the deck. Tuna are stored on deck because once the fuel tanks and exhaust system were in place, not much room remained below deck for a fish hold.
Up forward is a full bathroom with sink and shower, and V-berths. There’s also a utility room, hydraulic and electrical room.
Mainely Boats started finishing off another Calvin 34 from S.W. Boatworks the last week in March for a Massachusetts tuna fisherman. “Basically the two boats are identical,” Hooper says. That includes the 500-hp Cummins main engine and the 5-kW Cummins Onan generator.
A pair of bare hulls will be finished as offshore lobster boats. One is a 44 Calvin from S.W. Boatworks that will go to Maine’s Vinalhaven Island with an 800 MAN. The other is a 46 Osmond from H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine. When completed it will leave for Port Clyde, Maine, with an 800-hp Scania.
Down the coast on Maine’s Westport Island, Dana’s Boatshop has had a couple of boats in for what Dana Faulkingham refers to as “overhauls.” The Syringa, a 36 Calvin out of Cape Porpoise, Maine, was one of those. It arrived in early April with “a pretty healthy list of items he wants done,” says Faulkingham. A major item — and one that more lobstermen are turning to — involves covering the deck with a rubber mat. The Syringa is the fourth boat to have its fiberglass deck covered by Dana Faulkingham and his son Jason.
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Michael Crowley is the former Boats & Gear editor for National Fisherman.
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