A traditional Maine activity
and a very active one at that is the business of completing various builders' fiberglass
hulls over the winter by scores of "Finishers and Installers". I am very
much involved in the custom boat design business, therefore, that approach is of
interest to me. The foray into the custom finished yacht construction, starting from a
bare lobster boat hull, has been in the making for some time at Tanton's. The combination
of design and construction is a strong temptation.
I would rather not re-invent
the wheel, so a new hull designed by Spencer Lincoln and produced by Down-East Composites
attracted me immensely and brought smiles to my face. As a designer, I have a good eye and
hopefully good taste. The size was right, the shape excellent, the components well built,
all pointing to a proven product to build on. I knew I could contribute positively to what
was already there. Also very important is that the customer was sold on the idea from day
Maine has some of the best
builders in the world. They are good, busy, not inexpensive and the numerous trips made
out there were a little too much. Therefore it became obvious that my own backyard
is the place to complete the boat if we want a boat!
Builder Newport Yacht
Joinery is "wood" talented and Rhode Island is "water" oriented. All
is here to build or finish quality yachts. Conveniently located between New York and
Boston, I believe it to be the right spot for this sort of project where the customer's
input is necessary and appreciated in order to achieve the result expected by all.
Well now; let's go to the
Tanton 36' Express Cruiser, the first version built and available in the series.
What I like about her hull and size is proven versatility. The various designed model
configurations that I can offer without absurdities is proof of the chameleon quality of a
good design in the first place. All credit goes to Spencer Lincoln who has designed a
superior, very adaptable "build-down" lobster hull. In a build-down boat
the midship wine glass section is run through the tuck and into the keel. Such model has
less wetted surface, can have the engine located lower into the hull and have more
buoyancy to carry weight aft. The long keel protects the propeller and rudder, a must for
the demanding task of what is after all an offshore working vessel. The round bilge hull
is slippery in the middle, fine forward with a shallow forefoot for a lobster boat and
straight flat buttocks aft.
This boat has been
"designed" and it shows; every line addresses specifically the problem at hand.
I like that very much, and my enthusiasm for her bottom shape must be obvious. The
fiberglass construction runs the full spectrum of choices with this medium. Strength is
not the issue but weight is. For instance a cored boat with scantlings pushed to the
maximum will be 1,500 lbs. lighter than the solid glass version. A balsa cored vessel will
be 1,000 lbs. lighter, and a hybrid with solid glass hull below waterline and cored
topsides will shave 500 lbs. Performance and gravity go hand to hand.
The exclusive Tanton designed models cover Express and Flybridge Cruiser with the
possibility of a second double cabin forward, Sport Fisherman and Picnic Boat.
Review the Specifications
and Options above. I welcome inquiries, comments, and