Although the Downeast lobster boat is based on an age-old design originating in Maine, the modern equivalent is more of a "feeling" and "look", than the image the name produces. Originally the boats were indeed used to lobster, hence the large cockpit area and enclosed fore-space for when the weather took a turn. But today's lobster boat offers a bit more amenities than the watermen of Maine needed, or wanted. Today's downeast boats are as at home in the Chesapeake, ICW or canals of Europe as they are in the fishing waters of Maine.
Today, many companies have their own version of the Maine inspired lobster boat. They share basic characteristics, like a fine bow entry forward, a fair amount of deadrise amidships, that flattens out towards the stern, a graceful shear line, a full length keel and a considerable cockpit. All of these feature combine to make a boat that is seaworthy and manageable, proven by decades of trial and error. From that point, every boat varies. The high end boats have much more to offer in details and amenities for the casual cruiser, while basic boats may be built for actual working watermen. Either way, the lobster boat is a "culture" and has it's permanent place in history.
In our endeavor to bring you the best in the current lobster boat genre, we have begun production of our 32' Downeast lobster boat built on a Jarvis Newman hull, with design work by Eliot Spalding. We have taken a hull by one of the pioneers of the fiberglass lobsterboat, combined it with one of the masters of design and then added our own touches based on current customer requirements and years of experience with yachting, to produce a boat with enormous appeal and quality. See the beginnings of our lobster boat project.
We felt the market lacked a nice 32 Lobster boat that also had the style and features found in more expensive and larger boats. We approached Jarvis Newman with the idea and he felt we did indeed have a marketable niche to fill. Thus was born the Jarvis Newman 32. We recieved our hull and ran it through multiple mock-ups to determine the most effective use of the space. It is now in Turkey where it will become our production boat.
For more details on this boat or to discuss customizing to meet your needs, contact John Shannahan at our service yard at 410-822-8556.
The Oxford Yacht Agency
3831 Trappe Landing Rd|
Trappe, MD 21673, United States
Tel (410) 822-8556
Fax (410) 822-2769