Blackfish (tautog), wreck fishing chartersStriped bass (stripers) charters, trolling and chunking Karen Ann II - New Jersey Charter Boat35' Custom Downeast Sportfisherman / New Jersey Charterboat Bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, chunking and trolling, inshore and canyonMako shark, offshore fishing
  Wrecks - Bottom - Trolling - Inshore - Offshore 22 October 2017
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Building The Karen Ann II

Part 4 - First Look (Photo Gallery)

Enjoy the images below as you journey through the process of having a custom boat built. Click each photo for a larger version. When done viewing, use the "Return" link to go back to the page you were viewing.

RP Boat Shop
RP Boat Shop, Steuben, ME

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RP 35
An RP 35 hull and top sits waiting to be finished outside of RP Boat Shop.

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Welcome to Milbridge
Signs like these let you know you've arrived in Milbridge.  By my next visit, the 3 foot flower box at the base of the sign would be buried in snow and would remain that way all winter.

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Sign for Sargent's Custom Boats
Sargent's Custom Boats is marked by this sign.  View is looking north on Coastal Route 1.

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Shop Dog Charlie
Charlie's bark is much worse than his bite.  I don't think he gets enough time around women, though.  He seemed to be more than a little "excited" around my wife!

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Joe and Adam in front of boat.
Joe (on right) and I are dwarfed by the hull of the Karen Ann II.

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Forward Windows
View of the starboard bow and forward windows, just after walking into Joe's shop.  This was my first look at the new boat.

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Keel
The Willis Beal design is "skeg built" vs. "built down".  This gives the boat a relatively flat bottom and in this design, plenty of "rocker in the garboard".  The hull bonding plate is visible on the transom.

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Rudder
Fabrication of the rudder is almost complete.

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Hull Shell
The inside of the hull and top.  Montelle is glassing in the drip pan between the stringers.  (I have pictures of Joe and his younger brother in similar positions; Joe jokes that I was taking pictures of the "three a--es that built the boat"!)  The 150 gallon fiberglass fuel tanks are in place, and you can see the floor flanges glassed to the inside of the hull.  Just below the windows you can see a string tied off marking where the main bulkhead will be.

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Looking Aft
This picture was taken through a forward window (munion visible at right).  The white line is the string marking the location of the main bulkhead.  You can see the fuel tanks are mounted fairly well aft to keep weight towards the stern to improve performance in a following sea.  The red 5-gallon bucket and the 6-foot broom at left give a sense of how deep she is.

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