For Peter Kass, who’s run the John’s Bay Boat Company in South Bristol, Maine, for the past 34 years, each boat is an original. So far, he’s built 60 boats, all plank on frame, and each one – whether a working lobster boat or a pleasure boat version – is unique. Kass’ boats also are in demand, with a five-year waiting list. If you order a John’s Bay boat today, you can plan for the launch party in 2022.
Kass just launched his latest, a 42-foot lobster-yacht called Rhum, for Leslie and Alan Hull, two former sailors from Friendship, Maine. Rhum has a beam of 14 feet, a draft of 5 feet, and a displacement of 22,000 pounds. With a single Cummins 500-hp diesel, Rhum tops out at 18 knots. They really don’t come much more Down East than this. Read more, and see a video of the launch, here: