It just doesn’t get any more Down East than this – Star, a new, well-appointed 38 Calvin Beal lobster boat with roots in Maine that just won’t quit. First off, Star was designed by Calvin Beal Boats in Beals, Maine, on an island off Jonesport way up the Gulf of Maine (go to Northeast Harbor on Mt. Desert Island and keep on going). It was built as SW Boatworks in Lamoine, back on the mainland at the entrance to Mt. Desert Island. And the sea trials were conducted at Billings Marine in Stonington on Deer Island on East Penobscot Bay.
Enough of the geography. The point is that this new Calvin Beal is the latest addition to a rich and proud tradition of seafaring and boat-building that has endured in that part of the world for more than a century. But there’s nothing old fashioned abut Star. It has solar panels on the cabin top so that it doesn’t need a generator; it has a state-of-the-art Furuno NavNet system for an owner who wants to go cruising, and it reaches a 20-knot top speed powered by a single 500-hp Cummins diesel. And it has been nominated for a New Products Award at the Newport International Boat Show, starting Sept. 13.
The 38 Calvin Beal has a 15-foot beam and weighs 34,,000 pounds. It’s stable and heavy, and is meant for cruising, diving or sportfishing. The hull is solid fiberglass.
The interior is cherry, with built-in-Maine craftsmanship. A berth forward sleeps two; two more can sleep on the settee and another on the bench seat on the starboard side. The owner said, “We are over the top happy with the quality and craftsmanship of this boat, especially the design and woodwork.” For more: