Gladding-Hearn Delivers 76-Foot Offshore Lobster Boat

The Seacrest Corporation of Plymouth, Mass., is aware of the importance of a modern, efficient boat in the highly competitive lobstering business. In the past year, Seacrest determined that a new, more functional boat was needed to maintain its position near the forefront of the industry. Since Seacrest strives for quality in all that it does, it turned to the Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding Corporation of Somerset, Mass., for design and construction of its new lobster boat. As a Seacrest spokesman commented, "We wanted the best builder for the corporation's first new boat, and Gladding- Hearn's excellent reputation made the difference in our decision." Launched by Gladding-Hearn in June and dubbed the Endeavour, this 76-foot, all-steel offshore boat (shown above) provides all of the operational efficiencies and crew amenities sought by its owners. The Endeavor is big enough for comfort and safety, while designed for economy of operation. She measures 22 feet 10 inches abeam and has a draft of 10 feet. A top speed of 11 knots is provided by her Caterpillar 3408 DITA marine engine, which is rated for 420 horsepower at 1,800 rpm.

The engine drives a 60-inch diameter, four-bladed Columbian propeller through a Caterpillar 4.48-to-l reduction gear. Total fuel capacity is approximately 8,700 gallons.

To handle Seacrest's lobster and fish catch, the Endeavour is fitted with three holds. Dual lobster tanks (zinc coated and epoxy-finished) capable of accommodating a total of 23,000 pounds are located aft of the deck house. Aft of the lobster tanks is a 48,000-pound-capacity, Master Bond-covered urethane-foam-insulated fish hold. An aeration system, operating from a XODAR electric drive compressor, infuses filtered air into the lobster tank holding water to maintain the freshness of the catch. A 16-inch Marine Hydraulics pot hauler, fitted with an air-powered line tensioner, and a modified Gearmatic grappling winch complete the Endeavour's principal fishing gear. Vessel outfitting includes complete mooring, navigation, and safety equipment.

The deckhouse features a captain's day room with enclosed head and shower. The foc's'le provides a four-bunk stateroom forward and a single-bunk private stateroom starboard; a completely equipped galley is arranged across the aft bulkhead.

All quarters are electrically heated and thermal and noise insulated with combination Soundown foam and fiberglass. A 300-gallon potable water system supplies the galley sink and wash basin; an 1,800 gallon utility water system supplies the shower and engine room sill cock.

Each water system has its own 30- gallon hot water tank.

The control console is located starboard in the deckhouse. A 26- inch Edson smooth-rim destroyer wheel controls the Endeavor's single- plate rudder through a yardbuilt hydraulic steering system. An electronics area and chart table completes the deckhouse furnishing.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 104,  Nov 1984

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