USA Today Article Highlights Maine Lobster Yachts


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USA Today recently published an article on something New England boaters have known about for a long time: the transformation of traditional working lobster boats into recreational cruising yachts. Here’s an excerpt:

“Lobster boat” conjures up images of hardy boats and even hardier crews wrangling traps on a roiling sea. However on many of today’s so-called “lobster boats,” the only lobster wrangling is on a plate.

There are now two categories of boats called lobster. There’s the original version developed specifically for the lobster trade off the Maine coast. Then there’s the recreational “lobster light,” more commonly referred to as lobster yachts. These pure pleasure boats borrow heavily from the appearance of working lobster boats but with modifications that are less focused on working and more on playing.

“We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

Most of us know the profile of a working lobster boat whether we realize it or not. The Orca in Jaws, probably pop culture’s most famous boat, is a modified lobster boat. That long bowsprit was added for dramatic effect, but otherwise, the creaky Orca was patterned after a classic lobster boat, albeit one well past its prime.

Read the rest of the USA Today article on lobster yachts.