Persistent rain did nothing to dampen the mood for this launch — it’s downeast Maine and it’s early spring and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors joined the no-nonsense crowd of people who pulled on their slickers to applaud the latest splash from SW Boatworks of Lamoine. The Miss Maggie II is a beamy 39-foot Calvin Beal design, finished off as a sportfishing platform for an enthusiastic owner from Long Island. Power comes from a 715-hp Cummins turbodiesel, which the owner figures will run on less than half the fuel of a typical 40-foot twin-engine sportfishing boat.
The galley-down cabin layout offers a spacious L-shaped settee to port and a big dinette to starboard. Three cushy Stidd pedestal seats will keep the operator and passengers from rolling around while the boat works through a lumpy seaway. The Calvin Beal 38 hull is a favorite of offshore lobstermen; one of the SW crew summed up its ride succinctly: “You won’t have to slow down much in this boat just because it’s a little rough out.”
The cockpit is laid out with two fishing chairs, tackle station, washdown sink, and a transom door. The Miss Maggie IIhadn’t been in the water for more than a few minutes before the owner and one of his fishing buddies were leaning way out over the rail, swiping their imaginary fishing rods and imaginary landing nets at imaginary stripers, which surely bodes that this spanking new boat has found itself in good hands.