Hi folks! Katie here to give you the latest update on our Lobster Boat redesign project… and it’s a big one! Last time we checked in with you, we had assembled our design team to modernize our original semidory design and make it more builderfriendly. The team has been working over the fall and winter and we’re excited to share some design renderings with you! What’s changing… and what’s not? We’ve made some minor adjustments to the design that will make it easier for us to build (the better to hold prices down), while also increasing its appeal to boaters who want a true swissarmyknife, multipurpose kind of vessel.


The hull is very similar to our original Lobster Boat design. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!) It still has the classic semidory shape, combining a flat stable bottom with a pointed bow that allows for cutting through chop. It has just enough rocker that it can sail well while also planing properly with an outboard motor. The bottom corners of the transom are rounded instead of square, so that it can heel under sail without increasing drag.

Perspective line drawings of Lobster Boat design
We made lots of little tweaks here and there, adjusting the curve of the transom, playing with the spacing of the lapstrakes, subtle changes to the chines and the shape of the hull. But the hull overall will look largely like it did before.
Side view line drawing of Lobster Boat


The deck is where things start to look a bit different! We’ve rounded the foredeck into a lovely slippershape, rather than the straightacross deck on the previous version. This creates more openness toward the bow, which should help improve two shortcomings of the original. Firstly, it was a bit hard to step into the boat from the beach because the deck was squared straight across and the edge was a bit further back. This new shape should make it easier to step in from the shore (or lever yourself up to the deck if you’re a shortie like me). It also makes it easier for passengers and cargo to sit up front, so you can move weight around to adjust your balance and improve the trim of the boat while underway.
Angle perspective of the Lobster Boat with deck
Overhead drawing showing deck


The floatation is improved versus the predecessor to better support an outboard motor. A 10hp outboard motor was a key requirement of our redesign. A lot of modern boaters feel that more power is better. Though that’s not necessarily true, we found that in the real world, people weren’t adhering to the 8hp recommendation of the previous model. 10hp motors are easy to come by, and there’s something about a higher rating that just makes people more comfortable.  
  • Maximum Weight Capacity (persons, motor, gear) of 935 pounds
  • Maximum Persons Capacity of up to 6 people or 750 pounds
  • 10 hp motor
And just for an interesting visual from our floatation calculations, here’s a graphic representation of the boat’s waterline while swamped with an offcenter load:
Representation of boat's angle during offset load


The interior has some changes, but isn’t all that different from its predecessor. The Lobster Boat is designed primarily for motoring to get out to the fishing grounds quickly, with good stability and space so you can drop and pull your pots without a lot of drama. We’ve given the new interior a more open-feeling cockpit, improved floatation layout throughout the seating area to meet the capacity requirements noted above. There are longitudinal seats along both sides, and at the stern. There will also be two thwart seats bridging both sides (positions still TBD on that).

Dimensional drawing of the Lobsterboat with rig

Wait what ho, is that the outline of a balanced-lug I see before me? Indeed, eagle-eyed reader… 


The rig on our drawing board right now is a balanced-lug! We’ve been on the fence about whether to keep the sloop rig from our original design, switch to a balanced lug, or offer both options. Ultimately, we decided to start with a balanced lug for ease of rigging. The balanced lug is just so user-friendly, and easy for new sailors to learn. Since this boat has some crossover appeal into the motorboat market, we figured that keeping the sail rig dead simple to learn and use would make her more interesting to less experienced sailors.

Side view of full Lobster Boat design

If you’ve been hoping for a sloop rig, take heart… we’d like to work that out as an optional upgrade, though we’re focusing on the lug rig first.


Lastly, the rowing functionality will remain unchanged. She can be rowed single or tandem on fixed seats. There are two rowing positions with oar sockets built in along the gunnels, and one of those seats will be removable (similar to the one on the 12’ Point Defiance). There’s no sliding seat planned, as most folks who want to row as a primary mode of travel will prefer our 17′ Salish Voyager, 16.5′ Melonseed or 17′Jersey Skiff.

NEXT STEPS preordering is coming this spring!

Now that we have the design done, Brandon is working on making our CNC kit so we can build and test our prototype out of wood and make any tweaks to the design before we progress to the fiberglass version. We intend to build and test the wood prototype this spring! This summer we’ll be creating our molds and building hull #1 in fiberglass, with delivery anticipated on the first production orders this fall.

We’ve got a 3D model in the works that will give you an idea of what this boat will look like in real life, so you have an idea of what you’re getting when you place your order. We’ll be opening up a preorder offer for the new lobster boat this spring…. stay tuned as we hope to have that update to you all in the next month or so!


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