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"Sport Fishermen"
Defiant is a 42’ Wesmac downeast custom sportfisherman with all the creature comforts of a sportfishing yacht. Both Tournament and Canyon Rigged, she has a 14½ foot beam, overall length of 42 feet and diesel-powered, 800 HP Caterpillar engine.
This vessel will cruise to 25 knots and take you through the roughest seas in comfort and safety.
"Maynie's Money" Maynie's Money is built on a 35' Mitchell Cove hull and is powered by a 565hp C-9 Catepillar with a 5 KW Genset. Equipped with all the features needed for serious sportfishing including dual controls on a custom aluminum flybridge, and a fighting chair. Maynie's Money is also a capable family cruiser with all the ammenities required for extended cruising
It was a rainy day on the Damariscotta River, but nobody noticed; they were too busy smiling. We were in the middle of sea trials for the 34’ tuna chaser Kelley Anne and it was an absolute case of “all systems go.” Builder Bruce Farrin Sr. of Farrin’s Boatshop in Walpole, ME and I watched from our photo boat as the Kelley Anne ripped by off our port quarter.

“She’s keeping that bow down and picking herself up nicely all over,” I said to Bruce. He nodded, spinning the wheel to give us an unobstructed view as the Kelley Anne slowed and swung back towards us.

“That’s what we were after,” said Bruce. “Let’s see what Patrick thinks.” “Patrick” would be the Kelley Anne’s owner, Patrick Simmons of Yarmouth, Maine. And speaking of the devil: the pilot door by the steering station slid back and there he was, his wheelchair angled so he was facing out towards us. That’s right – the 36-year-old Simmons has worked out of a wheelchair since 1994, but that doesn’t slow him down a whole lot. And the flying pass he had just made proved that he had excellent visibility at the helm of the Kelley Anne – even “right in the bucket,” as we say around
 

With guidance from some helpful tuna vets, a boom arm and winch to load/unload the wheelchair, and a bunch of ratchet straps and eyehooks to secure it on deck, Simmons and Landrigan spent the next few years “getting our bearings, learning the ocean, and slowly getting into the tuna.” (That “learning the ocean” part included Simmons getting dumped out of his wheelchair on more than one occasion.) Experience and the need for a more stable working platform eventually led Simmons to looking at Downeast-style hulls – and to Farrin’s Boatshop.

“To be honest, I’d been thinking about something a little bigger – maybe in the 38’ range,” said Simmons, “but when fuel got up around four bucks a gallon, I ended up sizing back. Basically, I wanted the width and stability of a Downeast-style hull and really liked the looks of the Calvin Beal.” (Currently, all of the Calvin Beal models – 34’, 36’, 38’, and 44’ – are available from SW Boatworks in Lamoine, ME.)

Simmons said he knew he wanted the Farrins to build his boat as soon as he met them:
here. At that moment, Simmons had the biggest kind of grin going, as did Bruce Farrin and his sons, Brian and Bruce Jr. So did everybody else on hand for the sea trials. The Farrins had done it again.

When Patrick Simmons isn’t busy chasing tuna (or skiing, scuba diving, deer hunting, kayaking - or just about anything else he puts his mind to) he should be giving motivational speeches. Some folks spend a lifetime questioning the hand that’s been dealt them; others look at their cards and move forward – like Patrick Simmons. When he tucked into a VW Jetta with a bunch of friends from college
   
“I just liked the idea of a family-run business – father and sons working together – and they seemed like down-to-earth guys.” A ride on a Calvin Beal 34 lobster boat that the Farrin shop finished a few years ago sealed the deal, according to Simmons. “We laid side-to in the chop and I said to myself, ‘This is more like it.’ Another concern was the visibility thing, as I could never see out of the Wellcraft to run it at speed – Keith always had to steer. I was worried how a custom wheelhouse like that would look, but Brian Farrin told me,‘Don’t worry – we don’t build an ugly boat.’ That was all I needed to hear.”
on a summer evening in 1994, he wasn’t planning on ending the ride in a rollover with serious spinal injuries, but, as he says, “that was that.” After four months of extensive rehab, Simmons was back at school, graduating in 1997. “The first year was tough – you definitely have your up days and down days, for sure,” said Simmons. “But you realize there’s no reason why you can’t do the things you enjoy … you just need to learn how to do them differently. I really believe that everybody has that drive; you just need that initial push to get you going. I had a great rehab facility and came back to the support of a lot of great friends.” One of those great friends was Keith Landrigan, who shared Simmons’ love of the ocean – and his “why not” attitude, which led them to try tuna fishing. “Right after I returned home from school, I found a 1984 32’ Wellcraft that was for sale,” said Simmons. “It looked like a good starter boat for what Keith and I wanted to do. I renamed it ‘Possibilities’.”
 

When it came to designing the Kelley Anne’s wheelhouse, the Farrins struck a balance between the 34’x13’ hull’s lines and Patrick Simmons’ line-of-sight from his wheelchair. An 8” step-up from the cockpit to the pilothouse sole makes for 6’2” headroom at the tallest point. A removable ramp allows Simmons to wheel his way from main deck to wheelhouse – and from deck to dock via a hinged transom door.

During sea trials the Kelley Anne (named for Simmons’ wife) topped out at 25 knots, a good speed for a fairly hefty workboat. The real success story, however, was the sailing attitude: “The visibility is great, even at full throttle,” said Simmons. “I could never do that in the old boat.”

“It’s such a step up to have a boat like this to work with,” said Keith Landrigan. “We’ve come a long way since our first trip offshore - with the help of a lot of good people. It’s awesome seeing Patrick at the wheel with that big grin, man … just absolutely the best.”