"Some Boatshop History"
In June 1979 this article appeared in the National Fisherman
Bruce Farrin Turns To Fiberglass But Wood Is Far From Abandoned
WALPOLE, ME. — In a switch from his usual practice of building only wood boats, Bruce Farrin recently launched the 37’ Lisa Marcie, a fiberglass-hulled lobsterboat and dragger.
Owner of the new boat was Owen Stuart Poland. who fished out of New Harbor, Me. He needed his new boat by spring, Poland arranged with Farrin to complete the hull, built by Reinforced Plastics Co. of Gouldsboro, Me. Farrin, whose new shop needed steady work, agreed to the building project, although he ended up doing a considerable amount of wood work aboard the new boat before he was through.
The Lisa Marcie, named for Poland’s daughters, had a beam of 12’ and a draft of 3’4”. Her engine was a Detroit Diesel 4-71 rated at 165 h.p. at 2,250 r.p.m. The engine was supplied by Power Products Inc. of Falmouth who equipped her with a Twin Disc 2:1 reduction gear. The 24” x 23” Federal propeller was turned by a 1¾” bronze shaft.
The engine beds were made of oak on 1 1/4" fiberglassed pine supports. The enginewas servicable completely from the pilothouse. Even the emergency engine shutdown was easily accessible from the pilothouse, which eliminating the need to climb into the cuddy in such cases.
Farrin's love of wood is evidenced in the foc'sle where two berths were finished in mahogany. The rubrails were made of 3/4" oak covered with stainless steel half ovals. On the stern quarters, Farrin made drag sheathing out of oak and a well-placed oak piece in the pot hauling area.
The Lisa Marcie was equipped with a Hydro-Slave 12" hydraulic pothauler as well as hydraulic steering, both devices were built by Marine Hydraulics of Warren, Me. The stainless steel propeller cage and the davits were made by Emil Rivers Inc. of Rockland, Me.
Electronics aboard the Lisa Marcie included a Model 050 Decca radar, a 115 sonar scanner by Wesmar, a COM VHF radio, Si-Tex flasher recorder, a Si-Tex loran C and a CB Veep radio.
Reinforced Plastics delivered the hull to Farrin in mid-November and he had the Lisa Marcie ready to go March 9. On that day, another fiberglass hull, a Holland from Belfast, Me., was moved into the Farrin shop. This boat had an overall length of 30' 4'' and a beam of 10" and was completed for George Cushing of Round Pond, Me. She was slated for a July launching.