Royal Lowell

We are currently building this lobsterboat as a yacht, although she could also be completed for a commercial fisherman.  She was the last boat designed (in 1982) for wooden construction by Royal Lowell, grandson of Will Frost, “father” of the Maine lobsterboat. Royal was also an alumnus of the Westlawn Institute school of yacht design.  Royal’s boats’ lines speak for themselves with their beautiful blend of artistic beauty and function.

 She is 30’8” overall, has a beam of 10’8”, draft 3’5”, and a design displacement of 9400 lbs.  She is skeg built although the hull does have a significant amount of build down (she is semi-built down) with a nice tuck that carries through to the transom sill, an ideal combination of the speed of a planing skeg built boat with the gentle, soft ride of a built down boat.

 Her materials are White oak with native Eastern white cedar planking and African mahogany cabin walls and trim. Decks and roofs are Lloyd’s 1088 Meranti plywood epoxy laminated in two layers and sheathed with Dynel in epoxy. She is silicon bronze fastened. Her construction combines the advantages of a traditionally built plank on frame wooden hull with the latest methods and materials providing for preservation and low maintenance.

She will be powered by a six cylinder 260 hp Yanmar diesel.

Accommodations will include a V berth, an enclosed head with sink and shower, a galley with a stove, sink, and ice box.  A hanging locker, shelves and lockers provide storage.

Her marine systems will include pressurized hot and cold water, a 12 volt system with navigation and cabin lamps, a two burner alcohol stove with a propane system as an option, two 39 gallon freshwater tanks and one 50 gallon diesel fuel tank with deck fills, and deck pump out and through hull discharge for holding tank and head.


Her price in current state of completion is $150,000. We will finish to your customization at our labor rate of $42 per hour plus materials.