THOROBRED is a true Downeast boat, with a semi displacement hull and keel for safety and comfort underway. She was hand made, custom built, exactly the way her original owners /seasoned cruisers and one Maines prominent builders wanted.
She has continuously been upgraded and has a impressive maintenance schedule. THOROBRED has a sistership in the Alaskan commercial fishing industry - A testimony to her hull design!
Here's your chance to own a real Downeaster that has all amenities of true cruiser.
Owner has made available the vessel survey and a Awl-grip Flag-Blue paint application for interested buyers.
A large cockpit is accessed by side boarding. Cockpit offers a custom, comfortable seat, that converts from an aft facing position to a forward facing position, but will also function as a lounge.
SURSHADE auto-retracting canopy-top sun protection
Teak Swim Platform
Salt Water Wash-Down System
Fresh Water Wash-Down System
Custom Teak Reversible Bench
This full keeled, round chine, semi-displacement cored hull was built using the following :
1" CORECELL A500
VINYL ESTER resin
1603, 1708, 1808 knit fiber fabrics
18oz double biaxial carbon fibre material on the inside.
Forward portions of the hull and the keel structure built without the use of coring materials in order to obtain greater strength in those areas. Keel structure has three additional layers of 2415 by 090 knit fabrics. Coring stops at the inside "turn of the bilge", which is approximately one foot either side of the vessel's centerline. Hull "Sheer" area received several additional applications of 1708 fabric and vinyl ester resin to strengthen the upper portions of the hull structure where heavy loading may occur.
Carbon Fibre was used on the house/superstructure with 1.5" Curit "Corecell" structural core material. Portions of the foredeck received substantial strengthening with the removal of the "Corecell" material and the substitution of the "Penske Board" (24 density) for the mooring cleat bases, windlass base, etc. In addition, several layers of 2414 knit fabric were used both on the top and the bottom of the structure.
Then the entire exterior was finished in AWLGRIP for ease of care and long term preservation.
The aft end of the house/structure supports the well arranged mast constructed of G10 fiberglass epoxy resin laminate, constructed by soaking layers of the glass cloth in the resin, then compressed and heated into the desired shape.
Deck structure is fitted with three hatches, six opening port lights, ten non-opening port lights and a non-skid surface in weather deck and traffic areas.
2 transom mounted zinc anodes
Teak bow pulpit
Abundant grab rails
Stainless steel bow rail
Designed by Jaime Lowell
Built by Lowell Brothers 2012
Access to this main cabin is through a centerline double door which opens up into a bright and airy salon. Side windows are large, fixed glazed panels, while the two aft and two forward window opens for ventilation, and of course dimmable, LED overhead lights. The cabin is finished in mahogany Herreshoff style. To port is a large settee, which is convertible for the occasional guests. Opposite is the galley. Storage is under the settee and below helm seats.
The forward faced seating is set up perfectly for cruising. They are raised for visibility and upholstered for comfort. They will keep a captain and mate very comfortable while underway and serve as a great perch while on a mooring for taking in the views from the 360 degrees of windows in the cabin. The helm is laid out perfectly for navigating, with all controls with-in arms reach, and even a custom cupholder and "glove box."
Sound levels in the 60's decibel range at 16kts-18kts underway !!
4 windshield wipers
Custom chart table and storage
CRUISEAIR STX 16HV Reverse air-conditioning and heat
Remote Control Spotlight
Dual Trumpet Air Horn
SPECTRASELECT window treatment on all windows
Holding tank 45 gal
Fresh water 75 gal
Fuel 293 gal (single tank)
The mechnical space has ample lighting and extensive SOUNDOWN surrounding the MANN R6800 800hp engine.
6-Cylinder Tier II Common Rail Diesel Engine (WOT 2300 RPM)
Volvo Penta "QL" 7-Hp Bow Thruster
2.5" Aquamet 22 Stainless Steel Shaft
PYI Dripless Shaft Log
ZF, 2 Speed Reduction Gear with Trolling Valve and electronic clutches
4 blade NIBRAL Prop (28 x 33)
Additional 4 blade NIBRAL Spare Prop
Stainless Steel Rudder •
CAPILNO hydraulic steering system
Groco ARG sea valve and raw water strainer
RACOR water/fuel separator
REVERSO Oil Change Pump
24V & 12V DC ships system
10 kW MASE generator
ARC Automatic AC selector/switching unit
Custom designed main AC/DC distribution panel and controls
(2) 12V AGM-8D house batteries
(2) 24V AGM 8-D engine start batteries
(2) 12V Batteries generator start
(5) Remote battery sector switches
24V DC to 12 V DC NEWMAR converter
VICTRON Multi+ 24/3000 120V inverter/charger
110V AC System
Dual outlet 30A shore power system
KUUMA 220 VAC Electric Fresh Water Heater
JOHNSON sump / bilge pump
This Furuno suite powers all the intergrated navigational aids one would want to manage!
RITCHIE "Powerdamp" compass •
(2) FURUNO "Nav-Net 3-D" MFD12 multifunction displays
FURUNO DRS radar sensor
FURUNO PG-500 integrated heading sensor
FURUNO GP-320B GPS receiver
FURUNO "Nav-Pilot 520" autopilot
FURUNO network sounder/depth finder
FURUNO Satellite BBWX2 receiver
ICOM M304 VHF radio
ICOM M504 VHF radio
ICOM HM-162B/SW remote control microphone
"SEE ME" Active Radar Enhancer
ARC remote control spotlight (On radar mast)
LOPOLIGHT navigational lights
AFC "Full Blast" dual trumpet air horn
SHAKESPEARE "GALAXY" 5225XT Antenna
FLIR night vision system with both IR and Lowlight capabilities
CLARION CMVI radio / DVD Player 10 speakers - 3 sub-woofers - 5 ROCKFORD FOSGATE audio amplifiers
Hard-wired cellular signal amplifier
* New 2018 IMTRA Zipwake Trim Tab leveling system
This starboard main salon galley-up features sight-lines of all surrounding the boat activity, main salon, cockpit etc... Fiddeled counter-top keeps items from leaving and the large sink can hold an abundance of dirty dishes!
Stainless Steel Sink
"Shurfloat" Marine Faucet
Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser
DOMESTIC dual voltage under-counter refrigerator
This robust sized head features a large vanity and medicine chest that provides ample storage of linens and toiletries.
SEALAND 8100 series "Master Flush" fresh water supplied
JABSCO Macerator discharge pump
Dockside pump out line
Stainless steel sink
Shower area with curtain and drain
The owners cabin is accessed through a centerline companionway with a small settee. A large hanging locker, alongside berth and abundant storage. This area is attractively finished, and bright and airy with opening ports and hatches with solar powered fans
CRUISEAIR STX Reverse air-conditioning and heat
Polished stainless steel 35lb Plow Anchor
Danforth Storm Anchor
LOFRANS "Project 1000" 24-VDC anchor windlass
(4) 24-VDC Automated Electric Bilge Pumps
Fireboy fixed system on port side engine room
(2) Hand-Portable Extinguishers
Fireboy / Xintex C02 Detector
ELLIOT 4 person liferaft- inspected and repacked in 2016
Hard-Wired cellular signal amplifier
It’s The Hull Shape That Sets It Apart
Posted on 26 November 2013
Written by Rich Armstrong
Old School and New School: The hull is built-down with composite materials.
Boatbuilding in the Lowell family goes back to 19th century Nova Scotia through six consecutive generations of captains, fishermen and merchant mariners. “We went from square riggers to lobster boats,” says Jamie Lowell, who along with his younger brother Joe took over the business when their father, Carroll Lowell, died in 1997. Their great-grandfather, Will Frost, built the family’s first powerboat in 1901, when the fishing world was shifting from sailing vessels.
Today, the Lowell shop focuses on lobster boats for both commercial and recreational use. John St. Hilaire’s 38-footer, Thorobred, is a new entry in the Lowell logbook, and Jamie clearly takes pride in it.
Here is his take on the boat, in his own words:
The shape of the hull is what really makes the boat stand out, with its high bow, turn-up in transom, its flare, stem line. I think it’s very beautiful. The curved deadrise ranges from about 55 degrees at the bow to 10 degrees at the transom. The hull, deck and bulkhead are cored with 1-inch Core-Cell A550 foam.
When it came to molds for the cabin, we wanted one that worked for both commercial and recreational — one mold that worked for either incarnation. The cabin was extended so that the boat is essentially divided into thirds: foredeck, cabin and aft deck. The cabin came out of the molds at 750 to 800 pounds. A lot of fairing went into the cabin.
One of the unique characteristics of that boat is that the whole cockpit seems like one piece, from the cabin down to the rails. The trunk cabin has a nice radius, as do the corner posts and outer edges of the cabin.
We premolded all of the hatches onto our layup table, then laid the deck up over them, so we had a positive fit the whole way around.
We paid a lot of attention to weight throughout the project. We didn’t put a big, heavy visor on it. We actually built a mold onto the cabin itself. We laid up the component for the visor, took it off, faired it up, primed it, glued it back on and faired it back into the cabin. In the end, the visor itself is quite flexible, but it’s strong, and it’s only about 1/8 of an inch thick.
When John decided he wanted a tree [mast] for mounting the radar dome, we faced the challenge of designing around bolting the unit through the carbon-fiber roof. The solution was to contract out to a company [Nautilus Marine Fabrication] that used computer-aided design to draw the tree, then a CNC lathe to cut it out of G10 material, a laminate consisting of a filament glass cloth with epoxy resin known for its high strength and light weight.
When it came to the console, we built a mockup for John in the shop, and it evolved with additional material, adjusting the electronics and a tapered base for the throttle control head.
For the woodwork, we used teak for the rail, exterior woodwork and doors on the back of the cabin; teak and holly for the floors; mahogany for the pilothouse doors; and the cedar down below is hand-matched and quarter-sawn.
The boat originally wasn’t supposed to have recessed lights, a headliner or mahogany console. A lot of this was improvised after the fact — on demand, figuring it out — whereas usually a project is all planned ahead.
The valance on the saloon sides has hidden LED strip lights on mahogany ceiling strips designed to look like beams on a wooden boat. We didn’t want unsightly butt joints, so the strips that run port to starboard are notched into the carlings. We used what we call donuts that surround the lights and fit over the strips to cover those joints.
Downeast hull designs are known for their soft, dry ride. They ride at relatively flat angles at all speed ranges. Moreover, like many private airplanes, their single engine design cuts fuel and engine maintenance costs in half while providing a keel that gives great protection to the propeller and rudder. Due to the nature of custom built boats they can cost more than a production boat but remember the bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. Get aboard today and let the boat "do the talking".
84 Knox Street
Thomaston, ME 04861