|Island Lure at Conanicut Marina in Jamestown, Rhode Island|
Island Lure 5 Jan 09
BOAT: Island Lure
OWNER: Thomas LaFazia, Jamestown, R.I http://seafoodri.com/wordpress/?p=173
BUILDER: Harris Boats, Gloucester, MA http://www.yachtingjournal.com/directory/boats/builder-haj
DESIGNER: Royal Lowell, Yarmouth, Maine, http://www.lowellbrothers.com/boatbuilding-down-east-book.htm
LENGTH: 36 feet [11 meters]
HULL: Double fiberglass with Balsa core
The history of Harris boats is difficult to trace. Many of the early fiberglass boat builders from the late 1960’s and 1970’s have gone out of business – their molds sold or lost. Harris is one such company. With fiberglass/ resin composite construction still new, builders at that time tended to err on the side of caution, making remarkably solid if not overbuilt boats that have become beloved classics in today’s market.
Island Lure is a “rock solid” boat of that vintage. After spending the first three decades of her life in Rock Harbor, Ma, she came to Jamestown as a project boat for the father son team of Tom LaFazia senior and junior. Young Tom was just 22 years old when he became the official owner of the boat. Father and son set about restoring many aspects of the boat. They rebuilt the decks, installed fish boxes, new electronics, and built a custom fly bridge. They went through the whole boat and made her sound for commercial fishing.
While Tom works for Narragansett Bay Lobsters as a day job, his thoughts are never far from the classic beauty that he keeps floating eight months a year in our waters.