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News Release August, 2003
Mast & Mallet Introduces New Thomas Point 36 Series
Edgewater, MD - Mast & Mallet Boatworks, builder of the Thomas Point series of custom power boats from 26 to 43-feet, announces the introduction of a new 36-foot fiberglass hull that is being offered in four different configurations. The "Soft Top Express," "Hard Top Express," "Sedan" and "Flybridge" models all feature the proven Thomas Point hull designed by Annapolis naval architect, Mike Kaufman.
Until now, Thomas Point hulls have been built using the composite wood-epoxy system, allowing for a wide variety of sizes and configurations. Based on its most recent sales and inquiries, Mast & Mallet determined that a 36-foot series would be the most popular size to build using infused, molded, single skin fiberglass for its hull. "The move from wood-epoxy hulls to glass will reduce the usual build time from eight months to six and will result in a cost savings," comments Joe Reid, owner of Mast & Mallet.
Blending the best design elements of the New England lobster boat and the Chesapeake Bay deadrise workboat, the Thomas Point 36 boasts a sweeping sheerline with considerable flare forward. Thanks to her substantial deadrise of 30 degrees forward, she delivers a comfortable, dry ride in rough seas. Her relatively narrow hull flattens out to 9 degrees deadrise aft, providing a high amount of initial static stability, an easy motion throughout her speed range and an especially small wake at slow speeds.
"Deep-V hulls that carry their high degree of deadrise all the way aft may punch through tall seas a bit faster, but at a great cost in power and passenger comfort," says Mike Kaufman. "The Thomas Point hull can achieve a good amount of speed with a modest amount of power." The Thomas Point 36 will cruise at 20 knots with the optional single 440 hp Yanmar diesel. Top speeds are estimated to be in the 26 to 28 knot range. Standard power is a single 315 hp Yanmar. Twins are available and will deliver speeds in excess of 30 knots.
The standard interior layout for the Sedan features a galley-up with a dinette table that converts to a double berth. The helm station, providing excellent visibility all around, is located to starboard, and a second pilot seat is on the port side. Below, a large V-berth stateroom is located forward of the full sized head with separate stall shower. An entertainment area complete with table and settee can also sleep one adult.
Mast & Mallet builds its custom interiors in a variety of woods finished to the highest yacht standards. For those who appreciate the warmth and tradition of a wooden boat, The Thomas Point 36 offers the best of both worlds—a low maintenance fiberglass hull with the beauty of a wooden interior. Hull Number 1, a Sedan model, is now in its completion stage and will be launched in the early fall of 2003.
Fifteen Thomas Point boats have been built in composite wood-epoxy, and their popularity with their owners has lead to this move to fiberglass. "We will continue to take orders for our wood-epoxy boats, but we understand the market's preference for fiberglass-built hulls," says Reid. "Making this move will allow us to test the waters of being a semi-production builder while at the same time continuing to provide the highly customized wooden interiors that attract the traditionalist to our facility."
What may surprise many prospective buyers is the competitive pricing of these finely crafted vessels. "We're still a relatively small shop without a lot of overhead and administrative costs," says Reid. "We're boat builders without fancy sales offices and dealer showrooms. We're not for everybody, but if you want a good, honest boat that looks and feels like a real boat, we can build it at a fair price."
The base prices for the four models are:
For more information, contact Joe Reid at 410-798-9510