Lowell 43 - Tori Kay

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Lowell 43 - Tori Kay

Split wheelhouse fishing boat

740 hp 60 series Detroit
Cruise of about 22 kts at 1800 rpm
Top end of about 26-27 knots

The owner travels 38-43 miles each way for his daily fishing. In his previous 42' boat with a 650 hp Detroit, he used about 110 gallons of fuel per day. With his Lowell 43 with a 740 hp Detroit, he is using 75 gallons per day. The owner also remarked, "I could never fish the days with that boat that I can with this one."[attachment=3:1c3thdr0]64163l.jpg[/attachment:1c3thdr0][attachment=2:1c3thdr0]1937098-R1-015-6l.jpg[/attachment:1c3thdr0][attachment=1:1c3thdr0]1937098-R1-051-24l.jpg[/attachment:1c3thdr0][attachment=0:1c3thdr0]TK-cabindetaill.jpg[/attachment:1c3thdr0]

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the lowell mold is in very hard shape deep cracks on the inside of the mold and the mold is only 13'3" wide they push her out to get the width
 

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the lowell mold is in very hard shape deep cracks on the inside of the mold and the mold is only 13'3" wide they push her out to get the width
Your statement sounds absurd to me. I'm sure they take very good care of their molds, and there is no way their 43' is only 13'3" wide before they "push her out". The boat is over 15' wide, you can't push a hull out 2'. Maybe you are talking about a different boat?
 

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find the mold and take a look at it and bring a tape mesure I have seen it and layed a tape on it
 

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Does not look like a hull the was pushed out 2 ft?

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You cannot push a hull out 2'. These two pics of the 43' Lowell shows the sides of the hull go straight up from the bottom of hull. This is a very large boat. A boat that is 13'3" wide "pushed out" to 15'3" would not look like this. It may be 13'3" wide somewhere on the stern (maybe on the waterline?), but this boat is huge and is an honest 15'+ wide boat. And I would be shocked if they did not take care of their molds. If you are going to spread information that makes a builder look bad, at least provide some proof (like some pictures). If your statements are not true, I think they are somewhat slanderous towards Lowell Bros and you should retract them.

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I will not make any more replys until someone takes a pic of the mold and lays a tape on it have a nice day
 

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I just spoke with Jamie Lowell about his 38' and 43' boats. On a different thread a few days ago, I posted a pic and a video that they emailed me of their new 38'; it's a beautiful boat. He said around '06 or '07 was the last time they built a 43'. The 43' mold was built in 1997 (so it's a rather new mold), He indicated there was a few surface blemishes on the 43' mold (small stress cracks), but nothing of a serious nature, and nothing that would cause the molds to become less than useable. It's common knowledge that molds aren't "perfect" after some use and sitting out in the elements. But before a builder uses a mold, they will typically fix any small blemishes, clean it up, and wax it up really good before using it. Every boat builder I visited in Maine had most, if not all their molds sitting outside in the elements. They all had "blemishes" in the molds; masking tape remnants, small cracks, dust everywhere, small tree branches, twigs, mud, etc, etc.

My problem with seaduck's claims is that he left the impression that the molds were in bad shape with terms like "very hard shape", "deep cracks", and "they push her out to get the width". If I were ignorant of the reality of boat molds, and ignorant of boat designs in general, I would be steering clear of Lowell Bros boats because people on the internet are claiming the molds are screwed up and they are falsely advertising the width of their 43' boat. Who wants a boat that is only 13'3" out of the molds, but is pushed out to 15'3"? So that is why I responded that his claims seemed absurd to me. I'm just trying to counteract or provide an alternative view on what I perceived as somewhat slanderous claims. I don't know the Lowell Bros, I've never done business with them, but I know they build a beautiful boat and are probably a top notch boat builder.
 

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I will not make any more replys until someone takes a pic of the mold and lays a tape on it have a nice day
Atleast if you keep quiet you won't make Lowell Brothers Look bad. I hate to tell you this seaduck, but there is NO WAY that they could push out a hull 2 feet and have it look normal. I have worked in Calvin Beal's boat shop and am great friends with him, there is no way that could be done. Calvin Beal is probably one of the most famous boat builders of all time and even he would say, "there is no way that hull is pushed out 2 feet", I just know he would say that. I have layed a boat before and I know that there is no way that would work. PERIOD.
 

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I love the look of this boat and it looks like a real beast but I would be concernd about the running angle and view over the bow, from looking at the pictures. Can you sit in the helm chair and see over the bow or do you have to have to be looking out of the top outboard corner of the window to see what is in front of the boat?
 

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Powderpro,

Thank you comments. I have always admired Carrol and Royal designs.

I think streching a mold means that the mold was taken from a boat with smaller beam. I am not aware of any other lowel boats the mold would have come from so it makes no sense to me.

Sea Duck; I do not mean to gang up on you but does this mean I can buy the same boat with less beam?
 

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It might be 13'3" at the transom. I can't find any specs on transome width. They list it as 15 foot that would only a turn in of 10.5 inches on each side. That could be possible.

As for Wesmac having the mold for 10 years I dodn't think Wesmac ever made a soft chine hull?

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I would suggest someone think twice before snapping a picture of someone elses molds and it's apparent "flaws", and posting them on a website like this. If they were my molds, I would come unglued because it could easily cause impressions among the viewers that are simply not accurate. Almost every boat mold I looked at in Maine (I looked at 20+) would need some serious cleanup and waxing before you could use them (and even some small, minor repairs on some of them). To those who are not boat builders, some of them would look mighty scary, but as I mentioned earlier, the good boat builders spruce them up before using them because their reputations are on the line. Heck, we've all seen a 31' Duffy have it's transom sawed off, 2' added, and when all put back together, it looks like a yacht! We've seen a burned up, beat up, hacked up 35' Duffy be restored to like new condition.

Seaduck- look what you started:):D:p I hope you don't think I'm your internet enemy, but when someone says a 43' Lowell Bros is only 13'3" in the mold and it's pushed out to get the 15'+ beam, I fell out of my chair. For those who care, Jamie told me the boat has a 15'2" beam. It's a beast.

Tuna- I believe you are correct, when I spoke with Jamie Lowell, he said the 43' mold was built in 1997, so I don't see how it would be possible for Wesmac to have owned it. Jamie Lowell did mention that Wesmac builds a very high quality boat; it's refreshing to hear a boat builder praise another builder.
 

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Never said the lowells did not build a nice boat thay are very nice boats and that Carol did draw a very nice boat also sorry for pissing on your paraide
 
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I have seen what I was told is the mold for the 43. It is definitely wider than 13' 3".
I have also been aboard Karen Lynn and she is a big boat. Definitely 15' plus in the beam. There is no way you can widen a boat by 2' without completely changing the displacement. The boat would either be hopelessly distorted (laid out) in the top sides or the keel would be 3 ' wide.
The Lowell 43 is a fine, big boat. They have a very wholesome shape. A classic hull, and there should be more of them.
 
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