Many Island boats are a hybrid of Northumberland and Gulf sea conditions, although many people classify Provincials as Northumberland Strait boats they are a hybrid. I will post an engineering report from the 1970s which explores developing a hybrid boat to suit both shores of PEI.There are two distinct style of fishing boats built up in the Canadian Maritimes (Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick). On the South Shore of NS they build displacement hulls as this has evolved for the heavy Atlantic Seas. Builders like Atkinson, Wedgeport, Theriault, etc.These are typically referred to as Cape Islanders or Novi Boats,
Cape Islander - Wikipedia
Then on PEI and New Brunswick they build a different style boat which will get up on the plane. This style has evolved to match the shorter seas, and smaller swells in the Northumberland Strait area. Builders such as Provincial, Hutt Brothers, on PEI, and Samson out of NB. This style of boat is known as Northumberland Stait.
Civilization.ca - Lifelines - Nova Scotia Motor Fishing Boats
I read recently that there are about 1,000 registered commercial lobster boats on PEI and 1,500 in Nova Scotia; plus some more in New Bruswick I'm sure. That's a lot of boats chasing lobster !!
Funny you say that, "10 year life". I don't know if it is true, but someone told me years ago that with the subsidies the fishermen got it did not make sense for them to keep a boat long term. Better off buying a new one every so many years.Now THAT'S a Novi. My understanding of Novis over the years, with no disparagement intended to anyone, true Novi's were generally, big prow, working machine platform typically built out of wood, often fiberglassed over after awhile. My further understanding was that were stoutly built as working boats with a "10 year life." Don't jump on me about that, but that's what I was told many years ago. I know where there's 2 parked nearby and I wouldn't want to tackle getting them back in the water. The other boats I guess they look like Novi's. I'll take a [picture of Deano's old Novis if I get a chance.