Maine boatbuilder unveils Williams 38

Zurn Yacht Design collaborated with the Maine-based John Williams Boat Co. to design the Williams 38.
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The Williams 38 is a new model from the Maine boatbuilder.

The Williams 38 is a new model from the Maine boatbuilder.

Massachusetts-based Zurn Yacht Design collaborated with the Maine-based John Williams Boat Co. to design the Williams 38, a new boat geared for consumers.

John “Jock” Williams founded and built his Maine business by providing commercial fishermen with Down East-style boats. Williams and Doug Zurn met 25 years ago on a delivery from City Island, N.Y., to Williams’ boatyard in Maine aboard the Philip Rhodes-designed Caper.

During the last dozen years or so, Williams has moved the focus of his business into the pleasure boat market, finishing his commercial lobster boat hulls to owners’ individual requests with fine woods, materials and furnishings.

With a lobster boat appearance above the chine, the Williams 38’s hull below has an 18-degree deadrise. The company said hull construction consists of vinylester resin, stitched e-glass and Corecell cored construction.

Propulsion is provided by Volvo’s patented IPS system with twin IPS 600 diesels, the company said. With this power plant, all exhaust exits are underwater, engines are soft-mounted and the pod drives are mounted in a solid fiberglass collar.

The company said the boat achieves top speeds of 40 knots and has cruising speeds in the low 30s.

The deck is molded FRP construction. Finishes are owner-driven, with options such as varnished teak veneers or white gelcoat. The pilothouse includes a settee/engine hatch amidships with an L-shaped settee to port.

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