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Pemaquid Marine Tour by Bristol Area Lions Club 05/17/2013

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Bristol Lion Deb Storch, right, thanks Pemaquid Marine owners Ted Derivan and Joan Fetsko for a recent tour of their facility in New Harbor. Photo by Herb Watson, E.H.

Bristol Lion Deb Storch, right, thanks Pemaquid Marine owners Ted Derivan and Joan Fetsko for a recent tour of their facility in New Harbor. Photo by Herb Watson, E.H.

In a recent tour of Pemaquid Marine in New Harbor, the Bristol Area Lions Club learned some of the many aspects of building and maintaining a seaworthy vessel. Current owners Joan Fetsko and Ted Derivan purchased the business three years ago after running a boatyard in Nova Scotia for several years.

Pemaquid Marine builds and maintains primarily fiberglass boats, especially the Banks Cove 22, for which they own the molds and which has been the staple of the yard’s new construction since 1996.

The Banks Cove 22 comes in three different models: a Downeast lobster boat cabin style, a center console style, and an open day boat style, and can be modified any number of ways to suit an individual buyer.

Fiberglass construction of the hull happens off-site, but all electric and engine work is done in the business’ New Harbor workshop. Other than decorative brightwork, there is no wood in the internal construction of Pemaquid Marine’s new boats. In addition to new construction, the yard also offers restoration, repair, maintenance, engine and other mechanical system work.

Joan Fetsko is the marketing guru of the business, setting up booths at the Maine Boatbuilders’ Show in Portland, the Maine Boats and Harbors show in Rockland and the Newport International Boat Show in Rhode Island. She is proud of the fact that Pemaquid Marine’s Facebook page has fans from all over the world. In fact the first Banks Cove 22 to go international came about only 2 years ago, when the company delivered a finished product  to the Bahamas.


Although a small business, Pemaquid Marine must follow the same governmental rules as large boatyards, including safety equipment for employees and proper disposal of hazardous waste from marine paint products. Right now the boatyard is extremely busy launching boats for summer use, followed by a flurry of activity hauling those same boats at the end of the season. Winters are spent decommissioning and repairing boats as well as building new vessels for customers.

Pemaquid Marine is a total custom builder, which sets them apart from other boat builders. This distinction is evident in the fact that most of Pemaquid Marine’s new clientele is made up of individuals in their 80s and 90s, many of whom require adaptations to be able to continue to enjoy the boating experience.

In the business meeting that followed the Pemaquid Marine tour, the Bristol Lions scholarship committee reported on applications for the Club’s four annual scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Also discussed was the current marketing plan for the Club’s Willing Workers Hall, a donation for a local resident’s upcoming eye surgery, and the recent success of the Club’s Speak Out contest winner in advancing to the State-level competition.

At the next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, on Monday, May 20, Maine State Senator Chris Johnson will address the group on current state legislative issues.  To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-6191.  To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact John Janell at 563-7402.



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