The 40ft yacht features a lobster boat appearance above the chine, but the hull below turns a corner and boasts an 18-degree dead-rise. She is under cosntruction and due for launch in autumn 2016.

Williams 38

New Williams 38 under construction

Maine-based boatbuilder John Williams Boat company is currently building a new 40-footer model pencilled by Zurn Yacht Design. The yacht is due for launch in autumn 2016.

The 12.2m vessel features a lobster boat appearance above the chine, but the hull below turns a corner and boasts an 18-degree dead-rise.

Hull is made of a vinyl-ester resin, stitched e-glass, and Corecell cored construction, providing a higher strength and more water resistant hull than conventional solid polyester, woven roving construction.

The deck is moulded of fibre-reinforced plastic with optional finishes including varnished teak veneers or simply white gelcoat.

Propulsion is provided by twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels. With this power plant, all exhaust exits underwater. Engines are soft mounted, and the pod drives are mounted in a solid fibreglass collar.

The yacht has been designed to achieve top speeds of 40 knots with cruising speeds in the low 30’s while burning an estimated 28gph (106lph) with a 300-plus mile range.

The Pilothouse includes a large settee/engine hatch amidships with L-shape settee to port and the helm station is set forward to starboard, and movable teak benches finish out the aft cockpit. Interiors can be customized however the yacht has been designed with an open concept layout.

John Williams Boat Company is headquartered in mid-coast on Somes Sound on the island of Mount Desert, Maine. John Williams founded and built his business providing the commercial fisherman of Downeast Maine with safe and seaworthy craft on which to work 12-hour a day fishing the rich coastal waterways.

Over the last dozen years or so, he has moved the focus of his business into the pleasure boat market.

Jock and yacht designer Doug Zurn first met 25 years ago on a delivery from City Island, New York, to his boatyard aboard the Philip Rhodes-designed Caper.

The new William 38 is the first Zurn-designed boat to be built by John Williams Boat Company.