Name: Benito
Boat Owner: Will and Sally Baillieu
Designer: Peter Kass
Builder: Peter Kass – Johns Bay Boat Company

Benito is Hull N0. 62, built to order by Pete Kass of Johns Bay Boat Company, South Bristol Maine USA, for Will and Sally Baillieu of Cape Schanck Victoria. Local Maine Cedar was milled on site for the planking, and a White Oak log was brought from upstate for the backbone. Fastened with silicon bronze screws. The wheelhouse joinery and furniture is varnished African Sipo (Red Mahogany), and there is accommodation for six. Fridge, freezer, water maker and Maine style pot hauler with side davit. 6KVA Mase Genset. 240V, 24V and 12V systems. Instruments are SIMRAD Fully equipped with hot water, hydronic heating as well as a slow combustion wood stove below, separate shower and head. There is gas and electric cooking in the stainless steel galley. Benito’s wheelhouse was built longer for the purpose of cruising. Traditional down east Lobster Boats have a long and rich history, fishing the North Atlantic coast of America. The lobster men fit their boats out with great pride, for comfortable cruising with family when not engaged commercially. The boats often work in treacherous conditions including sea ice. Lobster Boats this size typically have 700-1000 HP motors, and every year there are Lobster Boat races held in various lobster ports along the NE coast of US. Benito was taken some 600 miles under its own power from South Bristol, Maine to Baltimore, Maryland, for shipment direct to Melbourne, Australia via Wilenius Whilemsen RoRo ship. The Baltimore trip was undertaken during a gap between Hurricanes Phillipe and Rina. Benito now resides at the southern end of Port Phillip, Victoria, and is used for fishing and family cruising around Bass Strait and Tasmania. Benito was featured in an article and o front cover of Wooden Boat Magazine No. 227 July/August 2012.

LOD feet: 44
Hull Timber: Maine Cedar
Type of Boat: Cruising Lobster Boat
State: Victoria
Built: 2011
Location: VDLL