My friend Ryan was dealt an incredible blow this week. His iconic boat, The Instigator, ripped from its mooring during the April 17 storm in 50-60 mile winds and "was chewed to death on granite teeth" up on the rocks.
The boat is a total loss. According to Ryan, "No boat that has gone onto those jagged pieces of granite has ever floated again."
This is nor ordinary fishing vessel. It represents his brand "Maine Buggin" and is the face of the Midcoast Lobster Races. True to his optimistic nature, however, he is not upset--and is already in talks with procuring another vessel in North Carolina.
"I'm going to make a positive out of a negative," he said. "That's all you can do."
As per custom, any boat he purchases can never be renamed "Instigator"--it's bad luck.
Story originally reported by Lynda Clancy, Village Soup.
Columns about the sub-culture of lobstering that K. Stephens has collaborated on with Maine lobstermen and guest bloggers.