Elizabeth Grace lobster boat engine is a catch

Just completed in September 2015, Jay Clough’s new lobster boat, Elizabeth Grace, is performing perfectly.
Elizabeth Grace lobster boat engine is a catch
Jay Clough

Powered by a D13 700-horsepower Volvo Penta engine, supplied and serviced by Billings Diesel, the boat now has about 180 hours on its engine.

When he ordered his new 38 Calvin from Maine’s SW Boatworks, Clough from Stonington, Maine, only considered Volvo Penta engines. “I had a Volvo in my last boat,” says Clough. “It had 20,000 hours and was still running strong—a great engine.”

Though he hasn’t put a lot of hours on the new engine, he comments that the vessel is running beautifully, good on fuel consumption, and quiet. Clough and his two crewmen are on the water about 2,000 hours per year.

“It’s incredible how smooth and quiet this engine is,” says Clough. “You hardly know it’s running when you’re idling; and there’s no vibration at all when you’re steaming.” Clough typically runs his D13 at an easy 17-knot cruise, burning between 17 and 18 gallons an hour. “It’s a comfortable speed and the D13’s hardly working at all.”

At the time of purchase, Clough was pleased with the engine warranty offered by Volvo Penta and comments that this was a deciding factor. “Volvo Penta’s offer beat everyone else.”