The chowder is just one of the draws on Lucien and Simon LeBlanc’s new venture, which sails past several of the Tusket Islands on the way to Big Tusket Island where the chowder awaits.
Simon, who also performs on the Nova Star ferry, sings and plays guitar on the way back to port at the Wedgeport Breakwater wharf.
On this excursion, the tour is catering to passengers from Denmark, Austria and Germany, in addition to those from Yarmouth County.
Lucien estimates business has been pretty well evenly divided between tourists and locals. One thing for sure, the reception has been astounding.
“We’re definitely here to stay,” he says.
“We’ve had an immensely successful summer. We really didn’t anticipate being this busy.”
Plans are underway to have a new boat built for next year, one that will be used for both lobster fishing and as a tour boat.
Lucien provides nimble patter during the five-hour outing, rich with fascinating lore about the islands. It is said there are 365 all told, one for every day of the year.
The brothers – Lucien and Simon – are descended from generations of seamen and have been sailing the tricky passages between the islands for decades.
Back in the days before powered fishing boats, lobster fishermen had to row dories from trap to trap.
“Oldtimers tell us we are half the fishermen they were, and they’re probably right,” says Lucien.
Because of the Tusket Islands’ proximity to the rich lobster fishing grounds, these sparsely…
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