Meet ‘Sadie’s Sunrise,’ Digby’s newest lobster boat

Published on March 14, 2017

Matt Theriault, right, stands stop his new boat Sadie’s Sunrise, named for his daughter Sadie. The hull of the boat was ordered in Apr. 2016, and constructed started in May at Larche Industrial Marine in Digby.

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DIGBY, NS - A new lobster boat was launched in Digby Mar. 14, but was roped back in for some last minute installs.

Matt Theriault and his wife Sarah are the owners of the new boat, which is named Sadie’s Sunrise for their daughter, Sadie. Theriault ended up adding a name after the announcement didn’t go over so well at home.

“My son got a little angry, so I added his name here,” he says, pointing to the edge of the standing shelter, where “… and Cap’n Cooper” is written for his son Cooper.

Construction began on the boat May 3, 2016 at Larche Industrial Marine in Digby after the hull was ordered in April. Since New Years, Theriault says everyone at Larche has been working to get the boat completed. Her new launch date has tentatively been set for Apr. 1.

The Theriault’s son, Cooper, got a little angsty when he heard the boat’s name, so Matt added “…and Cap’n Cooper” on the edge of the standing shelter.

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Sadie's Sunrise will be docked in Digby.
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His company Trial and Error Fisheries Ltd. is a true family affair. He fishes with dad Harold Theriault, and brothers Craig Theriault and Jody Smith. Another of his family members also helped on the boat’s construction.

“A lot of fishermen can’t work together, but my brothers and I can,” says Theriault.

“It’s always a blast out there.”

The boat was out on the water for about an hour, but was roped back in for the engine and electrical gear installs, to be completed over the next two weeks. Theriault hopes for a new launch date of Apr. 1.

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Theriault is keeping his boat simple and efficient, with no extra features. He says this is how he likes his boats best.

Building and buying a new boat is no easy affair. Theriault says new boats normally cost around $600,000, but last for at least 25 years.

He says he can’t wait to get Sadie’s Sunrise out on the water, and out fishing. He says the government’s recent funding and creation of the new international Nova Scotia Seafood brand definitely shows the industry is thriving.

“Lobster is down this year, but prices are up, so it should stay balanced,” says Theriault.