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For what its worth.....
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posted 05-31-2001 09:46 AM ET (US)
I just passed the 40 year milestone and I have this overwhelming urge to talk like a old-timer so here are some Whaler related thoughts.
When I was a kid the family would pack up the Ford station wagon (with the faux wood sides of course) and head to Cape Cod for the summer. Our trip to the Cape would take us down Route 3 in Rockland where we would drive past the old Boston Whaler factory which was just off the highway. The building was somewhat of a landmark because of its green color. I don't remember what year they tore the building down but the site is now a Home Depot. I guess that's progress.
posted 05-31-2001 10:26 AM ET (US)
I went to a dealer meeting there about 20 years ago. I have been at dealer meetings in several different boat factories but none of them stick in my mind like the Rockland plant.
posted 05-31-2001 11:08 AM ET (US)
I used to spend my summers on the Cape growing up. I remember driving by the Whaler plant many times when heading up Rt. 3 on the occaision trip back to the "mainland". Seems I was always daydreaming about a Whaler of my own.....
|Tom W Clark||
posted 05-31-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)
This reminds me of a story told to me by a buddy of mine here in Seattle named John who went to school back East and worked in Providence, R.I. after graduation and so has many friends back there. Some years ago one of these friends got married and the wedding was somewhere in the Boston area.
He was riding with three other wedding guests when they drove past the Rockland plant. Being a Whaler aficionado (and owner), John made the driver slam on the brakes and pull into the parking lot for a closer look. John then decided he wanted a tour of the plant but it was about 4:00 PM on a Friday afternoon. Most of the work force was leaving the plant after a hard days work.
Undeterred, and fortified by a few celebratory beers, John cornered some security guard and asked about a tour. He was told no tours were available, and to come back some other time. John explained how he was from Seattle and just passing through and how he owned a boat that was made at this very plant, ect. Well, the poor security guard finally relented and gave John a personal, albeit short, tour of the plant. John was delighted and I suppose the guard was all too familiar with the tenacity and devotion of the typical Whaler owner.
posted 05-31-2001 06:55 PM ET (US)
I wish they were still made there, I would love to tour that plant and feel the aura of Dick Fisher, Bob Daugherty, etc. It is a shame they moved to Florida, as I wouldn`t go to that one. Dick, you are a very lucky man to have been privileged enough to visit such a hallowed and revered place such as the Rockland plant. I guess I will have to do(with honor and priveledge) with my own special peice of that place in my 73` 16 Currituck! Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 05-31-2001 07:41 PM ET (US)
I shop at that home depot probably once a week and often hear foks talk about the old site. I know the whaler I own was made in that factory. Built in 69 and sold and a 70.
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