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GAwhale posted 10-17-2001 08:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
I grew up in Topsfield, MA. When you drove along Route 97, there was a fellow building a huge cement sailboat beside his house. I must have seen this monster hundreds of times. Years later we would see the boat pulling on her mooring in the harbor in Beverly, MA. I must be honest, "Not an attractive boat". He must have had an 18 wheeler transport her.

I never actually talked to the owner. The boat was nicknamed 'The Hulk' (remember the TV show). Rumor was, the guy wanted to make the boat twice as strong, and made the cement twice as thick. The boat was top heavy. In a small wake where other boats would barley move, 'The Hulk' would bob like a cork in the water.

Everyday when I drive to work today, I pass what looks like was once a beautifull cabin cruiser. She is about 25 feet long and has "OWENS" stamped on the side. She sits on a trailer in a driveway covered with pine needles. The port side which I view on my way to work (afternoon shift - so I always get a good look) has a big section rotted out. She looks beyond repair. I wonder if the guy dreams or dreamed about fixing her back to her full glory.


TampaTom posted 10-17-2001 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for TampaTom  Send Email to TampaTom     
This is a little of the forum subject matter, but the greatest boat dream is in a back yard a few miles from me.

I'm in the shipping business. In the yard of a poor neiborhood in Port Tampa is a old steel sailing sloop used in the shipping trade about a 100 years ago. I check on the progress about every 6 months. There is no way this guy will ever get it finished but he continues to work on it. It is massive and takes up his entire property. I don't know if you ever saw the movie "Rudy" (Notre Dame football story). This is beyond that. I'll try to post a picture.

Ray posted 10-18-2001 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Way back in '76 I would dream of Whalers and sit in the 21 Outrages every time we went to Stewart FL on vacation and visited the Whaler dealer. In the meantime I would fish Lake MI salmon in my 15 center console Chrysler at great danger to life and limb. One day while driving through Benton Harbor to the launch ramp my friend and I noticed a 21 Outrage for sale on a used car lot. We agreed to go fishing and stop later and take a look. On the way back in the pm we stopped and found that it had come from the car auction and had belonged to a dealer in Chicago. It was orginally from Hedlund Marine. They had lost the keys in the auction and told me they would call me when the keys arrived if none of the other guys on the list wanted to but it. I looked at the list and my name would have been #32. I said forget it. I walked across the street to the main showroom and asked for the owner. My friend offered me $2000 for my boat on the spot and I offered Mr. Roti $5000 for the Whaler. I walked out 15 minutes later with a bill of sale. Now how to tell my wife????? Anyway my dream had come true in an amazing way and she was mine for the next 23 years. I sold her to ST. Mary's college, St. Mary's Maryland in '99. She was trailered to their bird research station in upstate NY to do bird counts. If anybody sees a 21 Outrage with "SHAMU" on the sides say hi to her... Miss her.
JFM posted 10-18-2001 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I still have a dream of getting my 1969 Chris Craft AquaHome back in the water. The boat was my father-in-laws. He owned a local boat yard. He bought the boat from an insurance company for salvage in 1971. The boat struck a concrete pier and sank in 10' of water in the Ohio river. He raised the boat from the river and started to see if it was worth fixing or scaping. The boat has twin 318's, an Onan 6.5 gen., central air, flying bridge along with about every option CC offered. The first thing done was to check the engines. He pickled the with Rislone and all 3 started. He then fixed the fiberglass damage. Next, he put all new interior and kept going. When he was finished the boat was like new. He gave me that boat in 1983 when I married his daughter. We used it quite a bit on the river. However, I had a conflict of interest because I owned a Chris Craft 38' Roamer at the same time that had my sweat equity in it. So we pulled the Aquahome after we couldn't justify 2 big boats on the river at the same time even with my father-in-laws support. By then he had quit the boat business and turned his efforts to his machine shop and wood working business. I have finally sold the Roamer. So I have a dream of getting the Aquahome back in the water, but not the Ohio river. I would like to put the boat in Lake Cumberland some day when I have the time. What a rambling story. The End. Jay
GAwhale posted 10-18-2001 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I had a physics teacher in High School who was WACKO. I am convinced that there is a fine line between being crazy or genius. The guy had a degree from Cornell University, so I have to give credit where credit is due.

Two years before he was my teacher (and before he had kids), he took a leave of absense ,sold his house, and bought a sailboat. He and his wife literally sailed around the world. It's not til I got older that I trully appreciated his accomplishment.

dominicf posted 10-19-2001 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for dominicf  Send Email to dominicf     
hey jay remeber me dominic franco. i painted your roamer about 20 years ago. i have been looking at these pages for a long time but did not no how to talk back. my grand daughter showed me how today. she also bought me this computer abut a year ago. i still live in newport. i found out about this from ralph in florida he had a whaler for a long time. i can not belive you sold that boat it was the nicest on the river. if you can rite me back that would be nice i just turned 76. dominic
JFM posted 10-22-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Dominic, how could anyone forget you. It's good to hear from you. I'll send you an email. Regards, Jay

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