I of course started with glass but found very little of interest in something that would fit first time boat owners (they just bought a house on the harbor, with a dock). I was looking for an open motorboat that could carry grandparents to grandchildren to various nearby islands and coastlines. Safe, seakindly, solid, basic.
The future operator (the middle generation of the family), 40 something, eyed an old Chris Craft ad. "What about this?"
Oh no,... I realized, he had the 'eye' for classic boats.
The CC wasn't suited for the open waters of our bay (plus original engine, rot, etc) so I suggested this: A 24' 1961 Brownell Bass Boat.
I know enough about wooden boats to know what I don't know. This one has had a major rebuild by a reputable yard and is now undergoing a repower.
I first checked with the broker (right here in my harbor). 'If we bought this boat, do you have the space to store and fully care for it?' They did. Done.
She's not a high-maintenance boat anyway. I wanted to be sure their mechanics would be servicing the engine, always on the lookout for the slightest problem (it's a gas engine so it'll see no 'diy' work which can make gasoline more dangerous).
Nice mobo, even I approve.
I'll deliver with the owner and we'll both get a crash course in mobo operation.
The delivery is a 3 hour tour,...we're taking my wife Mary Ann. What could go wrong?
nice boat. my brother's middle name is brownell, mine's winthrop. named after some relative john winthrop who showed up in 1635. mom's family goes back to the mayflower. that guy's best friend was john alden on the mayflower. i own a john alden sailboat.
..... there is a yankee theme going on. prolly a brownell connection somewhere
john paul jones called the winthrops the biggest social snobs on the eastern seaboard. he had no use for them. i'm a fan of john paul.
FLEKKERØY, a Norwegian pilot cutter built in 1936, crossed the North Atlantic, via Iceland and Greenland, during the summer of 2015. She arrived in Maine in late December that year and continued to cruise right through the winter.
This shot from above, gives design hints why she would be a good boat in a big sea. Small cockpit, lots of desk space, small companion way. Canoe shaped hull. But a lot of wood to varnish.