MY BOAT, MY LIFE

Anglers Journal - - CONTENTS - By David Wil­son

This long­time de­signer never owned his own boat un­til he and his fa­ther pur­chased a Jupiter 26 FS, which has brought to­gether three gen­er­a­tions of an­glers. By DAVID WIL­SON

I’ve been a de­signer with Vik­ing for 27 years and have cap­tained five com­pany demo boats. I’ve also fished in big-game tour­na­ments up and down the East Coast, but I never had my own boat un­til I bought a new Jupiter 26 FS three years ago with my fa­ther, Bruce.

Dad is Vik­ing’s se­nior de­signer and has been with the com­pany for more than 50 years. When I was a kid, we al­ways had boats. We started out with a 20-foot Robalo cen­ter con­sole, then a 21-foot Pur­suit cuddy and a 13-foot Bos­ton Whaler. I caught sharks 50 miles off­shore be­fore I turned 14 and boated lots of blue­fish, stripers, floun­der and weak­fish. I used the Whaler to go crab­bing and fish­ing in the bays and rivers from Ocean City to Cape May. I could make six gal­lons of gas last all day. I even pro­posed to my wife on that Whaler!

I was a lucky kid. And Dad and I wanted my 7-year-old son Brody and 8-year-old daugh­ter Keely to have the same ex­pe­ri­ences I had grow­ing up boat­ing and fish­ing in south Jer­sey. Be­ing de­sign­ers didn’t make buy­ing a boat any eas­ier. We’re par­tic­u­lar, and we knew that no sin­gle boat would sat­isfy us com­pletely. The Jupiter came clos­est. It’s safe and well-built, and the deep-vee hull gives us a com­fort­able, dry ride. The boat has twin 200-horse Yamaha 4-strokes. We run off­shore or fish the bays and rivers. In the spring, fall and early win­ter we go for stripers; in the sum­mer, it’s floun­der. Dad, Brody and I have even fished in a few fam­ily tour­na­ments. Brody has won the same floun­der derby in his age group two sum­mers in a row. Great mem­o­ries. A lot of fun. This boat has brought three gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily to­gether on the wa­ter. For my fa­ther, my son and me, this truly is a story of “our boat, our life.”

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