THOSE GM 653 DIESELS

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In the early 1970s, I used to wait at the end of the dock at Hull Har­bor Ma­rina (now Har­bor One Ma­rina) for Grumpa to re­turn from a day of in­shore fish­ing. Tommy Wadsworth was her cap­tain, and Peter Fill was the mate. Grumpa [now named Sea Sprite, see “My Boat, My Life,” Win­ter 2018] was one of two boats that char­tered out of Hull Har­bor, and Wadsworth was one of the finest in­shore captains on Long Is­land Sound.

I be­lieve this was the first diesel boat Hat­teras built (GM 653s) and the only one with the ex­hausts piped down the cen­ter­line. Wadsworth had no radar, just a depth finder and a com­pass. The boat sailed ev­ery day, in any weather. Wadsworth later ran tugs with Buchanan Ma­rine un­til he re­tired.

Fill ran the boat for a while be­fore cur­rent owner Capt. Pete Wheeler bought it. It would be in­ter­est­ing to learn how many hours that hull has on her and how many times those en­gines have been re­built. I keep my boat at Har­bor One in the same slip Grumpa oc­cu­pied, and I of­ten hear those 653s as she passes through the thor­ough­fare to Say­brook Point Ma­rina. Brings back great mem­o­ries.

Ron Mi­lardo Lyme, Con­necti­cut

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