Soundings - - Mail Boat - Bill Ger­aghty Shel­ter Is­land, NY

June’s Clas­sics “cen­ter­fold” took me back to an­other era — my child­hood! My fa­ther was one of the first Bos­ton Whaler deal­ers on Long Is­land. I worked at his mari­nas from an early age and had the op­por­tu­nity to try ev­ery model that Whaler pro­duced dur­ing the ‘60s and ‘70s. We have had a 1972 21foot Out­rage in the fam­ily since it was new. What is un­usual is that it has flat, rather than ribbed, sides. Steve Knauth’s notes, which ac­com­pa­nied Jim Ewing’s great ren­der­ing, sent me on a search to de­ter­mine whether my ‘ 72 was ac­tu­ally a ‘ 73. Ul­ti­mately the an­swer came from none other than Chuck Ben­nett, the Bos­ton Whaler archivist who so many have turned to for an­swers about their beloved Whalers. He con­firmed, based on hand­writ­ten ship­ping records, that my boat was built in Nor­well, Mas­sachusetts, and was shipped to Ger­aghty’s Marine in Bayville, New York, on June 9, 1972. Chuck added that a hand­writ­ten note said “NEW,” which he be­lieves in­di­cated the new flat sides.

My dad turned 90 last Novem­ber and I think he still re­grets sell­ing the boat to me over 20 years ago!

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