FLAT SIDES ARE OUTRAGEOUS!
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!