At the An­tique & Clas­sic

Soundings - - Contents - —Pim Van Hem­men

Boat Show in Salem, Mass­a­chu­setts, award­win­ning de­signs are thought­ful­lly main­tained by dot­ing own­ers.

There’s a lot to see at a clas­sic boat show, but the real fun is in talk­ing to the own­ers. At this year’s An­tique & Clas­sic Boat Fes­ti­val in Salem, Mass­a­chu­setts, own­ers of three award-win­ning craft shared sto­ries of how they found their di­a­monds in the rough and got them to shine.

Mark Grady of Brain­tree, Mass­a­chu­setts, al­ready owned a clas­sic wooden boat— a 35-foot 1951 Vinny Ca­vanaugh Downeast­style cruiser—but he wanted a trawler. A good friend owned a Penbo and Grady liked the lines, so when he found a 1965 model on­line, he and his daugh­ter drove to Long Is­land, New York, to check it out. He bought the 37-foot wooden sar­dine car­rier from its 95- year- old owner in May 2017. Grady spent the next month paint­ing the in­te­rior while the boat was docked in Fall River, Mass­a­chu­setts. Af­ter en­joy­ing the boat for the sum­mer, he took it to Mys­tic, Con­necti­cut, where he spent the win­ter strip­ping the deck and wheel­house, sand­ing the ex­te­rior teak, build­ing new hatches for the for­ward cabin and en­gine, paint­ing the for­ward part of the in­te­rior and up­dat­ing the gal­ley. In May 2018, he took the boat back to Fall River, where he pulled her out of the wa­ter, re­moved all the bronze trim (in­clud­ing 500 screws), stripped the hull and re­painted her black and gray. The Penbo, named Mary Cur­tis af­ter Grady’s mother, made the judges in Salem drool. They unan­i­mously named it best power­boat at the fes­ti­val.

Ted Chisholm of Med­ford, Mass­a­chu­setts, found his gem two years ago in a barn where it had been sit­ting un­touched for 40 years. The 14-foot 1952 Wage­maker Wolver­ine run­about sat on a trailer that had been jacked up to take the load off its tires. The boat was cov­ered in rat waste and the 1957 Ev­in­rude out­board had a ro­dent’s nest in­side. Re­mark­ably, the ro­dents had not eaten any of the rub­ber gas­kets or sup­ply lines. The en­gine turned over, so Chisholm sent it to a me­chanic

to be ser­viced. Chisholm stripped the boat, re­fin­ished her in­side and out, and put her back to­gether. The orig­i­nal fac­tory paint on the en­gine was still in­tact, and ex­cept for one piece of hard­ware that had to be re­fin­ished, all of the chrome on the boat cleaned up like new.

Other than the seat­backs, which had rot­ted and had to be re­placed, ev­ery­thing on the boat is orig­i­nal, in­clud­ing the tires on that jacked- up trailer. At the fes­ti­val, Chisholm was re­warded for his ef­forts with an hon­or­able men­tion in the power­boat cat­e­gory.

Ryan Flynn of Rock­port, Mass­a­chu­setts, found his pride and joy, Kanin, at an es­tate sale. When he saw the tra­di­tional wooden Nor­we­gian- built, 17- foot, 5- inch Bin­del Faer­ing Nord­land, which re­sem­bles a small Vik­ing ship, he drove to the near­est ATM and bought it on the spot. Although Flynn has not been able to con­firm it, lore says one of the Rock­e­fellers bought the boat dur­ing a Eu­ro­pean va­ca­tion and had it shipped back to the United States.

Ev­ery year, Flynn makes im­prove­ments to the boat, which was built some­time in the 1960s and in­cludes wood carv­ings. This year, Flynn walked away from the show with an hon­or­able men­tion from the judges at the fes­ti­val. Next year, he plans to put in a sturdy cup holder so his cof­fee won’t fall over dur­ing morn­ing sails. When it comes to mak­ing an im­pres­sion at a clas­sic boat show, clearly, it’s the at­ten­tion to de­tail that mat­ters.

This 1952 Wage­maker Wolver­ine spent 40 years in a barn.

Mark Grady’s 1965 Penbo trawler, Mary Cur­tis, won the Best Power­boat award.

Ryan Flynn takes his Bin­del Faer­ing Nord­land out for a morn­ing sail.

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