After killing a few spiders in our antiquated motel, we managed to get enough sleep to make our trek to the show. Kudos to the show coordinators who made the shuttle service from Easton Beach parking to the show a quick ride. Once in town along America's Cup Avenue, we were able to sour through all the tents and boats several times.
Here are a few highlights of the adventure: Shutterfly Pics of the Newport Boat Show 2013
We wanted to walk the top yachts and see how those folks lived aboard as well as look at the quality workmanship of makers like Tartan, Swan and Morris.
We also tripped down-town off the beaten track to find the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) which is also a participant in the Veterans Post 911 GI Bill program. For any sleuthing readers in the services who might be wondering of a career in boat refinishing or building. 1st Mate told me to apply. I don't think so! I examined some of the for sale products in the parking lot here. One Herreshoff motor launch was priced at $92k...makes you think a bit.
However, there is a boat for everyone. And I was quite interested in designs like the Cape Dory, since, it was designed and built not far away from this location in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, for many years. And, relative designs could be seen again and again poking out of garages and standing in yards all over town.
Here are a few of those that we saw during a brief walk around town.
|Looks like this 40' hull is facing some serious renovation.|
What struck me about these various yards and the wooden hulls that were everywhere around town, was that they were all wooden hulls. This wasn't a location for fiberglass repair!
We wandered and looked, peeked around corners and into open work areas, it was Sunday morning, so there wasn't a soul around!
After successfully examining these old hulks we made our way out of the past and back to the present world of luxury yachts. However, as I'm looking and thinking, I'm realizing that the Cape Dory is part of this lineage of older yachts, even though she's in the plastic regime. She retains the swept curves of the classic designs and the teak and bronze appointments of another era.
I'm not sure I could handle the intensive requirements of a wooden hull. They are part of another era that these few restoration experts strive to keep alive for another generation of admirers.
The Cape Dory is a step away from the wooden hulls making the transition to the modern world of plastics but maintaining the classic designs and sailing capability of that earlier epoch. We made our way back to the show where we were able to walk the decks on a variety of vessels giving us lots of comparisons and impressions from a town which is well known for rich history of Maritime experience.
We were not let down. Lots of great vessels, both articulate wooden vessels and the very extreme of elegance. In the next post a few glimpses of the many vessels...