Wooden Boat of the Week
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Posted on October 29, 2012 by Carl Cramer:
Yet another reason for me to play the lottery…
I visited Rockport Marine the other day. They had just begun work on this new Friendship 36, designed by Ted Fontaine and his crew at the Fontaine Design Group.
Quite a transition for Rockport Marine, who had just spent three years restoring ADVENTURESS (see my entry of a couple of months ago). As John England, project manager, said “Imagine: We’ll be launching her in nine months.”
You can’t really tell from the rendering, but her lines are fabulous. I was able to see the construction details.
– He likely doesn’t remember this, but I worked with Ted Fontaine back in… 1979 or so, at Ted Hood’s Little Harbor design office in Marblehead, MA. I lasted all of three days… and decided to continue my rigging career [euphemism for "yard crew"] at Wayfarer Marine in Camden, ME.
So, here’s my point and question to you: If you’re a boatyard, of course you’d jump at the chance to restore ADVENTURESS — a once-in-a-lifetime project. But that ties up all (or almost all) your staff and attention for three years. As a business proposition, maybe it’s better to build a gaggle of 36-footers over that same time-frame?
So — I love the Friendship 36, and can’t wait to follow her progress at Rockport Marine.
Posted in My Wooden Boat of October 2012 | Tagged Fife, Fontaine Design Group, Friendship class, Rockport Marine, wood boat | 1 Comment