We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A classic commercial design for many years. The open cockpit with enclosed forward pilot house makes for a very comfortable fishing and day cruise experience. Steiger makes a great boat as does Parker with similar styling.
My father bought his first boat when I was five years old so I grew up around them. Friday afternoons between April and September were a scramble to get on the road, hit the grocery and liquor stores and be at "the boat" before rush hour. By the time I was ten I could refinish mahogany like a pro (my father had VERY high standards when it came to woodwork). He'd buy a boat that needed work, spend a couple of years working on it in between enjoying it, sell it and buy another, a little bigger and a little newer.
We went to places up and down Chesapeake Bay, a big highlight being a cruise to Cap May, NJ. After he retired he finally got to do what he'd been dreaming of for years: take a boat through the inland waterway to Florida.
Alas, I cannot afford boats but every year come warmish weather I start to miss him (more than usual) and the boats. Usually I find a local marina and walk the piers looking for ghosts.
I owned an '89 Steiger 25' Block Island with Volvo v-8 i/o for 5 years. Incredible boat! Built right here in on Long Island (Bellport). Rated 'utility'. All beamy cockpit for fishing/diving..get up and go with big s/s trim tabs. As much as I loved it was happy to see it go with gas prices at the dock what they were (can't tow it- too big). Now I've got a 16' Amesbury (SturDee) dory with 25 Yamaha 4 stroke. Easy in/easy out and fish all day on half tank. Simple works better the older one gets methinks.