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.
Among various other business interests, my Gramps had the Elco dealership for New England in the 30s. Although he was mainly a sailor, he loved all sorts of boats, and the dealership made it possible for him to have a new Elco every year. I still think of the Elco as the classic yacht. You can still buy them, if you want to can afford to mess with wooden hulls. The history of Elco here. (BTW, PT 109 was built by Elco.) He donated his last Elco to the war effort. It was shipped to Britain, and used at Dunkirk.
Here's a 1925 57' Flat Top Motor Yacht ($195,000):
Here's a 1938 34' Sedan Cruiser ($137,000):
A sight for sore eyes, especially considering the vulgar, non-nautical appearance of most modern motor yachts. You can look at other old Elcos for sale here.
We love these old boats. There was one confiscated by the Feds for drug running up in the Alaska passageway. She was anchored for months in Seattle. A true beauty, and well cared for. Never heard what happened to her.
You can still see some of the smaller ones around Flathead Lake in MT.
BD, you were one lucky fella. I think these Elco's are the liv'in end. I've spent many an hour gazing at the pages of Wooden Boats magazine or this screen looking at them.
If the wife would cooperate we'd own one but she is very parsimonious and considers the likes of an Elco, or ice in your water a a frivolous need.
Apple Pie..do you spend much time 'round Flathead Lake? Have you been to the Big Fork Art Festival? Been in sculptor Eric thosen's Gallery on Electric Avenue? He is a genius.
"A sight for sore eyes, especially considering the vulgar, non-nautical appearance of most modern motor yachts"
Man, is that EVER the truth. Something about that whole era's 'look' --i guess you'd call it 'art-deco' is about the highest style we've ever had. imho. The cars, the skyscrapers, the boats, everything.
Much more seaworthy too. I'm too busy (or lazy) to Google it, but part of this was the length to beam ratio, with older boats somewhat narrower in proportion to length than is common today. Also, many had after cabins, or at any rate did not have the equivalent of large patio doors in back of the cabin, making them much less prone to being swamped in heavy seas.
Hey, it is only money. That is why I am content to just look at the pictures.