Monson Boat Company

By Michael Stevens, Columbia Willamette Chapter She’s a Monson which was built in Seattle on Lake Union some time last century. I tried to research the origins of the company, Monson Boat Yard, Inc, owned by Marty Monson from the mid 30’s to 85′ when the company ceased to exist. The boatyard burned down sometime…

Life Aboard a Classic Boat

By Raymond Desrochers, ACBS Member Once you own a classic boat, life can never be the same— at least that is true for Captain Ray and First Mate Betty. Following our Garden Wedding in Moultonborough, NH in 1986, we had our boat hauled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for our Honeymoon cruise to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket,…

Another One Saved

By Bill and Bobbi Vogel, Sunnyland Chapter My wife and I are avid boaters. We spend time on the Florida waterways many times each week. Whether it is investigating backwater paths on local rivers, cruising on one of the many lakes or shelling on saltwater coves and islands, our fondest memories always seem to include…

1959 Chris Craft Ski Boat

By Don Brandt, ACBS Member Driving home from a weekend sail on Chesapeake Bay in fall of 1987, I spotted a wooden “runabout” and trailer for sale along the highway. Such boats were scarce in that area and it was my chance to own a “Woodie”. Impulsively, I plunked down my $3000 and trailered my…

True Blue

By Alan Hills, North Carolina Coastal & Piedmont Chapter I have owned many boats in my life, both power and sail, but have only owned one boat twice. That would be True Blue, a Carl Alberg designed 26’ Pearson Commander sloop built in 1967. The first round of ownership was a partnership with my friend…