Preview: The Three Boats I Lust After (and Why)

January 5, 2012

Avatar Bill Thomas

When I find myself at leisure to enjoy what I call “recreational thinking” I often contemplate boats. I toy with different designs and imagine how they might fit into and enrich my life. Now my mind can, and does, drift off in any of a thousand different directions but this boat thinking is as good a diversion as any.  One boat that often slides into the ecectic mix that rolls around in my head is L. Francis Herreshoff’s ketch rigged motorsailer Walrus. This is a big, heavy 50’ boat with a displacement of over 26 tons. She’d take you anywhere in a rugged no-nonsense fashion and be comfortable in most any sea and snug in any anchorage.  But I’m not going to dwell on Walrus, at least not for this exercise.  I take ‘lust’ pretty seriously, at least where boats are concerned and part of lust is, if we’re lucky, the possibility of fulfillment. I’ll likely never own a boat like Walrus nor would such a big boat fit my life style—or budget.

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