Preview: Learning from Experience; My Biggest Disaster and What it Taught Me.

July 16, 2012

Walt Ansel

My friend John Philips and I decided to build a small inshore fishing boat in the early 1980’s. We wanted a low tech, low fuel consumption sea boat for rod-and-reeling blues and bass, and fish potting. The range would be within ten miles of home, mostly around Fishers Island, in Ne York waters across the Sound from where we lived in Mystic. At first we made some halfhearted attempts to model a dory skiff with hard chines powered by an outboard. (We should have stuck with this plan.) Enter our boss, an old Ledyard farmer who said “No boys, what you want is a diesel engine, not one of them unreliable outboards.” (“Diesel” pronounced deeesel.)

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