Boat Building on the Cape
For me, building a boat is a lot like raising a child. You do the best job you can with the tools you have, and if you work diligently, everything works out. We jut out in the North Atlantic Ocean about 30 miles. So, boats played a big role in everything that people have done here on Cape Cod throughout history. So it’s been important to us economically and it’s also a source of pride. We, all of us, whether we’re directly involved, as I am in the boat business or not, are on this unusual, even unique place with some unusual skills and craftsman, which is something you can’t say in other parts of the country. One of the great things about boat building.
Is that we’re able to draw upon proven designs and proven techniques from our own boating experiences and incorporate that into the boats that we’re building today. Our boats are special, they’re unique, they’re handcrafted. And they have a soul. They’re built by our team, our crew with extreme care and a lot of love. The end result is, of course, to satisfy the client. Fortunately, for I think anybody who is in the business of naval architecture there is a tremendous amount of satisfaction for one’s self if the boat looks good, goes fast and gets the owner the places he always dreamed of going.
My wife always kids me. To me, the best perfume would be something that smelled like sanded old varnish. There are smells, tarred marline, sanded varnish, the smell of fresh paint when you walk into the shop after something has been painted. The cedar dust in the air, the smell of mahogany, the black stain that comes on your hand from working with honduras mahogany. It’s all, you know, the Zen of it. Because Cape Cod has this long tradition of boat building, we really retain those skills and traditions. And if you come to the Cape and you visit places like the museum and local boat builders, who will welcome you into their.
Shop to see what they are working on, you’ll find that there’s just a broad array of people who are committed to these traditions and building these boats and I think you’ll catch so of that excitement too.