Jack Stevens had kept an eye on the boat for years; it was a little Chris-Craft day boat that belonged to the general manager of the golf course where he once worked. In fact, he’d offered his advice and skills in restoring the classic wooden boat. “I had the pleasure of using the vessel while he owned it,” says Stevens, 47, a sales manager from Old Saybrook, Connecticut. He also had the chance to buy it once or twice, but the timing was never quite right — until a few years ago.
Bob Potter kicks around the same waters he did when he was a youngster, but, of course, the boats have changed. “I grew up with boats,” says the 59-year-old artisan from Chester, Connecticut. “My father built a boat in the basement. My grandfather had a powerboat, and we would go cruising or fishing, either on the [Connecticut] River or out on [Long Island] Sound. I was always interested in boats.”
Boat buyers usually purchase with a particular vision in mind — cruising, fishing, living aboard. How much fun they have depends on how well the boat fulfills that vision.
For Steve and Mary Windom, life on Alabama’s Lake Martin revolves around boating.
Skip Stamberger fondly remembers growing up along the Jersey shore, boating with his parents, brother and sister aboard a 1957 Owens cruiser. A series of locally built Pacemakers followed as the family grew. “We cruised to Lake Champlain,” the 67-year-old former sales executive says. “I saw the SS United States and the Statue of Liberty from our boat.”
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