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.”
There can be a certain trajectory to boat ownership. You start out small, work your way up to ever larger boats and then reach a point where smaller might be better. You start thinking about a handy boat that’s easier to run, one that doesn’t require the maintenance and care of a big boat. It should be good for a sunset cruise or cocktails at the dock, perhaps a fishing trip or a weekend getaway. And, of course, it has to look good.
Publishing experts always tell authors, “Write what you know.” And that’s just what Kevin Saulnier did.
Tim Plouff and his wife, Kathy, had spent 30 years kayaking the Maine coast, exploring the pine-clad islands and rocky coves of the Island Trail and Coast Heritage Trust. It was good, simple fun, but their trips were limited by how far they could paddle in a day.
Is there a gene for boating? Perhaps that would explain why in some families boating is a passion that spans generations, passed down from one to the next.
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