Versatility — it can be an important quality to consider when you’re perusing the classifieds or the Internet, searching for that used boat. Why not go for the express sportfisherman that can handle a gang of anglers on Saturday and the family on Sunday? Or a sailboat with both speed around the buoys and the comforts of a cruiser? Or a pocket trawler you can put on a trailer?
It’s funny how your perspective can change. Allen Jacobson and his wife, Lila Daut, were dyed-in-the-wool sailors — Lake Michigan multihull cruisers and racers with a resume full of weeknight and long-distance regattas in their Corsair and Farrier trimarans. The excitement of competition, the boat-handling and navigational skills it demanded — this was the fun of sailing.
As a boy in the late 1950s, Richard Allen used to ride his bicycle to school, going past a certain garage on County Street in his hometown of Seekonk, Mass. Inside were two men creating history. Clint and Everett Pearson were making dinghies out of a material called fiberglass, laying the groundwork for what would become the legendary Pearson Yachts. Clint Pearson went on to found the Bristol Yacht Co. in 1966.
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