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.
Sometimes you have to get out of boating for a while, though in your heart you know you’ll be back someday. That’s how it was for Jim Lawlor.
“The attraction of boats is hard to describe,” says the 70-year-old retired Connecticut judge. “It’s not just the experience of being on the water; it’s the adventure of it all.”
When looking for a used boat, the local waters often help determine the size and type to go after. Take New Jersey’s coastal waters, inlets and Barnegat Bay. The near-shore waters and inlets can change quickly, and the waters in the bay are shallow and often choppy. Even the coastal waters can quickly change.
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