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.”
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.
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