How do you turn an antique desk into a boat?
You auction off one and buy the other. That's what Rhode Island retiree Charles Lewis did eight years ago, "trading" a rare Newport-style kneehole desk he'd inherited for a Blue Seas 31, a Royal Lowell-designed, Canadian-built Down East powerboat that he couldn't be happier with.
It's been almost 20 years since Jersey Yachts has been in business, but the sportfishing boats that designer/builder Fred McCarthy produced during the New Jersey company's long run still draw rave reviews.
Take the Jersey 40 Dawn that Charles Julian got his hands on.
When you go out fishing on someone esle's boat, you're usually just looking for a good day on the water, coming away with memories of fishing and friends.
Sometimes, however, it's the boat that makes the impression. That's the way it was 15 years ago for Walter Szeezil. It was the mid-1990s, and he was fishing out of Miami with Capt. Mark Houghtaling on a Contender, a Florida-built center console designed by fisherman/company founder Joe Neber.
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