Louisiana native Capt. Brad O'Dell has been around boats all his life and has skippered everything from a 7-foot pirogue to a 194-foot oil rig supply vessel. But the best boat he's ever owned is the one he has now, a boat that was brought back to life with a thorough makeover and has served the 52-year-old construction salesman and fishing-lure maker for the last 15 years.
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.
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