The young women in this picture have such bright smiles and they seem to be having such fun out on the lower Connecticut River in this handy-looking speedboat.
The image, however, belies the story behind it.Times were tough in 1931. The stock market was down, unemployment up, the future uncertain. Some of America’s oldest, most dependable industries were under siege in a free-falling economy and changing society.
Taking to the sea
It’s been the age-old divide: sail or power? But in “Serena to Sea Story II” ($24.95, Nautical Publishing Company, 2009) readers don’t have to choose. Mary Jane Hayes and her husband, Warren, describe their adventures on the sea in both sail and power vessels.
One cool cat
Gregor Tarjan has seen the future and it is multihulls.
Here are two items to help the boater keep track of time
Start the new year with “The Nauti-Benders Page-A-Day Boater’s Calendar” ($13.99, Penchant Publishing, 2009).
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