Yard Boats Newsletter Finds New Owner
The nine-year-old national
newsletter “BONE YARD BOATS” has a new owner/publisher.
The mission of the newsletter is to help save forgotten, abandoned,
but worthy boats before they disappear forever.
Since the newsletter
was established in 1996, a number of boats that otherwise would
have met a chain saw have been saved. Most recently was a 1940s,
38 ft. Wheeler, left abandoned at a shipyard dock; a 1906, 58 ft.
Skipjack, the “ETHEL LEWIS”; and a 1958 Cheoy Lee, 30
ft. sailboat; all valued under $10,000. Articles have appeared in
Woodenboat, Classic Boating, USA Today, Vintage Boating Life, among
others, and the April 2005 issue of Soundings.
After hearing from over
a dozen interested people from Maine to Alabama, I finally selected
42-year-old David F. Irving from Charleston, SC where the family
lives in the nautical historic area. My selection was based on his
previous publishing experience, a genuine reverence for boats and
the nautical life plus being computer knowledgeable; this combination
should improve the overall structure of the publication and raise
it to a new level of interest.
David was originally
from Marblehead, MA and, in 2004, he and his 13-year-old son, Dillon,
cruised from Massachusetts to South Carolina where the family settled.
David and his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Hannah, age 16,
and Dillon are all nautically oriented and enjoy their 31 ft. Sea
Ray named “CODGIE.” They are now in the process of preserving
and restoring a house in Charleston. David is in the computer consulting
David is working on the
true “BONE YARD BOATS” website and will make an announcement
as soon as it is available. I will complete the Summer issue, then
gather material for the Fall issue, then send all to David to print
and mail. David asked me to continue to contribute articles and
other items of interest.
My hope and wishes are
that this needed niche newsletter will continue and be instrumental
in saving worthy boats for years to come. May David have as much
fun as I did, along with success.
Box 831, Charleston, SC 29402
Here for a sample Bone Yard Boats Newsletter.
Here to visit the Bone Yard Boats website.