As a teen-ager I bought my first boat from Fran, a nail sick old Ventnor Moth for the lofty sum of $172.00 (I still have the receipt). The price included delivery from Ocean City to the Brigantine Yacht Club, installation of a sea cock in the transom, a new traveler bridle and a new "life" cushion--nobody actually wore life vests or jackets in those days, in fact most of us used the cushions as a convenient place to lash the 2 1/2 lb Danforth anchor and 50 feet of 1/4" line that all racers had to carry in those days (I placed the anchor on top of the cushion and wrapped the line around both; the cushion was useful in that it kept the anchor from dinging the varnish on the floor boards and also would float and thus prevent the loss of the pricey ($2.50) anchor if the ensemble went over board during a capsize. No one lost much sleep worrying about the loss of the skipper). Today's post offers a few photos to mark the passing of an era.
|Like your favorite watering hole, this boat shop hasn't changed a bit since I first saw it in 1959.|
|F. L. Abbott has occupied this address right from the beginning.|
|Say it ain't so. The phone number is O. C. 2424 on my old bill of sale for that poor ol' Ventnor Moth.|
|"Cash No Cards".|