|Charlie Fuller's Mint design Moth out of the garage.|
Long term readers of this blog will recall that I got this Moth from an ocean rowing club up in Massachusetts back in 2019. I examined the boat, made lists of things she'd need before racing, and speculated on her history but did nothing beyond that. In 2020 the pandemic kicked in and with the boat stored in New Jersey I had limited access to her. That has since changed. Most people by now have had their shots, so earlier this month I asked my across the street neighbor to help me move the boat from where she was suspended to a small dolly which allows me to pull her out of the garage and work on her as time permits.
|Not knowing much has never stopped me before, so I removed the boat's plywood floor board to see if there is a number carved into the keel. The webbing thingies are toe straps for hiking---held in place by tiny Nr 6 bronze screws (!).|
|Unlike Nr 1335, there was no number hiding in plain sight. I was a bit disappointed, but as I turned the floor board over I discovered this---|
|The boat's number, the boat's name, the builder's name and the year built--rather faint--"1955". So, although it is nonsensical, I now accept that this boat, built two years after Mint has a hull number earlier than Mint! The boat's name is a bit strange-- "B. B. Baby". I google searched that name with the year 1955 and the most plausible pop culture handle of the mid-1950s that I could find was a popular B. B. King rock 'n roll song, released in 1954 called "Bye! Bye! Baby". |