Ya this is a model, one of the nicest I’ve ever seen. The detail is just amazing. I almost sank in a boat, full sized, just like this. This is like the boat we had, probably the Lamar’s original, before we got the new improved model. One beautiful, but very windy, Sunday we had to take the ole girl out on her last run down the coast a bit to try to get a buoy, big buoy, that had lost its anchor and was drifting towards the beach, lights and horn still active. The 40 couldn’t get it and the 44 fail too, if you can believe that. We got a half hitch on it on our third pass. The seas were huge that day but that boat sure could surf the big waves that we encountered as we turned each time to make another pass. Once we got a hold of the buoy I think the anchor chain, which must have been hung up on a rock, broke loose and the “tow” started to dragenough to flood the, self bailing, deck. We managed to get a heaving line tied onto the tow line and pass that off to the awaiting 44, who took over and we headed back to
What a great story! Actually, yes, I can imagine seeing the side pushed in a number of inches each time that bouy bounced off it. While working on the old Retriever (pictured), and it's sister the Goliah in Seattle harbor on ship assists, it wasn't unusual to see the side of the hull in the engineroom bend right in enough to crack paint when making up alongside a ship to help it into a berth.
I wonder if anyone at all would be interested in a SEA STORIES blog?