In those days, in the golden age of simplicity, people had to make their own fun. In the Priest of the Parish game, my Uncle Martin, of happy memory, always sat in the middle. Encircling him were the maiden ladies, and he held the only weapon, a large boxing glove which he kept waving around during the progress of the game. He would hold the glove at the wrist and clobber them with the soft part of the glove when they missed. I'm sure the hysterical laughter and shrieks of the girls could have been heard a block away.
I think Uncle Martin was a showman in excluding males—there wouldn't have been half the commotion.
DREAM BOATS (CONT.)
Lou Marron's deep-sea fishing cruiser is certainly a dream boat (SI, July 30), but it is not the only one afloat. Here is another, the Lazy Bones III (see diagram), which we just finished for Harry Peters of Hackensack, N.J. Here the emphasis is on a highspeed boat of medium range and maximum maneuverability. Lou Marron's Eugenie VIII is a long-range boat, and it is not yet possible to build everything into one boat without sacrificing something.
Now for the details: length—40 feet, beam—13 feet 4 inches, speed—30 mph with twin 250-hp V-8 Chrysler engines. Unlike Eugenie, the Rybovich-designed hull features a very deep Vee bottom which has proven to be ideal. These boats can be driven at high speed in very rough water, and with their low profile, good beam and Vee bottom you have a boat that gives the utmost in comfort even under the nastiest sea conditions. A 425-gallon-gasoline capacity gives the extra range needed to reach the hard-to-get-to places. For maximum speed and maneuverability, we have found that for this design gasoline engines are best, and the Chrysler V-8 certainly has proven itself in the past two years.
The cockpit (see diagram) is the center of the activity on any fish boat, and here we were able to give the space needed by eliminating all projections with recessed cleats and rod holders, fighting chair with rod holders on each arm of chair, which double as hand grips. A live-bait well under deck also serves as a fish box when the large box is left ashore. A bait icebox is at starboard.
The lower control station (see diagram) is located near the chair so the entire crew can be handy to the angler when it comes time to take a big fish. After much experimentation, we have pretty much settled on the transom door (see diagram) as the ideal method of getting a fish on board.
The lounge in the deckhouse (see diagram) has worked out well, the pedestal-mounted table makes it easy to get out from under in a hurry. Rod lockers at right keep tackle in order.
The flying bridge control station is a duplicate of the lower station. A depth recorder, remote control for 85-watt radio and radio direction finder make this the navigating station, and with the one-piece windshield there is ample protection.
The tower—hereabouts, we call them tuna towers, as they were developed by us for use at the Cat Cay Tuna Tournament, is a light-weight aluminum framework having a platform and padded railing with a control station that puts a man 20 feet above the water and in a position to add tremendously to his effective range of observation as well as be able to see down into the water. The ladder leading directly to the bridge assures a safe and quick return to a control position closer to the angler after the fish is hooked. The tower should work out well in looking for broadbill at Montauk this summer.
Accommodations are not extensive; many a good fishing trip has been ruined by having too many people on board. We have provided a private stateroom for two, with adjoining bath. Crew's quarters for two and separate head. Ample galley and galley refrigeration, 150-gallon water tank plus a 15-gallon tank for drinking water piped through a cooler in the refrigerator.