Yesterday we found out that Norman Thayer is actually still alive! Go figure, but there he was in the comment section. And who are we to think it could only be him? Not me. So imagine my surprise when he agreed to share the story of his earlier boats. Thayer III. Now you may ask, why Matt would you ask such a question? Well, as it just so happens to turn out. We found Thayer III a couple months back but really had no way of making sure that it really was the Thayer family boat before Thayer IV.
Well, thanks to Norman who gave us these family photos, we can deduct that this must be the boat. I mean what are the chances of this happening?
Well, while in the country working with some cattle, Jimmy noticed a hint of varnish in a barn and proceeded to look further. Well. there it was, right in the middle of a herd of bulls. Really! Go figure. Thank goodness he grabbed a photo so we have proof. Seth Katz drove down to Virginia right away to the barn and honestly we were all a bit confused. I mean there are countless Thayer IVs out there. But Thayer III? Regardless it is a very rare blond inside Mahogany outside U22. Stunning. It does appear that Norman liked his dash compass though. So could it be? Here is Thayer III in her new home at Katz’s Marina.
Here are some old Thayer family photos from Norman.
WOW! We did ask Pat Curtin if he knew anything about all this. He knew some, of course the Thayers had other boats. And used to live in Virginia before living up on Golden Pond. Hence Jimmy finding the boat in Virginia near Winchester VA. It all has come together. According to Norman, they got Thayer III right after the war. Norman was in the navy on a ship in the South Pacific . After he came home Ethel and Norman were stationed in Norfolk were Chelsea was born.
To think, a simple find of a boat in a field of Bull Manure could turn out to be missing link into the Thayer boat family history.
So there ya have it. Thanks Norman!