Yesterday while at the Reedville Railway one of my favorite local boats showed up for a little this and that. Glenna Fay is a 38ish foot Butler Built deadrise. Rounded stern, and jaw dropping lines. Built right here on the same railway in the late 1940’s Yup. she is one of the oldest ones still working the waters of the bay. Something to be said for great stewardship and great materials and skilled building.
But her real special gift is her lines. Her proportions, her look. And out of the water, YOWZA! Take a look at the lines on her hull. And the even better part of it is. It’s pure art. I know many will laugh at my claim. BUT, our classic boats are designed on paper first, styled and mass produced. This boat was all done by eye and experience. Yup. by eye. Free style. Like a true artist working with talent and a brush, letting the artists talent take over in some sort of magical way.
The truth is if I said this to any of these guys here they all would laugh at me. They are artists, and there creations are art. There is no doubt there was a lot of stepping back and adding a rake here, and turn there. The height of the cabin sets a wonderful sporty look. This is one sexy Deadrise. Ahhhhhhhhhh! She originally came with a Chrysler Crown 6. She chugs along at around 7 knots with her current engine which is a Detroit diesel 4 cylinder
The Glenna Fay is a very well loved and respected boat around here. Peel Rogers uses her all the time to catch fish and catch smiles and waves from all of us here when ever we see her out there.
For those of you that missed the film we made with Wray Sinclair, here is FLEETON. Another Butler Built Boat named HIAWATHA –
And if you really want to dig in for more history, here is a wonderful story done on the history of the boatyard by Chesapeake bay Magazine. RIGHT HERE!