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A Bit of Hatteras History by admin

We are currently getting a whole fleet of Hatteri washed, buffed, waxed, and detailed for their spring launch before they disperse to Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix.  If you are not familiar with Hatteras, I suggest you read this great review of the company's history, "The Making of an Empire".  It is fascinating throughout.

Some of the highlights for me were:

Later, Jack Hargrave commented: "Willis had what he called the 'Hargrave Test.'  The production people would lay up a hull section to what the equations called for, then Willis and I would go out in the plant and kick the hell out of it.  If it didn't seem stiff enough, Willis would have the lamination people add some more layers."

"One day," Henshaw recalls, "I was doing some cabinet making in Station Six and along comes Willis with an older couple.  He came up to me where I was hanging cabinet doors and wanted to borrow my hammer.  I gave him a claw hammer and he walked over to the side of the boat I was working on and just whapped the hell out of it with the hammer.  Hit it so hard the hammer went flying out of his hands.  He then turns to the couple and said" 'Could I have done that to your wooden hull?' They said, 'No.' He sold that one right there."

Slane had added a very sporty 28-foot hull to the lineup and shortly was approached by the United States Navy [...] The Navy was impressed and wanted to order 200 of them.  The catch was they wanted to put government inspectors in different areas.  Willis told them he'd be glad to build them, but he wouldn't have the government tell him how to do it.  So, we lost the whole contract.  But, they bought those two Willis had prepared and made a mold off of them and built them in two other locations."

In 1984, a high-rolling investor named Irwin Jacobs appeared [...] "I [Jacobs] proceeded to try to buy it [Hatteras] from AMF and they not only weren't co-operative, they were downright rude.  So I bought AMF and sold off everything except Hatteras."

 

Photo credit HatterasYachts.com.

 

ARRRRRRRen't You Suprised With How Much Nautical Slang is in Our Vocabulary? by Trevor

The Art of Manliness brings up an often hotly debated topic: where did some of our odd slang /euphemisms come from? I have seen some lesser known practices and professions are usually responsible for expressions that are a long look back at whatever they represented. Industries such as railroads or shipping/sailing were once huge, and had a great large effect on life. Another example would be war, certainly a far reaching topic, though now not as prevalent, and a few generations of warfare might even confuse a modern soldier from some old slang. I think he most interesting of this article was "turning a blind eye":

To turn a blind eye to” – To refuse to see or recognize something Credited to the famous British Admiral Horatio Nelson whose naval exploits during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) are the stuff of seafaring legend. Nelson was injured early in his naval career, leaving him completely blind in one eye. During the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, the fiery Nelson was serving under a much more reserved and cautious Admiral Sir Hyde Parker. With the tide of battle seeming to turn against them, Parker raised the signal flag, ordering retreat at the discretion of the captains. When Nelson was notified by his flag captain of the signal, he replied, “You know, Foley, I have only one eye – I have a right to be blind sometimes.” Calmly raising his telescope to his blind eye and aiming it in the direction of the signal to withdraw, he continued, “I really do not see the signal.” Thus, having turned a blind eye to the signal of retreat, he continued to fight, and within an hour had secured victory.

OR, "a clean slate"

Start over with a clean slate” – An opportunity to start over without prejudice During a sailor’s turn on watch, he would record the heading to which they steered the ship on a slate kept near the wheel. At the end of the watch, these headings would be recorded in the ship’s log, and the slate would be wiped clean and given to the new watch guard. Thus, the new watch was given a clean slate.

Very interesting stuff. I would list some of our boat-washing slang, but this is a family site...