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Thread #16440   Message #153927
Posted By: DonMeixner
24-Dec-99 - 08:20 PM
Thread Name: Help: What is a 'forebitter'?
Subject: RE: Help: What is a 'forebitter'?
My time was spent building them boats. 38 to 110 feet of mainly steel construction but a few glass and wood and concrete. Mostly fishing boats but a couple yachts and a barge. What ever the contract called for. It is both a sad thing and a wonderful thing that most people don't catch , or understand, the magic of boating. If more people did then it might not be so special.

I am continually reminded by photographs that probably there are men and women at sea right now in boats I built over the years at Baldwinsville Shipbuilding. The fact that they come home from work everynight means I did my job right everyday I went to work. There is mention of the boat "Seneca" in "The Perfect Storm". Is it the same "Seneca" I built 20 years ago? I wonder.

I'd love to build another. Its a job I never wanted to leave and its a desire that never leaves me.

"Take me back on the bay boys,

Clear away in the morning,

I don't want to go ashore boys,

Oh Bring her round.

Don