Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-17-2015, 12:49 AM   #1
Guru
 
HopCar's Avatar


 
City: Miami Florida
Vessel Name: Possum
Vessel Model: Ellis 28
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,505
Fun Boatyard Visit

I took a little wooden skiff over to Merrill-Stevens boat yard today to get some woodwork done.

I love Merrill-Stevens. Every time I go there I see an interesting or famous boat. Today was no exception.

The first boat that caught my eye was a small brightly colored boat with no visible signs of propulsion, That is until I spotted the oar locks and sliding seat. I asked John Spencer the yard manager about it. He said it had been rowed across the Atlantic!

I asked John where I should put the little skiff I had brought. He told me to stick it in the big tent. As I was backing it into the tent I saw a stunningly beautiful wooden boat with the name Pilar on it. I know the original Pilar is in Havana so I assumed this was a replica. No, it was the older sister of the famous Pilar. Merrill-Stevens had just repainted it. The paint, Awlgrip Black, was wonderfully glossy but you could tell it was a real wooden boat,

I hope my cell phone pictures post ok.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	rowboat 4-15.jpg
Views:	90
Size:	111.0 KB
ID:	39252   Click image for larger version

Name:	Pilar4-15.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	111.1 KB
ID:	39253  
__________________
Advertisement

__________________
Parks Masterson
www.hopkins-carter.com
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 03:30 AM   #2
Guru
 
Off Duty's Avatar
 
City: Tampa
Country: USA
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 843
Very Cool HOP!~

Thanks for the pics and history.

OD
__________________

Off Duty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 05:10 AM   #3
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,328
That is a cool visit

I wonder if that Pilar has the same or similar propulsion scheme as the original? I've lusted for that boat or a fiberglass replica for years.
__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 06:47 AM   #4
Guru
 
ranger42c's Avatar
 
City: Maryland
Country: USA
Vessel Model: 42' Sportfish
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 3,158
Quote:
Originally Posted by HopCar View Post
As I was backing it into the tent I saw a stunningly beautiful wooden boat with the name Pilar on it. I know the original Pilar is in Havana so I assumed this was a replica. No, it was the older sister of the famous Pilar.

Was it the Pilar-sistership that's been on display at the Outdoor World/Bass Pro in Islamorada? We toured on that one once when we lived down in Miami, very interesting!

-Chris
__________________
South River, Chesapeake Bay
ranger42c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 06:51 AM   #5
Guru
 
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5,422
Quote:
Originally Posted by ranger42c View Post
Was it the Pilar-sistership that's been on display at the Outdoor World/Bass Pro in Islamorada? We toured on that one once when we lived down in Miami, very interesting!

-Chris
I was going to ask the same thing.
Capt.Bill11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 06:56 AM   #6
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,816
Wonder why one of the wood boat builders up in Maine of maybe the PNW doesn't offer / custom build an exact replica and simply call it the "Pilar"? Have to think there is enough interest to offer it as a stock design custom build.

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 10:07 AM   #7
TF Site Team
 
Pack Mule's Avatar
 
City: Paris,TN
Country: USA
Vessel Name: William
Vessel Model: Outer reef 32
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2,501
Somebody just restored one like it in wood for the new movie coming out with Jon Voight as Hemingway and Andy Garcia .
__________________
Marty
Pack Mule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 10:10 AM   #8
Guru
 
HopCar's Avatar


 
City: Miami Florida
Vessel Name: Possum
Vessel Model: Ellis 28
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,505
Bill and Chris, no it's not the one from Bass Pro in the Keys.
The actor Andy Garcia has been talking about making a movie about Hemmingway for some time. He had come by the boat yard to look at the boat.
__________________
Parks Masterson
www.hopkins-carter.com
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 10:10 AM   #9
Guru
 
HopCar's Avatar


 
City: Miami Florida
Vessel Name: Possum
Vessel Model: Ellis 28
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,505
Marty, you beat me to it.
__________________
Parks Masterson
www.hopkins-carter.com
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 11:48 AM   #10
TF Site Team
 
Pack Mule's Avatar
 
City: Paris,TN
Country: USA
Vessel Name: William
Vessel Model: Outer reef 32
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2,501
There was an article in Woodenboat about one being restored at Moores Marine for the movie .
__________________
Marty
Pack Mule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #11
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,328
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pack Mule View Post
There was an article in Woodenboat about one being restored at Moores Marine for the movie .

I had started a thread linked to that article back when it came out. They made a number of changes for the movie boat if I recall.
__________________

__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
historic boats

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012