It's interesting to see how people use their classic boats. I usually expect people with vintage Glasspar boats to appreciate the classic design and want to get together with other people who appreciate the same. Every once in a while, I run across a boat where the owner doesn't care about all that. They just want to use the boat for what it is . . . a boat in the configuration they bought it.
My family and I are on vacation after not having one in over three years and in fact we have not even had our del Mar in the water since 2004. We decided to get out of the desert for a while and drive up the coast of California letting the kids play on the beach. We picked the perfect time because the current weather has caused fog on the central coast for the last three days.
We decided to stop in Monterey and see my old stomping grounds as I was stationed at the old Fort Ord from 1982 through 1984. After touring around what is left of the old base and looking around town, we went to check out Fisherman's Warf and the old Cannery row. We started to walk down the pier and the first thing that caught my eye was this sad looking little Glasspar del Mar with 1,200 lbs of fishing gear on it. My wife asked me if I was sure it was a del Mar as she could not tell through all that rigging. Of course I knew it was! This is what I do, I look for vintage Glasspar boats. I have studied the lines of these classic boats for the last 12 years and can spot one a mile away.
I would love to be able to find the owner and see about rescuing this poor classic boat but alas, the slip rental office would not give me any information. I must say I was amazed at how much rigging this boat supported. It did have a certain “bow down” look but I really think it was due to all the weight of the equipment.
It just proves that not everyone cares about the history of what they are using, some people just want to use it for its face value.