Friday, January 24, 2014

The History of Griff

I lifted this info from the blog of a fellow Mothist who just happens to be the class secretary and resident historian of the Moth boat, George A.

Bill Boyle is restoring yet another vintage era Moth Boat. This boat was constructed in 1947 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and was first registered as "Day" to Evening Star YC member Robert Armour on the 10th of July, 1947. After racing briefly under Armour's ownership, "Day" was transferred to another ESYC member (S. DeMille) in 1952. By 1957 she was purchased by the Zeidman family, renamed "Drifter" and moved to Mirror Lake (aka: Browns Mills YC) up near Whites Bog, NJ. Browns Mills had a very large Moth fleet in those days and the Zeidman siblings were part of that racing scene. In the early 1990s the son of Zeidman family brought "Drifter" to a Brigantine Moth Boat Regatta with a for sale sign on her. BYC member Joe Courter bought her, renamed her "Griff" and raced her a couple seasons before moving to a faster Moth. She malingered in Joe's garage until Bill Schill picked her up two years ago, "ripe for restoration". Sadly, he never got the chance to enjoy this project. This past spring I helped Bill's widow, Marty find homes for his Moths. 

So there you have it.  The complete history of the boat named Griff!!    I hope to add yet another chapter to this boat.

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