According to family
reports, Will Frost built, in 1944, a boat for Gus Alley, a longtime
family friend. This boat was named Leonard W, for the owner's
five year-old son. Leonard
W fished out of
Kittery for decades, and caused a stir everytime the vessel left
port and headed out through Portsmouth harbor. Legend has it that
students at the local school would focus their attention toward
the river whenever they heard the roar of Leonard
W's engine. Welders
at the navy yard tell tales of similar distractions. Gus was always
ready to take up the challenge for a race, and you wanted to be
sure you were looking in the right direction when Gus hit the throttle.
razor case design is traditional, however, her lines are aggressive
and beautiful. With the high sheer bow sweeping into the skeg built
bottom with substantial lifting rails, Leonard
is an awe-striking site.
original construction is Carvel planked pine on oak frames with
iron fastenings, a caulked pine deck, and a canvas spray hood. With
a beam of only 8' 10" and a length of 34', Leonard
's hull cuts through the water effortlessly at high speeds.
us for more information. Here are some pictures of the original
upon arrival at Rumery's.