Rumery's Boatyard

LEONARD W


Designed & built in 1944 by Will Frost
Inspiration for the Torpedo 38



 

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.



This 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 W is an awe-striking site.

Her 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 W 's hull cuts through the water effortlessly at high speeds.

Contact us for more information. Here are some pictures of the original Leonard W upon arrival at Rumery's.



 


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