Letters The Truth about Peggy
t’s always a pleasure to see your magazine, and of course, our old boat the Peggy (“Restoring a Local Treasure” page 58 of March PropTalk). I would be disappointed if anyone was to get the impression, as the author Trey Shinault appears to represent, that Peggy went downhill during our stewardship. He neglected to mention that during our tenure we repowered her with a new John Deere, replaced both chines, the starboard shear, 100 feet of side planking, a third of the deck, and a long list of other things that literally saved her life. It is also erroneous that we had to pass her along to somebody else for a proper restoration. I’ve included a photo of her in 2007 at Mystic Seaport, the year Gretchen and I were awarded first prize for Best Owner Restored Power Boat at the WoodenBoat Show Concourse d’Elegance. This was following about 2000 hours and six years of sweat equity and $$ restoration effort.
When we re-located to New England, we decided that it was not in her best interest to be subjected to northern winters. In our interest to preserve her regional historical significance, we passed by a number of buyers when Matthews Maritime Founda-
tion responded positively to our offer of her as a donation. It seemed like a good fit and still does. She’s a local, and they said they had 20 volunteers and promised to double our annual maintenance budget. Anyone who has ever maintained one of these boats knows that the one thing
they cannot survive is neglect. We hauled her every year, painted her sometimes twice, and hosed her decks at least twice a week with salt water to keep her tight and pickled. The two years that she “sat virtually untouched” in Matthews County were very hard on the boat, and it shows in the photos. We were truly worried about whether we had made the right decision. As it turns out, they appear to be doing a thorough job, although they have raised the wheel house a foot higher than her original configuration and thus compromised the historical graceful profile of the boat. There are plenty of people in Matthews County who know how to get a hold of me. I find it dismaying that Shinault felt comfortable printing so many misrepresentations about a historical maritime rescue that I put my heart into when he could have contacted me directly. Kim Granbery Via e-mail
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