History of Waterlous #20

Posted in: 1950s, Ready for Restoration

Waterlous # 20


Waterlous is hull #20.  According to Jane Hartge, she was built by Cap'n Dick Hartge in 1952 (probably his last 20) and traded to Louis (Buster) Phipps in exchange for a Roadmaster Buck.  Buster had a car dealership on West Street, Annapolis.


Jane named her Galatea for Pygmalion’s classic statue come-to-life.  Louis did not think much of the name and renamed her Waterlous, supposedly for himself.  She has a slight chine, is very pretty and very fast according to Jane.  Buster did not race her and eventually sold her to William Loux in 1966.  After that, the class lost track of her until contacted by Roger  Longenecker of Reading, Pennsylvania.   


Roger Longenecker purchased the boat over 30 years ago with the intention to restore her.  He said that she had sailed out of Betterton, off the Sassafras, MD.   She was stored in his barn next to his home which is now for sale and he needed to get rid of the boat since he no longer had storage space.  The boat is in poor shape with extensive rot in the aft section, very old sails and a wooden mast in good condition. She can be restored, and the hull does not appear to be hogged.


Ted Weihe and Dan Donahue traveled to Reading on December 17, 2009 and picked up the boat (with help from Roger’s front-end loader) and trailered her back to West River Sailing Club.



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