As we all know, I enjoy boat shows. I go to every one I get a chance to. I see many boats and so many of them simply merge together in a conglomeration of fiberglass and teak. Yet, there are others that seem to consistently catch my eye and commit themselves to my memory. I remember the lines and the shape. I remember the fine details and craftsmanship. I remember the names. Fatty Knees is one of those boats.
The Fatty Knees tender was designed over 70 years ago by Lyle Hess. The plans were eventually purchased by Edey & Duff in Mattapoisett, MA and enjoyed great success through the 80’s and early 90’s. In 2009, Edey & Duff saw the sudden, unrelated deaths of two of its head people David Davignon and John Harding. The deaths sent a ripple through Edey & Duff and they were unable to recover. The shop closed their doors shortly thereafter but 3 of their primary boats were preserved through the efforts of a couple of folks. The Sakonet 23 (now built by Marshall Marine), the Stonehorse 23 (in the hands of Crocker Boatyard) and the Fatty Knees (now built by company of the same title…Fatty Knees).
This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing the owner of Fatty Knees, David Foynes. I had met Dave a couple of times at different shows and he is one of those people that instantly draws you in and captivates you with a story. His passion for the boating world is boundless, matched only by his desire to spread the gospel of boating and boat building to today’s youth. More specifically, today’s youth that wouldn’t normally have a chance to get out on a boat or to build a boat. Dave has helped raise funding for the Bourne Community Boating program, he created a skiff building program for the at-risk kids at Crossroads for Kids Camp, and he has taken over the reigns at the Share the Waterways Program. They are three amazing causes that bring the world of boating into these kids’ lives. Dave’s work is truly awe inspiring.
So please join Dave and I for our chat at the Fatty Knees Boat Company in Sagamore Beach, MA. I think you will enjoy it. Listen to the interview below.
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