Podcast 015 – David Foynes of Fatty Knees

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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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2 Responses to Podcast 015 – David Foynes of Fatty Knees

  1. Hi Jed,
    You wanted comments on the new music but since I’ve never commented before I’ll start by saying I’ve been enjoying your podcast and look forward to it each month. I own a Crawford Melonseed (and an O’Day 192)and found your show when I visited Roger’s site and have been listening for about 6 months now. It’s interesting to hear about all our local boat builders and their history. I know the amount of work that goes into a podcast and website so I appreciate the time and effort you put into this. I have not built a boat of my own yet but hope to one day. Probably a new dinghy.

    Now for the music. When I first started listening to the podcast one of the first things that grabbed my attention was the intro music. I really liked it and was interested to see what you changed it to. The new music is also nice, both tunes have a Celtic feel which I think fits perfectly with sailing. But if I had to pick one of the tunes I would go with the original. Where do you get your music from?

    I don’t live too far from you so maybe one day we can sail together.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Hello Nelson,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, it is very time consuming and alot of work to keep this going, but since I greatly enjoy it, it doesn’t feel like work at all. If (when) you do decide to build a boat, check out my Resource Page. There are some tool reviews on there that might be helpful, but more importantly, the Resource Guide I put together. Download it and have a look. It has a ton of good information on building your first boat.

      Regarding the music, the original tune is an old song called “Off to Sea Once More.” The version on the podcast is from Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. It is beautiful, I agree. The problem is that it is copy written and prohibits me from monetizing on anything that uses it. I had to switch to something with no royalties. I downloaded the existing tune from http://www.freeplaymusic.com.

      Thanks again!!

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