THE PUFFIN

 


That's real Guinness, but that is another story

Gold Leaf on the Traansom

Gerhardt DeVries Lentsch Jr. - Amsterdam

The "Puffin" was sitting in a shed on the southside of Chicago. The owner was lamenting that the boat needed to much work, and was getting old, maybe to old to be competitive. "she" was built in Amsterdam in 1960, one of the early production fiberglass sailboats.  I gave him my card and told him I wanted to buy Puffin. He called me a few weeks later and said "if you are going to restore the boat i will sell it to you". Hull#38 was "shipped" to Chicago some time in the 1960/1961 time frame.

 Hull #1 was first boat built in 1959. I will try to  do the history of Puffin a Swiftsure 33 built by DeVries Lentch in Amsterdam, for Seafarer Yachts in New York. Just as a forward, a few years after I bought Puffin, I managed to get a free trip to Holland and tracked down the only active member of the ship yard. When I found the office in a small building, it was "manned" by Gerhardt's secretary. She told me he had taken his bicycle downtown to renew his driver's license, I thought that was pretty cool for an old guy in his 70's but that was in the mid 80's. When he got back he spent a couple of hours giving me the history of the Company. He gave me copies of every piece of paper about my boat and the history of all the boats they built.


The "Puffin" and I began our love affair in chicago in 1980.