I just returned from Orange County where I was given a copy of Len Bose's column about the Newport Beach Christmas boat parade where two of our designs were mentioned ("The Harbor Report: Enjoy the Boat Parade," Dec. 17). It is nice that they are appreciated. To answer some of Bose's questions, Sea Chase was built in 1991 for a local couple to cruise the West Coast.
First, they did about all of the East and Gulf Coasts, sailing as far as Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was lifted out and trucked to San Diego. Powered by two Cat 3208s, she will do 25 knots and cruise at 22 nicely. It has a full deep-V hull of molded frp and so is extremely capable. In fact she shares her hull with the two 52-foot LA Pilot boats built somewhat later by Willard Marine in Anaheim. Those hulls were molded in Maine and shipped to Los Angeles for completion. Willard Marine (no relation to me) also builds a Hunt-designed 36-foot RIB for the Navy.