Harry Melges III, charging along in his father's footsteps.
Commenting on the refinement of the scow builder's art, ILYA Commodore John G. "Smokey" Ordway said, "After the war, sailing became an armament race." One of the "armaments" he referred to was fiberglass, a new material that would soon revolutionize the entire boat building industry. Among the inland builders, Art Stamm was the first to build boats out of fiberglass.
Mel Jones, the Nonswimmer
Bob Pegel of Lake Geneva tells the story of an A-boat race on Lake Geneva when sailmaker Mel Jones and his crew were out. The wind began blowing so hard that they couldn't tack, for fear of tipping over. Jones couldn't swim a stroke, Pegel recalls, so rather than risk going in the water, he "sailed it right up on shore, let the rudders fold up, and that was it."
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|One of the new boat-building materials that appeared shortly after World War II was fiberglass, and the first scow builder to use the technology was a Nagawicka sailor named Arthur Stamm. Actually, Stamm's boat-building career began before the war, when he and his father built a C boat for Art to sail. He soon graduated to a Chuck Edwards—built C boat, which Stamm sailed until WWII interrupted sailing for all men of draft age.
By the 1950s, the Stamm Boat Company was working exclusively in fiberglass, the first in the scow market to do so. The first glass boats Art Stamm built were X's, and he soon was ready to build the first-ever fiberglass C.
Part of the process involved laying a woven fiberglass matting over a layer of gelcoat sprayed into the boat mold. Resin, with a hardening catalyst added, was impregnated into the matting using a paint roller, work that had to be done by hand to work the resin deep into the woven glass. With the X's, it was a relatively easy reach to the center of the boats, but with the C's, the middle couldn't be reached from the side of the mold. That's where a young Lou Morgan, then working for Stamm, came in.
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