This forum has been very helpful (special thanks to BillD).
Here is a picture of my 1978 Wasque 32, OLD BAY. I love this boat, and she's been a part of our family for 11 years. We've spent the last 10+ years bringing her back from neglect. She's powered by a remanned Cummins 330 B series, is economical (for a boat) and relatively fast (for a Downeaster). She's easy to maintain, the most labor intensive aspect of her is varnishing her teak.
She has many strengths, goes on a lot of family excursions, does a lot of crabbing (Chesapeake) and some fishing, in virtually any weather. She loves sprinkling her owners with bow-spray (she's a wet boat) and flatly hates quartering seas.
Old Bay, I have seen you around from time to time. This is Oyster Stew, a 1978 Wasque 32. We repowered her with a Yanmar 240 turbo diesel. She will do an honest 24, but is comfortable at 18. Also hates a following sea.
We completely re-fit her from stem to stern, including teak decks, ash interior, pressure water, shore power, new fuel tanks, swim platform. She is now fully found, and we keep her on a lift on Fishing Creek in Annapolis.
We love to head out to Thomas Point in the evenings and watch the moon rise while eating dinner. Or head over to St. Michaels and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Hope to meet up with you sometime. (We anchored close to you for the 4th of July a couple of years ago).
I know your boat, I've seen her from another house on Fishing Creek (Siren Song & Nick M). I recall that July 4th too, off of Horn point shoal. I think you have the long cabin version, ours is the standard length, but has a 4 berth set up (tight squeeze with 2 kids and 2 adults).
I would be interested to hear where you had your interior done. That is our next project, and we need a complete ripout. 34+ years is a long time. I would love to do a walk-through on Oyster Stew, even a ride one day if you're bored.
OLD BAY will only do 24 kts when the stars align and the moon's pull is just right. She does pretty well at 20kts though, will tolerate 21, and begrudgingly go about 23.5 flat out.
Eric, come on over anytime. I will show you the interior. I used Belkov at Jabins for the interior, it is georgeous. They did a fantastic job. If you are over at Nick's sometime, just stop by. I will take you for a ride.
I know her, she was on the hook in Annapolis a few years ago around boatshow season. Raised deck (no engine box), gas V8, nice interior. The owner found the bare hull and had her done at Black Dog Boats in Denton Md. She used to live in Havre de Grace.
Contrats on the find! I wonder why the original owner let her go? He seemed smitten.
Vinyard yacht yard on Martha's Vinyard. I was told Tom Hale designed it:
"In 1968, he fell for a lobster boat built in Gloucester and owned by George Cary Mathieson: “I saw the need for a good-looking, staunch sportfisherman . . . . I said, ‘This is the boat.’ And again, with more enthusiasm than common sense, we took that boat and tipped her upside down and built a mold, and started building those boats in fiberglass. And I was very pleased to see that the first two or three boats were bought by commercial fishermen.”
He called this design the Wasque 32, often completing just the hull and sending it off to be finished wherever the owner happened to live. He also built two smaller versions along the same lines, the Wasque 26 and Wasque 21. All told, the shipyard sold more than 100 of them.