In the history of all the remarkable boating legends, the image of Boston Whaler founder Dick Fisher sitting in a floating boat with his legs crossed, and wearing a bow tie and a jaunty hat while a humongous saw sliced his vessel in half is quite a memorable vision.
That photo appeared in Life magazine in 1960 and was so astonishing because the boat, even when chopped in half, still stayed afloat. Fisher was clearly confident that his design would keep him high and dry and out of the lake.
Fisher started building boats in the 1950s using foam surrounded by fiberglass, which made the hull much lighter weight than other boats on the market - certainly lighter than the wooden boats. It helped with floatation … and definitely helped with speed when Boston Whaler launched the first jetboat to the boating market.
While the foam and all of the other components of today's Boston Whaler boats have evolved into more modern forms, the boats are still just as unsinkable as ever. In fact, current videos show the boats being sawed in half with a chainsaw and still operable - even when powered with an engine. The stability and craftsmanship certainly played a role in Boston Whaler becoming a major supplier to the US Navy, Coast Guard and law-enforcement agencies.
Boston Whaler furthered its acclaim by filling a boat with 40-plus people and completely swamping it with water. Still the boat did not sink. (Check out the company's website BostonWhaler.com to watch the videos.) However, in 1978, the federal government passed a law stating that boat manufacturers had to pass floatation requirements by using a certain amount of foam and placing in specific areas.
That said, Boston Whaler, currently headquartered in Florida and owned by Brunswick Boat Group, was certainly ahead of its time in early innovations that helped the company's "unsinkable" legacy. Through the years, the company has continued with its ingenuity, having been awarded the 2014 Miami Boat Show Innovation Award earlier this year. The 2013 345 Conquest's cabin table that converts into a bed with the touch of a button was the invention that earned the honor from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
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Photo source: BostonWhaler.com