A great man and boat builder
by all accounts from what I've heard. Alas, we almost got to meet up with him a couple years ago and have him aboard our boat, Mimi Rose for which he built the hull
for Bill Page. The fourth hull
he built after setting up his own shop, I think. She's an incredibly well built boat, a '100 year boat' one of the local boat builders called her.
I've also had the pleasure to sail on Belford Gray at WoodenBoat school
which is a boat he lead the students in building there:
WoodenBoat School Fleet of Small Boats
Dead simple, and a joy to sail.
I'm a saddened to have missed the opportunity to meet Swifty. A few years back, when we were cleaning
out our diesel
tank on the dock
at Billings Diesel
in Stonington, Maine
, Jim, who had worked for Swifty years ago came down and asked us if our boat was built by Swifty. I said, "yes, how did you know?" He said, "Swifty's the only builder who puts a drip edge on an eyebrow like that." That eyebrow's black locust, too, in case you're wondering. Called "New Hampshire teak" by some. Now that I've looked around I haven't seen one like it on other boats either. Built to last.