Them Was The Days!
Thanks to Captain Eric Van Dormolen, I've been studying this order form from the early 1960's for a 31' International 500 Sloop with a yawl option.
I'm taken by how simple it was to order a boat back then, especially considering the fact that the construction technique and materials aren't mentioned anywhere on the order form.
From all I've gleaned, these boats were built to high standards in oak and mahogany with bronze fastenings in Germany. There were other arrangement options so these may not be the only sheets in the order form, but still... cleary stated options at clearly stated prices. Ya gotta love it!
Just thought I'd share as I have heard horror stories from friends regarding ordering new boats in that other material nowadays.
For those thinking that this price was incredibly cheap, my Dad bought a three bedroom house on an acre very near the coast of Long Island Sound in CT. in the late 1950's for about $12,000. This wasn't a cheap boat.
"And then I think , who cares, we're just anthropological curiosities a mere second away from turning into fertilizer, might as well scratch and listen to music we like." John B