Many of you on or near the Gulf Coast remember the beautiful little schooner 'Fontaine', that was a perrenial winner at all of the wooden boat shows along the coast and the prettiest lady around for many years. Well, like many a wooden boat along the Gulf Coast since Katrina she has fallen on a bit of hard times and needs a new owner. I just saw her at the Biloxi Wooden Boat show, and she looks fine except for some cleaning up and cosmetics. She is owned by the Biloxi Seafood Museum, and though their website doesn't list her, she had a flyer on her at the show saying that she was for sale.
This boat was built in Bayou La Batre, Alabama by Nathaniel Zirlott, probably one of the last boats built by that fine craftsman before he passed away. She needs paint and varnish and I don't know what else, but the rig looked perfect and I did not see anything out of sorts. She is in Biloxi, of course. She would make one heck of a coastal cruiser and when she was in her prime turned heads from Madisonville to Josephine and everywhere in-between. This is the boat that inspired me to buy the schooner I had, and I would love to see her find an appreciative home with someone. You can get the contacts from the Seafood museum at www.maritimemuseum.org.
Someone really needs to save the 'Fontaine'.