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Seabreeze History
Chronology of Boat Construction
Beginning of ASOA by Joe French
With a click of a button we can be in contact with about a hundred other owners of Seabreezes, ask questions, take part in back and forth email discussions of ideas pertinent to our boats, view the various attributes of our new web site and enjoy the comradery of the Allied Seabreeze Owners Association. It's very easy to take this for granted but we owe a tremendous debt to two leaders of our group who have made all this possible. Unfortunately few of us have had the opportunity to personally meet either of these two gentlemen but here are a few words about each one.
Special Recognition To Two Outstanding Members
by Roy Harvey, AEOLUS, #127
Gene Reardon owned a Seabreeze, sailed on the south shore of Long Island and cruised to Maine. He was a yachtsman in every sense of the word. He honored yacht club protocol with dress and colors and was a fine sailor. He liked his boat to the extent that after selling the first one, buying a larger boat, he went back looking for a second Seabreeze. It was his idea to contact other Seabreeze owners for the general purpose of comradery. Gene assembled a few owners at a meeting in 1993 and the group was born. During the next ten years he searched out most of the other hundred plus Seabreeze owners and accumulated data on the boats and owner specifics. Without his original ideas, initiative and dedication we would have no ASOA. Gene passed away in 2003.
Gene Reardon
Gene Reardon (left) getting presented by Art Hall (right) with a half hull model of his boat "Manatuck" in appreciation of his efforts at Seabreeze Rendezvous, Tenant's Harbour, Maine, in July, 2001.
Mel Converse at the helm of his boat, "Whim" on a cruise to Maine, 2000.
Mel Converse attended those first ASOA meetings and suggested email as a means of communication between members. Mel sails his Seabreeze on Chesapeake Bay and cruised extensively to Maine. We all have sent our emails to the address "Mel Converse" for years but Mel remained, to most of us, a "name only" for our communication. Without his forethought and expertise our group would not have grown from the first few attendants at a meeting to the world-wide, web connected, group we now have. As our new ASOA web site recently came on line Mel decided to incorporate his email into the web site. Without Mel's care and perseverance in handling the thousands of email messages over the twenty-two years we would not have the successful, unified ASOA as we know it.
Mel Converse