|The Real Thing|
only classics Boesch emulates are its forebearers.
By Tim Clark — May 2001
Having visited Switzerland
often, I’ve become convinced that the Swiss are indeed Europe’s
most exacting, precise, and diligent people, and I’ve learned that
they are extremely protective of the little world their assiduousness
has created. To the Swiss, history is not a march of progress; it’s
more like a careful process of perfecting what they judge to be of value,
be it cultural, environmental, or material. On my most recent visit I
arrived at Boesch Motorboats, headquartered in Kilchberg on the shores
of Lake Zurich, anticipating that these notions would be reinforced, and
I was not disappointed.
After a second visit
to the States in 1964, Walter came away with ideas that helped him develop
Switzerland’s most innovative system of wooden-boat construction.
To this day Boesch covers a solid mahogany frame with wide, multi-ply
planks of laminated mahogany. The hull is then coated with seven applications
of epoxy followed by four layers of polyurethane varnish. As a result,
Boesch runabouts glow with all the deep-grained richness of traditionally
constructed mahogany boats but are stronger, more rigid, and much more
easily maintained than conventional wooden craft.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.