I love reading stories about classic yachts, their histories, and (hopefully successful) restorations. That's why my best friend and I took on the restoration of the Ida May, a 1926 46' sport fisher, once the pride and joy of Stan Laurel (of Laurel & Hardy fame). We've documented every step of our restoration (which is ongoing), and we aren't embarrassed to say we often get in over our heads. We've also gathered a ridiculous amount of history, with entertaining stories of movie stars, tycoons, and even a U.S. President fishing the waters of Catalina. If you want to take a break for a few minutes, come take a look at what we've put together and visit our website. We would love your feedback and suggestions!
Ernest Hemingway, Howard Hughes, Jack Dempsey, Laurel & Hardy, Joseph Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Zazu Pitts, Rudy Vallee and Pres. Hoover fished off the Ida May as well as many other distinguished guests. Story is that Hemingway was inspired to write Old Man and the Sea while fishing on the Ida May. Hoover was definitely inspired as he wrote several books on fishing, one of which he recollects his time fishing in Catalina while on the Ida May.
You can visit the site at http://www.idamay.org