Spectator — April 2002
By Tom Fexas
My Pal Antonio
|Part 2: The Con Job...|
The Con Job
(Which brings up an interesting story, if I may digress for a few sentences. These young ladies usually dressed in very revealing clothes. However, if your eyes ever happened to lock onto some cleavage, as a man’s eyes are programmed to do, the ladies would get visibly upset, glaring at you as if you were some kind of pervert and quickly covering up. One summer weekend morning we were on one of the boats returning from a sea trial. As we ran up the serpentine river, there were many little boats anchored about with people partying and taking in the sun. Passing one at close quarters, I could not believe what I was seeing. Aboard were Antonio’s young ladies–topless–smiling and waving enthusiastically at us as we passed by. I really don’t understand women at all.)
Shortly after commissioning the first design, Antonio quickly commissioned two more designs–one bigger, one smaller than the initial boat. Prototypes for these new boats were rapidly produced, and the boats were selling like umbrellas in monsoon season. Antonio had mastered the difficult art of producing a quality boat at a reasonable price. I looked at the volume of boats produced multiplied by the royalty for each and got a warm, fuzzy feeling in my wallet. Hell, if I wanted to, I could retire early on the royalties alone.
Today my boats are all over Antonio’s country (and the surrounding countries) like shredded Styrofoam cast upon the waters. Antonio owns a vacation home in Miami, has had his face lifted by the famed Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr. Pitangui, and has a garage full of exotic cars. But the boating community worldwide is not very big, and thanks to a network of carefully placed spies, I know where Antonio is and what he is doing. I am watching and waiting, and I have no doubt that in the end he will get his.
Tom Fexas is a marine architect and designer of powerboats. His Web site is www.tomfexas.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.