Nauset Marine celebrated its 50th Anniversary this past Saturday (July 24) at its Orleans headquarters on Cape Cod, where New England Boating’s Mike King was on hand to shoot the accompanying video of the festivities.
Kicking things off at noon was a reenactment of the May 1961 Life Magazine cover story of Whaler founder Dick Fisher cutting his Boston Whaler in half to demonstrate its unsinkability. Nauset has been a Whaler dealer since its inception, and Whaler president Tim Schiek made the trip from Florida to help Nauset CEO Dawson Farber III raffle off a 150 Montauk center console with 60-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard, raising over $40,000 for Mass Audubon and 32 local charities.
Electricity was in the air, literally, as a line of thunderstorms moved through the area later in the day, just prior to a visit by the Coast Guard at 3:15, which flew in a Jayhawk helicopter from station Cape Cod to demonstrate various rescue techniques. As the Jayhawk hovered over Town Cove, a dummy was thrown in the water and “rescued” a few times by a Coast Guard swimmer deployed from the chopper.
The rescue drill was supported by members of the Orleans Harbormasters Office, headed by Dawson Farber IV, with their boats maintaining a 1,000-foot security perimeter around the helo rescue zone.
A crowd of some 1,500 people filtered through the Nauset facility during the day, enjoying live music provided by Cirrus and the Last Men on Earth Band and complimentary refreshments. Various local charities were given booth space at the event to showcase their causes. In addition, there was a dunk tank and a bounce house for kids.
The event turned out to be quite a variety show. From rescue drills to raffles and rock ‘n roll, from blue skies to thunderstorms, those who stuck it out until evening saw it all. But at the end of the day it was really about celebrating a venerable, family-owned business that’s been around since the early days of recreational marine boating in New England.
Nauset Marine will continue it’s charitable endeavors with a sunset whale watch cruise planned for August 7 in Provincetown, with proceeds to benefit the Center for Coastal Studies.
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