“This boat comfortably handles up to eight people; has a nice cabin; good line of sight; very fuel efficient Penisular 205HP diesel engine; and very clean lines.“
Second Chance, Wasque 26′:
Interview with the Captain — Greg Wager
About your boat
Why did you choose to buy a CW Hood Wasque?
I was in the market for a mid-size power boat for coast/harbor cruising with the family, and the CW Hood Wasque 26’ is known as a “pocket yacht” for day tripping.
What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
I was self “pre-sold” on this CW Hood classic. I know the original builder here in Marblehead – Chris Hood – who is the nephew of Ted Hood (Skipper of “Courageous” in his successful quest of the America’s Cup in 1974), who my father was friends with. Knowing the stellar reputation of Chris and knowing that not only did Chris and his team originally build my boat, he also was the broker on this pre-owned 2001 example (Hull #16 of 44 built). I also knew that CW Hood could do the restoration work that I wanted in order to bring back the incredible luster of the teak trim, and other updates.
How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
Upon reaching out to Chris Hood, I learned he had several pre-owned boats, including the Wasque 26’, as well as a Katama 30’ in his boat yard here in Marblehead. Being a first-time boat owner, I really felt comfortable with the 26’. The boat was owned by a gentleman in Boston who moored it in Portsmouth, NH. It was great bringing the boat back to life with some refinishing, and now moored back near where its roots began.
My friend and neighbor also purchased a Wasque 26’ in Maine and had the same updates completed and is also moored locally – so, it’s incredible seeing several of these great crafts back here in Marblehead.
Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
While not a boat owner, my Dad introduced me to boats (not to mention Ted Hood) at a young age. Invariably, I have had friends with boats, and experienced both sailing, power boating (water skiing), fishing, and ocean day cruising in Florida, Annapolis, various lakes, and of course here in Marblehead. Both of my twin daughters have had several summers of sailing lessons and enjoy the water.
What boats have you previously owned?
This Wasque 26’ represents my first owned boat.
What are the features you like most about your boat?
This boat comfortably handles up to eight people; has a nice cabin; good line of sight; very fuel efficient Penisular 205HP diesel engine; and very clean lines. I get tons of compliments from passersby.
What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
I had all of the teak work stripped and refinished; had a new electric head added; complete repainting of the hull & new hail completed last year.
What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
So far, no challenges (except finding time to get out on the boat enough times – LOL).
Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Wasque like yours?
I would imagine there are other Wasque’s looking for a new home/port, and likely only need a little TLC. And I would direct interested parties to Joe Parker (owner of Timeless) at CW Hood Yachts in Marblehead ([email protected]).
What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
I developed stage 4 cancer three years ago and was literally within two weeks of heading upstairs. Once I thankfully recovered through immunotherapy, I knew I wanted a boat. Hence, “Second Chance” was the perfect best choice name for the boat.
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