Pasquale “Pat” Cesaro just may be the most patient mariner in the world. After 57 years of building his own wooden boat, the 85-year-old Smithfield man finally launched the 7C’s at Stone Cove Marine in South Kingstown for its maiden voyage.
Pasquale and a crew that included his sons were on hand as the boat floated into the Point Judith salt pond, its black mahogany bow gleaming in the afternoon sun.
During a video interview at the marina, Pasquale said the half century boat building project included blueprints from California, hand-sewn white oak logs from Foster, a custom barn used to house the 7C’s as it took shape, and personal tragedy when his wife of 50 years, Anna Cesaro, was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. She died in 2015.
“Life took over,” Pasquale Cesaro said of his project. “It went on hold again.”
Patience and persistence paid off in the summer of 2017. Watch this epic boat story here.