Does anyone have any new info regarding the Miss Point Lookout III? I just recently saw this post and had no idea Walter sold the boat. I use to work for him and Ron Murray on the original MPL and MPL II, and also the cruise boat they owned....the "Miss Point View" back in the early-mid 80's. I was really sorry to hear that the boat is gone. Both Capt. Walter and Capt. Ron are a class act, and I learned a lot about fishing and boat handling from both of them. They always ran a top notch operation where the customer always came first. One of my fondest memories of my years there is the first time they let me run the boat as captain. I think I was 19 at the time. That was something I had dreamed about since I was 10 years old and use to save my paper route money so I could fish almost every Saturday with Captain Clem on the old "Commodore" out of Island Park. I'd watch the mate work the deck, net fish, set anchors, and sneak peeks at Clem at the wheel and wonder if I could ever do something like that someday. Well, thanks to Walter and Ronny I got my chance, and I'll never forget them for it. Those were great years, and no matter how long the hours were, how hard the work was, blazing hot days fluking in August, or that one day flounder fishing in early December where the wind chill hit -80 degrees....I can honestly say I loved every minute of it. My crew mates....Patrick, Scotty, Paul and his brother Lee, Capt. Anthony "Star Stream II" Gillespie, Charlie "Flash", Joe "Hey, what's up!!", Mike Raz, Deb....all of them, were great to work with. Our customers were the best. I made many good friends there over the years. I'm 39 now, and that was almost 23 years ago when I first set foot on the MPL as part of the crew. I still miss it to this day, and have always wondered if I made the right decision to leave and move on to other things.
I wish Captain Walter and his wife Casey all the best, and hope to see them again on the MPL 4 if that is their plan. If not, and he did decide to retire....he's earned the rest bigtime. That man worked his tail off for many, many years to make his boat one of the best party boats in New York, and probably on the East Coast.
Take care, Boss....I'll see you again.
Captain Tom "Simba" Pappaceno
(This post edited by CaptainCruise on 06/08/2004)