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Moores Marine's "Pilar"

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S: Moores Marine's "Pilar"

BC: Moores Marine Yacht Center Inc. 1201 Sensation Weigh Beaufort, NC 28516 252-723-9890 email: | Moores Marine of the Palm Beaches Inc. 1410 Avenue E Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 561-841-2235 email: |

FC: "Pilar"

1: Hemingway paid $7,455 in 1934 for "Pilar," with the down payment coming from "Esquire" magazine for a collection of short stories. Hemingway planned his boat while on safari in Africa, taking the catalogue from Wheeler Shipyards of Brooklyn, N.Y., with him. He customized his "Playmate" with an extra tank so he could fish farther and longer, a transom lowered 12 inches for landing fish, a live fish well and an auxiliary inboard motor. He also added a flybridge and a wooden roller spanning her transom to ease fish into the cockpit. For 34 years, "Pilar" remained a constant in his life, and a sanctuary through three wives and both literary successes and disappointments. Guests included movie star Ava Gardner, and writer John Dos Passos. After Hemingway's death, "Pilar" was left to his captain, Gregorio Fuentes, the inspiration for the Hemingway classic "The Old Man and the Sea." The boat was later acquired by the Cuban government and "Pilar" is now on display on the tennis courts of Hemingway's estate in Cuba, Finca Vigia.

2: Andy Garcia and Edward Walson, producers of the major motion picture "Hemingway & Fuentes," found "Elhanor" in upstate New York to play the pivotal role of Hemingway's "Pilar." The 1933 Wheeler Playmate had been in Norman Vanderbilt's family for 50 years and was very original. But she needed a structural refit as well as modifications to be transformed into "Pilar," which was a Wheeler Playmate like no other. This boat was no set piece, but a working boat that needed to meet the rigors of the sea as well as the film shoot.

3: The project, including a structural refit, took place over eight months at Moores Marine Yacht Center in Beaufort, N.C., In addition to replacing planking, frames and fasteners, the crew had to rebuild the transom. The transformation included modifying the pilothouse with new bench lockers, live bait well and fighting chair, a new interior, creating a fly bridge, and replacing engines, electronics, systems, plumbing and fuel tanks. Details included building a period appropriate wooden panel to cover the modern refrigerator and turning matching mahogany for boat and fish hooks.

4: "Elhanor" needed structural repairs, including new planking, frames and refastening in addition to modifications for her transformation into "Pilar."

7: Redesigned interior including period appropriate hot plate.

10: Top, left photo is of "Pilar" in Cuba. The rest are of Moores Marine's transformation of "Elhanor."

14: Without any blueprints or drawings, all plans burned in a fire, and the original still in Cuba, Moores Marine relied on photographs and input from Hilary Hemingway, Wes Wheeler and Andy Garcia.

15: Nathaniel Smith, and his crew of 12 at Moores Marine Yacht Center Inc., in Beaufort, N.C. completed the structural refit and modifications to "Pilar" in eight months. They often worked seven days a week, with carpenters and re-finishers taking alternating day and night shifts. The producers planned to keep "Pilar" as their private yacht after completion of the film, "Hemingway & Fuentes."

16: The 1933 Wheeler Playmate "Elhanor" after her transformation to the 1934 "Pilar."

17: In memoriam of Robert Hundley, a talented machinist and carpenter. "Robert, your work will live on."

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  • Title: Moores Marine's "Pilar"
  • Moores Marine's transformation of the 1933 Wheeler Playmate "Elhanor" into Ernest Hemingway's 1934 "Pilar."
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