Three generations of special women toured the society’s boatbuilding exhibit in September: Jeani Hibbard, Katie Hibbard, and Bonnie Murray.
Bonnie Murray’s husband Arland “Buzz” Murray was a key player in the Costa Mesa boatbuilding industry. Together he and Mel Potter built Mel-Craft dinghies and sabots. The family posed for a photo next to a model of one of Mel-Craft’s most popular crafts, a 12-foot sailing pram.
A fun bonus came when Mary Ellen Goddard helped find a picture of Bonnie’s sister in the society’s archives!
Boatbuilding played a significant role in Costa Mesa’s postwar industry. Plan a visit to the society museum and explore this fascinating history yourself