... but that sounds a lot like what I've read a couple of other places. My older brother bought a Grumman in 1974, and during a very short time period right about then, it seemed like all manner of small stores were stocking Grummans. I'm sure that was never the case a few years earlier, and I know for a fact that it was never the case later on. Those were good years for Grumman, "despite g2d's imaginings".
My brother bought his Grumman from a little neighborhood hardware store in 1974, a place that had no history whatsoever selling boats of any kind before that time. They actually stocked quite a few, and my brother chose one that had a little scratch on it already and was therefore discounted. Interestingly, it was Grumman's heavy-duty model with extra ribs and a shoe keel, a style that's a bit rare overall, and I can't help but wonder if the little hardware store was catering to people who had visions of doing whitewater since it would make no sense to stock anything other than the standard model 99 percent of the time.
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