The Bonny Blue was designed by Merritt Walter, to capture the ambiance of the 1920's style plumb stem inland waterway steamers. Renamed The Moonlight Lady and taken to Burlington, Vermont, she will be doing overnight trips on those famous waterways.
Bonny Rover was built by Mac Makee and Dick
Reynolds in Newport News, VA, in 1970 as a yacht for Merritt and Bonny
Walter. The couple lived aboard for fourteen years, before bidding
farewell to the most favored and greatest sailing schooner of the Rover
Bonny IV Rover is the personal yacht of Merritt Walter.
She was the last schooner to be built by Rover Yachts
Inc., many unusual feature that only a designer like Merritt would dare
to incorporate. She is a single masted schooner. Think of her as a
staysail schooner with the foremast removed and all stays running to the
Merry Rover was a custom design for a New
Jersey couple who never built her. Along came Ron and Harriet
Hale, a delightful couple who crewed on the Norfolk Rover, just for the
experience in anticipation of a life afloat after retirement from the
Navy. The hull was built by Denis Schriber, and finished by Brumitt Boats of Cobbs Creek ,Virginia.
She was launched in 1984.
The present owner is unknown,
although she was spotted in the spring of 2005 at a marina in Beaufort,
The Salty Dog Rover is currently under
construction for Captain Ward Walter of Rover Tours, owner
of the tour boat Carolina Rover. She is a modified Merry Rover design. Currently located near Georgetown, SC.
Scott Rogers purchased the schooner Shanty, ex Free Spirit, from John Vining of Panama City, Florida, where she was
built. John was foreman on the schooner American Rover construction project for Marine Engineers also in Panama City. Free Spirit sailed the Caribbean before relocating to Rebel Marine
Services, Norfolk, Virginia, home of the schooners Jadip and Norfolk