Thanks to the generous donation from the Miller and Satariano families, the 62-foot custom Ferro-cement cruiser Maui Diamond will be commissioned as Sea Scout Ship 550 next week, serving as the primary training vessel for the co-ed unit.
John Miller, the motorsailer’s builder and owner, is a yachtsman’s yachtsman.
His first yachting venture was a marine store in Naples.
When Alamitos Bay Marina opened, there was an accounting office for the Captain’s Inn (now the Crab Pot) in a small separate building adjacent to the bar and restaurant. In 1961, the accounting office was moved to an offsite location, and Miller rented the space, where he opened his new marine supply business, the Captain’s Locker.
Miller’s business grew steadily. The Captain’s Locker moved to the space that is now home to West Marine, and Miller opened another store in Marina Del Rey. The company merged with Newport Supply Company and continued to grow. Eventually, the company was bought by a Gulf and Western Industries.
Miller’s first boat was a 9-foot rowboat that his dad put together in the basement.
In his Seal Beach backyard, he built a 36-foot sport-fishing cruiser from a shell he purchased at Cruise On in Surfside. After two and a half years, his cruiser was ready to launch. He knocked down a 30-foot block-wall fence in order to move the boat to the water.
The family enjoyed the boat and cruising the local waters, but they longed for something bigger.
Through research, Miller learned that Ferro-cement boats, if built properly, are stronger…
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