A Profile of Stewart Hehenberger's 31
My grandfather, Robert "Doc” Hehenberger, is the original owner of a 31 Bertram named Bojo. He bought the boat new in 1961 and it is still in my family today, for nearly 55 years.
My grandfather passed away this past year, but we have plenty of stories and pictures from over the years. My grandfather and grandmother, Joan, first saw the Bertram Moppie at the Miami Boat Show in 1961. For Joan it was love at first sight and she had to have it. At the time my grandfather made a lowball offer that was blown off. About six months later, a call came from a local Bertram dealer asking if their offer was still good, so they got their Bertram!
At the time, Robert was only 32. During delivery, Bojo collided head on with another 31 Bertram in the dark in Florida Bay, suffered a hole above the water line in the bow and had to return to Bertram to be repaired.
Bojo has been in a Penn Reel catalog from the mid-sixties, which we still have a copy of. The boat has won many Tarpon Tournaments and caught countless numbers of tarpon over the years. She is on her 7th set of engines, currently a pair of Yanmars with over 2200 hours.
I have included some pictures: the one with the tarpon over the stern is my grandfather's winning fish for the 1966 Suncoast Tarpon Roundup. In the pic is Joan Hehenberger in the white shirt, left side, and Robert is in the dark color shirt with white pants holding the tarpon. Captain Bobby Buswell has on the white shirt and hat.
Second photo of the Bojo running is from 1962.
The third photo with the tarpon hanging from the bridge was the one used by Penn Reels. On the bridge holding the fish is Captain Bobby Buswell, Joan Hehenberger and angler Harry Shekita. This fish won the 1965 Suncoast Tarpon Roundup. Bobby Buswell was my grandfather's captain through the sixties and into the seventies and is still around.