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Building a bulletproof boat

n_40a_onpowerIn 1986, work began in California on the hull that eventually became Lions Whelp, the 65-foot Alden-designed schooner that Phin and Abbot Sprague bought more than a decade later and outfitted for offshore cruising. The hull was built with strip planking and cold-molded wood, but construction came to a halt, and the boat sat in the sun with the bilge full of water for the next 12 years. That's how Phin and his brother found her in 1998.



A builder who’s wedded to wood

39_wood_01Dick Pulsifer fashions functionality and beauty based on century-old tradition in his Maine shop

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Tomorrow’s powerboat will adapt to the times

Driven by fuel prices, we'll see designs with lighter and more efficient hulls, better propulsion and a return to simpler accommodations below

N38.RANGE-BOATWhen it comes to utter foolishness, there's nothing quite like trying to predict the future. While Old Testament prophets had to bat a thousand to keep their heads, this month's objective merely calls for a reasonably defensible and probably obvious position based on current trends in boating.



Where tradition meets technology

The Landing School covers all facets of boatbuilding, from plank-on-frame to fiberglass composites.

As part of the Wood Composite course, instructor Rick Barkhuff works with students to loft the Arundel 27.After a visit to The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, I, like most first-time visitors, came away thoroughly impressed with the school, the staff and the students.



Fostering a sense of fulfillment, passion

John Burgess turned his passion for boat building into a platform for teaching the skills to others.When John Burgess got out of college in 1970 he decided to do something different before taking over the family business, starting with getting a job at Rumery's Boatyard in Biddeford, Maine.



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