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Valiant 40

Jeff Bolster calls it “the best of times.” For the 59-year-old professor and his wife, Molly, it was one of those perfect sailing days. They left their mooring at Marie Galante, southeast of Guadeloupe, and headed out for Les Saintes on a broad reach under warm Caribbean skies. Cruising into Cabrit Islet, they picked up a mooring under sail and went off for a bit of beachcombing and snorkeling.

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Nauset 28 Hardtop

Bill Hezlep had a middle-age experience that changed his life and got him started on a new life on the water. “I had a diagnosis of ALS in 1986,” says the 69-year-old cartographer. “It ended up being a wrong diagnosis, but it had a major effect. I changed gears, stopped living for work and started working to live.”
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Bristol 42 Offshore

As a boy in the late 1950s, Richard Allen used to ride his bicycle to school, going past a certain garage on County Street in his hometown of Seekonk, Mass. Inside were two men creating history. Clint and Everett Pearson were making dinghies out of a material called fiberglass, laying the groundwork for what would become the legendary Pearson Yachts. Clint Pearson went on to found the Bristol Yacht Co. in 1966.

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Black Watch 30

Boats have been a part of Ken Antis’ life for as long as he can remember. He got his first taste of the water as a boy growing up on Fishers Island, N.Y., a boating-rich enclave off Connecticut.

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Swan 36 sloop

Sometimes you have to get out of boating for a while, though in your heart you know you’ll be back someday. That’s how it was for Jim Lawlor.

“The attraction of boats is hard to describe,” says the 70-year-old retired Connecticut judge. “It’s not just the experience of being on the water; it’s the adventure of it all.”

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