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Hobie Alter was a surfer, boatbuilder and trendsetter

Alter's Hobie Cat turned a niche sport into a popular pastime.

Hobart "Hobie" Alter was a visionary who revolutionized surfing and sailing. He was in the first class of sailors inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011, along with such legends as America’s Cup skipper Charlie Barr, yacht designer Nathanael Herreshoff and solo circumnavigator Joshua Slocum.



A life of luxury on the government’s dime

Andrea and Colin A.J. Chisholm III (here in mug shots) bought a $1.2 million Trumpy and lived in luxury homes while collecting welfare, according to authorities.Colin A.J. Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea, aspired to the life of the rich and famous, buying an 83-foot Trumpy motoryacht and living in luxury homes in Minnesota and Florida. Then fraud investigators caught up with them and charged the couple with collecting $167,420 in public assistance from Minnesota and receiving welfare in Florida, as well.



Building boats and shaping lives

PWBF students work in teams, with a daily list of tasks to complete on each boat.Frankford, in the northeast part of Philadelphia, seems an unlikely place to find passionate boatbuilders. Founded by Quakers in 1682, this gritty former manufacturing area on the outskirts of the city now wears a necklace of used-car dealerships, empty factories and low expectations.

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The Factory One Design

Enjoying a sail aboard Purple Lady, the first Factory One Design built by PWBF students.When the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory needed a small-boat design to better suit the needs of its students, the staff knew exactly who to turn to: noted small-boat designer Antonio Dias, who’s penned the beauties Harrier, Truth, Small and Tautog, among others.



Deadly ‘White Hurricane,’ 100 years later

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” vaulted to No. 2 on the Billboard pop charts in 1976, scoring a blockbuster hit for Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. He’d written the ballad as a tribute to the 29 merchant mariners who died when the bulk carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank Nov. 10, 1975, in a fierce gale on Lake Superior.



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