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Elaborate gardens enhance cozy Maine cottage

The two-story house overlooks Davis Cove and the mouth of the Meduncook River.“This property is really a garden with a nice comfortable place to live,” Helen Wisdom, of Cushing, Maine, says of her camp-turned-contemporary-cottage at the mouth of Davis Cove and the Meduncook River.

An avid gardener, Wisdom purchased the 1-acre waterfront property at the tip of the Cushing peninsula “because I adore the view,” which encompasses the cove, river and the open waters of Muscongus Bay.

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Classic summer living on Martha’s Vineyard

Among the early 20th-century “Grande Dame” summer homes on Martha’s Vineyard stands “Big Bluff,” which the Ivison family has owned since 1969.

“As a kid I had wonderful summers here — swimming, sailing, fishing, hiking, exploring,” says Sterling “Skip” Ivison III, of Maryland, who has summered on Martha’s Vineyard since he was born.

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Choosing wisely

The course from a cutter to a Grand Banks 32 was carefully plotted

The cockpit was a real selling point for these sailors switching to power.Selling Mallard was a difficult decision. I had built the 26-foot wood-and-epoxy gaff cutter in my spare time over a five-year period, but after 10 years of use it was time to let her go.

We enjoyed sailing her very much out of our homeport of Freeport, Maine, but we needed something with more room. Mallard’s low coach roof looks great, but the limited headroom means you can not stand up straight in the cabin, and for an extended period on board there was insufficient room for all of the necessary stuff.

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On board the GB32

All the comforts of home await those who cruise in this classic trawler.The Grand Banks 32 was in production for three decades. When the last one was splashed in 1996, 861 of these venerable cruisers had been built. They were initially built of wood but transitioned to fiberglass construction in the mid-1970s. Little changed during their production run, and from a distance it’s difficult to tell a well-cared-for wooden model from a later fiberglass boat.

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Historic Connecticut home a modern gem

The classic cape sits on the Mystic River. The dock has 4-foot water depths.When sailors Harold and Jerry Gegeheimer of Darien, Connecticut, were looking for a retirement home in 1981, they headed for Mystic, Connecticut, where they had often cruised in their 39-foot Gulfstar yawl with their children and friends.

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