Feel the wind in your face and let the salt air fill your lungs. Hear the water sliding along the hull side. Watch the gulls dive for dinner. These simple experiences of the senses draw us to boats, especially open powerboats. Compared to vessels with enclosed bridge decks or pilothouses, open boats have fewer barriers keeping us from the sights, sounds and smells of being on the water.
Four luxury condominiums, two spacious offices and six retail shops soon will give boaters the opportunity to live and perhaps work on the historic waterfront of Newport, R.I. The shingle-style building is under construction on the former Eastern Ice Co. property at 10 Brown and Howard Wharf and is expected to open in February.
A vivid-red York 36 Express provides its owner with the same comforting feeling as the Tap Room in his historic inn
The Tap Room at the historic Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., is warm and welcoming.
There’s a fire in the old stone fireplace to ward off the chill, and the clinking of glasses blends with the murmur of conversation at the oldest continuously operated inn in America.
At Geoff Paul’s table, the talk is all about boats, and he’s describing his red-hulled Down East beauty — a York 36 Express built in Rockland, Maine, by York Custom Yachts — with the same passion he reserves for his role as owner of this iconic establishment.
Oil painting by William Duffy
Gallery owner J. Russell Jinishian recalls seeing his first William Duffy work. “Just a small, quiet, unassuming painting of lobster traps piled next to an old shack.” But at second glance, “there was a light and atmosphere that kept drawing us back again and again.”
I’d dreamed of cruising under sail since Irving Johnson’s voyages aboard Yankee captivated me as a child. By 1971 my husband, George Maynard, and I — both Illinois-raised landlubbers — realized the only way we could afford similar exploits was in a sailboat we built ourselves.
We built an engineless wooden reproduction of Joshua Slocum’s yawl Spray in our Noank, Conn., back yard and sailed Scud around the world with our three children on a five-year voyage.
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