A study in the craftsmanship and poetry of wood boats
Photos By Craig Milner
“Ships,” wrote the 20th century Canadian poet Robert Rose, “are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made.”
He might have said the same thing about the boats at the Maine Boatbuilders Show, where even the most jaded visitor soon falls victim to the allure of exquisite craftsmanship.
A longtime cruising couple decides to downsize from their 43-footer, but what boat might fit the bill?
I’ll never forget the moment when the disturbing thoughts entered my mind: Are we having as much fun as we used to? And, I feel like doing something else this weekend. Not to mention, Boy, that bill from the boatyard this year was a whopper.
The sea trial is a critical part of evaluating a vessel's performance and handling characteristics, as well as machinery, controls and systems, and comfort and safety. Properly conducted, it should give you the confidence to move on with the purchase or steer you away from a particular vessel. It's not the time to take friends and family for a cruise.
George and Stacey Sass have decided to downsize from their 43-footer, but what boat might fill the bill?
Developed by Larry Graf, who started Glacier Bay Catamarans, this is an innovative power cat design that features asymmetrical hulls, with a single diesel. www.aspenpowercatamarans.com
Spring is in the air and with it the yen to escape cabin fever and get on the water, which yacht brokers say translated into more brokerage activity in the first three months of 2011. They are hoping for a blossoming of brokerage sales this year after a long, cold, three-year winter of consumer hibernation.
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