Features Profiles

Profiles of People and Boat Manufacturers

SW Boatworks survived and now thrives on Maine boatbuilding scene

iconic1Stewart Workman avoided the urge to hunker down when business got tough. Now that’s paying off.

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Maine boatbuilding methods combine beauty and technology

bestof2Obvious beauty and discreet high-tech construction methods are the Maine way

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Walking the Plank: Donald Tofias

plankIf you’ve ever been to Newport, Rhode Island, or to any of the world’s great classic yacht regattas, you have seen them: the stunning — and winning — W-Class sailing yachts. In 1997, Boston real estate developer and passionate sailor Donald Tofias approached designer Joel White, of Brooklin Boatyard in Maine, with an idea to revive one-design match racing and spirit-of-tradition yachting.

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Carried away

carried1Dave Browne bought his 1987 commercial lobster boat, a Calvin Beal design, just two days after laying eyes on the 30-footer. She was bundled up for the winter and on the hard in Wareham, Massachusetts.

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Keeping it real

keeping1The bright, midafternoon sun is beating down on Satori, a Jeanneau 53, as she floats placidly in her slip in Marina del Rey, California. I’m waiting for Blake Mycoskie, the founder and “chief shoe giver” of the TOMS One for One empire, and he is running late.

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