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Old-fashioned artistry defines a small shop in Brooklin, Maine

artistry_leadIf you had to glean a design and construction philosophy from Doug Hylan’s blog posts, even the worst sleuth would come away with the following:

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Walking the Plank: Skip Novak

JimRaycroftSkip Novak is a racing and adventure legend. He participated in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race four times, beginning in 1977, when he navigated the British cutter Kings Legend to a second-place finish at the age of 25. He skippered Independent Endeavour in 1979 to win the Parmelia Race from Plymouth, England, to Fremantle, Australia, and helmed Simon Le Bon’s Drum in the 1985/86 Whitbread, coming in third.

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Walking the Plank: Capt. Sandy Yawn

sandy_yawnCapt. Sandy Yawn will soon be a familiar face to fans of Bravo’s reality TV show Below Deck Mediterranean, when she becomes the first female captain on the series this season.

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Walking the Plank: Doug Zurn

doug_zurnA native of the Great Lakes region, Doug Zurn grew up sailing and boating. His father owned boats that exposed Zurn at a young age to the design talents of Phil Rhodes, Ray Hunt and Jim McCurdy.

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Al Grover’s epic Atlantic adventure

grover1Al Grover was having a midlife crisis. It was 1985, and the affable 58-year-old family man with a marina business in Freeport, New York, had developed an itch.

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