Obvious beauty and discreet high-tech construction methods are the Maine way
If 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.
Dave 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.
The 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.
If you’ve ever seen Wind Horse — or any of the Dashew-designed FPBs (fast pilot boats) — you’d know it.
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