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Why Bligh still stands tall

When modern-day adventurers sailed in William Bligh's wake, they got more than they bargained for.

Forty-eight days after setting out from Tonga, four sailors led by Australian adventurer Don McIntyre made landfall in Timor in the East Indies in their 25-foot boat, successfully retracing the epic 1789 open-boat voyage of Lt. William Bligh.



Adversity brought out the best in Bligh

The mutiny has been depicted in film (with Charles Laughton as Bligh) and in works of art. How many skippers have been called a "Capt. Bligh" by a crewmember after having made some gruff demand on the water? Probably quite a few.



The Bounty Boat skipper and crew

Based on photos, Don McIntyre looks to be a much jollier guy than William Bligh.

After coming in second in his class in the 1990 BOC around-the-world race, McIntyre, now 53, embarked on several Antarctic expeditions, both by sea and over the ice. He says he has been dreaming of following's Bligh's trail for 27 years.



The Sawzall School of Boat Design

In his quest for perfection, Ken Sawyer has owned 25 yachts, three of which he's cut up and reshaped.

Now  retired, entrepreneur and avid boater Ken Sawyer has his sights on  designing the perfect motorsailer.Like most boaters, entrepreneur Ken Sawyer of Cushing, Maine, and New York City has dreamed for decades about his ultimate yacht - a handsome, superb-sailing pilothouse motorsailer that will cruise at 11 knots under sail or power.



From the drawing board: the Sawyer lineup

During Ken Sawyer's 39-year quest for the ultimate motorsailer, he and his Yarkitecture team have developed three semicustom lines of performance-oriented, seakindly yachts - sail, motorsailer and power.



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