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Profiles of People and Boat Manufacturers

Iron Woman

You can finish “oldest woman to …” several ways, but that’s not what motivates solo circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates


At first, the boat is a hazy outline on the horizon. Framed by the snowcapped Olympic Mountains, her contours fade in and out of the mist that blankets the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a cold and often treacherous body of water that separates the United States from Canada.



Man on a mission

Sailing solo and non-stop around the world requires a fit body, a sharp mind and incredible discipline. Stanley Paris, who has swum the English Channel three times, believes he has what it takes. By the way, he’ll be 76.

Kiwi Spirit, a 63-foot bluewater yacht, wallows in the moderate swell. Huffing and puffing on the coffee grinder in the cockpit, it seems to take an eternity to crank the mainsail up the carbon fiber mast until the halyard lock finally clicks, 82 feet above deck.



Ted Hood: sailor, innovator, sportsman, builder

A man in full: Ted Hood was 'incredibly unique.'Frederick E. “Ted” Hood was a passionate sailor who won the America’s Cup on Courageous in 1974 and parlayed his love of the sport into a 64-year career as a sailmaker, boatbuilder, boat and rigging designer, spar maker and innovator. Hood died June 28 in Middletown, R.I. He was 86.



A Can-Do Visionary

David Marlow has been checking struggling boat companies for signs of a pulse and buying some that look as if they can be revived and folded into the growing family of Marlow yards and companies that build, service and distribute yachts.
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Better the second time around

A 1984 Sisu 22 renews one man's love for boating and he returns the favor with a complete restoration

n_24_featureSeventeen years ago Roland Robert bought a 7-year-old pocket cruiser powered by a sterndrive. It didn't take him long to regret it.

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