If you’ve ever seen Wind Horse — or any of the Dashew-designed FPBs (fast pilot boats) — you’d know it.
In a Long Island potato barn, a legendary Fife 8 meter yacht is being reborn
Photos by Peter Brauné
The agricultural North Fork of Long Island, New York, is known more for wine cultivation than for boatbuilding. So encountering a slender wooden 48-foot 1930s-era racing sailboat under construction in a cavernous potato barn is quite a surprise.
It is by now the stuff of legend: Jon Wilson founded WoodenBoat Publications in September 1974 with the first issue of WoodenBoat magazine, which he published from his cabin — without electricity or running water — in North Brooksville, Maine.
Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz is the 40th superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and the first female officer to hold that post. She was previously director of reserve and leadership at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., and commanded two cutters — an icebreaking tug on the Great Lakes and a medium-endurance cutter that patrolled the North Atlantic and Caribbean.
The director of Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard and the man who led the construction of the schooner Amistad and the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan lets us quiz him.
First memory of being on a boat: While my mother would never admit it, I always believed I was conceived on my father’s first boat — an ancient Cape Cod pound-net boat he purchased in Greenport, New York, and rebuilt in the backyard of our brand-new suburban development home in East Meadow, Long Island, before I was born.
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