As boat show season gets underway, the generally positive economic climate in the United States promises to produce a bonanza of new sailboats, with builders seeking to capitalize on market conditions. This is especially true for European manufacturers that are looking to North America to make up for the lackluster performance of their domestic economies, which are continuing to deal with the repercussions of the Greek bailout.
Events promise plenty of great new offerings in power and sail
It was 1966. Finnish boatbuilder Pekka Koskenkylä had asked the New York-based design firm Sparkman & Stephens to draw up lines for an 11- to 12-meter sailboat that was seaworthy and strong enough for bluewater cruising but quick on the racecourse, too. Rod Stephens was in Finland to check on a project that was underway, and he gave Koskenkylä the drawings.
The 131-foot topsail schooner Harvey Gamage is scheduled to put in at Brown’s Boatyard on the island of North Haven, Maine, on Aug. 23 to pick up a half-ton of locally grown produce — grains and beans, mainly — and specialty foods, then sail on to Portland to pick up 9.5 tons more of Maine farm products before sailing to Boston.
The two men were shooting pool at Jim’s Place in Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island in Maine. It was 1946, World War II was over, and people were starting to think about getting back to normal. “If I had a place to build a boat, I would do so instead of wasting my time playing pool,” said fisherman and charter skipper Ray Bunker.
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