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Classics: New York 30

NewYork30_ccThe most interesting yachting in local waters during the season was furnished by the new 30-foot class of the New York Yacht Club.

— Rudder magazine, November 1905

The class was the New York 30, designed by Nathanael Herreshoff and launched at the company yard in Bristol, Rhode Island, as a fleet of 18 earlier that year. Today they are living legends, with many of the originals still sailing and racing — some with their original names — under the aegis of the New York 30 Class Association.

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All American: 1937 Alden cutter Zaida III

allamerican1The story of the 1937 Alden cutter Zaida III is one of patriotic service to her country. It’s also one of quality construction, longevity and persistence. People who respect her have stubbornly sailed and cared for her for 79 years. In today’s culture of planned obsolescence, Zaida’s story is also a celebration of hand craftsmanship and time-honored skills.

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Passagemakers: the big, blue world is calling

passagemakers_frontThere is no single right way to cross an ocean. After all, Columbus did it with a trio of carracks, accidentally. Slocum did it in a 36-foot, 9-inch gaff-rigged oyster sloop. Al Grover Sr. crossed the Atlantic in 1985 in a handmade, trailerable boat with an Evinrude outboard. And more than a few people have rowed.

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The evolution of catboats

catboat2Catboats are adorable, playful creatures, sort of like their feline counterparts. The little ones have a perky sheer line and are as cute as kittens. Who can resist being seduced by the 12-foot Beetle Cat ghosting through a mooring field in a zephyr or nosed onto a beach for a picnic ashore?

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Classics: Albin 25

baywatchIn the late 1960s the fiberglass revolution was in full march, and Swedish yacht designer Per Brohäll was taking a new look at a traditional design known as a snekke. The snekke was a small wooden displacement-hull boat with an amidships wheelhouse that joined the cockpit. It slept four and had a galley and a head.

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