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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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A free spirit

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After a visit to New England for some TLC, South Carolina’s tall ship goes back to work

Thanks to a crew of dedicated hearts and souls — and a substantial financial commitment — the spirit is back in the Spirit of South Carolina.

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