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.
Popular coupe-style cruisers are up for anything
Marketing folks throw a dizzying array of model monikers at boat buyers. Add “coupe” to the list.
It was January 1974 at the Chicago Boat and Sports Show. Eddie Smith (the president) and Wiley Corbett (the general manager) of Grady-White Boats were walking the aisles, looking at the displays. The veteran builders were struck by a boat they saw, a cuddy trihull powerboat with an unusual design feature: The side decks and foredeck were recessed, forming a single-level deck that wrapped around the cabin behind a thigh-high bulwark. They’d never seen anything like it.
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