In 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.
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.
Legendary builders and their boats fill the pages of North Carolina maritime history books, with names ranging from sportfishing icons Warren O’Neal and Omie Tillett to production boatbuilding legends, such as Grady-White’s Eddie Smith and Hatteras founder Willis Slane.
You are looking at a Hall of Famer. The J/24 burst onto the scene in the mid-1970s, taking the racing sailboat world by storm. Here was a boat with a simple rig, an uncomplicated deck layout and a minimum of frills — and it won races.
No matter the shape, style or size, most new boats seem to be beyond the means of the masses these days. Take center consoles: They’re up to 40-plus feet and equipped with three and four outboards. Average price for a 40-footer: $600,000 to $800,000.
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