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Flotsam & Jetsam: The Golden Age of yachting

44henriquesHere is an opportunity to own a piece of yachting history. Mariquita is a 95-foot (LOD) 1911 William Fife III gaff-rigged cutter — the only remaining 19 Meter Class yacht. Built for industrialist Arthur Stothert, she was launched at Fairlie on the Clyde in Scotland and raced for three seasons in a new class just prior to World War I. Sold in 1915, she spent five years sailing in neutral Norway.

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Swim marathon in need of skippers and boats

swim_raceOrganizers of St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound can reel off plenty of numbers that are going up — dollars raised, cancer patients and families assisted, athletes who have participated, volunteers mobilized. But there’s a number that’s gone down in recent years, and only one demographic can turn it around: boaters.

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Flotsam & Jetsam: A head-turner with a turn of speed

fj_flyingtargetFlying Target is 35 feet of classic powerboat. Built by legendary naval architect John Hacker in 1944, the double-cockpit runabout is powered by a 1,300-hp Allison aircraft engine, marinized with closed cooling and coupled to a custom transfer case and two Chrysler transmissions. The twin-prop setup gives her a top end of 55 to 60 mph.

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Flotsam & Jetsam: Waterfront luxury in the Big Apple

wf_luxuryWhere can you get 5,000 square feet of living space in the New York metro area without being a multimillionaire? On a boat, of course. Consider Yankee, a 136-foot ferry built and launched in 1907 by Neafie, Levy & Co. in Philadelphia.

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His bark and his bite were equally friendly

Grieser_LoibnerEditor’s note: Bob Grieser was a legendary photographer, a frequent Soundings contributor and an all-around colorful character who was well-known in the boating community. “Bobby G” died in January at age 70. A longtime friend and colleague offers this remembrance.

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