Overlooking the harbor at East Boothbay, Maine, Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmaker Inc. is in its 37th year of making sails the old-fashioned way, hand-sewing the woven fabric just as Wilson learned to do it at the Coast Guard Academy sail loft in the early 1970s. “In those days the Coast Guard did all its sails in-house,” says Wilson, 64.
She said she could do it and she did. Dutch/Kiwi teenager Laura Dekker sailed into St. Martin on Jan. 21 as the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator at 16 years, 123 days. She is the latest in a wave of wunderkinder who, at an age when most of us were learning to drive a car, have made their mark sailing around the world alone.
Cruisers, racers, circumnavigators: Take note. Even the teams sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race aren’t taking any chances on the Arabian Sea or the northern Indian Ocean — not just the west end, but Africa to India from Madagascar north.
In 1998, Wylie Nagler set out to build a fast top-of-the-line offshore fishing boat. Today, Nagler’s Yellowfin Yachts builds some of the most well-respected open offshore fishing boats on the market.His first Yellowfin was a 31-footer, introduced in 2000. He has since added eight boats to a center console lineup from 23 to 42 feet. The Sarasota, Fla., company also builds a 17-foot skiff, a 21-foot hybrid (combination bay and flats boat), and a 24-foot bay boat (www.yellowfinyachts.com).
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