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2011 Calendar of Wooden Boats

Sailing through the year in style

A nautical gift to consider this holiday season is the "2011 Calendar of Wooden Boats" ($15.95, Noah Publications, 2010) featuring the photography of Maine resident Benjamin Mendlowitz. Each month features previously unpublished photographs of classic vessels such as Thetis, a 26-foot Herreshoff Alerion built by the Beetle Boat Shop of Wareham, Mass., that debuted at this year's WoodenBoat Show held in Mystic, Conn.

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Each month features a photo caption by marine historian Maynard Bray describing the construction and significance of each vessel, as well as her designer and builder. The 2011 cover features Kid II, a newly-built Gil Smith P-class sloop.

Mendlowitz has been providing images for the calendar since its debut in 1983. His work has been featured in a number of publications, including Soundings, WoodenBoat and Cruising World. He currently lives on the coast of Maine with his family. For information and other products featuring Mendlowitz's work, visit

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters section of the December 2010 issue.