As captain of Aphrodite, a 74-foot Purdy commuter yacht that ties up every summer in Rhode Island’s Watch Hill Harbor, Kirk Reynolds is responsible for one of the most beautifully restored boats in the Northeast.
On any given day, you’re likely to find Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming mucking through a mosquito-ridden marsh, kayaking around a fleet of workboats or diving head-first into a net full of fish.
Ralph Johnson developed a taste for the sea more than 60 years ago, but his “moment of clarity” came in 1980 when he decided to take a couple of years off from a banking career to learn boatbuilding from his father-in-law, Pert Lowell.
Mike Muessel grew up on Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of a career Coast Guard warrant officer. His family owned a 26- foot wooden launch and a 25-foot wooden sailboat that received heavy use.
Cabot Lyman moved to Thomaston, Maine, from Vermont in 1978 with a plan to become a boatbuilder. Lyman was
looking for space to rent, Morse Boatbuilding was struggling, and it wasn’t long before the two joined forces as Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding.
If you’re anything like us, the many watercraft of Mystic Seaport are your favorite things about this wonderful place in Mystic, Connecticut. For almost 40 years, one man has worked behind the scenes at Mystic, watching over the fleet.