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A lifetime of loving wooden boats

Dan Wilson’s fleet

1. Boat type: 15-foot Penn Yan runabout

Built: 1950

Wilson purchased the runabout in 1955.

2. Boat name: David

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Boat type: 33-foot captain’s gig

Built: 1933

Wilson owned David in the early 1970s.

3. Boat name: Destiny

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Boat type: Chris-Craft 36-foot Sedan

Built: 1950

Owned from 1975-1977.

4. Boat name: Sakonnet

Boat type: 75-foot John Wells motoryacht

Built: 1929

Owned from 1977-1988.

5. Boat name: Sequoia

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Boat type: 104-foot Trumpy motoryacht

Built: 1925

Wilson captained this presidential yacht in 1980-81, and then again in 1998.

6. Boat name: Victoria

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Boat type: 54-foot Peterson motoryacht

Built: 1937

Owned from 1988-1994.

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7. Boat name: Happie

Boat type: 39-foot Warner Flush-deck Cruiser

Built: 1932

Owned from 1994 to present.

8. Boat type: 42-foot Matthews Cabin Cruiser

Built: 1956

Owned from 2008-present.

See related article:

"One man. One love. Eight wooden boats"

This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the June 2009 issue.