Pilar, a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s 1934 38-foot Wheeler sportfishing boat of the same name, is for sale. Shannon Boat Co., under the direction of founder and president Walt Schulz, spent two years shaping the replica to mirror the original Pilar, including replacing the cabin, raising the sheer and rebuilding the hull with new frames, planks and fastenings. She can carry as many as 12 guests for tours or fishing.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation, which Schulz founded. The group helps veterans and people with disabilities experience the therapeutic benefits of yachting.
The asking price for Pilar is $375,000. Shannon Boat Co., Bristol, Rhode Island, (401) 253-2441. sportfish-pilar.com
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR RESEARCH
On a clear day at Lime Kiln Light on San Juan Island in Washington, you can see the Olympic Mountain range and the shores of Vancouver Island. Named for the lime kilns once used to turn locally quarried limestone into mortar, the light was built in 1919 and guides ships through Haro Strait. In 1985, the lighthouse and surrounding sea were dedicated as a whale sanctuary and research station for marine mammal scientists, who study the movements and behavior of orcas.
The ocean is large and resilient, but it is not too big to fail. What we are taking out of the sea, what we are putting into the sea, are actions that are undermining the most important thing the ocean delivers to humankind: our very existence.
— Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer
Save the ocean with style. This $20 bracelet from 4Ocean is made entirely from recycled materials. The beads are recycled glass bottles, and the cord is made from plastic water bottles. Every purchase funds 4Ocean’s mission to remove trash from the sea. 4Ocean, Boca Raton, Florida, (561) 210-7799. 4ocean.com
... the money raised by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation last year with its annual Swim Across the Sound Marathon. Proceeds fund cancer education, screening and prevention programs. This year’s swim — the 30th annual marathon — is scheduled for Aug. 5. St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, Bridgeport, Connecticut, (203) 576-5451. give.stvincents.org
Looking for an excuse to visit Maine? Head Down East and check out the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, scheduled for Aug. 5. Co-hosted by Brooklin Boat Yard and Rockport Marine, the race is a 15-mile course up and down Eggemoggin Reach. The regatta typically draws Herreshoff yachts, large schooners, Friendship sloops and other classic wooden sailboats. Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, Rockport, Maine, (207) 236-9651. erregatta.com
Looking for something more robust than a smartphone to record your voyage? Everio R camcorders from JVC are waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof and freeze-proof. The camcorders have a five-hour battery life, an optical zoom and an SD card slot. They’re submersible to about 16 feet, and they float. The R440D model has 4 GB of internal memory and is available in matte black and orange. $399. JVC, Wayne, New Jersey, (800) 252-5722. jvc.com
Have you ever been to the Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem, Massachusetts? In its 35th year, the show is expected to draw 40 vintage motoryachts and sailboats on Aug. 26 and 27. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, (978) 740-9890. boatfestival.org
This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue.