VIDEO: Gracious plenty — and then some

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Raised on the Maine coast, Peter Burnett came from a family that included several owners and builders of wooden boats.

Yearning to own a boat like the ones he saw growing up, Burnett discovered a beautiful fiberglass hull whose form was taken from the Raymond Bunker-designed plank-on-frame Irona: the Newman 36.

Jarvis Newman is one of many boatbuilders that experimented with making fiberglass hulls from molds of wooden boats. His boats maintained a traditional look with the added economy of fiberglass.

Watch this video for more about Jarvis Newman:

Burnett, who bought a Newman 36 that he found in Maine, talks of “hours and days of cruising that … have been everything I’d always dreamed of in my younger years” in this Soundings story.