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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

My dad and I read 'By The Wind' when my dad and I were learning to sail and I was a kid. It shaped my whole view of sailing and voyaging under sail. To this day I think of Baum's stories pretty often. Around 10 years ago I reread the book again and happened to notice that Baum mentioned where he lived in the foreword to the book. On a whim I looked him up on line and called the phone number. His daughter answered the phone. Richard Baum had died shortly before and they had sold the house and were cleaning out. The marriage to Lucy did not last but he sailed for most of his life. Little Dipper was owned by a curator at Mystic Seaport for a while and I spoke to him for a bit when she was for sale. By then she had an engine again.


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